View from my local café at breakfast: egg white and spinach omelette, kale green juice +Coffee to go!
This is not an easy task by all means as the Big Apple is full of amazing restaurants, opening at a fast rate. But these suggestions are tried and tested by me, having been there just a month ago on a food frenzy!
- I follow David Chang of Momofoku fame on Instagram and have been dying to try his food. I was not disappointed, as I loved both Ssäm Bar and Momofuku noodle bar, they’re a little different from each other, but if you haven’t tried Korean food yet, it’s just delicious and addictive! Be prepared to wait at the noodle bar! But it’ so worth it! You must definitely try Christina Tosi’s cookies, a protegee of David Chang’s, at her bakery, the Milk Bar. They’ve got 5 locations so find one near to each and try the Compost Cookie, insane!
2. For a very sexy New York Italian, go to Marea in Central Park. It specializes in coastal food by chef Michael White, has two Michelin stars but it’s unstuffy and cool. Do make a reservation or do what we did and get a seat at the bar. Favourite dish: Uni pasta and killer cocktails !
3. Perhaps everyone has a favourite burger place in N.Y. but this I was told is the best and I absolutely agree. It’s in a strange place, not on the street but inside the Parker Meridien, sort of in the lobby behind a massive velvet curtain, after standing in a snaky queue, it’s the proverbial hole-in-the-wall. So good, I just ordered burger with everything, fires and a vanilla ‘shake. So worth it…
4. At the MoMA, The Modern is just so elegant, minimal and relaxing, just what you need after a long morning of art immersion. Facing the Rockefeller sculpture garden, it’s ambience and sublime food are complementary and one leaves rejuvenated and ready for another couple of hours of culture.
5. Bâtard is your go to for a modern kitchen and european food. Deliciously good, great atmosphere, this is sooo New York in such a cool and artsy neighbourhood like Tribeca.
6. Of course you have to visit Grand Central Station, the iconic train station that appears in so many movies, so grand and beautiful and bustling. For that quintessential experience, dine at the Oyster Bar. It’s been around for over a hundred years, serving oysters and seafood, and although I was slightly disappointed as I imagined it more glamorous, it was a very American “familiar” scene. Sitting at the bar, I ordered clam chowder, (which came with crackers), and oysters. It felt as if I was in a movie, waiting and making time to catch my train into the belly of America… Really, that’s how it felt.
For a healthy lunch I would suggest The Butcher’s Daughter, a plant based restaurant in Nolita with a super fresh and health giving menu, and a great vibe full of just-off-the-mat yogi’s, ( not only!) The food is lovely, super fresh, very California.
8. Katz Deli is the place if you like or want to try typical Jewish deli food. There’s pastrami on rye, yummy meat piled to the sky on rye bread, pickles, matzo ball soup, latkes and the list goes on. You cannot visit N.Y. and not eat this amazing food!
9. Even more traditional, the Square Diner in Tribeca. Breakfast is the works: eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, hash browns, toast and coffee. Or bagels and lox, ( smoked salmon), or pancakes and syrup. Sometimes this is all you need to put yourself in a good mood for the rest of day. Of course they’ve got healthier options but when in Rome…This place is so characteristic of the old diners that hardly exist anymore, mostly torn down and making way for another high rise. I love old school and traditional.
10. So that leads me to Augustine, the latest Keith McNally venture. This very French/ European inspired menu is a classic, never fails, and the atmosphere is terribly hip. As always, it’s a trendy place, to see and be seen.
There are a ton of other places, like Magnolia Bakery, of Sex and the City fame, that doesn’t disappoint. Tempting cakes, muffins, and cupcakes that you’ll burn off walking around town. An old classic, Balthazar is still a fantastic place to eat, and party, quintessential Big Apple.
I’m such a foodie, not such a conventional one so I hope you’ll try and enjoy my suggestions!