I liken my food-tastic experiences in New York to Christmas (the gift part): you know it’s coming; there may be a lot of presents (or one special, extravagant present), and there’s a giddy anticipation over the experience of what you’re going to get.
It’s been a while since I last visited New York, so the gifts are stacking up. So like the nice gift-anticipating, law abiding citizen that I am, I decided to make a list (and check it twice):
Prune – I only found out about this resto when Gabrielle Hamilton’s book came out. With the James Beard notoriety, I’m sure this will be one difficult reservation.
Momofuku – David Chang’s empire is on everyone’s list. I’ll be waiting in line for this one. I would rather do so in NYC than at the Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto in 2012. Notes from @maxvaliquette (follow him on Twitter. He’s all kinds of awesome): the black currant kaffir line soft serve ice cream at momo milk bar in midtown was amazing, but noodle bar ia great resto; ma peche was very good. very very good even. interesting combo of french/asian. nice raw bar too.
Tacombi @Fonda Nolita – apparently, the tacos here are delish and it’s inside a truck inside a garage in Nolita. Very cool concept. Me Likey.
Gentleman Farmer – Wild boar and curried snails are on the menu. But I think I’d like to go here for drinks first.
Shopsin’s – Take a look at the menu and don’t tell me it wouldn’t be an experience trying to make an order.
The Smile – It’s a restaurant! It’s a store! They have a dog!
Torrisi– recommended by both @maxvaliquette and @jetsetfarryn who know their food and know where to find a good scene. I love Italian food, so as Liz Lemon would say, “I want to go to there.”
Del Posto – it’s a Batali establishment, which means I am a proverbial knight on a quest for my princess (which can be replaced by his cheeses and pastas). Babbo, first. Save for a special occasion.
Bacaro – Subterranean and sexy. Me likey.
ABC Kitchen – another store/cafe hybrid. This may be a good place for lunch. I love their design style too.
Shake Shack. Haven’t been. Told by @kerrinsheldon to go to the Madison Square Location. Expect line ups. LONG line ups.
Freemans – looks like there is good, fresh food here.
La Esquina (above, photo: from their site)- have been recommended this by more than a few people. Make a reservation. Look for an unmarked door. Or a line-up. Relish in some really great Mexican.
Porsena – downhome Italian. Reasonably priced for NYC. Unpretentious.
Tartine – crowded looking but looks very European and “quaint.”
Cafe Cluny – simple menu and fresh looking interiors. Looks like a go-to for brunch.
Aria Wine Bar – sophisticated yet relaxed place to imbibe.
Robataya (above photo: ChopsticksNY ) – looks lively and apparently, is affordable as a lunch option. Plus, I need to broaden my sushi horizons from Kiku sushi (though this is a great place for very affordable sushi).
Fat Radish – I am curious about the Monkfish Vindaloo. Beautiful interiors. Light and airy.
Despana – the food here looks really, really good.
Cafe Select – Cute. Me Likey.
No. 7 – in Brooklyn. Like their bar menu.
Cafe Habana – Not just any fried corn but the BEST fried corn. Late night for a late crowd.
Marshall Stack – a classy bar with a jukebox. Done.
Recommended by Tom, who wrote a killer No *BS Guide to NYC (includes shops and hotels):
Public – his brunch pick
Rubirosa – a good pizza/pasta pick. Apparently, I need to be hanging out in Nolita more often.
Doughnut Plant – creme brulee in a donut format? Please. Transplant me there now.
Minetta Tavern – is $26 for a burger worth it? Molly says Yeh.
Piccolo Angolo looks like good Italian comfort food. Good to go in a group.
Recommended by Cup of JO:
Co. – for pizza. A favourite of many, including Martha Stewart.
Hampton Chutney – a lunch pick/shop stop in Soho which serves dosas, masala potatoes and sandwiches. Her rec: #21, with avocado, fresh mozzarella and tomato.
Radegast Hall & Biergarten – A piece of Germany in Brooklyn.