where's the best?
- David Wilder
my parents are flying in next week for a much longed for week in NY. thing is, they're sceptical about their guidebook and wanted to know where would be best to go and eat in new york. they're not too worried about the budget but simply wnat to know where new yorkers would go and eat italian etc.
any help would be appreciated,
They should get a copy of the Zagat guide and consult
the list of favorite restaurants. This guide is
compiled by polling restaurant-goers, so it is exactly
what you're asking for.
My suggestions. I don't claim these are the best in
any of these category; I just like 'em. They are all
popular, good, and fun.
French: Trois Jeans, 79th St. just east of Lexington
Italian: Orso, 46th St. near 9th Ave. I suggest they
make a reservation for 8:00, when the pre-theater crowd
is gone and the restaurant in nearly empty.
More Italian: Scaletta, 50 W 77th St.
Chinese: Joe's Shanghai, Pell St. between Mott St.
and Bowery Ave. They don't take reservations, so
be prepared for a bit of a wait. When you get a table,
order _both_ kinds of soup dumplings.
Japanese: Japonica, 100 University Place, just south of
Greek: Niko's, 2161 Broadway, near W 76th St.
Indian: Haveli, 100 2nd Ave., near 6th St.
Steak: Peter Lugar's in Brooklyn. It's a bit of a trip
to get there, but it's the best steak in the city.
I would look through the posts on this page in order to get an idea of the best of NY. Look under this message board as well as the Manhattan board. There are some devoted Chowhounds out there who have put in countless hours scouring the streets of NY for the greatest food out there. I would rely on these views before counting on Zagat's, although it might be a good place to start.
A few suggestions:
Pizza - Lombardi's, John's or Patsy's(in Brooklyn).
Mexican - Zarela, Mi Cocina
High end, but worth it - Lespinasse, Daniel, Le Bernadin.
New American - Union Square Cafe or Gramercy Tavern.
Steak - Without a doubt, Peter Luger's in Brooklyn (an inexpensive cab ride).
Bistro - Soho Steak, Le Jardin Bistro, Le Tableua (french-mediterranean).
Chinese - Joe's Shanghai or for a more ritzy (and expensive alternative) Shun Lee Palace.
Italian - Felidia and Il Mulino for high-end Italian, for more casual and fun - Bar Pitti and Velli
Fusion - Jean Georges, Vong, Le Tableau, Union Pacific
Seafood - Le Bernadin, Oceana, Estoria Milos
Romantic - Cafe des Artists, March (the food is top notch here as well), One if By Land Two if By Sea
Japanese - Sushishay is supposed to have the best Sushi according to the experts but I find it overrated and expensive. Marumi in the village is an undiscovered gem. Others, Hasaki, Japonica, Yama (the uptown location).
Whew! Now I'm hungry.
I've heard that Cafe des Artiste is still under
renovation, but don't take my word for it. Also, I've
heard wonderful things about the restaurants at the
Essex House (both high end) -- Cafe Botanica (for
brunch, for dinner) and Les Celebrites.
I'm a new Honmura An convert, it's a soba house in
Also, I've enjoyed an excellent italian meal at Il
Bagatto in alphabet city.
So many good restaurants, so little time......
Here's a couple more that were left off the lists of others:
Park Ave Cafe - have had great meals there, and the desserts are outta this world.
Becco - theater district, all-you-can eat pastas of the day. fun, more casual than big sister Felidia.
L'absinthe - in the sixties east side. Tres bon.
Hope your parents have a great time and that they get here in time to enjoy this unbelievable weather!
Sauce paintings are something every chi-chi chef who
has a cooking show has up his sleeve: a sauce painting
is simply where the chef takes two sauces, one light
and one dark, and drops spoonfuls of one on the other.
He swirls the knife through the two like a marble cake,
so the effect is like marbelized paper, then drops his
artfully prepared piece of meat or fish on it.
Of course, it isn't entirely for effect, since you can
dip pieces of your meal in it while you eat. Having had
it once, though, I can't say I was overwhelmed - only
that I expected it at that particular restaurant, and I