Seeking NYC restaurant recommendations
I am a Montreal foodie who's planning a trip to your city in April. That's how serious I am about food, I am starting my research months ahead. I have been to NYC numerous times but always failed to try out any restos. I have mainly eaten in Chinatown or grabbed a quick bite somewhere. This time, I am hoping to find some really delicious restos and watering holes that you guys always go to.
I am looking for places that serve:
a) fresh seafood ie. lobster roll since we don't really have that in Montreal
b) fine french dining since there's so many places here
c) local favourites that you think it's worth a visit
d) a good bar/pub for food and drinks
I am keeping an open mind so the price range can vary. I am not really looking for famous nor trendy places, the only requirements I can think of are a comfortable atmosphere, unpretentious service and obviously, food to write home about!!
I am looking forward to seeing your suggestions, thanks again and if you ever pass by Montreal, I will be happy to help.
some of my favorites. by the way i love montreal. ate at aix which i loved on my last trip.
lobster roll- ranking
1. pearl oyster bar
2.mary's fsih camp
fine french dining-not my thing. i would defer to others
you may like picholine on uws
1. sushia yasuda -wow
2. sushi of gari(small, but great!)
1. spotted pig-don't be fooled by the place. the chef is for real. "gastropub" . of many places that opened with pub feel and serious food
others non categorized i love!
the tasting room
prune(tiny "foodie" haven with creative menu)
cafe gray(time warner bldg. with views)
degustation (tapas that are filling and creative. sit with wesley the chef and he'll serve you with his wife. trust him). I really love his cooking and his place. also a very nice guy)
i have many more spots if need be.
it's fun to share my passion with montreal a city i love.
i think this list should start you. interested to see others submissions
please follow up and tell me where you go
I have to say all the above recs are great except Megu. Very overpriced for the food quality and size. Better Japanese- En Japanese Brasserie (little upscale) Le Mui ( great sushi no atmosphere)
Cafe Sabarsky- great for the desserts, atmosphere and view.
For a pub experience I suggest McSorley's for an old school atmosphere and then onto Jimmy's No. 43 on the same street for food and good beers or up a couple blocks to everything else mentioned- Casa Mona,Union square, Gramercy.
If you really want a casual good burger- Molly's on 3rd avenue-- great!
Lunch- go to nice restaurants with cheap prix pix menus. you can save a buck or two
Brunch- Clinton St Bakery, Balthazar, Barney greengrass, Cookshop
Cheapeats- of course grays papaya, anywhere in chinatown, havana chelsea has pretty good cuban sandwhiches for $5
And make a stop at Blue Ribbon for dinner if you have a chance
fatty crab(can go for dinner, but i love it for lunch)
bouchon bakery (the best bread you willever have)
good enough to eat
(i am partial to upper west side)
union square cafe
cafe sabarsky (views of central park from 5th avenue and an austrian museum inside) get the streudel. to die for
payard (upper east side)
chickalicious( i thought it to be a little prenetious, some like it)
nicky's vietnames sandwiches
joe's pizza(carmine st)
an israeli tiny joint on macdougal st.who makes little sandwiches i wish i remember the name
it's called something press. can someone help me here? it is literally a hole in the wall where they serve you from a counter.
grays papya( a very ny thing if you like hot dogs) they are all over the city
good luck again