New York as a city, can be really daunting. I remember the first time I went my mum and I tried to fit in all the sights in one weekend. Now, after many visits, I think the food (and the right food) plays just as important part in a trip to NYC as anything else. I have had many a wonderful meal here and the vibe in Manhattan, I believe, is like no other city on earth.
Arturo’s Pizza, 106 W. Houston Street
I don't expect everyone's experience here to match my first: we arrived late on a Friday evening, the place was heaving, a Jazz band was playing and we met Matt Dillon (and NO photographic proof, can you believe it?!). But the pizzas are huge (4 can easily share one), the food is cheap and the buzz excellent. Need I say more?
The Cupping Room, 359 West Broadway I love this place for brunch. The portions are huge and keep you full ALL day, I always take the opportunity to order American style French Toast with lots of luscious fruit on the side.
|One small portion of French Toast coming up!|
Catch, 21 9th Avenue
Great location in Soho (via a small doorway - be careful you don't miss it) and the seafood is delicious. Very relaxed, tapas style food, you can order small sushi or crab linguine dishes without the oppulence of 'seafood dining'. And the truffle fries are delicious! Also, great restaurant which you can guarantee would have an atmosphere on say, a Tuesday evening.
Shake Shack, 691 8th Avenue (but based all over New York)
You know my list wouldn't be complete without a burger restaurant! This is a bit of a cult restaurant (with people queuing to get in - but don't let this put you off, it moves quickly). All burgers are 100% Angus beef, all served medium and they use green and sustainable materials in the building.
Recommended: ShackBurger (American cheese, lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce). ShackBurger and cheesy fries= $8.95
It's actually a Spanish 'n' but I couldn't find the key! I passed by this with my friend a few years and we had to go in - it's so sweet - very narrow with small tables with candles - great to stop by for a pre-dinner drink and they serve Tapas too.
This is the place I'd open in London if I could. Very New York, brasserie style food and uber cool dining without the hefty price tag. I love that the wine is listed by price and just labelled 'Cheap', 'Decent' or 'Good'. Try to find out what nights the DJ plays too...
Artichoke Pizza, 114 Tenth Avenue (but there are more locations)
They say you're not a New Yorker if you haven't had this pizza...and I only tried it last month. There is no point even looking at the menu, the Artichike Pizza is incredible, if a little rich...make sure you share it (or order by the slice)!
Balthazar, 80 Spring Street
If you've visited New York but not Balthazar or Pasti's, why not?! Make a reservation and enjoy a taste of New York.