Eat New York: Top Tips

After notching up three trips to New York in as many years I have been lucky enough to have never had a bad meal (except just one sorry jet-lagged influenced occasion at a Sheraton Hotel in-house restaurant).

My wife Carolina is my de-facto tour planner, her day job is spent organising and executing events so she qualifies for this job and more some.

She also happens to love good food and trying new things, a trait that has been infectious and has stopped me from eating at Delis, street vendors or the hundreds of “Italian American” restaurants.

With friends that have or currently live in New York recommending masses of cafes and restaurants, we have produced and adapted our own New York guide, a Bible if you will.

Having stayed in Chelsea, Soho and Bowery, the latter two being slightly further down in Lower Manhattan on the Lower East and Lower West side, the majority of these suggestions are based there and all are at most a short taxi journey away.

This list is a portion of the favourites from our Bible.

 

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH…

 

BUVETTE

www.buvettegastrotheque.com

42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014

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A Parisian style café with a petit outside terrace it is bursting with French charm. Top tip: check out the visual website before you go and you will be sold.

Must order…

Any of the egg (Les Oeufs) dishes

 

CAFE GITANE

www.cafegitanenyc.com

242 Mott St, New York, NY 10012

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French retro styled café with a Moroccan influence complete with vintage utensils and equipment.

Must order…

Baked organic eggs with basil, tomato sauce and cream

 

IL BUCO ALIMENTARI & VINERIA

www.ilbucovineria.com

53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

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Truly authentic Italian establishment with its own fresh produce market/store; reminds me of one of my favourite eateries in Sydney.

Must order…

House Porchetta and Eggs

 

THE SMITH

www.thesmithnyc.com

55 Third Avenue, New York City, NY 10003

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Specialising in “American Cuisine” this large but comfortable space mixes metal, wood and classic tiles and has been described as “lived-in”.

Must order:

BLT+E Sandwich with Home Fries

 

LUNCH…

 

TACOMBI

www.tacombi.com

267 Elizabeth St, Nolita, New York City, NY 10012

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If you faced away from the street you could easily be in Mexico; the food, wait staff, menus, drinks and even the converted combi van-cum-kitchen.

Must order:

Pork Belly or Crispy Fish Tacos.

 

CAFE HABANA

www.habanaoutpost.com

17 Prince Street at Elizabeth Street New York, NY 10012.

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A tiny but loud and vibrant South American cafe. For a taste-packed lunch with beer we paid $30, substantial food, substantial value.

Must order:

“The Cuban” Sandwich.

 

CAFE CLUNY

www.cafecluny.com

284 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014

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Another place that takes a slight French influence, its warm and inviting, ideal on a cold day.

Must order…

The Cluny Burger.

 

DINNER…

 

FREEMANS RESTAURANT

www.freemansrestaurant.com

End of Freeman Alley, Off Rivington between The Bowery and Chrystie

191 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002.

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Described as cosy specializing in “Rustic American Cuisine” it is dark with dimmed lights and taxidermy galore.

Must order:

Hot Artichoke Dip with Hot Bread (I would go as far to say its life changing).

Seared Fillet Mignon.

 

STANTON SOCIAL

www.stantonsocial.com

99 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002.

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A tapas-style restaurant & bar with an upbeat, pumping soundtrack to go

with the buzzing atmosphere.

Must order:

Red Snapper Tacos.

Pastrami Slider (with slaw & spicy mustard).

 

SAXON + PAROLE

www.saxonandparole.com
316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012.

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Refined equestrian theme it feels like an upmarket steak house.

Must order:

Crispy Brussels Sprout, Chili Caramel (this is a “side” but a worthy dish regardless).

 

EMPLOYEES ONLY

www.employeesonlynyc.com

510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014.

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Blink and you will miss it and mistake it for an abandoned shop front as it is deliberately hidden. A narrow boutique restaurant and bar with a dark prohibition-era feel.

Must order:

Porterhouse Pork Chop.

 

CATCH

www.emmgrp.com/restaurants/catch

21 9th Ave., New York City, NY 10014.

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Upstairs in a converted warehouse this bar and restaurant offers Modern Asian cuisine and some great seafood.

Must order:

MRC Roll.

Crispy Shrimp.

 

AND THE REST YOU MUST TRY…

 

 

Highlands Bar

Waverley Inn

The Dutch

The Wren

Fig & Olive

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