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…
42 Grove St, New York, NY 10014
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.
Any of the egg (Les Oeufs) dishes
242 Mott St, New York, NY 10012
French retro styled café with a Moroccan influence complete with vintage utensils and equipment.
Baked organic eggs with basil, tomato sauce and cream
IL BUCO ALIMENTARI & VINERIA
53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
Truly authentic Italian establishment with its own fresh produce market/store; reminds me of one of my favourite eateries in Sydney.
House Porchetta and Eggs
55 Third Avenue, New York City, NY 10003
Specialising in “American Cuisine” this large but comfortable space mixes metal, wood and classic tiles and has been described as “lived-in”.
BLT+E Sandwich with Home Fries
267 Elizabeth St, Nolita, New York City, NY 10012
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.
Pork Belly or Crispy Fish Tacos.
17 Prince Street at Elizabeth Street New York, NY 10012.
A tiny but loud and vibrant South American cafe. For a taste-packed lunch with beer we paid $30, substantial food, substantial value.
“The Cuban” Sandwich.
284 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
Another place that takes a slight French influence, its warm and inviting, ideal on a cold day.
The Cluny Burger.
End of Freeman Alley, Off Rivington between The Bowery and Chrystie
191 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002.
Described as cosy specializing in “Rustic American Cuisine” it is dark with dimmed lights and taxidermy galore.
Hot Artichoke Dip with Hot Bread (I would go as far to say its life changing).
Seared Fillet Mignon.
99 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002.
A tapas-style restaurant & bar with an upbeat, pumping soundtrack to go
with the buzzing atmosphere.
Red Snapper Tacos.
Pastrami Slider (with slaw & spicy mustard).
SAXON + PAROLE
316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012.
Refined equestrian theme it feels like an upmarket steak house.
Crispy Brussels Sprout, Chili Caramel (this is a “side” but a worthy dish regardless).
510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014.
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.
Porterhouse Pork Chop.
21 9th Ave., New York City, NY 10014.
Upstairs in a converted warehouse this bar and restaurant offers Modern Asian cuisine and some great seafood.
AND THE REST YOU MUST TRY…
Fig & Olive