Now, building this food itinerary was a toughie. New York city is a melting pot of cultures, built by the various immigrants searching for the elusive American dream. The immigrants in turn bring their wonderful cuisine with them, much to the benefit of the denizens of this great city. Covering New York City is a daunting task, and that doesn’t include the other boroughs e.g. Brooklyn (or back in the day, Breukelen in Dutch!), Staten Island, Long Island, etc.
In any case, a great guide is a the New York Times dining & wine section. In fact, you can search for restaurants according to the neighborhood, cuisine type, and rating; so whatever you might fancy. During the planning of my previous food pilgrimage, that was my starting point, as well as comparing against the ratings in Urbanspoon and the user forums in Chowhound. Although the latter may be a tad more high brow.
This food itinerary is based on my personal experience, and of the restaurants that I’d truly enjoyed. I’m sure everybody has their favourites, so I welcome folks to share and keep this list evergreen.
Here is the New York City food itinerary.
- Eleven Madison Park – Daniel Humm is an absolute genius! This 3 Michelin star restaurant truly blew my mind, using a lot of New York’s local produce to make something exceptional, and letting the ingredients really shine. The service was also wonderful, and the chef actually came to every table to introduce himself, and also inquire about the patron’s experience. A definite must add to your list. Please note that the restaurant requires booking 28 days in advance.
- Locanda Verde – Best brunch I had during my trip, loved their blueberry and ricotta cheese pancakes with lemon curd! Walk-ins are possible but crowds get pretty crazy during the weekends, albeit small parties may fit in the bar area.
- Shake Shack – My favourite burger joint, created by the famous NYC restauranteur, Danny Meyer. Tried the franchise in London, but wasn’t quite the same. The concrete shakes are particularly artery clogging, but totally worth it!
- Le Bernardin – Amazing, delicate, and well executed seafood at Eric Ripert’s famous NYC restaurant. Also requires booking 2 months in advance.
- WD-50 – Restaurant by the molecular gastronomist, Wylie Dufresne. Experimental cuisine with quite a few hits, as well as some misses. Overall, a worthwhile visit.
Other NYC institutions include the Papaya King for their hot dogs, and Katz Deli for pastrami sandwiches. Other notable restaurants I haven’t tried include Daniel, Per Se, the Spotted Pig, Jungsik, Union Square cafe, Gotham bar and grill, just to name a few.
For the insatiable carnivores, Peter Luger’s, Morton’s, and Wolfgang’s steak houses are a must in your food itineraries!
What are your favourites? 🙂