A quick list

A friend of mine is having their family come over for four days from Europe.  They want to experience NY through food.  My kind of people.  Here is the quick list I sent.

Spotted Pig.  You must go early or you have to wait but it is happening and the food is fantastic.  Our favorite spot.

Yasuda which is incredible sushi.  Do the omikase and sit at the bar if you can. Reservations needed.

Momofuko. Again, no reservations, but a must.  David Chang is a genius.

Little Owl is you can get a reservation.  The food is delicious and the vibe is one of a local neighborhood restaurant. 

Katz's deli for lunch….don't bother with dinner.  Classic.  Even going to the Parker Meridian hotel there is a small burger place (the burger joint) that basically serves burgers, brownies, chocolate shakes and that's it.  Good for lunch and a walk back in time.

Gramercy Tavern but I prefer the front room vs the back.  Always good and a great vibe.  Really you should sit in the bar area.  Good for lunch too.

Fatty Crab – no reservations again but the food is different and clever.

Peter Luger – quintessential NY

Le Bernadin is divine and fancy.  Gotham Bar and Grill is old school and still rocks.

Pearl Oyster bar but you could do that for lunch which I would recommend.  New England food at its best.

If you happen to be doing theater, Esca is one of my favorite restaurants in that area.  The crudo is worth the trip alone.

Babbo wasn't that good last time we went but it could have been the night.  The vibe and music is very nyc.

Comments (Archived):

  1. PKafka

    Been to about half of these and each one of them is absolutely on my must-go list.

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  3. ChuckEats

    I’d say Yasuda or Masa for sushi, depending on your budget (Masa being much better.)Momofuku is a good choice; I’d suggest doing dessert at Chickalicious, which isn’t too far away.For an afternoon snack, Kee’s (chocolates) in SoHo are some of the country’s best.Jean George’s lunch menu ($28/3 courses, $12 each additional course) is, possibly, the best deal in the country – highest recommendation there – you won’t eat at a Michelin 3-star restaurant anywhere in the world for less.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Agree with about Masa totally budget orientedDidn’t love Chickalicious but I should try again and thought about that onthe list because it is so different.Love Kee’s chocolates.I’m down on Jean George after eating at Perry Street this past weekend….ahuge thumbs down!

  4. Peter

    Sounds like your friend’s family needs Mappetite (NY, London and soon San Fran)www.mappetite.com

    1. Gotham Gal

      Ha! Thanks Peter.

  5. 20somethingirl

    GREAT list!