The only places you need to know about right now.
It is widely known that New York has a gazillion nice restaurants, bistros & cafés to satisfy even the hardest of eaters, including myself (cause yes, I consider myself to be a hard and adventurous foodie).
Since relocating here this past August, I made a promise to myself to try and check out all restaurants & cafés that have caught my eye in the past, a promise quite hard to keep considering the amount of trendy new places popping up every week.
To cut a long story short, today I decided to share 5 places that are currently high on my hit-list and I definitely recommend to all fellow foodies visit when in town. Oh, and this is only part I - part II will be all about brunch! Come on, get excited already!
DIRTY FRENCH @ THE LUDLOW
180 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002, www.dirtyfrench.com
The highly-hyped New York bistro inside The Ludlow Hotel has everything; good ambiance, cool crowd and delicious French food (hence the name "Dirty French"). My go-to's are either the Meunière or Duck à l’Orange, but the highlight of the restaurant is definitely the Pain Maison aka warm and soft bread with melted cheese on top. Heaven in my mouth!
42 Grove St, New York, NY 1OO14, www.ilovebuvette.com
Buvette is probably one of the coziest spots in Manhattan. As soon as you walk in this tiny little West Village bistro, you feel like you are in France. Either you go for brunch, lunch or dinner, make sure you try the Betteraves, aka beets almonds and horseradish creme fraiche, as well as the mouthwatering Croque Madame.
210 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012, www.public-nyc.com
Public is a modern, intimate - and rather spacious - restaurant in the heart of Nolita. I tried it a couple weeks ago and liked it so much that had dinner there twice (!) the same weekend. Oh, and did I mention it has a Michelin Star under its belt? Opt for the mushroom ceviche (my absolute favorite dish) and the Long Island duck breast.
GEMMA RESTAURANT @ BOWERY
335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, www.theboweryhotel.com/dining
Gemma is the trendy restaurant on the ground floor of The Bowery Hotel on Lower East Side and one of those places that you always hope to find in your neighborhood. The ambiance is extremely hip, the service is great and the Italian-inspired menu rather tasty. My favorite dishes include the Mediterranean sea bass aka Branzino al Forno (a super healthy yet delicious choice) & the Penne alla Normo (pasta with eggplant, ricotta and tomato sauce).
CAFE MOGADOR EAST VILLAGE
101 St Marks Pl, New York, NY, 10019, www.cafemogador.com
I wasn't sure if I had to save this East Village gem for my top brunch spots list (cause it is hands down one of my favorites), but then I thought it is as good for lunch/dinner as it is for brunch! If you are in the mood for some Moroccan/Middle Eastern food, Cafe Mogador is the place to go; think cous-cous, chicken tagine, falafel and (probably) the best hummus in town!
Looking for more dining tips in the Big Apple? Feel free to tweet me @nataliageorgala!