Where to Eat in New York

May 12, 2008 | By | Comments (5)

I’m planning a trip up to Manhattan in July to visit some friends, and
so first thing’s first: Time to nail down the dining itinerary. Please lend me a

I need to
hit David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar, if only for the legendary steamed pork
buns. But I’d also like to give his 12-seat Ko a shot too, although I
understand I have roughly the same chance landing a reservation as I do winning
the Irish Lottery.

I’d like to
check out Alain Ducasse’s new bistro, Benoit. A couple of years ago, I had the
good fortune to eat at his Louis XV restaurant in Monaco. It was the dining
experience of a lifetime. The amuse bouche left me in stitches; the duck
risotto nearly made me weep with gratitude. I drew stares. But I couldn’t help
myself; the man pays attention to detail and executes his craft with such deft
mastery that it’s truly awe-inspiring.

I’ll need
to hunker down at the Grand Central Oyster Bar for some lobster, chowder, and
fried whole Ipswich clams. And I really mean
I’ll need to. I’m a New Englander; taken out of our natural habitat in the
summer, we crave these things all the more.

Where else?
I have about five days to eat my way through town. Yes, I’ll be checking
Chowhound, but I’d really love some recommendations from our very own readers.
Just so you know, I’m open to anything—high-end, low-end, ethnic or Americana. Send me to the
outer boroughs, if need be. Just not for an early breakfast. This is vacation,
after all.


  1. hanson

    Hello..I am Hanson ,thank you for listening me talking..I like your food very much.

    January 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm
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  3. Paula

    We were in New York in January and fell in love with Maria Pia’s. Fantastic Italian food done well and reasonably priced. It was the only place we went back.

    May 20, 2008 at 7:35 am
  4. Jennifer

    If you are in the mood for casual and inexpensive, I would suggest Frank in the East Village:
    And 7A, also in East Village (try the ‘Health Bowl’:
    The Best Italian we’ve had was at Raffaele in Sutton Place (1st between 57th and 58th):
    Have a great trip!

    May 18, 2008 at 1:22 pm
  5. H

    Indian – I like Tabla. There’s the Tabla Bread Bar which is a bit more informal, family style type place. And the upstairs Tabla is more upscale.
    Italian – We always enjoy Po. There’s one in the West Village, and one that has now moved out Brooklyn. Also in Brooklyn, we’re partial to Chestnut and Applewood. Both are local produce, antibiotic free meat type foods – and both are really good.
    Enjoy your trip.

    May 17, 2008 at 9:15 am

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