Breakfast & Brunch
Ess-A-Bagel (831 3rd Ave & 359 1st Ave) I have dreams about these bagels, hands down the best. The guys working the counter are so much fun…and know just what a gal needs after a LATE night out. Even great coffee!
Locanda Verde (TriBeCa): Breakfast is just as delicious of all services at the TriBeCa restaurant. Try the waffles which are have an Italian twist with the addition of polenta and served with mascarpone. Coffee bar is also well worth a few pulls.
Eataly New York (Flatiron District). Its massive beyond any comparison and a phenomenal resource and Italian food destination in the Flatiron District. Snag a seat at the Salumi bar at La Piazza or upstairs at Birreria for great beer. Recommended: Grande Piatto Misto Salumi E Formaggi. If you have any questions – Sal is the guy to ask!
John Dory Oyster Bar. Located inside the Ace Hotel, this is another must if in NYC. Chef April Bloomfield (also the chef for The Breslin, Spotted Pig) has an amazing menu including my favorite; the oyster pan roast. Wine list from Carla Rzeszewski is fantastic. I love this place for a late lunch but equally good for dinner including the chefs table.
Ai Fiori. This Michael White restaurant has received numerous accolades from the very beginning. A formidable restaurant on the second floor of the Setai Hotel, with classic French service, Italian inspired food, mostly French and Italian wines, and a flourish of fresh flowers at every turn, this really is a must if in New York. Phenomenal beverage program under the direction of Hristo Zisovski. They are well staffed with qualified sommeliers for guidance on wine pairings. Recommended: Start with the prix fixe four course, a perfect introduction to the menu. The agnolotti with fava beans was easily the best I have ever had.
Bar Boulud (UWS): Michael Madrigale, had been the Chef Sommelier (also at Boulud Sud) for many years and developed what is now a trend in restaurants across the country, BTG specials. With Michael gone, I expect that Bar Boulud will continue in the tradition of fine wine with its extensive cellar and impeccable food. Read more about Bar Boulud…
Locanda Verde (TriBeCa) Lamb sliders…enough said. Breakfast is equally delicious. Looking forward to dining at The Dutch next time I am in town, should be just as interesting and satisfying. Follow Chef Andrew Carmellini as he expands to Miami.
RedFarm (West Village): The only way I can describe how wonderful this place is by introducing you to one of the many fabulous items on the menu: Katz’s pastrami egg roll. That’s right. No reservations make this a tough spot to land a table at but well worth the wait. Read more here.
dell’anima: At dell’anima enjoy an aperitif then dinner at the chefs counter (my favorite place to dine there). The octopus salad is one of the best things I have ever eaten!
Motorino Pizza (East Village) This is the best Neapolitan pie I have had outside of Italy. Recommended: Brussels sprout and pancetta pizza, octopus salad.
Anfora Wine Bar, Anfora offers great opportunities to taste wines off the beaten path thanks to Joe Campanale’s enthusiasm to expand the palate and idea of quality and traditionally produced wines across the globe. Follow their Twitter account to receive up to date info on their “Producer Nights” as well as other events throughout the year.
Corkbuzz Wine Studio: Laura Maniec newest venture, a combination wine bar and studio, its an all-around great place to gather. Chef Hayan Yi’s menu is a collection of small plates that pair well with the wine selections. A must if in the city. See more here.
Terroir Wine Bar. What started and continued for over five years from a collaboration of chef Marco Canora (@marcocanora) and sommelier Paul Grieco (@terroirny) was the basis for many that followed in the wine bar templet. At the high point, they boasted four locations in Manhattan (Tribeca, East Village, Murray Hill, High Line “Porch”) which set out to educate the palate not just in wine (good, educated and unique wine) but also in food. Today, with Paul Grieco at the helm, the Terroir Wine Bar continues to be a great place for happy hour as well as exploring wine and beer. They have one of the most entertaining and educational wine menus that will take several visits to fully explore and enjoy. Recommended: Chateau Musar Jeune (Bekaa Valley), lamb sausage with sage leaves, and the oyster slider.
Happy Hour & Cocktails
The Ritz-Carlton – The Star Bar (Central Park) Great Bloody Mary’s, beautiful interiors, great conversation and people watching.