I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time back in NYC. It is impossible to get to all the new restaurants that have opened in between my trips to the city, not to mention visits to some of my favorite places, so it requires a plan, and a few sacrifices, and always the want to return for more.
Corkbuzz Wine Studio
13 E. 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
I don’t have to write much on this newly opened wine bar and wine “learning center”; plenty has been written about Laura Maniec (see here, here, and here) and her new venture, and it is hard not to agree with everything you hear. The moment you walk in you feel welcomed by the smart causal atmosphere. Ms. Maniec and her team have created a perfect space for novices and professionals alike to not only enjoy wine, but to learn and share about it in a comfortable environment. Chef Hayan Yi has put together some great small plates, which can easily be paired with one of the many BTG choices. I cannot recommend this place enough, it is truly a new favorite place of mine, and I look forward to my next visit.
529 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
I had actually ran out of time on my last visit and was not able to get to RedFarm, this time I made sure it was a priority. The no reservations policy does make it a bit more difficult to get a seat, but a bit of patience and you will be rewarded with an amazing dinner. The pastrami egg roll was everything I had hoped for, and the soup dumplings and Pac Man is a dim sum true love.
Terroir Wine Bar (East Village, Tribeca, and Murray Hill)
413 E. 12th St (EV)
24 Harrison St (Tribeca)
439 3rd Ave (MH)
With three locations spotted around Manhattan (and a fourth location in the works for Brooklyn), there is no reason you cannot find some time to visit this wine bar. It was not my first trip to this wine mecca, nor will it be my last. It’s a great place to explore wines that you might not think of or even wine that may not appeal to you right away. It was the first place I tried a glass of Chateau Musar Jeune, and is one of those wines that I must insist you try. Other items to look for on the menu are the veal ricotta meatballs, and the sage wrapped lamb sausage.
The John Dory Oyster Bar
New York, NY 10001
Another favorite of mine, The John Dory Oyster Bar is located inside the Ace Hotel in Midtown. It is a great place to start the culinary tour of Chef April Bloomfield (also the chef at The Breslin and Spotted Pig). She has an amazing talent for creating a balance between texture and flavor. Along with the food they have a great wine menu from Carla Rzeszewski (Wine Director of Spotted Pig, The Breslin, and The John Dory Oyster Bar). The list also includes some great tap wines from the Gotham Project. This time I tried the crudo of black sea bass with fried shallots, and an escarole salad with anchovy dressing. Other items to try; pan roast oysters, and a selection of east coast and west coast oysters. I love a long lunch at John Dory, you tend to see smaller crowds (less of a wait), and when I leave, I always stop off at a Portland offshoot of Stumptown Coffee Roasters in the lobby of the Ace Hotel.
As well as food and wine, New York has some amazing art exhibits, including a new showing of Impressionist paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir at The Frick Collection (through May 13, 2012). Also on show is quite a few interesting exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (one of my favorite places to spend the day browsing), including the “The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini” (now until March 18, 2012).
As I mentioned, it is difficult to hit everything, even more reason to return often. Whatever you have time for; New York is a wealth of some of the best dining and entertainment in the country.