New York, New York brings tourists in droves for its world-class museums, monuments, and theater. But have you taken a good look at our food scene lately? From fast-casual fried chicken to refined seafood temples and the Caribbean from a classically trained chef, we’ve got eye-opening options all around the five boroughs. Here are a few of our favorites right now.
You’ll see chefs in tall hats the color of cream, chandeliers sparkling along the length of the ceiling, and a gorgeous bar you can lean against as if you were in Paris. The air here smells of butter, onion, and seared steak. It’s a French restaurant of the old school, which might entail Lyon’s famous quenelle de Brochet (ethereally light pike in a creamy lobster bisque) or rabbit cooked three ways. Look for the halibut in beurre blanc, sweetbreads with tarragon, or the divine filet de boeuf with bone marrow.
Arguably the originator of the Brooklyn hipster restaurant oeuvre, Roberta’s and its famous pizza cemented Bushwick’s spot on the culinary destination map. You can feel the buzz when you walk into the slightly ramshackle space, all shared picnic tables and white-washed brick. It’s even true in the backyard, a prime spot for pints and preening around a big fire in the winter. The main room, with its giant woodfired oven in the corner, sees most of the action.