Dessert at Jean-Georges...and after we finished this, they brought us out homemade marshmallows, macarons, and chocolates.
…I was over leaving NYC, our 2012 Zagat’s came in the mail. Did you know you can get a free copy for being a reviewer?
Just to torture myself, I went through and checked off all the stupendously delicious places that we enjoyed during our seven years in NYC and on subsequent gut-busting visits:
Alta, Amy Ruth’s (insane chicken & waffles), Angelica’s Kitchen, Apizz, Aquivit, Artichoke Basille (strangely, there is also a branch in Chapel Hill), Artisanal (the fromagerie is killer), Atlantic Grill, Balthazar (check out their attached bakery for some yum donuts), Baluchi’s, Blockheads, Blossom, Blue Smoke, Blue Water Grill, The Boathouse, Bouchon Bakery, Brasserie (and 8 1/2), Brgr, Brother Jimmy’s (b-ball watching), Bryant Park Grill, Bubby’s, Buddakan, Burger Joint (hidden inside Le Parker Meridien), Cacio e Pepe, Cafeteria, Cafe Boulud, Cafe Centro, Cafe d’Alsace, Cafe Fiorello, Calle Ocho (love the coconut mojitos), CamaJe, Canaletto, Candle Cafe, Candle 79, Canyon Road, Capsouto Freres, Caravan of Dreams, Carmine’s, Casellula, Chef Ho’s, ChikaLicious (a prix fixe dessert experience), China Grill, The Chocolate Room, Cibo, Cilantro, Citrus, City Bakery (hot cocoa & cookies), Coffee Shop, Corner Bistro, Cuba (love the ropa vieja), Dafni, Dallas BBQ, David Burke’s at Bloomie’s, Dawat, Del Posto (can’t afford it now that they got rid of the taverna!), Di Fara (my pizza fav), Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Dock’s, Donavan’s (best Irish pub & burgers), Dos Caminos, E.A.T., Eataly, Eatery, EJ’s Luncheonette, Eleven Madison Park (probably one of the best meals I’ve ever had), El Rio Grande (home of many a post-work margarita), Five Points, Friend of a Farmer, Garbriela’s, Good Burger, Good Enough to Eat, Gray’s Papaya, Grimaldi’s, Hale & Hearty, HanGawi (so serene), Haru, Heartland Brewery, Hill Country, ‘Ino, ‘Inoteca, Jackson Diner (best Indian buffet in the world), Jackson Hole, Jane, Japonica, Jean Georges (lunch is an incredible deal), J.G. Melon, Joe’s Shanghai (soup dumpling king), John’s Pizzeria, Josie’s, Joya, Junior’s, Katz’s Deli, Kittichai, La Flor, La Giocanda, Land, Le Monde, Lemongrass Grill, Le Pain Quotidien, Lombardi’s, Lupa (pasta!), Mama Mexico, Mary Ann’s, Max Brenner, Maz Mezcal, Mercer Kitchen, Mexicana Mama, The Modern, Miss Mamie’s, Morimoto, Mughlai, Nick’s, Norma’s (fancy brunch on crack), Once Upon a Tart, One if by Land Two if By Sea, Orsay, Osteria Laguna, Otto, Oyster Bar, Pampano, Papaya King, Patsy’s Pizzeria, Pigalle, Pio Pio, Po (the original Batali spot), Poke, Pongsri Thai (if you’re in a rush pre-theatre), Popover Cafe, Pret, Quattro Gatti, Rare, Remi, Republic, Rice, River Cafe (pre-proposal!), Rosa Mexicana (Harold’s fav), Saigon Grill, Sala Thai, Sapori D’Ischia, Sarabeth’s, Scaletta, Sea, Serafina, Serendipity 3, Shake Shack, Sinigual, S’mac, Spice, Spice Market, Spicy & Tasty, Sripraphai, Stage Deli, Stanton Social, SushiSamba, Sushi Yasuda, Sylvia’s, Tamarind, Tea & Sympathy (in Little Britain), Tony’s Di Napoli, Trattoria Dell’Arte, Tribeca Grill, Turkish Grill (best spot in Sunnyside), Two Boots, Union Square Cafe, Vatan, Veniero’s, Viand (our spot for 1 a.m. breakfasts), The View, ‘Whichcraft (perfect for outdoor midtown lunch) Yerba Buena, York Grill, Yura, Zabar’s, Zebu Grill, & Zen Palate.
Ack! There is nothing like NYC dining! Upsettingly enough, some of my favorite spots aren’t even open anymore – goodbye, Tabla, Peyard, Son Cubano, Asia de Cuba, the Tea Box, & Jasmine’s…sniff, sniff….but thank you, Mumtaz, for reopening (phew!) …and thank you, Noodles 28, for your satisfying Chinese food (and being open on Christmas Eve), and Ottomanelli’s, for making a grilled chicken salad into something divine, and Jolie, for your croque madames, and La Paella, for your sangria and tapas, and Franchia for your tea and bibimbap, and Ess-a-bagel, for having, well, awesome bagels….
See? This list doesn’t even begin to encompass all the goodness. Lucky thing I’m visiting again in three weeks. =)
And, all is not lost in the world of Triangle foodies. This Sunday there’s a food truck rodeo in Durham that’s supposed to feature about 25 or so trucks gathering in our local version of Central Park!