Sitting at a table sipping your glass of super-funky natural wine and tasting the latest weekend menu the talented chefs came up with will make you feel like you are in the spot.
I was lucky enough to dine at The Four Horsemen before it gained its well-deserved first Micheln star, so I was able to find a table, for Saturday lunch, without having to wait. Should you find a queue, I would wait—it will be so worth it.
What's great about the restaurant is that thanks to the great, experimental menus they come up with for weekends, it becomes accessible to a wider range of people. With 30$ you get a delicious four-course menu, when you would normally pay more for two courses a la carte.
Should you go during the week, and should there be gnocchi cacao & Pepe on the menu, do yourself a favour and order them—you can thank me later.
Another great discovery, this small restaurant near Prospect Park, full of natural light, is the perfect spot for a family brunch.
Away from the chaos, you can have a relaxed, delicious lunch of egg-filled dishes. If you're visiting Faun during the warm months, sit outside on the patio for the best experience!
The dishes I recommend the most are eggs in purgatory (poached eggs with tomato, basil, zucchini, parmigiano) and the avocado toast which is served with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar—exquisite.
What intrigued me the most about Uncle Boons was that it had a Michelin star—but that it wasn't a gourmet restaurant (the star is for the deliciousness of the food). Oh and, obviously, that it makes Thai food.
Uncle Boons is the plate-sharing type of restaurant, which makes it even better because you can order many different things.
What (positively) surprised me was that the menu consisted in non-mainstream thai dishes, I had basically never heard about 80% of the food on the menu—which was super exciting!
We ordered (and I highly recommend) the Plaa Hoi Shenn (raw scallops with basil seeds and lemongrass), Khao Soi Kaa Kai (golden curry with many toppings, it was spectacular) and Yum Mamoung (green mango salad). Order some sticky rice on the side and it will be the best meal you'll ever have in New York City.
Whenever I used to try and imagine what living in NY would be like, I always thought my life would involve the consumption of a lot of burgers. Turns out, there was so much food I was keen to discover that I only had burgers a couple of times.
One of the two that I had was at the melon and watermelon themed diner, JG Melon. I'd heard great things about it and was curious to see what all the hype was about.
I was used to eating burgers piled high with various toppings and sauces, and so decided to opt for a plain cheeseburger instead.
It was delicious—the meat was cooked to perfection and full of flavour, the cheese melted perfectly and not too overpowering.
So whereas I can't say it's the best burger in New York, not having tried them all, I can at least say that it's my favourite one and recommend it to everyone.
Niche has to be the greatest culinary discovery of my time living in NYC. It appealed to me at first glance. The small, cozy space, a long communal table with just 15 seats and a small kitchen at the back where two chefs are busy preparing great Japanese fusion dishes.
Being a fan of ramen, especially of its broth, so I was curious to see if I would like a broth-less ramen, known as mazémen, as much. I did.
Out of the various mazémen options they had the one which intrigued me the most was steak mazémen, noodles paired with medium-rare ribeye, pork sauce, menma (bamboo roots), spinach and a poached egg. What was great about it was that it had some sauce (which was just like a reduced broth) so the dish wasn't actually completely dry but exquisitely succulent.
And for those who can't fathom the idea of a ramen without broth, you can order a normal one instead.
It's one of those places where you keep going back not just because the food is good, or because the drinks are delicious, but because you feel good just being there.
We never actually managed to sit at a table, we were always sat at the counter—but I'm so glad it happened that way. Being able to chat to the barman's and move around made the experience even more easy-going.
When you're at ATLA, whether you're sipping a glass of Baja wine, your Mexican craft beer or an expertly-made Pisco Sour, you feel like you're in the coolest place in New York City.
I can't say enough about the food either, all made with Mexican products, paying homage to their amazing culinary culture by respecting all the recipes. If you're a fan of spice, start with salsa verde, followed by a quesadilla (my favorite was the one with "just" queso). The salsa verde is abundant enough that you can spread it all over your quesadilla too.
I had my eye on Misi, and its whipped ricotta crostini since June, two whole months before I moved to NYC.
I finally managed to make a reservation and battled the craziest storm I've ever witnessed to make it in time for lunch.
The location is beautiful, overlooking the East River and towering Williamsburg Bridge, it is beautifully well-lit and on one side you can peek into the pasta kitchen, where three chefs create a variety of different shapes of pasta throughout the whole day.
The menu is amazing, each item on it is more mouth-watering than the next, and choosing what to eat is a challenge. I recommend going in four, so that you can each order something different and share. I highly recommend (obviously) the whipped ricotta crostini, which are served with the most delicious, salty, charred peppers.
Whichever pasta dish you choose, you won't go wrong! And if you still have space for dessert, try one of their amazing gelati.