My first month anniversary in New York is coming up Sunday, and I thought it best to honor it by recounting a couple of my favorite restaurant and bar finds so far. If anyone knows me well, I love scouting out new places to nosh and drink, so let me share with you a few of my gems.
Les Halles, 15 John Street, Financial District
If you like the filthy mouth, foodie Anthony Bourdain, then this is a must try for you. This cozy French brasserie is only steps away from the apartments, and a perfect place to unwind with some Steak Frites and red wine. Traditional is the name of the game here, so don’t expect fusion but an array of classic French dishes cooked to perfection. And who knows, you might see Tony (He is the Chef-at-Large)!
Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar, 36 East 4th Street, East Village
Romantic. Trendy. Chic. These are only but a few adjectives to describe this charming Italian bistro just minutes from NYU. Although this eatery is barely a dining room (yeah, it’s small), the fresh al dente pasta and crisp, fruity wine is enough to make you overcome claustrophobia (Hell, it’s New York). Candlelit with a trendy crowd, Aroma is the perfect choice for an intimate date night.
Dos Caminos, 675 Hudson Street at 14th, Meatpacking District
Dos Caminos takes the cake for the best margarita I’ve had so far in NYC. Located smack dab in the middle of the Meatpacking District, Dos Caminos hosts a bevy of modern Mexican dishes and even better (somewhat affordable) drinks, including four different fresh fruit margs. If you are looking for just a small snack, try the Chicken Taquitos… it’s like a Mexican pulled pork sandwich!
Soho Park, 62 Prince Street, Soho
Soho Park is a peaceful, burger-filled haven nestled in the middle of bustling Soho. Serving deliciously greasy cheeseburgers, crispy fries and yes, Hoegaarden on draft, this park-esque joint is perfect for a sunny New York day where all you can envision is Soho shopping with burgers and cold beer. I suggest you sit outside, enjoying a picturesque lunch in the courtyard while you overlook busy Prince Street.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, 1 Front Street, Brooklyn
Venture into Brooklyn for some pretty darn good NYC pizza. Hidden underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, Grimaldi’s is an easy walk and a great place to test your NYC pizza preferences. Just expect long lines to get in; its reputation follows.
Ulysses Folk House, 95 Pearl Street, Financial District
Just a hop and a skip away from the apartments, Ulysses is an ideal place to unwind after work among a crowd of Wall Street men (No protesters here). With outdoor seating galore, Ulysses makes sitting outside, drinking beer and networking with the Wall Streeters a glamorous Thursday evening. It’s a personal favorite because of the Hoegaarden on draft (seeing a trend?) and honestly, how can you resist six dollar beers?
This list is only skimming the surface of good NYC eats and drinks, but it’s the start of a very long summer of exploring, eating and drinking my way to becoming an NYC restaurant aficionado (Ok, maybe in my dreams). Next on my list of explorations are:
The Standard, Meatpacking District
Soho Grand Hotel bar, Soho
Serafina, Upper East Side
Babbo, West Village
August, West Village
and many more……
– Harriet White