Visiting New York in Christmas is a magic experience and probably the best time in the year to go, at least from my view, since there are so many things going on. Going there for the first time with my husband, I couldn’t wait to go back with him to the places I love and to discover some new places with him as well. Here is an extract:
Nougatine @ Jean Georges. A must. Adjacent to the 3 Micheline star Jean-Georges dining room, Nougatine serves signature and seasonal dishes of chef Jean-Georges for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu is more casual than that offered at Jean-Georges but still market driven, using only the finest ingredients. Oh! And they claim to have invented the Lava Cake (Coulant). I am not sure if that’s true, but it truly is one of the best I’ve tried! What I love of this restaurant is simply finding a spot at the bar for lunch. From the bar you have views to the Central Park, you can watch waiters mix cocktails and enjoy the lively environment and the bustling, immaculate open kitchen. The dinning room has been renovated by Thomas Juul-Hansen with a cosmopolitan yet exclusive and elegant look. This time we went, I noticed an impeccably looking man, perfectly groomed, aged 60s who was having lunch at the bar and seemed to go there every Sunday for lunch. He was Suiss, but living in New York for 2 years already. Every waiter in the restaurant knew him and I was moved by how well he was treated and taken care of for being a regular customer. I also wished I could go there eevry Sunday too!
Freemans is the perfect cozy space for brunch. I hadn’t been there before but I was recommended to go. It is very nice with an informal hipster look. Cuisine is simple, rustic and inspired on old traditions. It is filled with antiques and decorations, a nice ambiance and nice lunch. great wine. The Red Room upstairs is quieter and very nice . All in all, if you are looking for a fussy place its not the spot but for a hipster trendy informal place its spot on! Mercer Kitchen is another of my favourite brunch spots, also from the Jean Georges group. And the Smith close to Lincoln center is also worth visiting.
Burger Joint. My husdband went to NY with the idea to eat the best burger ever so I took him to the two spots that I believe are the best for Burgers in Manhattan. Burger Joint, it is hidden behind a curtain inside the reception of the Parker Meridien Hotel! You would never say there is a Burger place there! And despite the queue since it has become somwhat famous since the last time I was here, the burgers are memorable. My second favourite but close in line is JG Melon. Cheesburgers there are excellent and the quality of the meat is remarkable.
Eataly Gourmet Italian Foodcourt Market. A piece of Italy in the middle of New York. You can enjoy a perfect italian lunch or buy italian products to cook at home. They cook what they sell in the store so you can reproduce the exact dishes. The restaurants in Eataly use highest quality ingredients from their market like prime meat, salumi, cheese, fish, vegetables, and more to produce dishes that focus on simplicity. It is interesting to hop from restaurant to restaurant in the vibrant marketplace. Eataly offers 7 sit down restaurants with both table and bar seats.
Others: Balthazar (SOHO) and Employees Only (Close to Magnolia Bakery that I absolutely love!!!)
Wish I could go back for more…