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New York is known the world over for its food and restaurants and if you’re planning your holiday to New York you’ll want to cram as many visits in to the Big Apple’s top restaurants as you possibly can before you leave. With Beat the Brochure’s guide to New York’s top 10 restaurants at your side, you’ll be sure to leave the city with a full stomach and a smile on your face!
10. Blue Hill
Serving diners new style American cuisine since 2000, Blue Hill prides itself on serving fresh produce from its farm in Massachusetts, with its specialty ‘Farmers Feast’ menu composed of meals that use only seasonable vegetables and local produce.
Owned by and named for its head chef, David Bouley, Bouley provides a fine dining experience with a French twist. We recommend heading there for lunch – their prixe fixe tasting menu will delight even the thriftiest diner with six courses for a cool $36.
8. Eleven Madison Park
2010 was a big year for Eleven Madison Park, with Executive Chef Daniel Humm earning the accolade of being voted James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef of the Year” for New York. The menu has a distinctly French flavour and its bright, minimalist décor allows the diner to enjoy the attention to detail Eleven Madison Park puts into their plating.
7. Gramercy Tavern
Famed for its simple and fresh American cuisine, Gramercy Tavern’s menu is delivered by French trained Executive Chef Michael Anthony. Although prices can be steep for meals that aren’t guaranteed to fill you up, the high quality menu and the ambience created by its designer décor are not to be missed.
6. Le Grenouille
Tucked away in the East 50s neighbourhood is La Grenouille which has been providing diners with excellent service in effortless French style since 1962. La Grenouille’s classic décor instantly pulls diners back into the ‘good old days’ of dining out, while serving both traditional French cuisine and spontaneous chef created dishes. The soufflé is widely regarded as the best in town.
5. Sushi Yasuda
Bucking the trend as the only restaurant on this list to serve Japanese cuisine, Sushi Yasuda and its kitchen are run by Naomichi Yasuda, highly regarded as one of the world’s best sushi chefs. Sushi Yasuda provides a one to one service for diners at its sushi bar and will tailor your meal to your specific tastes.
Owner and three Michelin starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten ensures that Jean-Georges lives up to his reputation. Serving up a truly unique and ever changing menu, Jean-Georges is known for their delicate plating skills and knowledgeable serving staff with each dish treated with the utmost of care from kitchen to plate. With meals that look too good to eat, but flavours too moreish not to, Jean-Georges offers a truly bespoke dining service.
If your stomach’s growling contemporary French cuisine prepared with the finest American ingredients then Daniel is for you. With meals prepared by French born head chef Daniel Boulud, Daniel seeks to provide five star service and doesn’t disappoint. Try its duo of beef or anything from its dessert menu for a truly delightful gastronomic experience.
Have an adventurous palate? WD-50 is up to the challenge. Even with a Michelin star to boast, WD-50’s molecular gastronomy philosophy and eclectic menu makes them a bit of an outsider on our list, but ideal for people who want eating to be a fun and revelatory experience. Each of the 12 courses on their specialty tasting menu is wildly different and exciting, so this is a great place to go as a group. Go with an open mind and you’re guaranteed to love it.
1. Le Bernadin
Le Bernadin is legendary among NYC’s foodie crowd and tourists alike, offering up delectable seafood culinary delights. Head Chef Eric Ripert seeks to make works of art out of every dish and the dedicated waiting staff ensures your every need will be met. The selection available is extensive and very varied, ranging from “barely touched” meals of the freshest fish to wing of duck with complex sauces to towering puddings. The wine list is exquisite and much remarked upon by diners and reviewers alike. Just make sure you don’t finish it before the bill arrives, as when it does you’ll need a stiff drink!
Think we missed out on any hidden gems, or your favourite restaurant in New York? Let us know!
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Kelly is both a glampacker and a resident travel agent at Beat the Brochure. Kelly is a solo travel and Europe expert starting her travels as a rep in Ibiza. Kelly dreams every day of living in Hawaii with a very hunky, tanned man and would be much closer to this dream if it weren't for a high heel obsession.