No visit to New York is complete without eating your way around the city. I was able to try new food places during my last visit, but also got to return to some of my favourites.
The first one I checked out was Andy RIcker’s Pok Pok Phat Thai. After watching Andy Ricker play host to Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown in Northern Thailand, it got me more than curious. The Lower East Side Rivington Street location is a simple “hole in the wall” with only stools and counters that serves a limited menu of Phat Thai and Kuaytiaw dishes – worth a visit nonetheless.
It must be fate — as it was a hot and humid evening and walking down Rivington street I chanced upon Morgenstern’s! Brooklyn-based Nicholas Morgenstern transported his much-delighted ice cream parlour experience to Manhattan.
It was a late lunch that I found myself at Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery.
One of the original Farm-to-Table restaurants that opened in 2000, Blue Hill in Greenwich Village features seasonal American food celebrating the bounty of the week by co-owner and chef Dan Barber. The chef’s tasting menu is such a treat and I do not remember eating that much vegetables in one sitting!
I keep hearing about Williamsburg in Brooklyn so I took the subway across the river and ended up hanging out at Blue Bottle Coffee, where they serve pour-over coffee, the simplest and cleanest way to draw out coffee’s best qualities.
Every time I am in New York, I always end up going to Eataly at Union Square for one reason or the other. Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich have concocted one of the most successful Italian food emporium. The pasta, how simple it may be, is always perfect! Not to mention, the gelateria is a wonderful treat.
For my last dinner, I was invited to Felidia. Another Lidia Bastianich restaurant that has been operating since 1981 on East 58th Street.