I could devote an entire website to places I love in New York... here are just a few.
Any restaurant from Mario Batali
He and Joe Bastianich are great hosts, serving delicious food with impeccable wines and service... pick any of their places and get ready to be wowed. www.mariobatali.com.
Any place from my good friend Tom Colicchio
He’s committed to perfect ingredients, cooking them with integrity and finesse. Even his sandwich place, Witchcraft, rocks. www.craftrestarurant.com.
Gotham Bar and Grill
Still, after all these years, Alfred Portale continues to amaze me with his “Big City” creations... and he’s a kick ass tennis player. www.gothambarandgrill.com
Sit at the bar, order the “special Foccacia”, a glass of red wine, and be prepared to have one of the “best bites” in NYC. www.daciro.com
Mary’s Fish Camp
Small, fun, packed, perfect! www.marysfishcamp.com
Super cool setting for amazing seafood, all done in a simple Greek style. www.milos.ca
Jonathon Waxman is a rock star, one of the real heroes of American cooking. Order anything and everything on the menu…..it’s all delicious. www.barbutonyc.com
A real NYC experience, affectionately known as “the Sturgeon King”…. ’nuff said. www.barneygreengrass.com
Gabrielle Hamilton’s perfect, unfussy restaurant. Brunch, Dinner……it’s all good. www.prunerestaurant.com
Wylie Dufresne is a magician. Eat here. Now! www.wd-50.com
One of my favorite sushi restaurants in NYC. www.sushiyasuda.com
The perfect steakhouse; plus how many places can say they had a mob hit right in front of their restaurant? Don’t worry, it was many years ago. www.sparkssteakhouse.com
NYC perfection. Go for the pastrami and a Dr. Brown’s cream soda. Ahhhh… www.katzdeli.com
Marco Canora rocks the small plates here, and I think the wine list is one of the most interesting and playful lists around. www.restauranthearth.com