5 faves from a New York foodie New York


206 Avenue A
(betw 12th and 13th St)
East Village

A 20-seat spot that has you thinking you just landed in the home of a talented chef – and in a way you have. Enter through the sliding back door at The Garret, and plant yourself at the bar for unbridled personal attention, and to witness the Japanese-influenced American dishes being prepared. Order six or more dishes to share. We  loved the beef tartare, and shrimp crudo.


58 Second Avenue
(betw 3rd and 4th St)
East Village ➃
+1 917 892 6350

Modern Nordic specialties served in a minimalist soft-gray woody environment. Enjoy a variety of small tastes meant to be shared, incorporating some unusual Danish ingredients, like gooseberry gel, egg yolk jam, and buckwheat toast. The kitchen is open to the space with seats in front. Go, and have a bite with a glass of wine.


401 West 24th St
(betw 9th and 10th Ave)
Chelsea ➄
+1 212 206 6900

A true Spanish tapas bar. Divided into 2 spaces, the bar area is perfect for stopping by for a bite and enjoying a glass of wine, and the dining room is great for extended feasting. Do try their bocadillos, which are sandwiches supreme like the Bocadillo de Calamar, a flash-fried squid po’ boy.


235 West 12th St
(at Greenwich Ave
Greenwich Village
+1 646 682 9842

A little bar in front announces the adorableness of this place. Enjoy meticulously crafted cocktails by Xavier Herit, former head bartender at Daniel, while tapping your fingers along to his convivial playlists. On the dining side, the menu has a 4-course ‘let us cook for you’ option at 80 dollars. Late night snacks available.


167 West 12th St
(betw 6th and 7th Ave)
Greenwich Village
+1 212 675 4984

Hosting only the best chefs from around the US, James Beard House is a wonderful spot to mingle with fellow foodies. Located in Beard’s actual townhouse, each meal starts with a cocktail hour where everyone squeezes into the space overlooking the backyard getting buzzed, then continues upstairs with a set menu at a series of communal tables.

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