5 faves from a New York foodie in New York

1) ABC Kitchen

The original ABC that started it all: fresh, lip-smacking dishes with that certain something. Though this place has been open for years, it’s still tough to score a reservation, but off-hours are your best shot. As a matter of fact, a brunch here can supply you with tasty fare, plus elixirs that can correct a night of staying out too late.

people dining at ABC Kitchen

35 East 18th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue)

+1 212 475 5829

http://www.abchome.com

2) The Dead Rabbit

This place is not really a secret, because it has been voted Best Bar in the World more than once. They do not accept reservations, so put your name on the list and bide your time on the top floor or ground floor. The parlor is the spot with exceptional service and cocktails, with a story behind each one.

bar interior of the Dead Rabbit

30 Water Street (between Broad and Old Slip)

+1 646 422 7906

http://www.deadrabbitnyc.com

3) El Quinto Pino

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.

interior of El Quinto Pino restaurant

401 West 24th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenue)

+1 212 206 6900

http://www.elquintopinonyc.com

4) Wallflower

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.

door sign of the Wallflower bar

235 West 12th Street (at Greenwich Avenue)

+1 646 682 9842

http://www.wallflowernyc.com

5) James Beard House Dinners

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.

deep-fried mars bar at James Bear House

167 West 12th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue)

+1 212 675 4984

http://www.jamesbeard.org

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