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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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