There was one question on my mind when I quizzed a chef in New York City: where do you go out to eat? As one of the best cities in the world (in my opinion THE best) to eat out, New York is full of great restaurants, markets, and even food trucks! So, where do the chefs go out to eat? Here are the top 5 picks, from a local himself!
Open throughout the day from 11:30AM – 10:30PM (11:30PM on Fridays and Saturdays), Lure Fishbar is a very popular hangout for chefs around town. Expect a yachtlike interior, busy bar scene and, as the name suggests, seafood is the cuisine on offer!
142 Mercer St, New York
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Perhaps the most unassuming of the bunch, Contra is an alternative option for something a little more low key. The tasting menu offers 5-courses of New American fare for a reasonably priced $55. Open for dinner only, the fixed-price menu is your only option but a darn good one at that.
138 Orchard St, New York
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Eleven Madison Park
For upscale American dining, you can’t go past Daniel Humm’s tasting menu selections on offer at Eleven Madison Park. Expensive and only open for dinner, this is one of those once in a life time situations reserved for special occasions.
Metropolitan Life North Building, 11 Madison Ave, New York
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For fine dining European fare with a modern twist, you can’t go past the NoMad Restaurant – probably one of my favourite menus in the entire city! They’re open for lunch and dinners, but be sure to book in advance as it is also one of the most popular restaurants in town. Located in the Flat Iron District, there are plenty of alternatives in the area if you can’t book a table last minute.
1170 Broadway, New York
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As the most expensive restaurant in America, you might better enjoy looking at the menu than actually eating it. The restaurant centres around sushi, which is quite comical given the cuisine is usually amongst the cheapest foods on offer around the world!
Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor, New York
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A paradox of sorts, Carbone is an Italian fine dining restaurant set in a nostalgic, retro space with glamour that could have only been inspired by the 20’s. The restaurant was created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick and is frequented by Chefs, foodies, and A-listers in search of some of the best, rich, Italian food in town.
181 Thompson St, New York
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