NYC Restaurant Guide Spring 2017
For this edition of my NYC restaurant guide, I'm recommending one spot for breakfast, two that we enjoyed for dinner, and one that is attached to a museum, which is the perfect spot for enjoying a meal before or after an exhibit or special event. Each entry is memorable in its own way; the tastes of the meal remain long after the experience itself, and the presentation is a visual feast as well. Every detail has been thought through, including the design, decor, and attentiveness and personalities of the staff, all blending together to create the perfect dining experience!
I found this location of Laduree by accident. I was early for an appointment and decided to find somewhere to grab a quick cup of coffee. Of course, Laduree is known mainly for bringing the Macaron craze to the U.S., but they have many other items on the menu as well. You walk in to find an elegant dining room, at the end of which is a lovely courtyard. After looking at the yummy offerings, I decided I had time for a little more than a simple cup of coffee....! There are many options on the menu, but I chose "Le Petit Dejeuner Laduree", which includes several "viennoiseries" (baked goods -croissants, pain au chocolat), freshly baked breakfast breads, fresh squeezed orange or grapefruit juice and coffee or hot chocolate. The atmosphere very much reminded me of the Laduree in Paris.
Tip: If you can get there early, there won't be a wait, and you can enjoy a luxurious treat in relative quiet before the crowds descend!
The next restaurant is ABCV. It is the newest addition to the ABC restaurants (ABC Kitchen, etc,) and it is VEGAN. This had me a bit wary, but as I've mentioned in the past, my daughter is a vegetarian, so I'm not unfamiliar with the category. My concern was completely unwarranted. The entire experience was exceptional; the food was ABSOLUTELY delicious, and the atmosphere they have created is light and airy, with a very cool vibe. Even if you are not a vegan, vegetarian, or an adventurous eater, you will enjoy this beautiful spot.
We had the "Taste Of Spring", which is a combination of the day's dishes, selected by the chef to be shared by the table. I will just mention a few of these because they brought so many courses, I feel like we tasted everything on the menu! Standout dishes were the "Avocado Lettuce Cups" with toasted cumin, serrano and lime pepitas (pumpkin seeds), "Wood Roasted Beets" with dijon, avocado puree and chili aioli; "Whole Roasted Cauliflower" with turmeric-tahini and pistachios. Every single bite was intense with flavor. I never thought about the food being vegan again during the meal. My husband says I don't include many options for people who aren't vegetarian, but this restaurant, along with the others on this list, will satisfy everyone, and may create a new dining experience for some!
Untitled at the Whitney Museum of Art is a beautiful restaurant in a building designed by Renzo Piano. The food is excellent, the chef is Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, and the location is perfect, being inside the museum, next to the High Line in the ever-cool Meatpacking District. The bread alone is worth the carb splurge, baked each day in a bakery nearby. We just had "small bites", because we were going to an event at the museum and were short on time, but the main courses, I'm sure without any doubt, will be just as special.
I have saved Palma for last because it is a new favorite. From the minute you walk in the door, you are affected by the simple beauty of the place. The fresh flowers add to the European feel, and the food is full of Italian flavor, delicate and robust at the same time. As most of you know, I am not a food critic by profession, so I struggle to find the words to describe the experience, but "magical" comes to mind. The house-made pasta speaks for itself, and there is a lovely garden courtyard in the back.
I hope my experiences are giving you ideas for new places to try, It makes me happy when people stop me on the street (some of whom are New Yorkers!) to tell me that they followed my suggestions and have found some new favorites. The only thing better than discovering new restaurants is sharing them with others.
Ciao until next week,