Favorite NYC Restaurants - Spring 2017

As most of you know, I am in NYC every other month for business, but I make a point to squeeze in some fun as well! I love to read about the latest restaurants and try them out. This post has some truly spectacular ones! I really hope you can experience them for yourselves, so I am going to tell you a little about them to entice you!

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First is FLORA BAR, which is in the Met Breuer museum. Many of you have read about it I'm sure, and others have seen posts on Instagram. The team behind ESTELA  has opened this seriously hip eatery and coffee bar. We started with a purple endive, pecan, and Bayley Hazen blue cheese salad, which could have been a little boring, but was SCRUMPTIOUS! Then had the potato, preserved truffle and egg tart.....INCREDIBLE! After lunch, you can enjoy the latest exhibits at the Met Breuer (this museum is The Metropolitan Museum of Art's modern and contemporary art center). In my book, that's a perfect day!

 

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Second is FRED'S at Barney's downtown. This spot is perfect for a shopping break (the people watching is pretty fascinating as well!). It is smaller than the original on Madison Avenue, but just as yummy and creative. We started with a green juice, then continued with the "Downtown Vegan Salad" (remember, my eating companion for most of these meals is a vegetarian!). We also shared the squash potato cake entree which was fabulous. Of course, you can get their famous fries and salads at this location as well. The avocado toast AT THIS LOCATION is probably one of the best versions I have ever had (and that's saying a lot!). I could easily eat it every day.  The pastas always delight, and there are plenty of meat and seafood-centric offerings as well. It's the perfect respite from the exhaustion (ha,ha) of shopping this gorgeous, super cool store!

 

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Last is my current OBSESSION. LE COUCOU is out of this world. We went for dinner. I have no words to explain the magical experience of eating here. The ambiance is a brilliant mixture of pure understated elegance with a super hip vibe. The food is simply exquisite. As my dining companion was vegetarian, and the menu had no real options for her, the chef was more than happy to CREATE A SPECIAL DISH FOR US MADE FROM THE GORGEOUS FRESH OPTIONS HE HAD ON HAND THAT DAY. This was especially impressive because the restaurant is very large for a New York spot and was totally packed. The service is lovely as well.The presentation was a delight, and the flavor was over-the-top perfection. It was like nothing I have ever tasted, and he just whipped it up?! The bar is splendidly cool as well. I HIGHLY recommend this spot (IF you can snag a reservation....saying it is very popular is a gross understatement).

A few others I will just mention are: 

AUGUSTINE at the renovated Beekman hotel- Keith McNally's latest restaurant (the man behind BALTHAZAR) Try the cheese souffle! IThis place is a showstopper! Make sure to check out the hotel lobby and the atrium-gorgeous!

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LORING PLACE- Dan Kluger's (ABC KITCHEN) latest for pasta and pizza.

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CAFE CLOVER is one of my all-time favorites. This was my first experience for brunch and it did not disappoint! Everything is so tasty, from the juices to lattes to... well to everything on the menu!!!

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On the subject of brunch/weekend lunch, NICKEL AND DINER is a very hip take on the classic diner and has an interesting menu. The food is elevated "comfort" and every bite is beyond satisfying. The staff is helpful and definitely goes ABOVE AND BEYOND in every way. The restaurant sits at the crossroads between Soho and Chinatown, which lends itself to the retro funky feel. Lots of cool people enjoying Bloody Marys to welcome the weekend. We had the Kale Cashew Bowl and the Roasted Maitake Mushroom which are superb, but things like burgers, fries, grilled BLT with truffle vinaigrette looked really good too.

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Happy Eating!

Until next time,

xoxo

Alison Bruhn