On a recent trip to NYC to visit family, my husband and I had to nosh at every eatery we could belly up to, of course. We tend to go for the restaurants that are well known for their chefs and food but not pretentious. My husband, a lover of all Asian cuisine, had his heart set on Sushi Nakazawa (the apprentice to the famous Jiro Ono of Japan). He requested reservations exactly 29 days before our visit since reservations are only available at 30 days out but alas, we were not able to get in. We settled for lunch the same day at Izakaya MEW. Ramen bowls hit the spot after a morning of traveling and empty stomachs. The Saki and Sapporo didn't hurt either.
We took a little time in Bryant Park to enjoy a coffee....and a mean game of Guess Who.
It was Thursday night in NYC and nearing 5pm by the time we decided on Bobby Flay's, Gato. We were able to get reservations with such short notice and were oh so glad we did. After 2 rounds of bright and flavorful drinks at the bar, we ordered appetizers and entrees at the table along with wine. We indulged a bit. I had the best vegetarian paella with wild mushrooms, toasted rice, kale, crispy artichoke and a sunny side up egg. My husband had large red prawns in a Meyer lemon (my all-time favorite ingredient) sauce. The apps ranged from crispy artichoke with uni to brandade (salt cod) croquette. We were not disappointed. I hope to replicate some of these soon....as well as the cocktails. Since we were indulging, I could not pass up dessert. My husband does not care for sweets but even dove into this one for a few bites. It was a walnut brown butter cake with Armagnac (brandy) gelato.
The next day we had an assortment of eats including shrimp dumplings, fresh oysters, fresh Uni, bacon and maple doughnuts, vegan sushi (my husband tackled that one), and IPA-Wheat beer. These fabulous edibles were all at the Chelsea Market. Highly recommend a stop here if you are ever in NYC. It is an indoor market with every type of fresh meat, seafood, cheese, and ready made delectable you could dream of. There are spices, teas, salts, wines, clothes....the list goes on. For a foodie, you will be amazed.
I should add that when we stumbled out of the market like two college students after an all night rage, disoriented from our food coma, I realized that I was standing underneath the Food Network building (or what I believed to be the building, maybe it was just loading) but I was super excited. What are the odds?!
We rounded out the trip spending the day at the Chelsea Market before meeting my husband's brother to take the bus into New Jersey to spend the rest of the weekend with family and friends. It is hard to beat NYC food but the family cooking was not too shabby either.