Adda, LIC, NYC

At Adda, you might as well be eating in chef Chintan Pandya’s home. The cooking here is truly authentic where he refuses to cater to what the masses might expect an Indian restaurant to serve up. Pandya prepares his dishes as it’s meant to be eaten – no compromise and this is exactly why Adda is currently one of the hottest Indian spots in NYC right now.

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L’Appart, Le District, NYC

Within the spread of Le District lies a quiet 28-seater nook called L’Appart. Styled as a “chef’s apartment”, this Michelin starred spot is helmed by Executive Chef Nicolas “Nico” Abello who offers a changing, seasonal menu.

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Miznon, Chelsea, NYC

Miznon is a pita-centric spot opened in Chelsea Market recently. The brainchild of Chef Eyal Shani, one of Israel’s most famous Chefs, there are branches of this concept in Vienna and Paris.

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Nepali Bhancha Ghar, Jackson Heights, NYC

Nepali Bhancha Ghar, small, a bi-level Himalayan food spot in Jackson Heights serves one of the best momo soups in town.

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Clay, Harlem, NYC

Looking for an approachable, farm fresh spot in Harlem for some thoughtful New American cuisine, then Clay is just the place for you.

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Brine Chicken, Chelsea, NYC

Dan Mezzalingua and Executive Chef Joe LoNigro (Otto’s Tacos) have just launched a new concept restaurant that revolutionizes chicken.

Brine is a self-serve spot in Chelsea serving what might just be some of the BEST chicken I have tried recently – I kid you not!

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Ruumy’s Tavern, Hells Kitchen, NYC

Ruumy’s Tavern is restaurateur Mike Kocak’s newest venture located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen. Located steps away from the Theatre district, Ruumy’s offers theatergoers and New Yorkers a haven away from the milieu of tourist traps that one might get suckered into.

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Alley 41, Flushing, NYC

Alley 41 just might be one of the best Chinese restaurants I have eaten in recently. Chef Jaing comes with a host of accolades having won several master chef awards and a silver in the 2013 Top Chef.

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Dawas, Woodside, NYC

Dawa Bhuti has managed to strike a perfect balance between her Tibetan heritage and culinary school training at her eponymous spot in Woodside.

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The $55 Mini Omakase at Sushi Seki Times Square, NYC

Chef Seki Shi has established his brand as one of the premium sushi houses in New York City since the inception of Sushi Seki in 2002.   The resounding success of Chef’s endeavors has since led to a Chelsea branch and his flagship location in Times Square.

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Benares, Financial District, NYC

Benares, located on Murray Street offers downtowners a spot to satisfy their Indian food cravings.

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Tastings Social Gaudir, East Harlem, NYC

Every Monday evening, the space that houses Tasting Social’s Mountainbird in East Harlem, transforms into a delicious little slice of Spain. Chef Cedric Durand offers an eclectic menu of Modern Spanish Tapas at Tastings Social Gaudir, which transported me back to my trip two years ago.

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