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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Sevan, Bayside, NYC

Queens is home to some of the most authentic ethnic food destinations in New York City. Amidst all this lies Sevan, a gem amongst the very few Armenian restaurants in the city.

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Gardënia, West Village, NYC

Right off Seventh Avenue, in the West Village is a hidden gem. Gardënia, a seasonally driven, Mediterranean restaurant that focuses on flavours from Southern Europe, is truly a delightful find.

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Alpha Fusion, Midtown West, NYC

Alpha Fusion is Henry Yang’s Pan-Asian restaurant on 34th street, serving a mash up of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese cuisine. This Bond Street trained chef has always been passionate about experimenting with different flavors and textures.

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Little Park, Tribeca, NYC

Andrew Carmellini is such a star chef in my eyes! I love Locanda Verde and now am equally in love with Little Park, his ingredient driven, seasonal restaurant at the Smyth hotel in TriBeCa.

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Indian Accent, Midtown East, NYC

The very first time I ate at Indian Accent was in New Delhi several years ago and I was quite astounded by the meal. Chef Manish Mehrotra was a vanguard in creating an Indian fine dining experience based on contemporary techniques, which became an instant success.

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Guan Fu Sichuan, Flushing, NYC

Guan Fu Sichuan in Flushing has for me, redefined Sichuan cuisine completely. The words “Guan Fu” literally translates to “Sichuan White House” showcasing a cuisine that was only accessible to the nobility in China. The owners Li Boru and Xue Wei had a vision of bringing these flavors historically enjoyed by the Chinese aristocracy, here to our plates in New York City – in its most authentic form.

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Fiskur Bistro by Icelandic Fish & Chips, West Village, NYC

Take a trip to Reykjavík without ever leaving the city at Fiskur Bistro by Icelandic Fish & Chips.

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Thaimee At McCarren, Williamsburg, NYC

Elegant Thai food that tastes just as good as it looks – is what the brand new Thaimee at McCarren is all about.

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Brunch with Indian flavors at Pondicheri, Flatiron, NYC

Brunch may not be the first word that pops into your mind when you think of Indian food. Pondicheri, however might just have you rethinking that.

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Amami Japanese Cocktail Bar, Williamsburg, NYC

The newly opened Amami Japanese Cocktail Bar brings really delicious Japanese eats to Williamsburg.

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Imli Urban Indian, Upper East Side, NYC

There’s a new contender on the Indian dining scene on the Upper East Side. Imli Urban Indian Cuisine attempts to combine stylish digs with regional small plate offerings.

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TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie, Union Square, NYC

Ramen is all the rage in NYC that one tends to ignore the other great noodles that’s Japanese cuisine proffers. A good bowl of udon can be just as satisfying and is so much harder to find.

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Legend of Taste, Whitestone, NYC

When my friend Rich from Ethno Junkie said that some of the best Szechuan food in NYC was not in Chinatown but in Whitestone, Queens – I had to follow him there to find out for myself.

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Caprices by Sophie, Williamsburg, NYC

A banker turned baker! Caprices by Sophie is a darling little bakery in Williamsburg which specialized in dainty offerings.

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Soy Bean Chen, Flushing,NYC

Only in Flushing could you enter a flower shop and grab a cup of the most delicious tofu to go for just $1.50.

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Gumbo Bros, Boerum Hill, NYC

Two Louisiana State University alumns aim to fill the void of authentic Cajun and Creole cooking in New York City. Adam Lathan and Clay Boulware bring po’ boys, gumbos and more to their cool storefront – Gumbo Bros in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

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Tijuana Picnic, LES, NYC

Looking for a really cool spot on the LES with a retro vibe and zingy Asian/Mexican small plates? Take a trip downtown to sample Chef Alex Lopez eats at Tijuana Picnic.

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Maison Kayser, Midtown East, NYC

Maison Kayser, the famed French artisanal bakery has just opened its 12th outlet in New York City located on fifth avenue and 36th street.

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Ichiran, East Williamsburg/Bushwick, NYC

Ever feel like you want to enjoy a bowl of Ramen in total solitude?

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Rubirosa, Nolita, NYC

Rubirosa is one of the most beloved pizzerias in New York City. It is definitely on every “Best of” list and is so much more than just a pizza place.

 

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Kosaka, West Village, NYC

Michelin starred chef Yoshihiko Kousaka of Jewel Bako fame now owns Kosaka in the West Village.

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Tortaria, Union Square, NYC

Tortaria is a lively Mexican sandwich shop downtown, which serves Tortas, Taquitos and Tequila – the three essentials “T’s” if you ask me.

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