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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pie and Mash by Bill Yosses at Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,NYC

Pie and Mash along with Sweeny Todd sounds like an odd combination but it is one of the coolest things you could be doing right now in New York City.

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Esperanto, East Village, NYC

Esperanto is a Brazilian/Latin inspired restaurant that has been bringing its zesty menu and lively vibe to the East Village for almost two decades now.

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Epistrophy Café, Nolita, NYC

How can you not fall in love with Epistrophy Café?

Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own

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