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Dining in the Big Apple: New York’s top six restaurants

By Lauren Kirton on 25th June 2018

While New York is often associated with traffic, business and tourism, there is something to be said about its food scene. In a city teaming with people from many different backgrounds, the diverse culture of New York is reflected within its cuisine. There is a huge variety of dining options, making it almost overwhelming to decide where to eat. To make these decisions easier for you, here are the top 6 restaurants we recommend in New York City.

Philippe Chow

The wine cellar provides a more intimate setting than the decorated dining room.

Celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, the Upper East Side’s Philippe Chow is renowned for its traditional Chinese dishes, enjoyed by many famous faces. A focus here on quality fresh ingredients provides guests with exciting dishes, many of which are inspired by Chef Chow’s childhood in China. The iconic restaurant is celebrated for its hand-pulled noodles and handcrafted dumplings. This summer, with the addition of a new dim sum service, steamed dumplings will make a star appearance on the menu, with a variety of choices available in the main dining room. Additions are also being made to the desert menu with the introduction of Pastry Chef Terri Dreisbach’s special Birthday Cake – a chocolate pound cake topped with Swiss meringue frosting and cotton candy. Although food is our focus, the establishment itself is a wonder to see, featuring a beautiful main dining room with high gold-leaf ceilings amid a black and white colour palette.

Address: 33 East 60th Street, NYC / 212-644-8885

Miss Ada

Launching a new seasonal menu, Miss Ada has solidified its place in New York over the last year, with a focus on wholesome comfort food. The Israeli-Mediterranean restaurant’s name is derived from the Hebrew for restaurant ‘misada’ which represents the coming together of friends and family around the dinner table. Keeping this in mind, Chef Tomer Blechman is influenced by his childhood in Tel Aviv in his creation of dishes such as Za’atar Crusted Salmon paired with labne, charred shallots and Japanese eggplant. Recently introduced, brunch at Miss Ada features a menu of Israeli street food such as Jachnun, a flaky dough coated with a date honey that has been slow-cooked in an oven overnight and topped with brown egg, tomato and schug, or Malawach, a layered pan-fried bread paired with a hard boiled egg, tomato and schug.

Address: 184 Dekalb Avenue at Carlton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205 / 917-909-1023

SUGARCANE raw bar grill

Hosting its first summer season in Brooklyn, SUGARCANE raw bar grill is introducing a new dining experience at its New York premises: Al Fresco dining along the Dumbo Waterfront. Food highlights here include Cauliflower Tahini with charred purée, za’atar and roti, and Goat Cheese Croquettes with membrillo marmalade. SUGARCANE also boasts a raw bar where Renowned Sushi Chef Koji Kagawa prepares fresh dishes including the exquisite Local Fluke Ceviche with aji amarillo, sweet potato, crispy maiz cancha. Brunch at the raw bar provides a selection of signature creations such as Duck & Waffle, a crispy leg confit topped with duck egg and mustard maple syrup.

Address: Empire Stores, 55 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 / 718-473-9555

The Milling Room

The Milling Room offers creative alternatives to classic American dishes.

Situated in the lobby of what was the 1800’s Endicott Hotel, The Milling Room has recently introduced its new Spring menu displaying the sophisticated taste of new team member Executive Chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark. Located next to Central Park, The Milling Room is made up of an airy skylit dining room that preserves many of the building’s original features, and a lively but more intimate tavern with a stunning wood panel bar. Here inspiration is taken from fresh farmers market ingredients, to create a modern American menu fit for both locals and visitors. Offering creative twists on American cuisine, appetizers include the delicate Salmon Belly Crudo with blood orange, scallion and radishes. A dedicated pasta menu is available, or opt for the Forty Day Dry-Aged NY Strip Loin, served with baby turnips and greens.

Address: 446 Columbus Avenue, NY 10024 / 212-595-0380

Industry Kitchen

The Guinness World Record 24K pizza.

Providing unrivalled views of the Brooklyn Skyline and the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridges, Industry Kitchen is the place to be to truly feel part of modern New York. The industrial setting of the restaurant is perfectly complimented by its interior. Designed by Wid Chapman Architects, it features eco-friendly pieces made of reclaimed wood and raw concrete. Aside from its appearance, the menu offers American cuisine already loved across the country, based on seasonal ingredients. Know for its creative pizza’s, the menu currently showcases the Guinness World Record 24K Pizza topped with Stilton, foie gras, platinum Ossetra caviar, truffle and gold leaves. Drinks are available to compliment all dishes, as the restaurant has a substantial array of craft beers, cocktails, and wine, just ask the staff for their recommendation.

Address: 70 South Street, NY 10038 / 212-487-9600

Añejo

Food and drink blend seamlessly at this Mexican restaurant.

Created with the intention of providing a fun dining experience, Hell’s Kitchen establishment Añejo plays host to an assortment of Mexican inspired dishes. Menu highlights include the innovative Cheeseburger Fundido, as well as summer additions pulled Duck Salad and Soft-Shell Crab tacos. Alongside an exciting menu, Añejo offers a vast medley of tequilas and Mexican distillations – there’s a drink for every meal on offer. Our favourite summer cocktail is the Oaxacan Caipirinha, made with Paranubes rum, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, club soda and raspberries. Tying both food and drink together is the restaurants signature brunch: at $47 a head, the boozy affair includes Carne Asada con Huevos, Eggs Benedict with Mexican chorizo, and Blueberry Corn Pancakes.

Address: 668 10th Avenue at 47th Street, NY 10036 / 212-920-4770