Cosme – New York, NY
SO GOOD! It’s no wonder this is supposedly President Obama’s favorite restaurant in NYC. We were recommended this restaurant by a very trustworthy Seattle chef/friend and now I want to fly to Mexico City to try Chef Enrique Olvera’s Pujol and eno and then to Cabo for Manta.
Who knew Mexican fare could be so refined and modern?! Stunning stunning food. My mouth is still salivating thinking about the brown butter on the lobster and the duck carnitas. I also have to mention how incredible the staff was. Our server couldn’t have been more friendly and welcoming. He has fabulous suggestions and just made the night that much more enjoyable. You won’t regret this dinner choice. Go for a drink beforehand and take in the cool space.
Tuna tostada, daisy capers, yuzu, avocado
Lobster, shiso, ginger mojo, brown butter
Mole verde, pine nuts, chile güero, brussels sprouts, kale
Duck carnitas, onions, radishes, cilantro
- Huckleberry raspado, cheese, coconut milk, lime
Le Bernardin – New York, NY
There’s a reason this restaurant has three Michelin stars, seven James Beard Awards and is ranked 24 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Time and time again it’s impeccable. I’ve been twice now, the first time having the Chef’s Tasting Menu and the second ordering a la carte. Both were divine and different which was extremely satisfying. Each dish is so beautifully composed and perfect from the presentation to the moment the flavors touch your tongue. Mmmm…I just wanted more! Definitely set your alarm to call two months in advance at 9am EST. It’s worth the effort and money if you can manage it.
Hamachi – flash marinated Hamachi, young radishes and amaranth crisp, Yuzu vinaigrette
Langoustine – seared langoustine, fennel mousse line, spiced citrus-sambal sauce
Snapper – crusted red snapper, pickled Persian cucumbers, green curry-goat yogurt emulsion
Raoul’s – New York, NY
An acquaintance in NYC recommended this spot as a place that locals frequent and as a must try for all! He was right. We walked in at 11pm on a Friday night after seeing a Broadway show only to be greeted with a packed restaurant, energy buzzing all around and the friendliest staff. This is a great example of why I love NYC.
Raoul’s is your classic French bistro with dishes that will leave an impression on your palette for a long long time. Don’t skip the artichoke or Steak au Poivre (it’s been on the menu for 40 years) and be sure to get a reservation.
Bigeye Tuna “Saisi” with avocado, blood orange & yuzu citronette
Grilled Octopus with artichoke confit, olives, saffron-fennel purée & pomegranate
Steak au Poivre with hand cut pommel frites
Crispy Hampshire Pork Schnitzel “Holstein” with pea greens, sunny side egg & caper rémoulade
Warm CasaLuker Chocolate Fondant with pomegranate & vanilla ice cream
Boqueria – New York, NY
I love this place! Last year we ended up going here twice for tapas before late dinners. We’ve nailed down our favorites – Padron peppers, sautéed wild mushrooms and the garlic shrimp. Be sure to ask for extra bread if you get the garlic shrimp…the garlic oil is too good not to sop up.
Navy – New York, NY
What a neighborhood gem! So unassuming from the outside but cozy and sweet once you walk in the front door. The staff couldn’t have been more amazing. So accommodating and welcoming. They truly made the experience twice as great.
Everything we ordered was outstanding. The unique flavors stood out remarkably making each dish so interesting. I kept taking bites trying to figure out what I was tasting. I would order everything we had that night over and over again. What a meal! If only we lived there, they would surely know us by name.
Crudo – coco-lime, avocado, pickled chili, cilantro
Lettuces – puffed kasha, buttermilk dressing
Smoked Mackerel – carrots, charred scallion, olive aioli
Crispy Sweet Potato – olives, almonds, sumac yogurt
Zucchini & Broccoli Fritters – nigella, mustard seed, dill
Pork & Beans – smoked butterbeans, braised cabbage