Ivan Ramen – New York, NY
Oh boy! If you’re familiar with Chef’s Table on Netflix then you already know about this place. If not watch the show, you don’t even need to commit to the whole series, but this episode is worth it. I finally got my husband to watch it and afterwards, he was craving ramen every single night – no joke. We were conveniently on our way to NYC shortly after so we made going to Ivan Ramen our #1 priority. SOOOOO worth it! Holy cow. We were with another couple and all of us ordered the same thing – the Chicken Paitan (with an oven roasted tomato of course). When it came and we took our first bite we were all speechless and then…just moaned. I kid you not. I’m already dying to go back. We got in line 30 minutes before they opened because we didn’t have a reservation and it was a good thing. If you’re a ramen fan this should be at the top of your list!
Steamed Pork Buns – soy-mushroom glaze, picked diakon
Kyuri Pickles – persian cucumbers, spiced rice vinegar, dill
Miso-Roasted Cauliflower – shio-koji butter, fresno chili, bonito
Chicken Paitan – rich chicken broth, minced chicken, egg yolk, shio combo, rye noodles
The Lobster Roll Restaurant – Amagansett, NY
Yes, this is the same place where they’ve filmed The Affair on Showtime. I’ve never seen it but immediately when I posted a picture on Instagram, friends started asking and because of the posters and mention on their website, I know it’s the spot.
My husband and I spent a couple of days in the Hamptons this summer and rented a car one day to explore up the coast. We discovered that each town has it’s own cute feel. While driving to Montauk we couldn’t help but notice this place on the side of the road and immediately turned in for a lunch stop. Good choice us! What do you order when the restaurant has a HUGE sign on it’s roof advertising it’s lobster roll? A lobster roll of course!!! Mmmm mmmm…DE-licious! I wouldn’t really mess around with much else but that’s just me (my husband did have a tasty crab cake to start).
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
Carbone – New York, NY
Wow! I don’t know where to start. From the moment you walk into this restaurant you know you’ve made the right choice (actually, maybe the first clue was when the concierge at our hotel was shocked I actually got a reservation). From the outside it’s completely nondescript. You can’t see anything because there are drawn velvet curtains hiding what lies within. When you open the door you feel as if you’ve stepped into an old Italian mobster hangout with some serious class. The photos on the website do the decor and atmosphere NO justice whatsoever.
I loved everything about this meal. The staff was great, the food was so flavorful that I had to tell myself to stop before I got too full and I loved the decor.
I have to mention that I had a little bit of order envy once I saw the woman next to me get her pasta. I believe it was the Fettuccine con Fungi. At first glance on the menu I assumed it was pasta with mushrooms when in fact it was fresh truffles on top…huge miss there but there’s always next time! I highly, highly recommend the artichoke hearts. They were the most flavorful presentation I’ve ever had and I could eat these all day long. The Angel Hair AOP was loaded with flavor all the while being nice and light. Tasty, tasty, tasty all around!
Angel Hair AOP