Top three restaurants in NYC? Annndddd…GO!
Obviously, this will look very different depending on who you ask, but today I’m getting all personal with you and sharing my very favorite restaurants in NYC…all wildly different in their own right. Not to say that these are the fanciest, or trendiest, or even would be described as NYC classics, but they certainly have staying power if your palate and taste align with mine, read: going out to eat should be just as much about the experience as it is the food. These three do it for me, every time.
Freemans: For Comfort Food Classics and a Cozy Downtown Vibe
Tucked down a little alley in the Lower East Side, this restaurant embodies classic Americana–the dishes here are simple, rustic, and inspired by old world traditions. Think: ooey-gooey mac-n-cheese, butternut squash schnitzle, and wild rice crispy treats. Produce is all sourced locally in New York, and the interior design makes me want to wrap up in a big wool sweater, sipping cocktails well past brunch.
Panna II: For Indian Staples With The Most Festive Atmosphere You’ll Find This Side Of Bengal
This is my go-to restaurant anytime there’s a reason to bust out the bubbly and get silly on a budget: birthdays, engagements, TGIF…you name it! Kitschy as it is, I adore this pepper-light strewn, BYOB restaurant, complete with upbeat staff who will ensure every visit feels like a reason to celebrate. The dishes are your typical Indian fare–but so good–and plenty of options for vegetarians.
ABC Kitchen: For High-Quality Dishes You Can Feel Good About Eating
I believe the exact words uttered the first time I ate at ABC were “Best. Salad. Ever.” And coming from a vegetarian who eats LOTS of greens, this is a big, bold statement. With Jean-Georges name behind it, you can be assured your seasonally inspired meal is going to shine, and the all white decor is as fresh as the farm-to-table goodness you’ll be putting in your mouth.
This round-up was inspired by citizenMag’s article on their Top 3 restaurants in Glasgow, which challenged us to come up with our own guide for New York. You can check out their own New York restaurant recommendations online or visit their New York hotel which is situated in Times Square (and boasts a mean coffeeshop, fellow locals!)
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