New York City has thousands of restaurants you shouldn't miss. Honestly, with the correct research, you can eat for years and never have a disappointing meal. Here are three restaurants I've tried lately that you shouldn't miss out on....
Brunch in NYC
Bagels and lox in a gorgeous upscale setting! Walking into Sadelle's is a treat in itself. Beautiful exposed brick and mid-century light fixtures feel like you're entering a friend's living room from another time. Perfectly bustling, you're greeted by friendly chefs slicing fresh fish and preparing drinks and baked goods. The bakery is on full display in the middle of the dining room in a glass-encased space. If you're lucky, you can sit right alongside the mammoth machinery! More than just bagels, they have a wonderful array of salads, sandwiches, eggs and more. While it may seem pricier than your standard fare bagel shop, the bagels and accouterments are unlimited with your fish selection. Wine and cocktails along with soft drinks and La Colombe coffee are also available.
WE ORDERED: a traditional tower of smoked salmon, sable and with schmears, tomato/capers/red onions and our choice of bagels. Also on the table, house made pickles, Babka and Sticky Buns (omg.) We tried the house Bloody Mary, made with Sadelle's own pickle juice.
DON'T MISS: The Sable and the Babka (yeast bread layered with chocolate)
PRICE: $10-25 per item
WORTH NOTING: Sadelle's does not accept cash. Credit/Debit cards only. They deliver through Caviar (a delivery service for you non-new yorkers) and will sell to-go if you're in a hurry. Reservations are available on Open Table. Midday is a good time to get a table without a lengthy wait.
Dinner in NYC
California influenced cuisine with a nod toward Italian, Upland, is locally sourced and prepared perfectly. I was especially excited to try Upland because of Chef Justin Smillie. He worked for years at Barbuto with my old boss, Chef Jonathan Waxman. To say I am obsessed with Waxman's food is an understatement. I probably gained 10 pounds while working for him. The dining room at Upland is a beautiful space lined filled with comfy booths and jars of preserved lemon line the wall. It gave me the feeling that everything I ordered will be the epitome of freshness. And wow, they did not disappoint. My particular favorite was Hen-of-the-Woods mushroom. The mushroom is served whole. It is quickly flash fried and served on top of Coulmage (a creamy, tangy cheese similar to ricotta.) Crispy, meaty and delicious we couldn't stop raving about this dish and it was only the beginning.
WE ORDERED...Green Zebra, a vegetarian option with herbs and stracciatella and Sausage & Kale for the meat eaters at the table. Pastas on the table were Bucatini Cacio e Pepe, classic pasta dish with cheese and black pepper, Spagettini with bottarga (salted, cured fish roe) garlic and pepperoncini and Estrella which was DELISH with sherry and chicken livers. We also enjoyed the whole Branzino, skirt steak, carrots, broccoli, shishito peppers, falafel, and little gem salad. The menu rotates according to the season.
Full disclosure: we dined with our friend who is the Sous Chef and the food just. kept. coming. (Honestly, still full.)
DON'T MISS: Honestly I could list the whole menu....but seriously make sure you get the Whole Crispy Mushroom, Spaghettini with Bottarga, Charred Broccoli with Creme Fraiche and the FRESHLY BAKED COOKIES OMG.
PRICE: Definitely a splurge, $17-70 but a wide array of items available. If you're budgeting, consider sharing a few items, portions are incredibly generous.
WORTH NOTING: Reservations are highly recommended, but bar seating is available.
A lively Mexican-style restaurant in the East Village, Rosie's is from well-known New York City restaurateurs Vicki Freeman and Chef Marc Meyer . With awesome outdoor seating and a fun atmosphere inside, I would bring friends for margaritas and guacamole. The chef was influenced by the traditional fare in Oaxaca, so lots of grilled meats, delicious enchiladas, and fresh seafood is on the menu. The many flavors of margaritas give you a wide range of options for downing all their delicious food under their bright colorful lights.
WE ORDERED...lots of tacos (only $4 each!), guacamole, ceviche, and coctel de camarone (Mexican shrimp cocktail.) Also, a few of my friends shared the Asada Oaxacana which was a giant platter of air-dried beef, green chorizo, steak and queso with freshly made corn tortillas, salsas, guacamole and radish salad. It is $20 a person and the platter could have served an army!
DON'T MISS: Guacamole + Chips, Ceviche de Pescado and the Spicy Margarita.
PRICE: $4 tacos, but two will easily fill you up. $10-$25 for most other items.
WORTH NOTING: Rosie's makes all of their tortillas right in the middle of the dining room. You can even sit at the counter to watch them work. Also: BRUNCH.