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What restaurant do you think is a "must try" for someone who is visiting the city for the first time?

Upvoted by Alexander Pavone and 11 others
michael-landas

Michael Landas

New York City

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Michael Landas

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Answer found helpful by Sheila Mayo and 17 others

You say NYC to me, I say steak (it IS called a NY Strip, after all). While everyone will have their own personal views on which one is the best and why, for me, there is no better representation of New York City than Keens Steakhouse.
Reason 1: The mutton chop. Every steak house has a porterhouse, a filet mignon, strip steak, hanger, skirt, ribeye, Delmonico, etc. How many others can you name have a mutton chop? Exactly. There's a reason it's famous; you'll only understand if you actually try it.
Reason 2: The history- the décor, the service, the presentation from the time you walk in to the time you walk out harken back to an era long before most of us even knew what a great steak is. Ask about the scores of pipes, I won't go into it here. See if any belong to someone you've read about or heard about.
Reason 3: The value. Everything is expensive in NYC, particularly in Manhattan, we all know that. Yet, having, once again, eaten here just last week, I can't help but feel that when all the values are added up- the taste, presentation and flavors of the food, the service, the décor, the attention and care given by the staff- that it's a far better value than any other place in the city. Don't believe me? Try it yourself, I know you'll be surprised.

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andrew-johnson-35

Andrew Johnson

New York City

www.roundtable.io

Co-founder of RoundTable

Andrew Johnson

Despite living in NYC for 10 years I've never been here, but this might've been the thing that convinces me to go. Loved it. Thanks Mike!

Reply about 1 year ago

julia-martin

Food Enthusiast, Lawyer, Mother

Julia Martin

Such a great piece about Keen's! Makes me want to go back :)

Reply about 1 year ago

tara-daly

Tara Daly

New York

PR for Dining & Hospitality

Tara Daly

Think I might try and take my BF here for his birthday this sounds like something he'd love!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Kevin Malouf and 10 others
sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Answer found helpful by Mike Wilson and 21 others

Yes, it requires a day trip, and yes, it's not technically NYC but as a cook I appreciate and embrace the fact that upstate NY is the backbone of the restaurant scene in NYC and Blue Hill is at the forefront of NY cooking.

Pictured in the back ground is the idyllic Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. In the front is Blue Hill's beet-dog (30% beet) on a wholewheat (ground in the kitchen) topped with a relish made with gherkins fermented in house paired with a Captain Lawrence sour ale.

If you want to understand the NY landscape, flora and fauna and enjoy a wide representation of seasonal, thoughtfully prepared and perfectly executed food, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is the perfect destination. They're constantly innovating and breaking new ground carrying the Chez Panisse's torch on the East Coast. The dining experience at Blue Hill at Stone Barns is multi-faceted, complex, loaded with information, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes exhilarating and always delicious.

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Mary Krug

One of the best descriptions of BHSB that I've read! You certainly do this fantastic establishment justice!

Replies (1) about 1 year ago

sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Thank you Mary, I must say though, I used to be a cook at Blue Hill, and I am still very excited about what Dan Barber / Adam Kaye and team do over there.

about 1 year ago

Morgan Theriault

I am DYING to go here! The beet-dog looks amazing...not what I would have expected!

Replies (1) about 1 year ago

sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Morgan the beet dog is the tip of the ice berg, they charting new ground every day, amazing place, very innovative.

about 1 year ago

payal-daga

Studying in Paris ignited my love of French cuisine

Payal Daga

Another great post Sayat love reading them!

Replies (1) about 1 year ago

sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Thanks for the kind words Payal, let me know if you ever make it upstate what you think of your meal!

about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Jenny Lee and 5 others
179 E Houston St, New York, NY
lacey-burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Lacey Burke

Ruinart Brand Ambassador

Answer found helpful by Andrew Johnson and 15 others

Although not technically a restaurant, this is one of my absolute favorite places to eat in NYC. A New York institution.

First of all, the staff is perfectly polite, professional and knowledgeable, not to mention always dressed in impeccably clean white uniforms. They boast a most epic selection of smoked fish from all over the world, a dizzying array of cream cheese flavors, high quality caviar at many price points and the fixings, not to mention a candy selection that will break your resolve.

What's the move? Get there early on the weekend. Like 9, latest. Take a number and score some delicious coffee. Sesame seed bagel, New Zealand double smoked King Salmon, caviar cream cheese, tomato and capers. Boom. A few chocolate covered pretzels, licorice or maybe some babka... Take it somewhere cozy to eat and you can thank me later.

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lara-chang

Wish I could work as an ice cream tester for Ben & Jerry's

Lara Chang

I have wanted to go here many times after Katz's, but this might just be the best review I've read about R & D. Motivates me to try it next time around!

Reply about 1 year ago

Samantha Butler

Truly awesome review for Russ & Daughters

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Bethany Kate and 5 others
erin-healy

Erin Healy

New York City

https://www.instagram.com/moresaltandlard/

Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione

Erin Healy

Sommelier, Restaurant Marc Forgione

Answer found helpful by Caroline Huang and 18 others

Murray's is such an institution in the city (and in the country, really) for cheese and all things stanky and delicious, and cheese lovers coming to NYC for the first time really shouldn't miss the hallway sized cheese and wine bar right next door to the famous retail shop. Not only are the wine, cheese and accouterments pairings some of the finest I have EVER had, the scene really screams "New York" to me, huddled into the village, surrounded by old pizza joints and michelin star restaurant alike. This was one of my first visits on my first time to New York when I was freshly 21...and I still herald it as one of my favorite spots. In addition to the cool atmosphere and killer selection of libations and cheesy things, they are offering a cheese themed tasting menu on Tuesdays and Thursdays (two seatings a night) that has had me salivating like a rabid animal ever since I read the menu online.

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anita-malhotra

Any time's a good time for a margarita

Anita Malhotra

This is probably the best review I've ever read of Murray's. Love love love!!!

Reply about 1 year ago

jess-wang

Jess Wang

New York City

Food writer and lover of all things chocolate

Jess Wang

I loved your other reviews too but this might be my favorite ;)

Reply about 1 year ago

adalyn-van-witten

Dutch pastry chef studying in NYC

Adalyn Van Witten

Fantastic piece, thanks Erin!

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Kevin Chun and 5 others
kevin-chun

Chief Culinary Officer/ Chef Partner Honeybrains

Kevin Chun

Chief Culinary Officer/ Chef Partner Honeybrains

Answer found helpful by Andrew Johnson and 15 others

For the fat kid in all of us, sandwiches here epitomize my ideal NY deli sandwich. Although it's located in Astoria, it's well worth the trip for one of their enormous sandwiches which are all $10 or under. Their two specialties, "the bomb" and "Italian combo" both boasts more meat and cheese than one person should ever consume. These sandwiches are topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, sweet/hot peppers, as well as several additional toppings if you so please. These beastly sandwiches rest in between 12-14in of a soft white or sesame Italian loaf. Be warned, they often sell out of bread before the end of the day. However, you can get a sandwich without bread, which I did when they ran out once. I went home and was able to make three, yes three enormous sandwiches with 7 grain bread. SKC is well worth a visit any time you have a craving for one of the best deli sandwiches in all of New York. Any fat kid will agree with me...

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anita-malhotra

Any time's a good time for a margarita

Anita Malhotra

I sent your review to my boyfriend, I thought of him the second I saw this. I have a feeling I'll be going out to Queens sometime soon...

Reply about 1 year ago

john-rudolph

BBQ Grill Master, beer lover

John Rudolph

Reading this made my day. The whole 'more meat than you could possibly eat or even want' reminds me a bit of Defontes, another of my favorites.

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by Kevin Malouf and 5 others
205 East Houston Street, New York, NY
ashley-belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Ashley Belin

Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between

Answer found helpful by Patricia Dennis and 7 others

This is probably the most obvious one of them all, but it's still the place that I recommend to all my friends who come in from out of town and want to experience the quintessential New York City deli sandwich. The Reuben is superb and worth trying your second or third time around, but if you're a first timer the Pastrami and Rye (which is their claim to fame) is a must. It's the only place in the city I can think of where waiting in line to pay $20 for a rather simple sandwich is completely worth it.

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Upvoted by Andrew Johnson and 3 others
85 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
scott-reiner

Independent Wine Consultant

Scott Reiner

Independent Wine Consultant

Answer found helpful by Kevin Malouf and 13 others

If you want to show someone modern Brooklyn dining, take them to the place that started it. One of the best steaks in NYC when they have a bone-in ribeye, and the wine list always makes me happy.

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alyssa-heitlinger

Private chef specializing in Italian, French

Alyssa Heitlinger

One of the best meals I had in 2015. These guys are always on point.

Reply about 1 year ago

jeremy-peterson

Brooklynite, freelance journalist/photographer

Jeremy Peterson

I'll have to go back for that bone-in ribeye if you think it's one of the best in the city

Reply about 1 year ago

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