I have been to quite a few places since I came here and I don’t have time to write about them all. But here is a recap on five of them:
The Frying Pan (Pier 66 west 26th street) Trendy but casual restaurant/bar on a ship – a perfect spot to watch the sunset while the DJ spins his music. Good burgers and amazing Old Bay Garlic Fries.
Please Don’t Tell (113 St. Marks Pl) “Secret” speakeasy hidden behind a hotdog joint. The cocktails were waaay to hip for me. They all held a weird ingredient and normally Im up for that and I was very excited when I saw the menu but they just didn’t work. I suffered through my Peanut Butter Cup with Celery Juice and the Bacon Bourbon wasn’t that nice either… BUT you can order from the hotdog place next door and my Wylie Dog with deep fried mayo was unexpected good.
Buddakan (75 9th ave) Buddakan is a huge “temple” in Meatpacking, apparently famous from Sex And The City? The decor is incredible and the food as well. I had edamame dumplings, tuna spring rolls and chilled udon noodles in peanut sauce topped with lime sorbet (!) – Y U M M Y!
The Sunburnt Cow (137 Ave C) An Australian barbecue shack which hosts an amazing Endless Brunch in their garden. How many Bloody Marys can you handle?!
Antibes Bistro (112 Suffolk Street) Cosy place on the LES. I went here with a group of 6 but we were surrounded by couples only so a good date-spot apparently. Had baked artichoke with almond and parmesan crust as an appetizer and pan seared tuna with saffron parsnip puree and carmalized leek as an entree. Artichoke was nice but difficult to eat but the parsnip puree with the rare tuna was just SO good! (Side-note: Actually, when I finished the meal here it felt like the first time I had a proper meal in a long time. I guess all these burgers and nachos don’t really fill me up in the end!)
So – there you have a handful of places which I all recommend. Please Don’ Tell is definitely worth a visit, maybe you have more luck with the cocktails than I had!