New York, New York
As much as I am a product of many places, I am a New York girl through and through. I did most of my growing up in this glorious city and it is a part of who I am. I was an uptown kid and a downtown grown-up and this duality helps define me. I still get an indescribable buzz when I am in New York. I suppose it’s the feeling that so many worlds co-exist, that you can lose yourself in any one of them at almost any hour of the day. I ♥ NY.
Babbo110 Waverly Place | 212.777.0303
Babbo is Mario Batali's gem, set in a West Village carriage house. It is a beautiful room and the food is unbelievable. It's hard to get a table but you can always go to the bar for an incredible plate of pasta and a glass of wine. One of the city's best.
Cookshop156 Tenth Ave. | 212.924.4440
Cookshop is a delight in seasonal cooking. It is abuzz with foodies who come to taste the ever-changing menu.
Balthazar80 Spring St. | 212.965.1785
Balthazar is one of the classic downtown spots. It looks like a real Parisian brasserie and has the raw bar to match. I love this place.
Barney Greengrass541 Amsterdam Ave. | 212.724.4707
What can I say, it's a NYC institution. An absolutely great New York brunch, bagels and smoked fish galore.
Elio’s1621 Second Ave. | 212.772.2242
Elio's is one of my all-time favorite places in the world. The food is sort of classic Italian by way of New York. It’s got a great uptown, old-school vibe where you rub shoulders with the likes of Joan Didion, Charles Gwathmey and Jerry Seinfeld. The waiters, who I have known almost my entire life, don’t even give me a menu.
Gramercy Tavern42 E. 20th St. | 212.477.0777
One of New York's most popular restaurants for a reason. Seasonal, American, unbelievable cheese board, East Coast romantic atmosphere.
Hangawi12 E. 32nd St. | 212.213.0077
Hangawi is a vegetarian Korean place that I have been going to for years. Korean food is one of my favorite cuisines and here you can have it in a quiet and meatless atmosphere. I take all of my veggie friends here when they are in NYC.
Kelly and Ping127 Greene St. | 212.228.1212
Another Soho spot that has been there for ages. I love this place for fried rice, dumplings, and green tea. It also reminds me of the New York of my youth when Soho streets were quiet and cobblestoned.
Lupa170 Thompson St. | 212.982.5089
Lupa is like a Roman trattoria, bustling with life. I love to go for spaghetti aglio e olio.
Milos25 W. 55th St. | 212.245.7400
Milos is unbelievable Greek food with a price tag to match. But it's worth it; the fish is just off the boat, incredibly fresh. I love all of the dips and the tuna burger for lunch.
Omen a Zen113 Thompson St. | 212.925.8923
Authentic Japanese in the heart of SoHo, Omen has been there since long before SoHo was trendy. I always see amazing artists at this place.
Sushi Yasuda204 E. 43rd St. | 212.972.1001
Best sushi in NYC, hands down. Order what the sushi chef recommends, you will not be disappointed. Make sure to get there on time for your reservation; they will give your table away.
Tartine253 W. 11th St. | 212.229.2611
A very quaint, tiny French café on a perfect West Village corner. I used to live a stone's throw from here. It's an idyllic little New York spot for brunch on the weekend but go early, lines form and stay throughout the service.
Market Table54 Carmine St. | 212.255.2100
I just recently discovered Market Table and I adore it. The food is simple and perfect, same owners as the famed Little Owl.
Taim222 Waverly Place, West Village, 212.691.1287 | 45 Spring St., Nolita, 212.219.0600
I have an obsession with Taim. It is a hole-in-the-wall (literally), West Village Israeli place. They have the best falafels in the entire world, three varieties. Also amazing soups, sandwiches, and smoothies.
BLT Fish Shack21 W. 17th St. | 212.691.8888
This is one of my most frequented spots. I always order the kumamoto oysters and panfried flounder with tartar sauce and French fries. The Fish Shack is downstairs from the fancier BLT Fish and is very laid back.
15 East15 E. 15th St. | 212.647.0015
The food at 15 East is served in an elegant, minimal, calm room just off Union Square. The menu is authentic and delicious; the sushi is incredibly fresh. One of my faves.
Pearl Oyster Bar18 Cornelia St. | 212.691.8211
Oh, how I love Pearl Oyster Bar. I go for oysters, the lobster roll and the hot fudge sundae.
Angelica Kitchen300 E. 12th St. | 212.228.2909
Angelica is a delicious, super-healthy place with a macrobiotic bent that I have been going to for years. East Village granola heaven.
Hundred Acres38 MacDougal St. | 212.475.7500
From the folks that bring you Cookshop. Hundred Acres is in a beautiful classic space that used to house Provence, an old SoHo fave. Delicious.
Momofuku171 First Ave., 212.777.7773 | 163 First Ave., 212.254.3500
These places became two of NYC's hottest spots in a very short time. The reservation policy is a bit tough at Ko (email at 10am EXACTLY for the same night, tables are gone by 10:03) but worth a shot.
Aquagrill210 Spring St. | 212.274.0505
Super fresh fish, incredible raw bar, great wine list. One of my regular spots.
OttoOne Fifth Ave. | 212.995.9559
Otto is a busy, happy pizzeria on 8th Street that serves incredible pizza and gelato. My favorite is the white clam pizza. A great place to bring kids.