Taking a bite out of the Big Apple is an entertaining and satisfying experience. There are so many places to go in the city that it can get your taste buds racing. But if you’re like me, New York City always calls me by name and persuades me to visit again and again. This famous place known for making dreams come true is also quite famous for its culinary experiences. And that’s what I love about eating in New York. Whether it’s picking up a hot dog in Manhattan on the way to a show, finding a hidden little Tai restaurant in Chinatown, or even hitting a fancy dinner club like Jekyll and Hyde in town, it’s no secret that heaven is. the limit for fabulous food.
1. Gorilla Cheese NYC:
I love a good trend and I also love a good grilled cheese sandwich. There’s a place in our hometown whose menu focuses on this all-time favorite, so I wanted to see the New York version that goes on tour. Gorilla Cheese NYC is one of the most famous food trucks in town and for good reason. The sensory overload menu is full of aromatic cheeses, fresh bread varieties and toppings for you to choose whatever you want on your sammie. I ordered the main dish of the day, the Brooklyn Special, a perfect combination of asiago, parma prosciutto in a carefully crafted upside down panini. I think it was the best grilled cheese I’ve ever had. And then I topped it off with their mac n cheese bites. They were two thumbs up. It’s nice that this meal was a “bum” and I had a few blocks to get to my next place so I could walk on top of every satisfying calorie.
2. Jekyl & Hyde Club:
Okay, Jekyl & Hyde Club is not a place for the faint of heart. Located at 91 7th Avenue, their motto is that anything can happen at their food club and it’s true. Prepare to be scared to death or entertain yourself, whatever you want to call it! I was on pins and needles and I wasn’t sure my mind was only on the menu. Its dark and dimly lit atmosphere reminds me of Halloween and the old 60s TV series Dark Shadows. The creepy actors / waiters interacted with us as we ate creating a unique atmosphere, “what will happen next. But I was very happy with the delicious, yet spooky menu. Create Your Own Monster Burgers, Frankenstein’s Favorite and The Mommy blew my mind. wondering about the ingredients and who was cooking in the kitchen. The burger is bandaged with cheese, for crying out loud! We ordered the pizza with the cannibals’ sausage, pepperoni and meatballs. Then we washed it down with a bottle of family beer They have a huge, monster-sized drink menu that won’t scare you! I recommend making reservations, especially if you’re bringing a group that includes your “mom.”
3. The Garret East Dinnertable:
Wow, nothing like looking for your food. This little but infamous joint is hidden, so only those in the know know about this little gem. Fortunately we did. Our colleague knew someone who knew someone who asked us for reservations. It only accommodates about 20 guests and reservations are essential. It reminded me of Carrie and the friends from Sex and the City who loved going to the newest and hottest places. Dinnertable’s Mexican food was delicious and ready in a New York minute, which is great news when you’re starving after a long day in the city. The seafood was extraordinary and the mere fact that we were behind an unmarked closed door made the experience incredible.
This luscious little beauty is at the end of the Bowery Alley and has been offering spectacular food since 2004. Hmm, just the thought of eating in an alley may not be your thing, but think again. Freeman’s Restaurant is rustic and inspired by Old World American traditions, so there is a bit of American history incorporated into every dish. I was drawn to the whole grilled Edenbrook trout, beluga lentils, and even their popular grilled half chicken. My favorite was the crispy pan-roasted fish potatoes, black lentils, saffron aioli, chive vinaigrette that I shared with my sister. Once you finally grab a table, you won’t want to leave. The sensory experience is like no other and the service is excellent. Freeman accepts reservations … get this … one month in advance and for groups over 13 you must reserve your table one year in advance. That is planning! They say a portion of the dining room is walk-ins, but if you decide to visit on a whim, you may find yourself waiting and waiting and waiting at the bar and eventually eating there as well.
Exclusive, modern and private is how I would describe the Bohemian, a Japanese restaurant and bar. This hidden gem is found coincidentally behind a Noho, Manhattan butcher shop. The trick of the day is that you have to meet someone to get in. I can’t even believe we could score a table because it’s so unique and mysterious. I immediately fell in love with the lower layers, the artistic atmosphere, and the Asian vibe. The historic building used to be the home of the infamous artist Andy Warhol and later the popular 80s graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. As someone who appreciates the arts, creativity, and history this building was overwhelming and a bit humbling. Now for the food. Prepare your chopsticks and your appetite because everything on the menu is extraordinary as is the setting. I ordered a bucket of oysters and enough saki for a sailor. Andy Warhol would have approved.
What’s up! Okay, I’ll never be able to say it, but I can definitely recommend it! This unique palate treat is tucked away in the back of a bodega (a small grocery store in a Spanish speaking neighborhood), open until midnight and get this, you just have to dolled out $ 3.00 for one of the most memorable tacos! of your life! This secret is housed within Tehuitzingo Deli and Grocery in Hell’s Kitchen, making the experience even more memorable. Trust me, you won’t walk hungry, far from it. The servings are family-sized and deliciously authentic. Note that there are no tables. That’s right. You get a stool to put your belly on the counter or to lean on. All you need is your appetite and sense of Mexican adventure. You can also grab a jar of salsa or other edible items for a bite of snacks to take home later.