This will be my last “2013″ post! 2013 was a great year for eating in NYC, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite restaurants of the year!
Westville We couldn’t get enough of this place. It’s pretty healthy, reasonably priced and the portions are huge. If this doesn’t sell you, check out their awesome list of daily seasonal vegetables.
The Dutch This was one of the few “trendy” places we finally got to try in 2013. I think it was worth the hype, the prices are on the high end of moderate, but you get a great meal in a great atmosphere.
TBSP A great brunch spot! Slow service, but delicious food.
Han Dynasty Very reasonably priced, delicious Chinese. It’s actually the first chinese restaurant I’ve eaten at in NYC, but the crazy line assured me that it was a good one. Put your name in early and get a drink nearby while you wait. Thanks to Melissa Z for introducing me to this spot.
Arlington Club This is a steak house of unbelievable ostentation. The food is large and in charge–and delicious. If you don’t like steak, they have plenty of fish and sushi options.
Ellary’s Greens I just tried this place with Gena and it’s already a favorite. I didn’t realize it at the time, but there is no butter or cream used in any of the dishes. It’s about healthy food with flavor. We opted to make a meal of several vegetable sides (brussels, sweet potato, cauliflower and mashed potatoes pictured below) and everything was delicious.
Beyond Sushi Possible the best, most creative vegan sushi on the planet. The chefs are roll artists, masterfully creating each roll with utmost care. We were eating it last night and Frank asked me if I thought he might become a vegan.
Bite I was obsessed with their organic egg sandwiches this year. However, between the special sauce and the crossiant-like roll, I need to indulge in extreme moderation. I’ll probably be eating fewer of these in 2014.
Delicatessan I think I actually ate here for the first time a few years ago, but this year we went several times. They have a wide variety of options, which they call international comfort food, on the menu and everything I tried impressed me. The restaurant has a sleek, modern atmosphere with loud music that makes feel like a night on the town.
The Nomad This was one of the fanciest restaurants we ate at this year; Frank’s 30th Birthday was the special occasion. The atmosphere feels intimate due to the dining room being divided into several smaller rooms. It is the same owner as the amazing Eleven Madison Park, but dishes are served al la carte, so it’s less formal and theatrical. However, the food remains exceptional.
Non-NYC Honorable Mentions:
Druthers This one is upstate, but it totally deserves a shout out. They took basically and alley between two buildings and made it an awesome outdoor dining spot. They also have their own brewery and beer samplers. However, the food stole the show for me. They have lots of creative dishes, like pumpkin hummus!
Saratoga Juice Bar I am so happy that Saratoga has its own juice bar. This is a good one too. Only cold pressed juice and all-fruit smoothies. Yum.
–Best fish taco of my life. In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m still thinking about it!