Dine Al Fresco
When the sun comes out in New York City, life suddenly returns to the streets. What once felt like a deserted city is now a never-ending block party. And the urge to join the masses on the nearest rooftop, patio or garden terrace for a meal amidst the sunset after work is completely irresistible. When the temperature hits the mid 60s, you can find me dining at one of my favorite local eateries as I scout the latest trends in fashion, while enjoying a delicious meal street side of course!
But what happens when your local go-to becomes mundane? Unlike in love, monogamy in the culinary world, and specifically in New York City, is unnatural. With options from just about every culture you can possibly imagine and with some of the most creative chefs out there, the time to step outside your food comfort zone is now. But if you find yourself feeling just as lost amongst the Yelp reviews as you do when trying to pick out the perfect outfit from a wardrobe filled with couture, then save yourself some time and energy and take my advice. Here are a few great options to satisfy your desire for impeccable cuisine and some quality sun-time.
Dirt Candy. Dirtcandynyc.com
If it’s originality you seek, than look no further! A popular little place in downtown Manhattan, Dirt Candy is truly one of a kind. For someone like myself with a more classical taste, a place that offers Vegan tacos, and Chocolate Onion Ice Cream on their menu is not usually my cup of tea. But who could pass up the chance to try such a strange combination? Do yourself a favor, give it a try! Chef Amanda Cohen is sure to impress.
I’ve covered a lot of territory in the NY restaurant realm but I still constantly find myself stumbling upon hidden gems. This unique little neighborhood joint is anything but boring, from its aesthetics to its daily menu change, it will keep you coming back for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And on a warm afternoon when the windows open onto the street, Navy is the perfect place to admire all of the fashionistas of Soho while enjoying some avocado toast.
Next on my list is one of the best outdoor dining options in all of New York. With a private garden complete with lounge chairs, umbrellas and beautiful greenery, Narcissa provides a wondrous dining experience amongst a blooming garden that is sure to bring you joy. But lets be clear, the food is just as amazing as the garden! The Manchurian Cauliflower with Jasmine Rice in a Ginger Sweet & Sour Sauce is to die for and that is not an exaggeration.
The Musket Room. Musketroom.com
With ingredients taken from its very own backyard garden, which include edible flowers, the Musket Room brings a fresh, New Zealand-inspired cuisine to Nolita. Not only will your dinner awaken your taste buds through a unique mix of flavors, but your eyes are sure to be pleased as well. The Musket Room turns plate presentation into pure art. Take a tour today!
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Brunch is one of my favorite pastimes and in New York City you are never short on options, but Dudley’s is by far one of the best summer brunch spots out there. Seriously, oh my color! Get your daily dose of fruits and veggies with a bright brunch plate that will leave your feeling magical. And the banana pancakes … lets just say you won’t be disappointed.
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So, what are you waiting for? Bon Appetit!
P.S. As always I would love to hear fro you about your favorite eating out spots. Share your experience, suggestions, and favorite menus in NYC. We can’t wait to discover new delicious gems.