Fred Van Eijk

Travel Counsellors’ Fred van Eijk was back in New York recently where he test-tasted the destination’s vast range of food spots, especially the newer discoveries. Here’s his list of faves (just for KARRYON readers):

In New York, there is not a time of day or place that will stop you from having a great meal, and I’m not just talking about fast-food and hamburgers. I’m talking authentic kitchens, innovative dishes and restaurants that you never want to leave.

That is The Tasty Big Apple (according to me):

 

JAPANESE

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Soba Totto.

 SOBA TOTTO

You’ll find this place right in the middle of Manhattan, close to Grand Central Station. It has a pleasantly busy vibe during lunch and after office hours. The well-presented dishes are tasty, service is speedy and they’re known for the skewers with roasted meat, fish, vegetables or tofu.

Get yourself a spot at the bar and watch in awe how the chefs grill the tastiest food.

(211 E 43rd Street)

 

JUBAN

Juban can be found in the heart of Chelsea and is surrounded by art galleries. The dishes here really are like little pieces of art. A true experience.

(207 10th Avenue)

 

 TAKUMEN JAPANESE IZAKAYA & NOODLES

This local bar feels just like an authentic eatery in Japan, but in Long Island City, an area that just keeps getting cooler by the day. It’s very affordable, delicious and it’s great fun to be amongst locals enjoying the fresh dishes.

(5-50 50th Avenue, Long Island City).

 

FRENCH

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Buvette.

BUVETTE

I’m only naming one French restaurant here, but it’s the very best and without a doubt has the greatest atmosphere.

Buvette is a celebration of all things French, located in the West Village. A quick bite and a drink, while you’re walking around this bustling area of the city, is also a good idea.

If you’re not heading to New York any time soon, but travelling to other parts of our world. Don’t worry, you’ll find a Buvette in Paris and Tokyo.

(42 Grove Street)

 

MEXICAN

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Casa Enrique.

 CASA ENRIQUE

A fantastic restaurant with a lively atmosphere in Long Island City. It’s seriously tasty here. Praised in the Michelin guide, yet still affordable.

(5-48 49th Avenue, Long Island City)

 

ITALIAN

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Via Carota.

VIA CAROTA

It doesn’t get much more authentic than this. Every little bit of this places oozes the owners’ passion. It’s very close to Buvette in the popular West Village.

Recently, Bar Pisellino opened across the street, it also has the same owners but serves coffee, sandwiches, tasty bites and cocktails.

(51 Grove Street)

 

 10 CORSO COMO

This place became famous in Milan and can now also be found in New York in the up and coming Seaport District. This place is much more than a restaurant and offers an outstanding mix of drinks and food, modern designer shopping, art, culture, lifestyle and music.

(200 Front Street)

 

AMERICAN

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Freehold.

 RED ROOSTER

You’re always guaranteed to have a good time here in the heart of Harlem, especially on Monday evenings with swinging live music. Try to find a spot at the bar and not in the restaurant. On other evenings, there is also plenty to experience. DJ’s in the bar. In the special area; Ginny’s Supper Club concerts, gospels etc. take place regularly.

Have a look at the programme by clicking here.

(310 Malcolm X Blvd)

 

FREEHOLD

Freehold is a popular local hangout for the hipsters of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The atmosphere here is always good. The entertainment is varied and the menu is diverse, to say the least with everything from pasta to steak, truffles, seafood and Asian.

(45 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn)

 

THE WHITBY HOTEL

My new favourite spot to stay the night in is the Whitby Hotel in Upper Midtown Manhattan.

It’s only two blocks away from Central Park and just around the corner from ‘leading’ restaurants and museums such as MoMA. The hotel is surrounded by designer boutiques and department stores and even Broadway is just walking distance away. The hotel is an ode to today’s art and design.

The 86 rooms and suites are all unique and designed by Kit Kemp, known for her colourful and carefree design philosophy. Each room has huge windows with breath-taking views of Manhattan. Enjoy a cocktail in the Whitby Bar and Restaurant or one of the impressive Sunday brunches at the Orangery.

(18 W 56th St, New York)