I have to start this entry by saying that it will my second attempt at writing it. I'm sure this has happened to many bloggers -- I had an entry almost complete, then lost my internet signal and consequently, lost my writing. It's just ironic that the reason I was compiling this restaurant list on this blog was so that I could have a place to store a record of all the places I want to try without having to dig through piles of notepads where I've scribbled countless restaurant names and addresses after hearing a rave review from a friend, or reading a review. And if only I'd been using the old pen and paper, I'd still have what I just spent the better part of an hour writing. C'est la vie.
I apologize for the dual intro, but I wanted to say this as well: One of the greatest things about living in New York City is having the opportunity to eat fabulous meals every single day -- in places you've never been; in places which have become solid stand-bys; in places with famous chefs and those unknown; in places recommended by friends, or reviews, or blogs; in random places you walk into with no previous knowledge of the food or chef or cuisine; and on and on. Here, I plan to keep a list of places to try. I am going to be honest, and try not to feel embarressed that I have not yet patroned some of these well-known gems.
And without further ado....drumrolllll....let's begin in no particular order (I'll organize later, wait and see):
Kitchen Market (8th ave. btwn 21st and 22nd); Great Burrito (23rd St. and 6th ave.); El Maguey y La Tuna (Houston btwn Attorney and whatever's east of Attorney: try Tacos al Pastor); Tulcingo Del Valle (10th ave. btwn 46th and 47th) for burritos. These recommendations came from seriouseats.com, under Talk, and Editors' Picks "Favorite Burrito in NYC"
Republic (Union Sq. btwn 16th and 17th Sts.)
Lassi (Greenwich Ave. and Charles St.)
John's Pizzeria (Bleecker btwn 6th and 7th aves.) for pizza
Blue Ribbon Brasserie (Sullivan and Spring Sts.)
Aki (W.4th between 6th and 7th aves.) for sushi
Fleur de Sel (20th between Broadway and 5th)
Tia Pol (10th ave. btwn 22nd and 23rd Sts.) I'm a little sheepish to admit where I obtained the previous 7 recommendations. Before I tell you, please note that I've heard of all of these places before, from friends and my love of restaurant research, but the list came from an interview with Sam Talbot of Top Chef, published by New York magazine http://nymag.com/daily/food/2007/01/top_chefs_sam_talbot_loves_kim.html. What can I say, I trust his palate.
Casa Mono (Irving Pl. btwn 17th and 18th Sts.)
City Bakery (18th St. btwn 5th and 6th aves.)
I'll stop for now. Much more to come.
Recently went to these places, and here's a very undetailed review from trying them only once, which doesn't really mean much:
Friend of a Farmer (Irving Pl. btwn 18th and 19th Sts.) -- B for cozy atmosphere, friendly waitstaff, and mediocre food
Fish (Bleecker and Jones Sts.) -- B- for inattentive waitstaff, and too greasy fish and chips. Love the Old Bay on the table, though, and the lunch specials are a good deal
Moustache (Bedford btwn Barrow and Grove) -- A for delicious, smoky baba ganoush and palate-rocking lentil and onion salad
Malatesta Trattoria (Washington and Christopher Sts.) -- B for good wine, nice setting and waitstaff, and unremarkable gnocchi