5 Favourite Restaurants in New York
Eataly is a giant food hall and has everything you could possibly want.
It’s the brainchild of my good mate Mario Batali, his business partner Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich. It’s actually the biggest artisanal Italian food and wine market in the world and was inspired by Oscar Farinetti’s famous Italian market in Turin.
Eataly has a bakery, patisserie, handmade pasta and pizza bar, juice and salad bar, coffee and wine bar, butcher and a huge deli for gourmet Italian products, cheeses and meats. Located near Madison Square garden at Flatiron, it’s packed all the time and also has restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a great fresh produce market.
I love every inch of this place but I’m a sucker for fresh seafood, so head to the seafood bar for some freshly shucked oysters and wash them down with a glass of chardy. Fun fact, when I first met Mario in NY he took me to Pearl Oyster Bar on Cornelia Street - best fish burger I’ve ever had.
This Michelin-starred restaurant is also owned by Mario Batali and is just brilliant. Whilst formal, it’s relaxed, the food is amazing, service is amazing and the ambience is spot on. The restaurant has a European vibe to it and the bar plays live piano music.
Every dish from Co-owner/Executive Chef Mark Ladner's team is incredibly crafted. I’ve had many great meals here paired with some spectacular wines but the homemade pasta with white truffle is something special!
I love the private rooms here too. One of the most memorable dining experiences I had was in the private dining room at Del Posto last year. Mario got 10 mates together and the setting, the music, the food and wine and the company were perfect. It reminded me why I got into the business.
This is one of my favourite casual eateries in New York. I had my 30th birthday here and every time I visit the Big Apple, I make it my mission to head here and sit at the bar for feed and tipple.
While the food isn’t ground breaking, you can’t go wrong with the classic French Onion Soup with oozy cheese, their crispy and creamy salt cod croquettes and fresh Escargots doused in garlic butter.
Somewhat reminiscent of a Parisian restaurant, Keith McNally’s 20-year-old Soho brasserie is a classic and offers a great New York experience.
I always sit at the counter when I go to Gramercy Tavern and every time I’ve been blown away by the beautiful food, wine and friendly staff.
I love how the staff here are always up for a chat and patiently talk you through the delicious wines by the glass.
Founded by legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer in 1994, Gramercy Tavern and the more formal Dining Room is led by Chef Michael Anthony and his team. The food is seasonal, elegant yet rustic, featuring dishes cooked on their wood fire grill.
The Gramercy Tavern’s front bar is the perfect place for a top-notch meal, casual bite or quick drink.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Would have to be the best dining experience I’ve had in the last 10 years!
Blue Hill is more than just a restaurant, it's revolutionising America’s entire food chain.
Focused on creating and serving superior tasting seasonal produce and educating diners about sustainability and land preservation, Executive Chef and Co-owner Dan Barber is doing some incredible things at Blue Hill and beyond.
Dan and his attentive team seamlessly create unforgettable experiences for each table. It’s personalised and is at least a five-hour dining experience… There’s nothing better than a long lunch that turns into dinner!
It was so hard picking 5 of my favourite NY restaurants, so special mentions to:
Casa Mono – a Michelin-starred tapas bar and restaurant
Le Bernadine – a stellar 3-Star Michelin French seafood restaurant and
Jean Georges - a stunning 3 Michelin star French restaurant with Asian influences overlooking Central Park.