lunedì 31 marzo 2014

Eating in... New York City

Let's continue in our " Eating in ... " moving across the ocean , in one of the most popular destinations in the USA. Here are some suggestions for restaurants that we liked and that we want to suggest to you.

If you're wandering through Chelsea in NYC , we recommend a visit to the Chelsea Market [75 9th Ave - Little Italy area ] .

This beautiful food market is located on the ground floor of the former factory of Oreo cookies, a beautiful example of post-industrial architecture.
In addition to several shops where buying fruits, vegetables , cheese, cupcakes, Italian products (!) you will also find several places to make a snack or a quick lunch.
The most special, in our opinion, is The Lobster Place. 
This fresh fish shop also sells the famous Maine lobsters that can be enjoyed on the spot accompanied by a butter sauce or by sushi and sashimi.
The price is really cheap compared to european standard.

For meat lovers, what could be more typical in the U.S. than a burger?
Here is the Jackson Hole Burger [ 1270 Madison Ave - not far from the Guggenheim Museum ].
It ' a restaurant born in New York in 1972 and the specialty , it is not hard to imagine what it is: the burger
What may surprise you , once you sit down to read the menu , is the "poor" variety of sandwiches when compared to that of many fast food around the world . 
Whatever your choice of burgers is I defy anyone to be disappointed !
One of the highlights of the restaurant is definitely the kitchen just behind the counter where you can glance in, peek and steal the secret of how to cook a perfect 200g ( 7 oz  ) hamburger : a bowl of steel put on each " meatball " ensure juiciness and flavor of your sandwich .
All burgers are served with classic American sandwich bread , french fries and sauces .
The first challenge is to eat it because once " composed " the sandwich height reaches 10 cm !

Another place not to be missed visiting NYC is "The View": the only revolving restaurant with 360-degree views of the city [1535 Broadway - Not far from Times Square].
The American cuisine is of excellent quality, but the price is a bit too much. Precisely for this reason, in fact, rather than a real la carte dinner at the Restaurant at the 48th floor, we recommend a drink at the lounge floor of [the 47th]; be sure to specify at the reception on ground floor that you want to go there.

Once in the Lounge you will access to a buffet menu that includes salty and sweet food at $ 38 dollars per person (+ tax, + tips + extra after 8 pm).
But all this is the outline!
The real attraction is to dine overlooking the forty-seventh floor of a skyscraper and seeing every corner of Manhattan lit in many colors 
during dinner. Really worthwhile!

For those who can not do without Italian food, or simply for those who want to make a special experience and at a certain level , we recommend the restaurant Felidia [ 243 E 58th St - on Central Park ] .
This restaurant, owned by Lidia Bastianich [ the famous mother of the even more famous Joe Bastianich ], offers the best of Italian culture, food and wine.
The wine list is quite impressive and many of the wines sold here are produced by the italian vineyards owned by Joe Bastianich [ ... try a glass of Vespa, worth it! ].
Usually we do not like Italian food abroad, because typically we can not ever find it cooked as we would expect. 
Here, however, the pasta is perfectly cooked and the presentation of the dishes is in everything and for everything that you would expect in Italy by a similar restaurant.
The atmosphere is quaint and well kept, but perhaps it is a bit small place for the number of tables.
We tasted a dish of ravioli with cheese and pears really very very good and delicate : the filling of pear and ricotta goes very well with the typical cheese and pepper sauce.
Even the main courses are an excellent choice : the American meat , Italian-style, can be very satisfying both for eyes and stomach.
The advice is to book and not be in a hurry though, arriving at the scheduled time, your table is not ready yet; sit at the bar and sip an aperitif, this will allow you to look around you appreciate the blend of Italian / U.S. and perceive it in the room.


Ubicazione: New York, Stati Uniti

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