It is four years since I was last in New York.
This year I have a significant birthday ( turn 50 during the trip so need cheering up ) despite your new national ‘leadership’, I am coming back for four nights. One night for every year spent away.
I have just posted about places near to my hotel in Brooklyn but am obviously also looking for Manhattan recommendations for dinner.
I have three questions in particular
- Where for a big birthday, quintessential New York experience without getting crucified price wise ?
I turn 50 on this trip, so need cheering up.
I like simple places. On last visit I really enjoyed Taverna Kyclades in the Village, annisa ( now gone, according to my CH sources ) and Hanjan.
I have never been to Union Square Cafe or Gramercy Tavern or 11 Madison Park. I have been to Balthazar once and absolutely loathed it - mediocre food, unfriendly service and noisy as hell.
As the ass has fallen out of sterling since then, are these places worth the $ ?
Or is there somewhere else on the up that i should try ?
Cote seems to get a lot of positive coverage but as my trip is ten days off it seems unlikely i will get a reservation there ?
Where for fresh squid, cooked simply ?
And finally what new trends should I be googling and visiting ? Think Shake Shack when it first opened in MS park and hadn’t gone brand global crazy…somewhere that will make me think’ only in New York, and that’s why I love it so…’