Barbetta, one of New York City’s most prestigious and elegant restaurants, opened on West 39th Street in 1906 and later moved to the Times Square Theater District on West 46th Street. After more than a century, its Piedmontese cuisine has remained a legend in the city, attracting famous names like Mick Jagger and Puccini.
Sebastiano Maioglio and his wife, Piera, founded the restaurant and passed it down to their daughter Laura, who gave up a career in the arts to continue the family tradition. Laura’s husband, Gunter Blobel, winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1999, died in 2018, and the couple had no children. Although Laura Maioglio is still involved in the business, it is uncertain who will carry on in the future.
When Laura took over Barbetta in 1962, she brought in Italian antiques, set up a lush open air garden for dining, and introduced Piedmontese wines and white truffles. The restaurant also set a trend in smoking habits when it replaced matchbooks on the table with mints. The Locali Storici d’Italia has made the site a landmark, guaranteeing that it will always stay the same.
Barbetta is the oldest restaurant in the Theater District and the oldest Italian restaurant in New York City. In the summertime, diners, both newcomers and old friends of the Maioglio family, gather in the garden to enjoy the delicate scents of gardenia, magnolia, wisteria, jasmine, and oleander and dine beneath the stately 100-year-old trees.
In 2010, another era ended when the last two Truffle Hounds of Barbetta passed away. The English setters were known and loved in Central Park.
While the United States is considered the melting pot of the world, it is safe to say that some cities sustain this title more than others, especially New York City. With an immensely diverse population of people, there is no surprise that the superabundance of restaurants cater to the diversity. Whether it be Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Texas barbecue, French, Korean, or more, NYC has your poison and Eater NY is proud to report which restaurants are at the top. Of the most underrated cuisine is that of Korean, so if you opt to expand your horizons by trying some Korean staples, consider these places:
Cote Korean Steakhouse
Owner Simon Kim envisioned the perfect American restaurant: One that combines the US’ obsession with high quality steak with remarkable Korean barbecue. With a mantra of “Meat + Fire + Booze = Smiles,” there is no denying that all who try this establishment will be happy that they did.
Offering over six hundred types of wine, it is safe to assume that each portion of your meal will be a great one, from plate to glass. Of course and like every eatery, some items steal the hearts of every patron who walks through the door and at Cote, the Korean bacon is a fan favorite. House-smoked heritage bacon pairs with pickled jalapeño for an unforgettable experience, but it is only an appetizer. Imagine the rest of the menu!
Her Name is Han
Known as a home away from home for Korean-Americans, Her Name is Han strives to recreate a Korean mother’s recipes by guaranteeing that all of their ingredients are fresh and that each dish is made from scratch daily. Aside from full meals, the restaurant offers small plates of dumplings, salmon and cucumber noodles, baby octopus, rice cakes, and tofu, a delightful fact for guests hoping to try a lot at once.
Companies that have been in business for 130 years know how to adapt to current trends and are adept at quality customer service. That description fits one of the most iconic establishments in New York City, Katz’s Delicatessen, which is now offering a subscription delivery program to keep its hungry and loyal followers satisfied far beyond the deli itself.
The program went into effect on May 30, with different price tags providing those customers the chance to enjoy Katz’s heavenly pastrami wherever they happen to be located. The deli’s current owner, Jake Dell, took his time before he plunged into this growing market, knowing that a hasty plunge could potentially damage a brand that effectively helps define what the city is all about.
The four different subscriptions offered range from a single month to a full year. Each month will cost the buyer $150, with different themes making for some convenient marketing. One of those months is December, which focuses on the festive atmosphere surrounding Hanukkah and includes such side items as mini-latkes and gefilte fish.
The pastrami, which Katz has turned into a work of art by slowly smoking it and keeping the juices inside the meat, remains the centerpiece of each order. The first of these orders will provide customers with two pounds of pastrami-one of them sliced and another uncut. Those prices also entitle each order to a quart of pickles as well as a pound of mustard to slather on the loaf of rye bread that’s included.
For those who have to have Katz’s for big get-togethers, there’s the Big Ticket package. These pricey orders range from the Bronze, which will feed 50 people and cost $995, to the $9,995 Platinum, which can hopefully satisfy 150 people who will devour mountains of pastrami and corned beef.
New York City: The glitz and glamour, the talent, the new beginnings, the lights and sounds and, above all else, the food! With over 24,000 restaurants in the city, though, one could only imagine just how difficult it is to stay relevant and to not be replaced by daily competition. So, just which businesses are keeping their eye on the prize this spring and summer? Eater NY kept us up to date by publishing the 38 restaurants people must try when in the Big Apple.
Do not let the name of this establishment deceive you; it is not an old fashioned saloon, by any means. In fact, it is a Thai restaurant with an extensively eclectic menu designed to ignite the taste buds of all their guests. The Ahaan Kap Klaem is a treat of pig ears, whiskey, and chili–yum!
Much like Uncle Boons, there is a surprise with this place! Burgers, burgers, and more burgers are served up by the restaurant that claims their core value to be humility, but if you want a beef burger, look elsewhere. Superiority Burger is vegetarian, meaning that tofu, onions, and eggplant reign supreme here.
Los Tacos No. 1
Okay, one: Tacos are delicious. Two: They are fairly mainstream in today’s social media-driven world. With a day set aside for tacos alone (Taco Tuesday), there is no denying that people simply love their meaty, cheesy Mexican sandwich. Despite having no seating, this place is immensely successful and busy each day. If you want something aside from carne asada, consider the Nopal, also known as their grilled cactus taco. Quesadillas, chips and salsas, and many soft drinks are sold here as well.
Eating Korean food in New York City means running into different takes on this ethnic cuisine as well as a wide range of pricing considerations. For those who want the very best in Korean food and are willing to shell out some serious cash, the May 30 opening of Atomix appears like it may make for an interesting option.
When the doors open, two groups of 16 diners will sit at a chef’s counter and be able to partake in 10 courses over the span of their dining experience. Considering that some of the options available include such things as wagyu beef, caviar and langoustine, the $175 tasting price tag makes much more sense. For those who like some liquid refreshment, they have the option of choosing to partake in a beverage that will add $135 to the bill.
The husband-and-wife partners that helped bring Atomix and two predecessors to life are Junghyun and Ellia Park. Junghyun whips up these delicious menu items, while Ellia manages the place. In the background is Hand Hospitality, which has put its money into Asian=focused restaurants during its investment life.
Even before sitting down to dine on such meals as sea bream with uni and the combination of smoked eel, fermented-soybean paste and eggplant, diners can be feted properly. Cocktails can be enjoyed in a lounge that’s located upstairs, with snacks available to keep the hunger pangs at bay. One of those snacks comes from another of the Park’s thriving establishments, Atoboy, which is known for its fried chicken.
For those really wanting to be unique, the opportunity to choose the chopsticks that will be used is available. These are ones that stand out from the standard-issue items that are found everywhere else, one more indication of Atomix’s goal of setting themselves apart.
Restaurants that are known for one thing have a certain niche, with their success largely predicated on the quality of their food and the ability to provide top-notch customer service. In the case of Una Pizza Napoletana, narrowing down the pizza-based menu to four different types that possessed a magical crust helped them garner that success.
Having originally been based on East 12th Street, a new-look version of this restaurant now has a Lower East Side location on Orchard Streetthat it calls home. What’s different in this new rendering is the fact that the one sparse dessert options have expanded in some creative new directions.
In its earlier days, some free chocolate was good enough to cap the pizza that was served just four nights per week. Those days have passed, with the number of pizza types now increased to a total of six and the partners of this new venture able to deliver in the area of desserts. Now, effort is actually being put into crafting tempting savory options.
Tops among them is the tiramisu that’s the offering Fabian von Hauske Valtierra, one of those partners. Choosing to go with lemon sponge cake instead of the traditional ladyfingers, the chef offers a filling rendition that offers samples of bitterness and sweet-tasting creaminess. That bitterness arises in part from the caramel that’s included.
Accomplishing this feat is done by managing a convergence of Cynar, rum that’s been lovingly aged and some espresso. While offering hyperbole is the easiest way for a restaurant to tout their offerings, the fact that an avid fan base for this dessert has been created in the span of just six weeks of operation pretty much says it all.
Baking the sponge cake daily, the tiramisu is actually made the night before it’s served to guests.
The New York City food scene provides the state with the good, the tasty, and the downright out there. Plenty of mom and pop spots have stood the test of time, but the market is forever changing to make room for the rookies. Surely to sustain success in such a bustling city, it is important to compete with the best by offering cuisine that nobody else has. Restaurants in the city must add flair and pizzazz to an otherwise boring dish, which is just what these culinary geniuses are doing, as reported by Eater NY:
The Bombay Bread Bar
This Indian restaurant offers a multitude of cuisine focusing on- you guessed it- bread. Stuffed naans, bhel puri, and Indian street foods are a feel local favorites offer by the restaurant. A plethora of chutneys elevates the bread at this establishment and menu items like the tandoori octopus depict just how broad the cuisine is at the Bombay Bread Bar.
Yankee Stadium, Specifically Parm
While most would not consider hot dogs, peanuts, and popcorn gourmet and edgy cuisine, the restaurants located within Yankee Stadium are as fresh as they are upscale. Though Parm offers classic appetizers, like mozzarella sticks and meatballs, they throw a curve ball once in a while by offering outrageous items, including their buffalo cucumbers. Their award winning sandwiches are available for both take out and to eat in house, too.
The restaurant will have you dreaming of the Eiffel Tower after you have enjoyed some delicious, authentic French pastries. An open kitchen shows guests just how gourmet food is created–with talent, patience, and a true passion for French cuisine. An extensive wine list ensures that the pastries won’t be the only indulgence you shall partake in during your visit.
Rangoon Spoon is a relatively new restaurant that opened its doors last year in October. Located in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn on 86th Street, the Burmese eatery is owned by Amy Tun, a Myanmar (formerly Burma) immigrant who moved to the United States back in 2005, when immigration policy allowed more Burmese people to enter in order to escape their oppressive country. She cooks her authentic cuisine together with her older sister, Winnie Catungal, and husband, Danny Aung.
Ligaya Mishan, a writer for the New York Times, has recently written of her eating experience at the Rangoon Spoon, specifically highlighting and describing the process of making shan tofu, a chickpea recipe unrelated to soybean-based tofu. After the chickpea flour is soaked overnight, then drained and soaked, again, then simmered and churned before being chilled, the final product is a food resembling bean curd and mung bean noodles. Ms. Tun then cuts it into strips and lightly covers it in garlic oil, fish sauce, and tamarind paste.
There hasn’t been a Burmese restaurant in Manhattan since 2016, when Cafe Mingala closed after over twenty years in business. Mishan of the NYTimes states that you could still find hints of Burmese cuisine in Chinese restaurants, though it was sparse. That gap was filled when Together, another Burmese restaurant, opened in March of 2017, which also serves sushi (a Japanese staple), followed by the opening Rangoon Spoon in October of the same year, though they focus solely on Burmese cuisine.
Ms. Tun and her staff also cooks up house-made fish cakes, a succulent pork belly outlined by pungent shrimp paste, and braised beef shank that’s oh so tender. The food is relatively inexpensive and reservations are gladly accepted.
Few things in life are more satisfying than a hardy meal of steak and potatoes, but there comes a time when one must admit that it becomes boring to eat the same old thing day in and day out. While most live in regions where different is unacceptable, others are fortunate to live in places where different is the norm, like NYC. Demonstrating just how out there this city is are the restaurants who reside here. As Eater NY published in May 2018, some of these establishments stand out better than all the rest.
Simon and the Whale and Studio
Besides having a bar few can rival, Simon and the Whale offers original dishes reminiscent of the classics. Start your meal with English peas with mint, lardo, and shrimp; continue it with braised octopus and artichokes. If you have room for more, consider trying the grapefruit panna cotta. Whatever you opt for here, you will leave satisfied and eager for your next visit.
Because of their success, Momofuku not only operates restaurants throughout the city but even offer their famous Ssäm Sauce in stores across the globe. Additionally, the name can be heard in other metropolitan areas, including Las Vegas, Sydney, and Toronto. Besides their sauce, one of their greatest ventures is their noodle bar, which serves butter and coconut jam, shrimp buns, extremely spicy noodles, oxtail, and more.
Una Pizza Napoletana
Face it, NYC is famous for their pizza, so if you can hack it with your pies here, you must be doing something right. Una Pizza Napoletana is the real deal, serving up mouthwatering pizza with a menu entirely in Italian. Finish your meal with their perfect panna cotta and strawberries and don’t miss out on their Carne Cruda pizza, containing beef tenderloin, pistachios, and olives.
In the city that never sleeps, there is not a smidgen of doubt that restaurants in New York City must not only be posh but stand out among the rest. While some businesses can get away with serving simple comfort dishes because they have been in the city forever, others must strive to be different each day. With cocktail menus that never stop updating to mouthwatering, eclectic cuisine tourists and locals would regret not trying, the following restaurants reign supreme when it comes to culinary arts and declare that “yum” is an understatement.
Do not let the relaxed atmosphere of Ferris fool you; they are very much a force to be reckoned with in the city. Aside from slinging craft cocktails, the establishment is serving up dishes that you might ponder trying, but be happy you did when you make the leap. With a menu containing chips and dips made with chicharrones and chicken liver mousse, squid served with blood oranges, and duck on the crown, there is no doubt that Ferris will continue to remain relevant in the NYC food scene.
No, this is not a recording studio. Legacy Records is an upscale establishment boasting of their wine selection, dessert menu, and unforgettable dinner options. Razor clams served with saffron, spaghetti with cuttlefish and ink, and even grilled pigeon are a few options that will have you hankering for more. Zany dessert options, including rhubarb poached in elderflower, will ensure that your morning doughnut will no longer be so delicious.
Located in the Chelsea Market, you will not just walk by this restaurant. Essentially paying homage to the melting pot that is the United States, this pita-pumping establishment offers a wide variety of pita pockets, including lobster roll, steak and cheese, and even cheeseburger.