With over 8 million residents, it can be hard to find a local expert to give you insider tips on the city that never sleeps. Every New Yorker has his or her favorite restaurant, neighborhood, bar, etc. Even conversations about the city's best bagels can get heated. That's what makes New York City so amazing. There's something for everyone. Before he brings his talents to the UK, here's Michael with some of his favorite "alternative" destinations.
Craving a great corned beef sandwich on rye? Skip Katz's long tourist line and walk a few blocks to Mile End Deli. Satisfy your craving with a Smoked Meat Poutine of fries, cheese curds, gravy and a delicious brisket. Virgil’s cream soda, white fish, potato salad and homemade pickles round out a stellar Jewish delicatessen menu, which also includes the standards. Visit their new emporium Black Seed for another of New York’s most famous foods, the bagel.
Daytime in New York is a bustling hoard of commuters, tourists, deliveries and bumper-to-bumper traffic. What a lot of visitors don’t know is that many of their must see sites or museums have late night hours. The Met is open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. You can go to the top of the Empire State Building until 2am any day of the week. You can wander MoMA until 8pm on a Thursday or Friday night. Evening crowds are much smaller than the daytime rush and most sites are basking in the glow of Manhattan at night.
Skip Little Italy and enjoy what a true New York Italian family has to offer. Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick have been revitalizing the Italian food scene with their group of restaurants. Parm is perfect for lunch with their delectable veggie sides and Italian sandwiches. The charred broccoli and house roast turkey can’t be missed. The original restaurant Torrisi is perfect for a small intimate dinner. Flagship restaurant Carbone will transport you to the heyday of the Italian restaurant experience. Their newest spot ZZ’s Clam Bar focuses on inventive cocktails and super fresh seafood. Enjoy a whole coconut filled with Trinidadian rum, acacia honey and smoked cinnamon along with a ceviche of clams, Serrano chili and cilantro.
Food Halls are a staple in most cities around the world, London has Harrods, Paris has La Grande Épicerie. Tokyo has Takashimaya. New York has Eataly, The Plaza Food Hall, Chelsea Market and newbie Gotham West Market. All are great and will satiate your appetite for culinary delights, but they will also be packed with tourists wandering aimlessly for a great photo or public bathroom. Escape the indoor food hall with Smorgasburg on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn. The view of Manhattan alone is worth it. You will also soon be able to check out its night market in Central Park!
OK, New Yorkers. I know you have opinions on the choices above. Maybe you have some other favorites that weren't listed, so please feel free to share. I'm a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves!