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Travel inspiration: Gavin's picks for dining out in NYC

10/01/2014

Food and travel go hand in hand, no matter your destination. There's rarely a better way (in our opinion) to experience a new city than by tasting your way through. New York City is no different. With thousands of eateries within reach, incredible food and drink is simply a step away. 

Traveling to New York City? Try out a few of Gavin Fine's favorite destinations for dining out in New York City.

Bistros:  
Raoul’s – best steak frites in the city, old school bistro in Soho
Balthazar – larger scale brasserie bistro
Pastis – for Sunday brunch 

Italian:      
Lupa Osteria Romana – Mario Batali restaurant in the West Village; a classic, Roman Osteria
dell’anima – great wine bar serving Italian food complimented by a fantastic wine program
Charlie Bird – New West Village run by the former chef of The Little Nell in Aspen
L’Apicio – a delicious, modern twist on Italian cuisine 

Thai:
Pok Pok – led by James Beard chef Andy Ricker; restaurant with some of the best Thai in the country 

BBQ:
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que – great Harlem, downhome place

Fine Dining:    
Daniel – iconic Daniel Boulud restaurant
Le Bernardin – some of the best seafood in the country
Batard – new restaurant receiving fantastic reviews

Favorite Small Spot: Bar Jamon – similar to Bin22 with stand up tapas, great wines, cheese, meats; located on a hidden side street 

Favorite Place to Grab a Crafted Cocktail: Employees Only – they started the NYC cocktail craze back in the day and are serious about their drinks 

Favorite Family Friendly Spot: Brooklyn Flea Market – over 150 food stands with foods from all over and a vintage, antique feel

Favorite Place for a Drink: Gramercy Tavern

Favorite Organic: Roberta’s – all organic; everything is from their garden; super simple; wood burning oven

With so many amazing dining options, New York City is constantly adding new restaurants to their already robust culinary scene. The best advice when visiting the area? Step a bit outside your comfort zone and welcome new experiences. There are countless ways to taste your way through the city. Your best meal may await you in a small 10-seat restaurant on a quiet side street or in the dining room of one of the restaurants that made it on our list.