I eat:o NYC

I eat:0 NYC

Traveling to an unfamiliar city can always be a bit of a bother. Running around new streets and shops, you are bound to get a bit confused, probably lost, and waste more time than you would like, or than you would on your own home turf. Even if you may have traveled to the place before, home is home, and everywhere else is, well, not. Without risking the humiliating fate of a visitor who sticks out like a sore thumb, a new city is one that begs to be explored. This of course can lead to great finds, or unfortunate cheesy tourist traps. Fortunately, with the foodie flag flying high as a traveling guide, any city is bound to show a newbie a heck of a time.

For a quick trip traipsing around New York City, unfamiliar ground without a local guide, food led the way. Dinner at Mario Batali’s Babbo, a lunch at Thomas Keller’s Buchon Bakery, and a snack for the flight back from Pichet Ong’s Batch was an excellent tour de eat.

I wish Mario had eaten with us!

 Whole Grilled Branzino with Cardoons and Lemon Oregano Jam

For any Mario Batali fan, Babbo is a fitting place to start a New York City trip. The branzino is delicious. Earthy flavors from the grill are embedded in the tender fish and the lemon jam compliments the meat with the perfect mixture of tart and sweet. Tucked into Greenwich Village, this tiny restaurant bustles with diners eager for a peak of Mario, as well as weathered locals.

Perched a top the Time Warner building, Buchon Bakery is the NYC place for boulangerie style sandwiches and pastry. Overlooking Central Park, the building, home to a designer mall, fills with business men, ladies who lunch, shoppers and those foodies who know(or wish to know) the wonder of Thomas Keller.

The pastry cases of the bakery are filled with chocolates, cookies, classic French pastry, and rustic sandwhiches. A roast beef sandwich on crunchy French bread starts a meal that is sweetly ended with an almond crossiant, or a TKO, Thomas Keller’s own oreo cookie. It’s certainly worth a trip uptown for these cookies.

While New York City, home to many of the nation’s top chefs and restaurants, could entertain a foodie’s journey for days and days, some trips have to be short ones. A stop in the village before heading back west provides snacks for the plane.

While tasty passion fruit rice pudding can be a sweet breakfast, the chocolate ginger cookie from Pichet Ong’s bakery makes for a great pre-flight treat. Cupcakes topped with edible glitter adorn this pastry chef turned restaurateur’s tiny shop. But it’s the dark, rich chocolate melt away cookies that really steal the show.

Walking up and down the blocks and avenues of this city can seem overwhelming at times, and so many restaurants line the streets, it hard to not get sucked into a tourist trap. But with a little research, a foodie’s trip can make sense of the city streets and lead the way to a great trip!


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    Jj said,

    All those goodies look marvelous! Great pictures!

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