Neighborhood restaurants have some of the best cuisine in NYC without the tourist prices. We tried three this trip that met our S.F. foodie standards without the Big Apple mark up.
Hundred Acres. This farm to table restaurant serves all local, sustainable cuisine in a chic but no attitude environment.100 acres is one of three restaurants run by chef Mark Myers and is located in Soho. We had a phenomenal turn on ceasar salad with Kale as the romaine substitute, local potatoes with aioli and brilliant, roasted brussel sprouts. Mains included mussels in a smoky tomato base ,and a pork blade steak, and a fish & seafood boullabaisse. All were delicious, intriguingly spiced and hearty and all were created by chef Ricky King. The wine, a rich Gigondas, was also just right. Ths is a great place for dressing up or down as your whim or the occasion requires.
Last night we went to Manolo’s Tapas in the Washington Heights neighborhood. We had white sardines, garlic mushrooms, sauteed shrimp and patatas bravas with a crisp Albarino that sailed us home. Live music, a friendly vibe reminded us of our trip to Spain.
Tonight, we hit Vareli on Broadway in lower Morningside Heights or upper/upper West Side. Excellent mediterarrean food in a small, stylish bistro. All the goodies you expect like hummous and eggplant is there but so are sophisticated mains with scallops, fish, chicken and beef options. This place is Michelin recommended so we’re already savoring our upcoming feast. Unless it’s a disappointment, I won’t update this post.
What’s a trip to NYC without a slice of real pizza. We did that, too. But I’m not sharing where! Some secrets stay with the locals!