Foodie's Guide to New York



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From burgers in the park to fine French dining, New York City is a food-lover's mecca--here are three days' worth of great eating experiences.

Photo: Gramercy Tavern's tavern room. By Doug Letterman.

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Day 1 - New York


To get the lay of the land, you can sign up for one of the customized culinary tours at Foods of New York Tours. Or, do it yourself: start with lunch at Café Boulud, the more casual but still elegant restaurant run by celebrated chef Daniel Boulud. After spending an afternoon at one of the museums nearby, or simply walking around Central Park to get ready for the next meal, head downtown to the East Village (make your reservation way in advance!) for one of NYC's most exciting restaurant experiences at Momofuku Ko, the latest offering from James Beard Award-winning chef David Chang.


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Foods of New York Tours

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Location:

9 Barrow St
New York, NY 10014

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tel: (212) 209-3370
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Café Boulud

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Location:

20 East 76th St.
Btwn Madison and Fifth Aves
New York, NY 10021

Contact:

tel: 1 212 772 2600
fax: 1 212 772 7755
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Central Park

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Location:

Central Park Driveway
The Central Park Conservancy
New York, NY 10022

Contact:

tel: +1 212 310 6600
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Momofuku Ko

Location:

171 First Avenue
(near 10th Street)
New York, NY 10003

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tel: no phone
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Day 2 - New York


The next day, start in Chinatown for one of the many dim sum options; one of the biggest dim sum palaces is Mandarin Court, where you can choose from the endless arrays of foods that the servers bring to your table. You’ll be full when you leave, so take a walk around Soho, Nolita, or Little Italy so you can have room for dinner at what is perennially ranked as New York’s top restaurant, Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern. Book early to get a reservation in the main dining room, or take a chance that you’ll get a table in the more casual tavern area. For a slightly less highbrow New York dining experience, head to the nearby Shake Shack, Meyer’s outdoor fast food mecca in Madison Square Park.


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Mandarin Court

Location:

61 Mott Street
Between Bayard Street and Canal Street
New York, NY 10013

Contact:

tel: 1 212 608 3838
fax: +1 212 226 6110


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Chinatown

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Location:

Canal Street to Bayard Street
(from Broadway to the Bowery)
New York, NY 10002

Contact:

tel: +1 212 484 1222(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 212 245 5943(Tourist Information)
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Gramercy Tavern

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Location:

42 E. 20th St
New York, NY 10003-1300

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tel: 1 212 477 0777
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Shake Shack

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Location:

Near Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street
Southeast corner of Madison Square Park
New York, NY 10010

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tel: 1 212 889 6600
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Day 3 - Brooklyn


On your third day, taste what another borough has to offer and head over to Brooklyn for an afternoon walk in Prospect Park. The closest subways are the 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza or the F to 15th Street/Prospect Park. One of Brooklyn’s local favorites (and a destination for Manhattanites) is Al di Lá Trattoria on Union Street, within walking distance of the park. They don’t take reservations, and people start lining up before it opens, so try to get there early.


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Prospect Park

Location:

Eastern Parkway to Parkside Avenue
At Grand Army Plaza, bounded by Prospect Park West, Parkside Ave., and Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Contact:

tel: +1 718 965 8951
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Al di Là Trattoria

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248 5th Avenue (Carroll Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11215-1201

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tel: 1 718 783 4565 / 1 718 636 8888
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Day 4 - New York


Finally, if you’re still hungry, try one of the neighborhood-specific culinary tours offered by Savory Sojourns--a good option would be the West Village, home to Babbo, owned by celebrity chef Mario Batali, where you can have another great meal and celebrate having eaten your way through the Big Apple.


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Savory Sojourns

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Location:

155 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: +1 212 691 7314 / +1 888 972 8679
fax: +1 212 367 0984
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Babbo Ristorante

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Location:

110 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10011

Contact:

tel: 1 212 777 0303 / 1 212 353 8064
fax: 1 212 777 3365
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