Every time I go to New York City my list of restaurants grow. Depending on the neighborhood I’m in, I do a little research on what I might like to try. I was just there for Thanksgiving and was in several different parts of the city, which made it fun looking for restaurants. Breakfast and lunch was on the fly this trip, but dinners were always scheduled. Here are the spots we tried.
Jams – We stopped into Jams out first night in NYC on a fluke. It looked really cute on the outside with overgrown ivy, so I judged it by the cover and thought it would be good. I have a thing for ivy covered buildings. I loved the ambiance inside, and yes, the food was as good as I thought it would be. And the drinks were nice too.
Quality Meats – If you’re looking for a quality cut of meat, this is a great place to go. The service was phenomenal, with attentive, well informed waiters. The meal is served family style, where you split the delicious sides. My favorite was the Corn Creme Brulee. It was sweet with a brulee flamed top.
The Ritz Auden Bistro – Thanksgiving dinner was at The Ritz. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, and the service was especially disappointing. We had late orders, forgotten orders, slow service. The hotel is amazing for the view of the parade, but I would go somewhere else for dinner.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria – This was my favorite place we dinned. True, top quality Italian food, rustic romantic ambiance and attentive service. The wine list is amazing. The pasta is cooked al dente, which is the only way to cook pasta. On the first floor there’s a bar and market, where you can buy cheese, breads and spreads.
Butter Midtown – The bread. The bread is the best table bread I’ve ever tasted. Flaky, yet soft, with sea salt on top. My mouth waters just thinking about it now. The dessert was also the highlight of my meal. The Raspberry Beignets were a favorite with the group and I loved my Sweet Potato Semifreddo with toasted marshmallows and gingerbread cookies. A unique seasonal dessert.
Note: One of my favorite things about NYC is the food.