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New York Gastronomy Tips

My sister-in-law Carrie and her husband John went to New York just before Christmas and they have been telling me ever since about all the incredible restaurants and food places they visited. I thought it would be fantastic to share these tips with all my edible readers so asked Carrie to guest write a post for Edible News of her New York gastronomy adventure (and if you’re feeling hungry after reading it there’s a post on my take on New York burgers at the bottom!)

New York

New York City – Food Tour & Tips

Here are some highlights of our New York food tour…. there is so much choice out there, it helped to get some useful recommendations. We wanted to pass them on to you too…

Murrays Bagel  – First place that we stopped at for breakfast in NYC and we weren’t disappointed. The immediate difference between cities ( New York vs London) is the incredible choice on offer. Murrays Bagel not only had a vast amount of fillings – there was also an amazing selection of bagels on offer that are hand rolled everyday. Adam who owns the shop had a simple dream twenty years ago to make the best bagels in New York. It is named after his Father who introduced him to the love of bagels. A perfect way to start the day.

What we had: American Pastrami Bagel and Coffee
Where you can find them:  500 Avenue of the Americas, New York

Bagels

Burger Joint – It isn’t much fun getting lost in New York City at night when it’s hitting the minus figures. We were looking for a ‘Burger Joint’ with no luck. We finally found it randomly in a hotel called Le Parker Meridien Hotel, New York. It didn’t have a name to the restaurant instead just this neon sign which pretty much told us we had found it finally!

They have a no reservation policy and it’s very popular so getting a seat as well as trying to order at the same time was a little tricky. They keep the menu very simple… Burger or Cheeseburger with filling or not and obviously chips on the side. I liked this…keeping it simple and knowing what you can deliver quickly and well. Be famous for cooking proper burgers not what you get from chains on every other corner.  The decor consist of graffitied walls and cosy seating arrangements…it’s not a place you stay for long, so not good for first dates, big families or special evening meals. It’s great for every other occasion..

What we had: Cheese Burgers and Chips!
Where it is located: The Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridien Hotel, New York

Burger Joint

Momofuku – This is a noodle bar located in Chinatown. The name Momofuku means lucky peach…I definitely thought we were lucky to find this place and to also get a seat! It’s a very popular place (again with a no reservation policy!)  It specialises in Ramen dishes. We managed to sit up at the bar and watch the chefs cook all the amazing different types of Ramen dishes, it was incredible to see the speed and passion that they all put into their creations without making any noise (unlike all those celebrity cook programs we see). Demand was definitely stretching for the restaurant but they completely deliver.  Staff are super friendly, efficient and seem remarkably calm. Next time we will try their Milk Bar which looks amazing

What we had: Momofuku Ramen & Spicy Miso Ramen
Where is it?: 171 first Avenue btwn 10th + 11th street  New York

Momofuku

Chelsea Market – Is an enclosed urban food court, it is housed in the old National Biscuit Company factory. This is an incredible place for foodies – it has such a selection of every type of food you could think of. It could be called food heaven! We timed it badly  we had just had breakfast) so couldn’t sample too much that was on offer. We did manage a cookie from Amy’s Bread House. It is an artisan bakery which has a huge display of the best of everything sweet. You can watch Amy’s bakery knead the dough in the bakehouse or people watch from from the windows.  Tip… turn up hungry and have fun sampling all the different artisans food on offer.

What is on offer:  Take a look here
Location: 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Chelsea Market

Bubby’s – This was recommended to us and we were so pleased we went there for our last brunch in NYC before flying home. The Americans love their brunches…which is something that hasn’t really taken off over here yet. We had to wait for a seat (extremely busy) but they offered hot cider whilst we we did, which was a nice touch. Bubby’s menu is delicious from  Bubby’s pancakes to pit smoked barbecued hash & browns. Bubby’s started as a pie company but quickly opened a small restaurant using many traditional family recipes – they pride themselves that all food is made from scratch and you can definitely taste. What also makes them unique is that they open for 24 hours and offer a brilliant midnight brunch menu! What more could you want?

What we had: Organic Granola & Beef Fajita
Where is it: 120 Hudson St, Tribeca, NYC

Bubby's

Other Highlights :

Cheesecake Doughnuts from Dough – Brooklyn Flea Market

StumpTown Coffee – Ace Hotel (but there are loads)

Cocktails at Bathtub Gin – Secret Gin Bar

Mast Brothers  – Chocolate Makers

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Thanks so much Carrie for your delicious tips! Can’t wait to head over there soon.

In honour of their New York trip I decided to make us all burgers to bring a bit of America to London, almost as good as the real thing!

Burger

My take on NYC Burgers & Sides

– 500g ground beef
– 10 Cream crackers, crushed very small
– I egg
– Handful chopped parsley
– Big pinch salt
– Double dash Worcestershire sauce

Combine and shape into patties you should get around five from this mixture depends on how big you want them

Place on a hot pan/griddle for around 5 mins each side the serve on a bun or just naked with 1 tbsp pulled pork with BBQ sauce as a topping for your burger.

Side of coleslaw

– Shredded ½ white cabbage
– 1 finely sliced white onion
– 1 carrot finely sliced
– 1 finely sliced apple
(all above can be done in a food processor for extra thin slices)

then in a large bowl combine with a large handful of raisins, you can also add pineapple as kids love the sweetness of it.

– 4 tbsp mayonnaise
– 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
– Big pinch salt and pepper
– Side of  Crunchy Sweet Potato Chips
– 3 Sweet Potatoes  sliced into chunky chip size
– 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
– 1 tsp smoked paprika
– 1 tsp garlic salt

Combine all of the above in a bowl and cook on a tray in oven at 200c for around 25 mins turning halfway until crispy

Burger topped with pulled pork with slaw and chips on the side – bringing a bit of New York to you without the snowstorm! Why don’t you try it this weekend?

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