New York Food State of Mind

New York here I come! On a whim (with a few weeks of bouncing around with the idea), my friend and I literally just booked tickets last night to the Big Apple. I’ve been to the city for either work or with family so I’ve done most of the touristy stuff. We’re just going there to feel like a New Yorker and just enjoy the bustle and hustle of the city. My friend has graciously let me take the reigns on the food and activities itinerary ;) So in the next few weeks, I’ll be doing my over planning and will be producing a Google Map of stops, shops, and eats.

Of course the first thing I’ll be tackling is making reservations for the the mighty fine fine-dining that New York can offer. Unfortunately due to popularity, these restaurants have a strict reservations policies so I won’t be able to pick up the phone (or log onto Open Table) until later. Below are my target restaurants in order of preference ie which ones I’ll be dialing first

Per Se (because of my crush on Thomas Keller and it’s #6 on the Top 50 Restaurants in the World list)

Eleven Madison (#10 on Top 50 Restaurants in the World list)

Le Bernardin


Jean Georges (he was such a sweetie when I met him in Vancouver)



Annisa (hello Top Chef Anita Lo!!)


My other stops if I can squeeze it in
Momofuku – at least for lunch
Laduree Paris
The Spotted Pig
Mario Batali’s Lupa
La Esquina
Patio/rooftop brunches

Even if I manage to successfully hit just one of the fine dining establishments, it’ll make me happy. And of course, we’ll be strolling around and taking in the city…maybe re-enact a scene or 2 from Sex and the City (watch for a pic of my twirling around in an outfit or a tutu skirt;-)


  1. 18/07/12 at 13:22

    Have an amazing time!

    The last time the boy and I went to NYC, we weren’t too impressed by Balthazar but we loved, loved, loved The Little Owl. It’s this little place on the edge of Greenwich and West Village that only seats 38 and you’ll definitely need a reservation. But it was our favourite meal of the entire trip.

  2. 20/07/12 at 11:11

    I am so excited for you! Basically every single restaurant you listed there is on my list for New York too. Are you going to try and make it to Eately as well? Prune for brunch might be good too. Ugh, wish I was going!

  3. 02/08/12 at 22:30

    sounds exciting! Cn’t wait to see your blog posts from the trip already.

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