My buddy lives on the Upper-West side but works in mid-town and he eats at all the swank places. He took me to The Breslin a couple of times...I guess if I am trying to simulate "dying and going to heaven", the food and vibe here does just that. Perfect for the power lunch, the afternoon tryst, or plopping down in a booth and writing that next chapter to your best selling novel.
I omitted the best Risotto in NYC!
THE BEST RISOTTO
Can be found at Risotteria Melotti. This family-owned restaurant only has 2 locations - one in Verona, Italy and the other in the East Village of New York. They grow their own heritage arborio rice, then use it to create 100% gluten-free risotto, bread, and more. Everything is cooked to order in an open kitchen centered in the cozy seating area. They make gluten-free profiteroles with warm chocolate. What's not to like?
THE BEST DOUGHNUT:
Don't forget about this place!
Breslin has an amazing ambience, too!
As for me, next time I'm in the Big Apple, I'm going to hit Ivan Ramen, riffing off the episode on him in the Chef's Table :)
I've also been once treated to apparently the best mac&cheese in NYC, but I totally lost any idea of what and where it was.
Definitely not, Max Brenner is an Israeli (primarily chocolate) brand, and even if they somehow branched out to mac&cheese in New York, I would have remembered :) let me check my logs, maybe I'll find the location.
OK, it *could* have been at the Beecher's Handmade Cheese in Flatiron district. No guarantees though. To make up for the vagueness, let me recommend Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn for absolutely amazing pies.
Since this is a food-centric thread...WE NEED MORE FOODIE EMOJIS. lol