New York Restaurant Guide

There are so many restaurants in New York City that it can be mind boggling. This New York restaurant guide is here to help. It is a collection of fabulous restaurants for couples or groups. Some are neighbourhood restaurants, others swish, many are cozy and homely. All of them are thoroughly tried and tested (tasted) by us. They are all different, for example, one of the restaurants is in the ‘Friends’ (US hit series) apartment block and another by a lake in Central park! So, be warned before you browse through this New York restaurant guide, mouths will be watering, tickets may get booked…

There are so many restaurants in New York City that it can be mind boggling. This New York restaurant guide is here to help. It is a collection of restaurants for couples or groups. Some are neighbourhood restaurants, others swish, many are cozy and homely. All of them are thoroughly tried and tested (tasted) by us. They are all different, for example, one of the restaurants is in the 'Friends' (US hit series) apartment block and another by a lake in Central park!

Craft

The idea behind Craft is that here is somewhere you could enjoy a plate of mushrooms or other seasonal vegetable, cooked and served simply at their best. This isn’t to say the cooking itself is simplistic, rather that here you can find straightforward food served in a family-style way, in the centre of the table ready for you to pile onto your plates.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft Entrance.
Craft entrance.

The service is very smooth and we were welcomed, seated and served warm bread and an amuse-bouche to pop into our mouths.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft - Amuse-Bouche.
Amuse-bouche.

We chose a very light starter of spring nettle pasta. The broth was scrumptious with masses of flavour and I felt decidedly healthier for eating it.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft Restaurant.
NETTLE CAVATELLI spring garlic, snap peas & mint.

This octopus was another beautifully fresh dish. The pink grapefruit cleans your mouth ready for the next bite.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft - Starter.
OCTOPUS – BRAISED pistachio, olive & six-minute egg.

We went for a glass of refreshing white wine to start with, but the red was poured to breath in time for our mains.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft - Wine.

I chose venison. It’s a very lean meat, but it was still very soft to eat.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft - Mains.
Venison rack.

Andy’s choice of braised short rib was absolutely delicious. It was served in a copper pot, which I always love.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft - Braised Beef.
BRAISED beef short rib.

We had a selection of sides. Do go for sides. The mains are simple so you need them. But also, they are done extremely well. Yum!

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft - Sides.
Potato GRATIN, broccoli, cauliflower.

It’s well worth leaving a little room for pudding here. The chocolate soufflé was exceptional, with a deep chocolate flavour.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Craft - Chocolate Soufflé.
CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ.

CRAFT – 43 East 19th Street, NY 10003

The Little Owl

Fancy eating in the ‘Friends’ New York apartment block (the famous US series)? The Little Owl is the tiny restaurant that sits at it’s ground level.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. The Little Owl Restaurant.
The Little Owl in the ‘Friends’ apartment block.

Expect a constant stream of (mainly young women) taking photos outside. It also was a very popular neighbourhood restaurant.

Inside, it’s a little worn, cute, cozy and friendly. It filled up in no time with locals meeting up and had a great atmosphere.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. The Little Owl - The Menu.
Another giant menu.

There is a quirky waiting area (that I couldn’t photograph because it was occupied). But anyway, if you have to wait, expect to sit up high with a super view over the busy little restaurant!

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. The Little Owl.
Relaxed and casual dining.

The service came with a hurried but genuine smile.

The food is great here. This short rib taco was so juicy and moreish.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. The Little Owl - Starter.
Tender and juicy short rib taco, refried beans, guacamole and salsa ranchero.

These gravy meatball sliders are pretty famous. People talk about them all over the internet. They live up to the hype, so you don’t want to miss these!

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Sliders At The Little Owl.
Gravy meatball sliders.

This is like a hunters stew. It was delicious and Andy enjoyed it hugely.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Chicken Dish At The Little Owl.
Chicken cacciatori, watercress salad and wild rice.

My chicken was super juicy. I loved the Brussel sprout home-fries. But the gravy and potatoes were heavenly!

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. The Little Owl - Chicken Dish.
Crispy Cornish hen, Brussel sprout home-fries, lemon, sherry and dijon.

We wasn’t sure what to expect when we ordered the fruit crisp. It turned out to be Apple crumble. The crumble was wonderfully crunchy, but only order it if you like your fruit crumble very sweet. I personally prefer the fruit to have a little tartness to it.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. The Little Owl - Crumble.
Fruit crisp/Apple crumble.

The Little Owl – 90 Bedford St, NY 10014

Ampersand

OK. This isn’t a restaurant. I’m sneaking in a little cocktail bar for you. They serve food too, but as we were heading to a restaurant we only stopped by for a quick ‘sharpener’.

It’s dark and urban but really friendly. The cocktails were probably the best we had sampled, and yes, we had sampled quite a few!

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide.

Generally bars in New York are lacking compared to London bars. Well, we are a nation of drinkers, I suppose. This was one of the best, with a good selection of liquors.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide.

Ampersand- 294 3rd Ave New York, NY 10010

ABC Cocina

When I was doing my research this restaurant really confused me. It kept popping up on all the standard restaurant guides but it was part of a retail chain. Did I really want to eat and buy a bath towel within the same space?

It turns out, yes. There are actually two restaurants: ABC Cocina (Mexican inspired) and ABC Kitchen (American food). We chose ABC Cocina with it’s dark and sultry interior, bare walls and sea creature sculptures.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide.

I ordered their ‘spicy whiskey sour with widow jane bourbon and oloroso sherry’. Be warned, it was really spicy!

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. Table Setting ABC Cocina.
Table setting.

Cool and soothing, however, was this absolutely divine spring pea guacamole. I loved the pine nuts on the top and with a squeeze of lime, perfect!

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. ABC Cocina - Starter.
Spring pea guacamole with warm crunchy tortillas.

Andy loves Iberico ham and this was a very good quality.

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. ABC Cocina - Jamon Iberico De Bellota
Jamon Iberico de bellota.

Empanadas are not really my thing. But, I have to admit these ones were really rather good!

Recommended Restaurants in New York. A guide. ABC Cocina Empanadas.
Spiced ground beef and celery root empanadas with tomato salsa.

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. ABC Cocina Starter

I love dishes like this raw asparagus salad. It is packed full of health but it was also hugely satisfying to eat.

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. ABC Cocina Asparagus Salad.
Raw shaved asparagus salad, asparagus-sunflower pesto and egg.

Anybody know a man who wouldn’t order these beef tenderloin ‘burntends’? Me neither! They come with a chimichurri sauce.

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. ABC Cocina - Beef Tenderloin.
Beef tenderloin “burntends” with chimichurri.

These spicy glazed ribs were so soft and not dry at all. Very moreish.

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. ABC Cocina - Spicy Ribs.
Spicy glazed baby back ribs.

American cookies are famous. This cookie plate was nice because there was a little salt to off set the sweetness.

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. ABC Cocina Cookie Plate.
Cookie plate – Mexican chocolate chip, dulce de leche, peanut banana cream sandwich.

The warm fritters, however, are the dessert you need. The Mexican chocolate is to die for!

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. ABC Cocina Vanilla Fritters.
Warm vanilla fritters with Mexican chocolate.

The coffee was really delicious, deep and luxuriant – and I loved the cups they came in.

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide.
Coffee.

ABC Cocina – 38 east 19th street, ny 10003

The Loeb Boathouse – Lakeside restaurant.

We’ve been to this lovely lakeside restaurant many times over the years. Usually for brunch. I think actually, I prefer the lunch menu best!

This cocktail was really delicious. It lasted about two minutes and if I wasn’t flying out that day I would have asked for a vat!

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. The Loeb Boathouse.
Delicious cocktails.

Today was rather windy and grey so the restaurant wasn’t quite open to the lake. However, in summer tables for 4 line the lakes edge, and you have turtles swimming by your feet! It’s true. No, it’s not a typo! The lake is home to hundreds of turtles, right in the middle of Central Park.

The food here is fantastic. Simple but perfectly done. Often restaurants in great locations can let you down with the food, but not here. The quality is very high.

My beetroot salad was fresh. I really loved it.

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. The Loeb Boathouse. Roasted Beet Salad.
Roasted Beet Salad –
Crumbled Feta, Dandelion Greens, and Toasted Sunflower Seeds with Tzatziki Sauce.

Andy’s soup was exceptionally tasty.

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. The Loeb Boathouse. Soup.
Creamy Burrata –
Heirloom Tomato, Pea Greens, and Banyules Vinaigrette with Black Garlic Crostini.

We both went for the twin burgers. You get two each. They were juicy, flavoursome and very filling!

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. The Loeb Boathouse. Burgers.
Twin Boathouse Burgers –
Hand-Cut Fries, Pickles, and Condiments.

I simply couldn’t stop pinching the chips!!

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. The Loeb Boathouse. Fries.

Feeling rather full but wanting a dessert because everything had tasted so good, we shared this fantastic peanut and chocolate tart. It oozed salted caramel and was a little stunner!

Recommended Restaurants In New York. A guide. The Loeb Boathouse. Dessert.
Salty Caramel Peanut Chocolate Tart –
Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream.

Find the Boat House by ‘the lake’ in Central Park.

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