Going out to eat should be just as much about the experience as it is the food. These three do it for me, every time.
Freemans: For Comfort Food Classics and a Cozy Downtown Vibe
Tucked down a little alley in the Lower East Side, this restaurant embodies classic Americana–the dishes here are simple, rustic, and inspired by old world traditions. Think: ooey-gooey mac-n-cheese, butternut squash schnitzle, and wild rice crispy treats. Produce is all sourced locally in New York, and the interior design makes me want to wrap up in a big wool sweater, sipping cocktails well past brunch.
Panna II: For Indian Staples With The Most Festive Atmosphere You’ll Find This Side Of Bengal
This is my go-to restaurant anytime there’s a reason to bust out the bubbly and get silly on a budget: birthdays, engagements, TGIF…you name it! Kitschy as it is, I adore this pepper-light strewn, BYOB restaurant, complete with upbeat staff who will ensure every visit feels like a reason to celebrate. The dishes are your typical Indian fare–but so good–and plenty of options for vegetarians.
ABC Kitchen: For High-Quality Dishes You Can Feel Good About Eating
I believe the exact words uttered the first time I ate at ABC were “Best. Salad. Ever.” And coming from a vegetarian who eats LOTS of greens, this is a big, bold statement. With Jean-Georges name behind it, you can be assured your seasonally inspired meal is going to shine, and the all white decor is as fresh as the farm-to-table goodness you’ll be putting in your mouth.
This round-up was inspired by citizenMag’s article on their Top 3 restaurants in Glasgow, which challenged me to come up with my own guide for New York.
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