One of my favorite things about friend and family visits to New York is the opportunity to alter my dining-out patterns. I’ve had an adorable, adventurous and talented chef staying with me for the past 10 days (sadly, he’s returned to YVR), so my NYC dining exploration has been especially rich and robust lately. The highlights:
Kyotofu: NYC's one truly gourmet tofu establishment. Trust me. Do not come to NYC again and miss it. A delectable and eye-opening adventure, even if you hate tofu.
Momofuku Ssam: Frank Bruni’s #1 pick for 2007. A total journey into the new and unknown in a sexy, hip environment. Perhaps a tad too adventurous for my palate, but not for Eduardo’s, who loved it. He ate all the sweetbreads.
Commerce: The newest incarnation of the space that most famously held Grange Hall, one of my all-time favorite Village eateries. The food was excellent, the room is a dream, the noise level is over the top, and it’s all a tad pricey. But a great night avoid weekends) with 4-6 friends.
Barrio Chino: The most authentic Mexican I’ve eaten in NYC. Chef Eduardo agrees, and he should know: Though Vancouver trained, he’s Mexican born. Get your ass to the Lower East Side soon.