To get to know someone, we sit down with them, over a meal, a drink, and we dig in. Getting to know New York requires a similar introduction… a table, a dish and a story. There are certain foods that define the eclectic city best, that capture its heart and give a taste of its soul.
But along with the tastes of classic New York, there are also the dishes that have shaped the current dining scene, entered the vernacular of the word on the street and made New York one of the world’s most exciting dining destinations. Here are seven ways to explore New York City through iconic dishes.
1. Corn & the city, Eleven Madison Park
Corn made it onto Foursquare's list of “The Tastes that Make the City: New York,” based on stats gathered by their team of data scientists, looking at where more than 50 million people go and what they do. Grilled corn is a frontrunner, but there are so many ways to taste this vegetable - Mexican style corn with peppers, stuffed corn tortillas or tacos, or something elevated like the Corn Soufflé at Eleven Madison Park - a New York City icon in the culinary world.
2. Del Posto’s pasta, Del Posto
New-York City is known for its top-notch Italian, according to the NY Eater, making pasta a specialty – in whichever way takes your fancy: from tagliatelle Bolognese to spaghetti and meatballs, squid ink stracci and ruffled malfatti ribbons to a hearty lasagne. We fancy the Spaghetti ai Ricci di Mare, with sea urchin, peperoncino, kombu and lemon at Del Posto, the one Michelin star restaurant in New York City
3. On a roll, Glenmere Mansion
CNN Travel’s list of “Best street food in New York City” includes the cheery Lobster Roll – one of those dishes often served from food trucks and something of a culinary epiphany for new visitors to the city. We like ours from Glenmere Mansion, in the Hudson Valley, in Chester: a grilled New England style roll with chilled lobster, pickles and shredded lettuce. Only one hour from New York City itself.
4. The best Benedict, Lake Placid Lodge
It is said that the eggs Benedict was originally created at New York City's oldest restaurant – Delmonico's, 56 Beaver St New York, in 1860. According to the NY Eater, the dish was named after Delmonico's regular customers, Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand Benedict. This classic dish now makes it onto breakfast menus around the world, in all kinds of unique varieties and often enjoyed alongside a Bloody Mary.
At Lake Placid Lodge, there are three favourite styles:
-The traditional eggs Benedict, with classic poached eggs, North Country ham and Hollandaise
-Eggs Benedict Florentine, with roasted Portobello, baby spinach and chive Hollandaise
-A Royale, with poached eggs, smoked pastrami salmon and lemon dill Hollandaise
5. Something meaty, The Point
Ribs and root beer are two beloved American staples, but served at The Point, on the shores of Upper Saranac Lake in New York, with Chef Loic Leperlier, a distinguished flair has turned these ingredients into something iconic at the hotel. Here, an Adirondack braised short rib tortellini is served with sunchokes (also known as Jerusalem artichokes, a native to eastern North America), amaranth and root beer jus, in a memorable combination that’s full of flavour.
6. A Central Park Tart, Per Se
Its views are one thing (overlooking Central Park in all its beauty), but several dishes on the nine-course lunch and dinner tasting menus at the three-starred Michelin French-inspired Per Se, from Chef Thomas Keller, stand out as iconic. For us, the Nova Scotia lobster tart, Lubina Barbajuan, violet artichoke and charred eggplant mayonnaise is one particular dish - a delicious and elegant way to discover New York.