by Zoe Baker-Peng
Last February, we published the previous part to this series on ‘Where to Eat When Your Parents Come to Town’. While looking up Hewitt’s dinner menu can be extraordinarily exciting (what will it be tonight?!), sometimes it’s a relief to eat outside of campus confines and venture out into one of the world’s greatest culinary capitals. New York City offers a plethora of cuisines and dining experiences and while you can, of course, get delicious food at affordable prices, sometimes delectable dishes remain positioned in a higher price range. Since Parents’ Weekend approaches, and you may be lucky enough to have your folks visiting and offering to take you to dinner, here are some more restaurant recommendations to pique your interest and taste buds.
|A new take on pigs in blankets|
Alder’s chic and modern interior still manages to feel cozy and inviting, and lends itself perfectly to Chef Wylie Dufresne’s aim of producing “a modern interpretation of a public house”. Aged wooden boards line the ceiling and exposed white bricks run the length of the wall, furthering the charming atmosphere created by a low buzz of voices when the restaurant is full and the large glass window that offers scenes of busy New York outside. The mix of modern and rustic décor is echoed in both the concept behind and the presentation of the food. Dufresne, and executive chef Jon Bignelli, rework pub classics such as pigs in blankets and French onion soup, as well as produce innovative dishes such as their ‘Rye Pasta’. The Rye Pasta is a gustatory delight – the rye flavor is wonderfully distinct and its pairing with shaved pastrami and pasta is an intriguing take on the classic New York deli pastrami on rye. ‘Pigs in a Blanket’ uses the traditional concept of sausages wrapped in a type of pastry dough, but defines itself with the unusual use of Chinese sausage as well as sweet chili sauce and Japanese mustard. The result is delightful; be sure to try these when you dine here. The ‘French Onion Soup Rings’ are both humorous and tasty: large fried onion rings (think gourmet style) arrive at your table, drizzled with a thick, sumptuous onion gravy. All of the dishes on the menu are enticing and inventive, although portion sizes tend to run on the smaller size. I recommend ordering several dishes for the table to share or at least two for yourself, if you’re feeling hungry.
Address: 157 Second Avenue (between 9th and 10th streets), NYC, 10003
Reservations: Recommended but not necessarily essential
Price: $$$, price range ~$31-60 per person.
|The baked ziti is simply scrumptious
Address: 248 Mulberry Street (between Prince and Spring streets), NYC, 10012
Price: $$, price range ~$11-30 per person.
Address: West 67th street and Central Park West (just inside Central Park), NYC, 10023
Price: $$$, price range depends on how many courses you get ~$18-45 (for brunch)http://tavernonthegreen.com/
|Bustling and busy atmosphere at Blue Smoke|
On Blue Smoke’s website, the restaurant notes that it is “widely credited as the founder of New York City’s barbeque movement,” and it’s easy to see why once you taste the food. The pulled pork shoulder is delicious; it softly falls apart in your mouth as you take a bite, oozing richly, seasoned juices and aromatic smoky notes. Paired with the authentic hush puppies (soft on the inside, lightly crisped on the outside), this tastes like a true Southern meal in the heart of New York. Stop by at lunch to try the “Crispy Chicken” sandwich: the remoulade and avocado paired with the fried chicken create a sensational taste and texture experience. Blue Smoke’s ambience is energetic, and the booth style tables, large bar and bustling staff help to create a lively atmosphere. If you’re coming for dinner, be sure to stop by the renowned Jazz Standard club beneath Blue Smoke, to listen to some world-class jazz.
Address: 116 East 27th street (between Park and Lexington avenues), NYC
Price: $$, price range ~$12-30
Zoe Baker-Peng is a junior at Barnard and Editor-in-Chief for The Nine Ways of Knowing.