New York. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps. But you did need to sleep and now you’re down to your last full day in NYC. You came here to see a few sites, maybe take in a Broadway production and...eat. New York City is a gastronomical delight for any foodie. There’s no shortage of restaurants and with 12-hours remaining to enjoy some of the best, where to go? Here are my picks for a truly indulgent NYC foodie-fest.
Breakfast 8 am
This may not be the most “upscale” joint to grab your breakfast from, but if what you’re after is one-great-bagel, this is the place. There are 15 different bagels to choose from and a whole host of cream cheeses to smother into it. I was so overwhelmed by the selection, I chose a plain bagel with plain cream cheese, which of course, screamed, "Newbie." Grab a table by the window for a clear view of the entire restaurant, and watch the world come and go. For a truly New York experience in a great people watching place, it’s two thumbs up for Ess-a-Bagel.
Morning break -- 10:30 am McNally and Jackson Café
After an hour of getting lost within the bookshelves of this downtown Manhattan bookstore, review your buys with a drink and snack at one of their communal tables. Chat up a local. It's the best way to learn about a new place.
Lunch 12:30 pm Southgate Bar and Restaurant
|Reuben served as sliders
This modern and trendy restaurant is located inside the Marriott Essex House, directly across the street from Central Park. The menu features American comfort food, prepared with style, based on classic French technique. I shared a Reuben sandwich, which was accompanied with finely sliced pickled fennel and mandarin orange pieces. The sandwich is presented as ‘sliders', in buns that were soft and sweet. The meat was thinly sliced and incredibly juicy. It was by far the best Reuben sandwich I have ever had (and I’m not just saying that). Lunch was completed with an Illy coffee and a slice of New York cheesecake. When in New York…
Afternoon break 3:30 pm Lounge, Algonquin Hotel
|Photo via algonquinhotel.com
Located just inside the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel, this is a classy and elegant locale for a mid-afternoon break. The restored Algonquin Lobby, with writing desks and Edwardian furniture, retains the charm and ambiance forever associated with this New York landmark hotel. Unwind and plan ahead for your evening in New York City, as you enjoy an afternoon cocktail in one of the most elegant hotels in NYC.
Dinner 8 pm
Smith and Wollensky
|Don't forget the steak sauce
This steakhouse was once referred to, by Ruth Reichl, then-restaurant reviewer for the New York Times, as “A steakhouse to end all arguments.” She wasn’t kidding. If you are not carnivorous, don’t go. If on the other hand, you dream of the perfect prime rib served with buttery vegetables and warm petit-buns on a silver dish, then this is your place. The servers are attentive and friendly, taking time to joke with you, as they hustle trays weighed down with food through the crowded dining room. At least once, make it to this New York City institution.You’re in New York, afterall. Don't forget to take home a bottle of their own steak sauce.
|Grand finale: New York Cheesecake