If there’s one disadvantage to working in the travel industry, it’s constantly having to leave New York City. I miss my friends, my neighborhood, and, most of all, the food. Seriously, I’ve been to places where the food has sucked (Philippines), lacked variety (Greenland), and was neither here nor there (Fort Lauderdale). New Yorkers are super-privileged to be in a city where the culinary scene is diverse and, more often than not, really damn good. Not only can you get a hearty, amazing meal at a cheap ethnic joint, you can splurge on high-end dinners knowing you won’t be disappointed. Best of all, with NYC Restaurant Week next month, you can get that “splurgy” experience at that “ethnic joint” price. Or something like that.
From January 24 to February 6, NYC & CO is partnering with more than 300 restaurants for two weeks of ridiculously priced meals at highly touted restaurants. Three-course, prix-fixe lunches will be $24.07; three-course prix-fixe dinners at a measly $35.
● Becki Newton at the NBC Upfront Fall Preview: I love a lot of the Greek restaurants in New York, like Kefi on the Upper West Side. The lemon chicken there is really good and tastes like the one my Greek mother-in-law makes. ● J.J. Abrams:Street and Company, in Portland, Maine, has these amazing, skillet-cooked shallots and garlic-and-butter and white-wine scallops [with] linguini. It’s unbeatable. ● Summer Glau:Mozza in L.A. I like everything there, all their pastas.
● Olivia Munn:Crustacean in Beverly Hills, the Vietnamese-fusion restaurant. I like the garlic noodles and lobster. ● Blair Underwood: Cafe Habana, the food and the music were incredible. I had some chicken-and-pineapple thing that was working! ● Jesse Metcalfe: I had a great dinner last night at Stanton Social, on the Lower East Side. The food was amazing, just incredible tapas and I stuffed myself, great ambiance. I like to see live music. In L.A., I would do the Troubadour, a lot of history, also The Roxy. ● Paul Reiser: I’m less selective. In New York City, there’s really no place to eat but Tribeca Grill is one of my favorites. ● Tina Fey: My favorite restaurant in New York is Giuliano’s, at 50th and Ninth. ● Cheryl Hines: I love Tao, the miso sea bass is a favorite. ● Jenny Slate:Buttermilk Channel on Court Street in Brooklyn. The seared skirt skate comes with a marrow bone, it’s delicious. Favorite bar is the Black Rabbit in Greenpoint. ● Nasim Pedrad:Josie’s on the Upper West Side, great tofu salad. ● Greg Grunberg:Taverna Tony’s in Malibu, a Greek restaurant, just love it, the grilled, baby octopus is my favorite. We’re about to go to The Bazaar in Beverly Hills. ● Mary Elizabeth Ellis:Blair’s in my neighborhood in Silver Lake. I love the cannelloni stuffed with ratatouille.
Last night at Guastavino’s under the 59th Street bridge, gourmet meat slingers D’Artagnan celebrated 25 years of systematically slaughtering animals, with a massive bath of flesh—cooked and alive. The French were everywhere, dressed in the company’s signature red and white, and less drunk off small glasses of actual red wine than the red wine sauce those chicken legs were braised in. The highlight of the night was mega restaurateur Drew Nieporent (Corton, Nobu, Tribeca Grill) joining Top Chef host Tom Colicchio (who just shredded “Takin’ Care of Business”) on stage for an insane cover of Plastic Bertrand’s “Ca Plane Pour Moi.” We say insane because we never thought Nieporent was capable of hitting those high notes, and because the elderly gentleman in front of us was clearly high on ecstasy. Video after the jump.