Having lived in New York City several years now, I am often asked by friends, family, random visitors, "Do ya have any recommendations for food?" I find that I always list off the same places time and again, which makes me think.... Don't I eat anywhere else? The answer is yes, but only the very best stick with me. New Yorkers are loyal to their dining establishments and have a lot of pride in being able to recommend a truly great restaurant. Because in the end, it's our reputation at... steak.
So here is my top recommendation for a perfect day of gut-busting, palate tingling New York fare at it's best... and pretty, darn affordable
LUNCH: Shake Shack
Whether you're in Madison Square Park checking out the Flat Iron building or up at the American Museum of Natural History hanging out with some dinosaur bones, you will no doubt notice the infamous line for Shake Shack.
Known for it's legendary burger, the ShackBurger, is 100% black angus beef that is ground daily, cooked to medium and served up between lettuce, tomato, American cheese and a buttery potato roll. If you dare, dig into some salty crinkle cut fries (smothered in cheese for me) and wash it down with their famous frozen custard.
DINNER: Schiller's Liqour Bar
Oh Schiller's, how can I count the ways I LOVE THEE!!! Located in the trendy Lower East Side, this French brasserie has the BEST steak frites! Note: I have been to Paris and eaten steak frites at the "home" of steak frites... and it still doesn't compare. Don't feel adventurous and get chicken or salmon, get the damned steak frites! For those of you who are confused.... it's is a succulent sirloin steak grilled to perfection served with frites, a heap of salty, shoe-string french fries. Here is where you do get to choose: your steak is served with your choice of a Bearnaise sauce, herbed butter or Au Poivre (a sinfully rich peppercorn and red wine reduction).
DESSERT: Junior's Cheesecake
New York cheesecake. Tourists flock to the city to eat it. Needless to say there are A LOT of crap, knock-offs. If you're near Times Square, you'll probably notice a handful of people carrying orange and white striped bags that say Junior's. This is the home of the "MOST FABULOUS CHEESECAKE" and is THE NY CHEESECAKE!
Ask just about anyone in the city and you'll get the same answer.
And that's my perfect dine for a day in NYC. But hey! What about breakfast? you ask. Hit up just about any dinner in NYC and they got breakfast covered... eggs, bacon, home fries, omelettes, waffles, french toast and the best cup of "crappy" coffee you'll ever have. So, bon appetit!