We all like to travel, but sometimes lack of funds prevents us from doing it the right way. We can’t visit all the exotic foreign countries we’d like to experience first-hand, and most importantly we can’t step foot in the restaurants within those respective countries to taste the unique delicacies of each region. Then again, maybe we can. Here are the top ten restaurants you can find right in New York City. If you want a distinct offering for your taste buds, then these are the places where you need to be.
If you’re a proper francophile, then Le Coucou has what you’re searching for. You’ll experience great seafood like lobster, halibut beurre blanc, and caviar. Give their foie gras a try–if you don’t know what it is, then it’s better not to ask. Eat up!
Uncle Boons is a great lounge if you’re in the mood for Thai. We’re not talking about the typical boring fare of nearly-fast-food thai restaurants, either. You’ll get to taste lamb larb, perfect crab fried rice, yellowtail collar and green curry snails. Yum, snails!
There are many varieties of Asian-style food, but Korean always seems to fall lower on everyone’s list. Even so, you won’t want to miss out on Oiji, where you can try a delicious truffle seafood broth before the main course, or the uniquely made honey butter chips and ice cream if you leave room for dessert (and you most definitely should).
The Hanoi House takes Vietnamese food one step further by specifically offering dishes you might find in the most northern parts of Vietnam. When you visit, sample the pho.
The sushi craze is ever-growing, and Shuko has you covered. If you sit at the bar, there’s a good chance you’ll be served by one of the establishment’s owners. Beware: it’s not cheap food!
If you’ve never tasted Portuguese food before, there’s never been a better time to try. Head to Aldea for pig terrine, duck rice, and more.
Not in the mood for dinner? Race to the Sullivan Street Bakery, where you’ll find a dazzling array of breads, baked goods, and aromatic coffee.
All right, sometimes you’re not in the mood for anything exotic. That’s okay too. Prune will take care of your appetite by giving you the kind of meals you recognize, but more artfully presented than they would be in a typical kitchen. Try out those Dutch pancakes if you find yourself there for brunch!
If you’re still in the mood for traditional New York City foods, head down to Momofuku. The menu is always evolving, so if you see something that sounds good, make an order. It might not be there the next time you go!
Try out Balthazar, where you’ll find comfort foods like steak and fries served in traditional French style. This authentic, stylish restaurant will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what you order. It also offers catering for special events. If you want to take the experience home with you, then head on over to their mouth-watering bakery.