Words and photographs by Hui Jun Ng
Standing at the top of Rockefeller Center, one cannot help but to be blown away by the spectacular view of New York City’s skyline. Several weeks ago, I visited this beautiful city and embarked on an eating spree.
Here is a guide to 5 of New York City’s best restaurants & most talked about eateries. From a small bar-concept Japanese diner to 3 stars Michelin French restaurant, there is bound to be one that you will like.
Visiting New York City should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. I’ve already ticked it off mine, what are you waiting for?
Curry-Ya Japanese Restaurant
Featured in reputable press like The New York Times and New York Time Out, Curry-Ya is a humble looking Japanese bar-concept restaurant that you definitely do not want to miss. The dishes may look simple but the steps to attain the quality are definitely far from easy. The gourmet curry has been skillfully stewed for 8 hours alongside with a large variety of ingredients such as spices, fruits, vegetables, chicken and oxtail soup. You must try the Baked Curry where raw eggs and the special curry sauce are alternated between layers of fragrant rice.
214 East 10th Street, New York
NY 10003, United States
Tel: +1 212 995 2877
Daily: 12noon – 11pm
Countless of restaurants have vied hard in earning just a Michelin Star but to no avail. Yet Jean-Georges has been bestowed the honour of 3 Michelin Stars, standing out as one of the World’s best fine dining restaurants. This topnotch dining experience is pricey and fancy – no jeans allowed and reservations are required. If you love indulging in gourmet food in beautiful high-ceiling interiors, this is the place to splurge your cash. The signature dishes include sautéed sea scallops and yellow fin tuna. The desserts are interestingly yummy, ranging from spiced pumpkin macarons to nougats infused with pistachios and cranberries.
1 Central Park West, New York
NY 10023, United States
Tel: +1 212 299 3900
Mon to Thu: 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Friday: 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Saturday: 5.30pm – 11pm
Momofuku Milk Bar
“One of the most exciting bakeries in the country” said Bon Appetit Magazine. Momofuku Milk Bar is a cute bakery filled with heaps of delicious and creative goodies. The must try item would be cereal milk soft serve ice cream with cornflake crunch. Christina Tosi, founder of the milk bar, has made all these genius culinary ideas possible. She is also named as the rising chef of James Beard Foundation in 2012.
251 e 13th Street New york
NY 10003, corner of 13th street / 2nd avenue
Daily: 9am – 12midnight
Located at Le Parker Meridien Hotel, this breakfast place is extremely popular and crowded. Reservations are mandatory if you would like to have breakfast there. Having made a reservation, we still had to wait for another 20 minutes! While the service lacks efficiency, the scrumptiousness of the food does make it up. Orange juices are freshly squeezed and food comes in large portions. A complimentary shot of strawberry-papaya-pineapple smoothie is given to each customer – who doesn’t like free yummy stuff? The super cheesy French toast with caramelized onions and apple wood smoked bacon are to die for, definitely the best I ever had. If you are outrageous enough, feel free to order the USD$1000 caviar omelette and let me know if it is worth its absurd price.
119 West 56th Street, New York
NY 10019, United States
Tel: +1 212 708 7460
Mon to Fri: 7am – 3pm
Sat & Sun: 7.30am – 3pm
Lady M Confections
The widely acclaimed Lady M Confections have been featured in so many magazines i.e. Oprah Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar and even VOGUE magazine for a reason – they are downright delicious! The Mille Crepes sell like hotcakes and Lady M Confections usually close its store before its official closing hours. These 20 layer thin crepe cakes comes in 3 flavours, namely orginal, green tea & chocolate. The Mille Crepe is indeed a tasty complex creation; it’s extremely thin, and light yet rich in flavour. The best part is when it melts slowly in your mouth.
41 East 78th Street, New York
NY 10021, United States
Tel: +1 212-452-2222
Mon to Fri: 10am – 7pm
Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm
About the writer
Hui Jun Ng is a Media and Communications student at RMIT University, Melbourne. She loves indulging in good food and traveling. She is part of a media productions group called CUTXPACE Productions and they recently completed a promotional video for Melbourne Art Show. You can follow her adventures in Melbourne here.