The Guide

Where to Eat in NYC

Esquire's Food Editor Tom Parker Bowles gets his chops round the Big Apple (and burger, and steak and pulled pork…) 

In the most recent bid to appease his wandering stomach, Tom Parker Bowles took a culinary tour around the city that never sleeps/so good they named it twice etc: New York, New York. Here, from flight to feather pillow, are his tips for making the best use of your time (and appetite) while you’re there:

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1 | Best for a Big Lunch
Keith McNally’s Minetta Tavern is everything you want in a restaurant. Tables are harder to come by than a smiling cab driver, but you’ll have a chance off peak. The Black Label Burger is sublime, and for those offally inclined, the Tripe á la Mode de Caen is a classic.
Minetta Tavern, 113 MacDougal Street


2 | Best for a Smart Dinner
Il Posto Accanto on East 2nd Street is a hidden gem. Bea, the owner, does proper Italian food. Beautifully lactic burrata, sea urchin pasta, real salami and spanking fresh seafood. Ignore the menu and leave dinner in Bea’s hands. You won’t be disappointed.
Il Posto Accanto, 190 East 2nd Street (between Ave A & B) 

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3 | Where to have High Tea
Daisy May’s isn’t much to look at, and not the sort of place where you want to linger for hours, but Adam Perry Lang’s barbecue joint serves up the best pulled pork north of the Carolinas.
Daisy May’s BBQ USA, 623 11th Avenue (corner of 46th Street)


4 | The Hangover Cure
The original Shake Shack, Danny Meyer’s upscale burger chain, serves up big, sweetly greasy burgers, all made from proper meat.
Shake Shack, Madison Square Park, near Madison Avenue and East 23rd street


5 | Where to Stay
Robert De Niro’s intimate 88-room Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca is home to Locanda Verde, one of the best Italian restaurants in town. The Shibui Spa is also striking.
Rooms from $495 per night. The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich Street

6 | How to Get There
The British Airways business-only flight is the only way to travel. It takes off from London’s City Airport and lands in Shannon, Ireland to go through US immigration. Then, you walk straight through the domestic terminal at JFK. Easy.
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