New York has plenty of fantastic restaurants, it also has some not exactly great ones, and for a first time visitor, it’s not simple to see the wood from the trees. If you crave phenomenal, dizzy, transporting dishes that you’ll remember for a long time, then follow this list of New York’s best kept secrets:Hudson Clearwater
Hudson Clearwater is a mystery restaurant. You find it via word of-mouth, since the restaurant itself resembles a covered up storefront. If someone has given you good directions, you stroll around the corner and down the road; you’ll uncover an unmarked green entryway in a block divider. Push open the entryway, walk on through a small enclosure and you’ll discover an excellent undercover restaurant. The delightful dining room and amicable staff pulls you in, and you can settle down for a tasty cocktail(the Hudson Mule has buffalo grass vodka, ginger brewskie, lime and sweetened ginger) and provincial American food (like flame broiled shed steak, accompanied by strawberry and blueberry shortcake).
This postage-stamp sized restaurant is on a tree-lined road in the West Village. It serves straightforward food on modest plates, including the planet’s best fiery chicken and fries. You wait in line on the walkway for a table (which can be a little cold on a windy evening); and it’s BYO so bring along your most beloved inexpensive wine. (Tip: After supper, stroll down to Magnolia Bakery and get a cupcake for dessert.)
Mary’s Fish Camp
This perma-pressed modest seafood restaurant leaves you with a feeling that you’ve been rushed up to Maine. One quick look at the menu and you’ll understand why. On top of that, it has the best lobster in the city.
This small Italian sandwich shop is an undiscovered gem. Pressed Panini are made up from amazing meats and cheeses (our true favourite is the cacciatorini, goat cheddar and dark olive pesto), and accompanied with a vibe that is sentimental and relaxed. This is the sort of food that makes you exclaim with joy over each nibble. It’s the ideal date spot when you haven’t got the cash to splash, or a place to meet a companion for a comfy supper. (Insider tip: Stop by to have a glass of wine in the late evening when it’s quiet and you can sit at the wooden bar, sample your wine and watch the lights come in through the windows.)
There’s something unique about the Mermaid Inn. We can’t completely put our finger on it, yet it has one of the cosiest dining rooms in New York. When you stroll in, you feel the anxiety dissolve away. Sit down, request calamari and fish tacos, and relax. It’s an incredible place for a big group of diners, since you can sit in their back room or a separate secured enclosure. Since they don’t have a dessert menu, they bring out every diner a shot of coffee loaded with chocolate pudding and one of their “interesting” fortune-telling fish!
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