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Where to eat in New York - L’Apicio

L’Apicio

Night after night, the bar at L’Apicio swells with an energised after-work crowd knocking back cocktails. If they’re smart, they stick around for dinner. This sprawling, modern Italian restaurant is located on the ground floor of a condominium. The food isn’t particularly adventurous, but it’s solidly delicious: sausage and fontina-stuffed arancini; juicy pork meatballs over polenta; and half-moons of pasta with cauliflower, capers and pine nuts. Try to come on a night when the divine house-made ricotta is on offer.

Insider Tip: Don’t leave without trying one of the lovely orange wines by the glass.

Where to eat in New York - Bill’s Food & Drink

Bill’s Food & Drink

This circa-1890 brownstone was once home to one of New York’s most buzzed speakeasies, Bill’s Gay Nineties. The five-storey abode is now Bill’s Food & Drink, the latest hotspot from Crown Group Hospitality. Inside, a reverence for its illustrious past is clear. Oil paintings, a fireplace and taxidermy create a clubby, masculine vibe, the perfect setting to dig into a dry-aged steak and crimini mushrooms with escargot butter. In the lively downstairs bar, grab a seat near the piano, a relic from the glorious Bill’s Gay Nineties days.

Insider Tip: A classic cocktail, like a Whiskey Sour, is a must. The one served here is brightened with Meyer lemons and raw honey.

Where to eat in New York - Aska

Aska

The foraging craze that chef Rene Redzepi kicked off at Noma in Copenhagen has inspired similar veneration in New York. In the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn is Aska, a tiny, 30-seat Scandinavian-inspired restaurant, with Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius at the helm. An evening here means partaking in ambitious dishes, maybe a pig’s blood cracker served with sea buckthorn jam, or a bowl of salsify (a root vegetable) and warm lichen broth.

Insider Tip: Take special note of the beautiful earth-toned bowls. They’ve all been hand spun by a potter in upstate New York.

Where to eat in New York - The Marrow

The Marrow

For Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle’s third West Village restaurant, he unites his German and Italian heritage for a distinct hybrid of European comfort food. Here, it is possible to start out with a dish like ethereal baccala gnudi (cod dumplings) studded with pine nuts, golden raisins and spicy cherry peppers, then move on to a hearty duck schnitzel with hazelnuts, cucumber-potato salad and stewed wolfberries. All meals should culminate in a round of Goldschlager (cinnamon schnapps)-spiked doughnuts.

Insider Tip: The wine list is laden with obscure German, Austrian and Italian selections. Consider a glass of the crisp Lucarelli Le Ripe Bianchello del Metauro, a Verdicchio from Italy’s Marche region.

Where to eat in New York - Montmartre

Montmartre

This French-American bistro is an intimate lair with wood banquettes, works from hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion and a garden out back. In the kitchen, the mastermind is chef Tien Ho, who serves cassava chips as a vessel for eggplant caponata (stew) and cashew dip, a grilled whole turbot for two and caramelised onion and foie gras potatoes. Kick off the meal with a refreshing T-Model Train Dreams, which marries gin with cucumber, club soda and bitters.

Insider Tip: Waiting for a table is inevitable here, so instead of huddling outside, pop into nearby old-school Irish pub Peter McManus Cafe for a Guinness.

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