Essential food and wine experiences: New York

This article represents the personal favourites of Foodtourist’s editors Sue Dyson and Roger McShane. These are the places they haunt on their regular visits to New York.

New York has something for everyone! No matter what style of dining you prefer or what cuisine you hanker for, New York will have a solution for you. From the finest of fine dining to small hole-in-the-wall diners everything is catered for.

And if you want to try some of the finest cooking on the planet then you can do no better than to head for the Time Warner Center and ascend the escalators to the 4th floor where you will experience the ultimate in fine dining at Per Se. Here Thomas Keller and his staff weave their magic presenting refined food and flavours that are deeply satisfying. And don't be afraid to order the nine-course vegetable menu here. We tried it recently and it was one of the best combinations of flavours and textures that we have ever experienced.

Of course you cannot be in New York without experiencing the Momofuku phenomenon! We happily head to any of the restaurants whether it be Ma Peche, Momofuku Ko, Momofuku Noodle Bar or the Momofuku Ssam Bar for unfussy, delicious food with real flavour.

We also like the quiet achievers with a track record. One place to which we keep returning is the delightful Hearth where Marco Canora cooks soulful Italian food. It is worth dining here for the gnocchi alone - it is truly awesome! The nearby Terroir bar (and their other outlets) is a great place to kick back and enjoy excellent snacks and well-chosen wines while you read Paul's semi diatribes about wine, politics and life!

Another quiet achiever on the other side of the Williamsburg Bridge is Diner and the adjacent Marlow and Sons. These two restaurants always serve excellent food at a very reasonable price and have a list of natural wines that make you keep wanting to return.

And speaking of natural wines, New York has some excellent places to sample the best from France, Italy and beyond. We usually head for Ten Bells in the Lower East Side as soon as we arrive. The selection of natural wines here is quite impressive and the food is very good too. And if we want to buy some bottles of natural wine there is one of the best natural wine shops on the planet here in Chambers St called Chambers Street Wines. This is a great place to locate excellent wines and to seek advice from the savvy staff.

Other restaurants to seek out include the laid back Prune and the mega-trendy Mission Chinese Food where Danny Bowien is reinterpreting Chinese classics in the Lower East Side.

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Our book recommendation

We thoroughly recommend the excellent book by Marco Canora, a chef whose food we admire having eaten his food at Hearth and Terroir.