Top New York Restaurant Picks of the Season

Top New York Restaurant Picks of the Season

By Lianna @ Vayable on December 5, 2012

A dining experience with typical food in a standard space isn’t going to cut it in New York this season. With a new restaurant opening every week in the city that never sleeps, we challenged our local Vayable tour guides to find the new restaurants that combined great food with unique experience. Follow their local recommendations for a day of international bites and explorations from the bottom of Queens to a view of Manhattan from above.

Russian Breakfast; photo courtesy of Vayable guide Jeffrey

Lunch: Vayable guide Jeffrey, who has become known for his food tours of Queens that cover an array of cultures and cuisines, recommends M. Wells Dinette:

A combination of highbrow modern art with a dash of public school grit and a large helping of innovative cooking, M. Wells Dinette is nothing if not unique. Housed inside MoMA PS1, the cafeteria-style restaurant, has garnered attention for its constantly changing menu, displayed on a large chalkboard, which features dishes with the most daring of ingredients from cured pork tongue to pink ovals of foie gras. Don’t leave without sampling some of the inventive desserts created by pastry chef, Bethany Costello.

Experience: Work off this hefty lunch by exploring MoMA PS1, an affiliate of the renowned MoMA, which has an impressive collection of groundbreaking contemporary art.
Inside MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens
Main courses $13-$30


Dinner: Vayable guide Ming, who leads culinary adventures through the best food spots in Chinatown, recommends Gaonnuri:

The spaciously stunning interior, located in the penthouse of a business building in midtown, is matched only by the views of the city below. Despite the scenery, the focus remains on the authentic Korean cuisine. With an emphasis on serving seasonal ingredients, the chefs use a combination of Korean and French techniques. Ming suggests the Spicy Codfish Tang soup followed by a festive Korean barbeque main dish.

Experience: Gaze down from the 39th floor windows at the view of Korea town and Manhattan below.
1250 Broadway Penthouse (39th floor), New York, NY
Main courses $15-$29

Oysters at The Leadbelly

Cocktails: Vayable guide Julie, a self proclaimed oyster aficionado, who leads tours of the oyster joints of New York, recommends The Leadbelly:

Step off the streets of the Lower East Side, back in time to a décor of wooden tables, vinyl records and dartboards. Despite the old-timey feel, they serve up fresh seafood with a focus on oysters. The noshes are complimented by an extensive cocktail list.

Experience: If oysters with cocktails is not enough of an adventure for you, venture out to explore the nightlife of the Lower East Side. Julie recommends heading across to the street to the Fat Radish, owned by the team who owns The Leadbelly.
14 Orchard Street, New York, NY
Appetizers $8-$30; Cocktails $13
*Check out more of Julie’s oyster adventures at:

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