Looking back on this month, it was all about the savory. I think I saved up all of my sweet tooth credits for Thanksgiving, where we noshed on sticky toffee pudding and pumpkin pie. All of these spots felt very seasonally appropriate and hearty as well, which was perfect for cooling temperatures. Read on to find out about all of my top restaurants I visited in November.
Estela – This institution has now officially been added to my top NYC restaurants list. This is a place you can bring parents, have a girls night, do a romantic date, or sit at the bar with a book on your own. The wine list is impeccable, and the food is out of this world. Don’t miss the steak tartare, fried arroz negro, and the lamb ribs.
Los Mariscos – They said these were the best fish tacos in NYC, and now I can officially confirm that. Get a crispy fish taco and a spicy shrimp taco, and be prepared to want to go back for more.
Lil Frankies – This spot in the East Village is tiny and cramped, and cash only – things that are both normally detractors for me. But let me tell you, it was worth it. The pastas here were just average, I would recommend skipping them and instead going for their delicious neapolitan pizza and loading up on apps – the whole smoked eggplant and beef carpaccio were winners.
Gramercy Tavern – A special occasion spot, if I ever met one. While your waistline and your wallet may not permit this to become a place in your regular rotation, it truly warrants a visit while in NYC. I recommend the tavern over the dining room, which allows you to order a la carte. The lamb tartare, octopus, sea bass with chorizo, any pasta on the menu, and the insane desserts were all equally mind-blowing. Go to the gym the next day.
Little Beet Table – If a healthier, cheaper alternative is on the docket, then head to Little Beet Table (not to be confused with Little Beet, the fast casual restaurant). Right near Madison Square Park, this little spot focuses on clean and green eating, with menu options such as a grilled cauliflower steak and some excellent salads. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s good in a pinch.
Dell’Anima – If pasta is the name of your game, come here and sit at the chef’s counter in the back. Reservations are normally a must, but we came at 6 on a Sunday and put our name in to eat at 7, and we were just fine. Do not under any circumstance miss the carbonara and the bolognese, but we adored the risotto as well. Pay attention to the specials here too.
Vic’s – I had dined at Vic’s for dinner years back, but came here this month to give brunch a shot. Not only is the atmosphere light and airy and lovely, but the menu has something for everyone. I had a rich shakshuka and a delicious bloody mary, but the fontina and egg sandwich was also a winner.