We’re headed to the Speciality Food Association’s Fancy Food Show! There are over 2,300 exhibitors at this year’s summer show in New York. Now, where do you go to decompress after the show floor closes for the day and the last session lets out? We want to take the guesswork out of where to go for dinner after the show and share five restaurants in and around Manhattan that we love to check out when visiting New York.
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Looking for a unique, intimate dining experience? Look no further than Tiny’s & the Bar Upstairs. Much of the original materials have been restored in this 3-story townhouse from 1810 in Tribeca. It might be tiny in size, but offers a welcoming, hip vibe, top notch eats, and superb service. Dining outside on their adorable patio makes dinner super special. The Burrata appetizer is one of their specialties and a must order!
In the mood for Mediterranean? Kashkaval Garden is the place to go in Hell’s Kitchen, especially yummy if you love cheese like us! It is a sibling of popular cheese market and wine bar, “Kashkaval”. Their menu features Mediterranean favorites like lahmajun (Turkish flatbreads), truffle fondue, and and array of skewers. For dinner, we highly recommend the fondue entree, it is a bit unexpected and melts in your mouth. We can tell this is a neighborhood favorite—there are more locals than out-of-towners in the restaurant, which is always a plus in our book when traveling.
3. Gallow Green
If you want to get out of the hustle of the city without actually leaving the city, head to McKittrick Hotel’s Gallow Green. As soon as you step foot on this rooftop secret garden, you feel transported into an old speakeasy from the 1930’s. Gallow Green is nestled above Sleep No More, an award-winning film noir-inspired production. Gallow Green offers exquisite views of the city as well as delicious cocktails like no other. Always a sucker for a great rooftop bar, this is one of our favorite places to have a nightcap and process the day’s events.
This mexican hot spot is worth the trip to DUMBO. We love Gran Eléctrica’s fresh, authentic tacos and quesos fundidos. We especially love the back patio for al fresco dining with live music and the great neighborhood vibe. If you’re feeling adventurous, they also offer a full tequila menu.
BONUS: while in DUMBO, make sure to visit Thea Grant, a charming store that specializes in high-end, handmade jewelry and metal pieces. But beware, you might not be able to walk out of there without buying a few uniquely beautiful pieces.
2 locations: the Financial District and Flatiron
We love shopping the market at this well-known, culinary staple. Our favorite thing to do at Eataly is to collect speciality breads and crackers, unique cheeses, salty nuts, and dried fruits to make a custom, impromptu cheese board. We love picking out some unique eats for an on-site lunch (something different than the traditional, ho-hum convention center food). They also have AMAZING Italian chocolates to satisfy your sweet tooth. Not in the mood to find and forge your own meal? They have three on-site restaurants with traditional menus if that is more your speed.
Wow, now we’re hungry!
Tip: call ahead for most of these restaurants and get a reservation. Many of them are small, neighborhood finds and fill up quickly.
We can’t wait to see you at the Summer #FancyFoodShow. Drop us a line and we would love to meet up at one of our favorite places, or try one of yours. Click here to learn more about what we will be doing at the conference or use the form and we’ll reach out to you!
Looking for things to do? Make sure to also check out our 5 favorite hot spots to visit while in New York.