Edible Travel: What We Recommend in Manhattan
"New York classics like Katz's Deli, Russ & Daughters, and the Union Square Greenmarket are widely covered by tour guides for good reason: they're delicious icons that serve a uniquely New York experience. There's so much room to dig deeper in a borough of over 1.5 million people, though. From a Bowery pie shop serving historic local recipes to historically game-changing cocktail bars, the following food and drink recommendations from Edible Manhattan offer a distinctive taste of a city that never stops reinventing itself." -- Ariel Lauren Wilson, Editor of Edible Manhattan
“I could type up a baker’s dozen reasons why Petee’s Pie Company on the Lower East Side is a great story. Start with the fact that it was started using earnings from one of the founders’ days playing professional poker. Or the fact that the other founder is a second-generation professional pie baker on her second career. Or even, especially, that the pies it sells are exceptional, the ingredients locally sourced, the crust so flaky-tender it barely holds together, the fillings rich but balanced, every mouthful an amazement.
Around the holidays, though, Nesselrode pie alone will make the case. A long-forgotten chestnut creation that one founder calls “the Cronut of 1946,” it represents both the owners’ fascination with New York food history and their mission to restore pie to its proper prominence on the city’s food scene in a niche age.” – Regina Schrambling. Photo by Scott Gordon Bleicher.
“Gramercy Tavern may be a bit staid in the era of crack pie and turnip tattoos—witness the career servers clad not in jeans and sneers but in crisp dark slacks and sincere smiles, or the enormous floral arrangements of pink-tasseled sedums and heirloom pumpkins, many toted by hand, like 90 percent of the ingredients in the kitchen, from the Union Square Greenmarket just three blocks south. But while the restaurant is formal and the dining is fine, none of it’s fussy, and it’s reliably flawless.” – Rachel Wharton. Photo by Michael Harlan Turkell.
“To celebrate the foods and the history of Washington Heights and Inwood, we created a self-guided tour of restaurants, bakeries, supermarkets and historical landmarks in the neighborhood. By combining Spanish, African and Middle Eastern influences with the foods of the island’s indigenous Taino population, Dominicans have developed a complex cuisine that should be explored.” – Marissa Finn
“Reading about so many of today’s celebrated bartenders and their wildly inventive cocktails, I wondered if any knew what those good old classics were like, and if, in fact, they even care to master them. And so lately—and loosely—I have been researching Whisky Sours to somewhat ‘mixed’ results.” — Mimi Sheraton. Photos by Liz Clayman
“The history of one of Orchard Street’s first apartment buildings inspires the Tenement Museum’s immersive experiences. ‘Foods of the Lower East Side’ is a daytime walking and tasting tour that provides a stage for the overlapping stories of neighborhood vendors old and new; ‘Tastings at the Tenement’ is a sit-down dinner that starts with a look inside a re-created tenement kitchen.” – Victoria Marin. Photo credit: Facebook/Tenement Museum