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Foodie's Guide to New York

Destination(s): New York City

From burgers in the park to fine French dining, New York City is a food-lover's mecca--here are three days' worth of great eating experiences.

Photo: Gramercy Tavern's tavern room. By Doug Letterman. read more about Foodie's Guide to New York

Foods of New York Tours

Foods of New York Tours

Mandarin Court

Mandarin Court

  • 61 Mott Street
  • Between Bayard Street and Canal Street
  • tel:1 212 608 3838
  • New York, 10013
Prospect Park

Prospect Park

  • Eastern Parkway to Parkside Avenue
  • At Grand Army Plaza, bounded by Prospect Park West, Parkside Ave., and Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
  • tel:+1 718 965 8951
  • Visit website
  • Brooklyn, 11225
Savory Sojourns

Savory Sojourns

  • 155 West 13th Street
  • tel:+1 212 691 7314 / +1 888 972 8679
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10011
Café Boulud

Café Boulud

  • 20 East 76th St.
  • Btwn Madison and Fifth Aves
  • tel:1 212 772 2600
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10021
Chinatown

Chinatown

  • Canal Street to Bayard Street
  • (from Broadway to the Bowery)
  • tel:+1 212 484 1222(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10002
Al di Là Trattoria

Al di Là Trattoria

  • 248 5th Avenue (Carroll Street)
  • tel:1 718 783 4565 / 1 718 636 8888
  • Visit website
  • New York, 11215-1201
Babbo Ristorante

Babbo Ristorante

  • 110 Waverly Place
  • tel:1 212 777 0303 / 1 212 353 8064
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10011
Central Park

Central Park

  • 14 East 60th Street
  • The Central Park Conservancy
  • tel:+1 212 310 6600
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10022

The idea for Central Park was born in 1858, which a competition was held to choose a design for what would be the first public park built in America. The winners were Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, whose Greensward plan proposed an entirely man-made park that would be intended only for public use, as a refuge from the relentless rhythms of New York City's already overcrowded streets. It took more than 15 years and $14 million (the equivalent of about $200 million today) to build the Park, with its 843 acres and six-mile perimeter extending from Central Park West to Fifth Avenue and from 59th Street to 110th Street. Those 843 acres include 136 acres of woodlands, 250 acres of lawns, and 7 different bodies of water totaling some 150 acres.

Starting in 1980, a public-private partnership between New York City and the Central Park Conservancy restored and preserved Central Park, and attendance has only been rising in recent years. Now, more than 25 million visitors per year stroll its 58 miles of pedestrian paths, go horseback riding on 4.5 miles of bridle paths, bike or jog on its 6.5 miles of winding roads, or simply relax on the grass or on the nearly 9,000 benches provided. The famous Tavern on the Green restaurant - the location of the finish line for the New York City Marathon - was originally a sheepfold, housing the shepherd and the flock that grazed Sheeps Meadow until 1934. In nice weather, the still lush meadow now welcomes hordes of sunbathers, picnickers, and people-watchers, all of whom enjoy lounging underneath some of the only sky in Manhattan unmarked by tall buildings. Other special features of the park include the Central Park Carousel, the Marionette Theater, the Central Park Wildlife Center, the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, the Delacorte Theater, the Great Lawn, the Central Park Zoo, the Henry Luce Nature Observatory, Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink, the Loeb Boathouse, and the North Meadow. read more about Central Park

Gramercy Tavern

Gramercy Tavern

  • 42 E. 20th St
  • tel:1 212 477 0777
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10003-1300
Momofuku Ko

Momofuku Ko

  • 171 First Avenue
  • (near 10th Street)
  • tel:no phone
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10003

An ingenious mix of American Nouveau, Japanese, and Korean cuisine is what you'll find at Momofuku Ko, the newest East Village offering from David Chang (of Momofuku and Momofuku Ssam Bar). The 10-course tasting menu is $85, while the ever-changing fixed price menu contains specialties such as kimchee purée, deep-fried short ribs, and cereal-milk panna cotta. read more about Momofuku Ko

Shake Shack

Shake Shack

  • Near Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street
  • Southeast corner of Madison Square Park
  • tel:1 212 889 6600
  • Visit website
  • New York, 10010

Billed as a modern-day "roadside" burger stand, Shake Shack goes back to the basics of the hamburger (no truffles, foie gras, pork belly or Kobe beef in sight). As a result, it's won over legions of fans since its opening in Madison Square Park in 2004 (around the corner from owner Danny Meyer's upscale star Eleven Madison Park), and has been a perennial contender for best burger in the city. In addition, the Shake Shack hot dog and frozen custard--a creamy twist on soft-serve ice cream--help build the lines in warmer weather to epic proportions in the park location.
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