Fancy Places to EatNew York To Go
Wall Street is New York’s engine and Broadway its spirit, but the city’s soul exists in its restaurants—as vital to life as taxis, Tiffany, and Twitter. Even if New Yorkers had time to cook, why bother when Eleven Madison Park, Torrisi Italian Specialties, and Sushi Yasuda are just a reservation away? September’s reboot after summer means serious business for the dining industry, where autumn ushers in a burst of restaurant openings and redesigns. If you’ve visited the city recently and are dying for another bite of the Big Apple, there’s no need to fret: We’ve compiled a list of specialty markets that go global, so the best of NYC can be shipped to you tomorrow.
This shop, based in the Essex Street Market, specializes in American farmhouse cheese. It supplies many of the city’s best restaurants, as well as Épicerie Boulud––Daniel Boulud’s eat-in and take-out market—with both American and French cheeses, which change seasonally.
Russ & Daughters
No trip to New York is complete without a bagel with lox and cream cheese from this Lower East Side classic. It’s hard to find better herring or a wider selection of premier caviar, which pairs perfectly with their blinis with crème fraîche, all available for order on their website.
Here’s the Beef
When you’re talking meat, then you’re talking Pat LaFrieda. His Black Label burger blend of dry-aged meat, served at Minetta Tavern, ranks among the city’s best. His online store, with a wide-ranging selection of beef, veal, lamb, and poultry, somehow manages to make raw meat insanely appealing.
No city changes faster than New York—markets boom and bust, neighborhoods are reinvented, trends are hot one moment and over the next—but one constant remains: dinner at Daniel. It will be indulgent, sublime, and impossible to forget. You can’t order a tasting menu, but it is possible to get your hands on his small-batch whole side of smoked salmon.
Cesare Casella’s Tuscan fare combined with the Rosi family’s selection of salumi in an Upper West Side shop and restaurant? Brilliant—a concise but elegant collection of American-made guanciale, lardo, and salami, as well as Italian prosciutto. Purchase online and serve as the perfect cocktail snack.
Dean & DeLuca
This landmark store equates shopping for groceries with luxury. Its assortment of nouveau ingredients ensures its high-profile culinary status. We recommend ordering a selection of honeys, including Bee Raw’s Orange Blossom Raw. (The company’s owner, Zeke Freeman, was a Dean & DeLuca buyer back in the day.)