New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

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New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

The New York culinary scene never stops reinventing itself. From kids'  cakes to exotic specialities, the city has a few tasty surprises in store on your gourmet foodie tour. 

New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

Chocolate delights in Soho

The sweet smell of chocolate wafts its way down Hudson Street in the Soho district of New York. What a fantastic idea to kick off your first day at Choco-Story, a chocolate museum founded by Jacques Torres. This French chocolatier, reputed to be one of the best in the world, envelops you in the fascinating world of chocolate. A self-guided tour reveals the story of glorious chocolate from bean to bar, and ends with a tasting of traditional Mexican hot chocolate.

Another famous Frenchman has a shop a few blocks away. In Dominique Ansel's bakery, you will not be able to resist a frozen s'more, a honey marshmallow with a vanilla ice-cream centre, coated in slightly salted chocolate wafer chips… What better way to start the day!

Jacques Torres Chocolate – Choco-Story NY
350 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
United States of America
+1 917-261-4252
mrchocolate.com/pages/museum

Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
United States of America
+1 212 219 2773
dominiqueansel.com/

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New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

Locavore cuisine in Greenwich

After this energy rush, make your way to Greenwich Village. As you take a pleasant stroll along the quiet, tree-lined roads with their red-brick houses, you feel a world away from the rest of New York. You get to Blue Hill restaurant just in time for a gastronomic lunch. You have booked a table in this Michelin-starred restaurant which showcases eco-friendly ingredients from local farms. This is a trend that is spreading all over Lower Manhattan. Chef Dan Barber demonstrates the extent of his talents with grouper served with clams or perfectly crafted ricotta gnocchi. For dessert, take your pick from a wide selection of seasonal fruits, complemented to perfection by a creamy homemade yogurt.

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place
New York, NY 10011
United States of America
+1 212-539-1776
www.bluehillfarm.com

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New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

A taste of childhood, then dinner at Robert De Niro's

While in Greenwich, you wander around the district; take in its relaxed atmosphere as you stroll from square to garden, from hip boutiques to small cafes. It is time for a snack and one shop window in particular grabs your attention – welcome to DŌ. This shop specialises in cookie dough desserts and comes in 1001 flavours! Salted-butter caramel, marshmallow, dark chocolate and, the firm favourite, peanut butter, all served up in colourful little tubs.

Your walk then takes you into Tribeca. This small but ultra-trendy neighbourhood is famous for its film festival created by Robert De Niro. The actor and gourmet foodie owns an upmarket Italian restaurant there. Gentlemen, you will need a shirt. In the lively ambiance of Locanda Verde, you will sample delicious cuisine from the bel paese. Intrigued by the name, you order ‘My Grandmother's Ravioli', the house speciality whose recipe is a closely guarded secret. Unless you prefer the house's speciality: a Veal Milanese with red cabbage.

Cookie DŌ
550 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012
United States of America
+1 646-892-3600
www.cookiedonyc.com

Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
+1 212-925-3797
www.locandaverdenyc.com/

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New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

Coffee and a cosmopolitan start to the day

You will spend your second day in the Lower East Side and immerse yourself the melting pot that is Manhattan. Historically, this area is where most immigrants arriving in New York settled. It has now become both middle-class and trendy, while still maintaining its small-community feel. As you wander around the East Village, you will be impressed by its variety of shops: stores selling fashion accessories, well-known art galleries, pop-up stores, famous tattoo artists... You decide to take a break at Southern Cross Coffee. This place is both a coffee shop and a bakery. You order an Australian espresso roasted in Brooklyn, along with an alfajor, a corn-based Argentinian biscuit filled with dulce de leche, a kind of caramel. What better way to wake up your taste buds in the morning?

Southern Cross Coffee
300 East 5th Street
Between 1st and 2nd Avenues
New York, NY 10003
United States of America
+1 646-649-3463
www.southerncrosscoffee.com

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New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

Lunch in the tropics and dinner with two stars

A Jamaican lunch awaits you at Miss Lily's 7A cafe, a Caribbean hotspot located near Alphabet City. Relax in old-school surroundings as a DJ regularly plays some reggae classics for your pleasure. Try the grilled pepper shrimps, dipping them in curry vegetable stew. Feel the heat and the vibe of the Caribbean as you enjoy its authentic fare.

You spend the day sauntering around this neighbourhood with its Bohemian atmosphere until it is time for a long-awaited dinner. At the appointed hour, you pull up a seat at the counter at Momofuku Ko, one of the most highly rated gastronomic restaurants in New York with its two Michelin stars. To eat there, you have to make an online booking before being drawn at random. With just 12 covers, young chef David Chang's jewel of a restaurant has a mind-blowing experience in store for you with an inventive menu that is frequently changed. Foie gras garnished with lychee takes pride of place on a plate scattered with shavings of pine nut. These combinations of delicate flavours whisk you away to a world of never-before-experienced gastronomic delights.

Miss Lily's 7A East Village
109 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
United States of America
+1 212-812-1482
www.misslilys.com/locations/east-village-7a

Momofuku Ko
8 Extra Place
New York, NY 10003
United States of America
+1 212-203-8095
ko.momofuku.com/

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New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

Vegan bakery and western lunch

In sprawling Brooklyn, the lively residential neighbourhood of Clinton Hill is celebrated for its harmonious diversity of cultures. On the third day of your gastronomic New York tour, you need to make a detour to Clementine Bakery for breakfast. This vegan cafe and bakery is crammed with gluten-free delights. Its bagels filled with tofu cream and homemade cakes are amazing as is the light and leafy decor of this charming cafe.

Hop into a yellow cab and head for Red Hook. This little-visited part of town with its industrial landscape boasts stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. It is also home to the best barbecue in town. At Hometown Bar-B-Que, you get the feeling that John Wayne or Clint Eastwood could turn up at any time. This place gives a real taste of the traditional US of A with its trendy western feel and dishes with the emphasis on wood-smoked meats, such as caramelised pork loin. Only the concrete floor and corrugated metal roof of this former warehouse reminds you that you are still in Brooklyn.

Clementine Cafe & Bakery
395 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
United States of America
+1 718-483-8788
clementinebakery.com/

Hometown Bar-B-Que
Red Hook, Brooklyn
454 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
United States of America
+1 347 294-4644
hometownbarbque.com/

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New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

An afternoon of rainbow-coloured flavours

A complete change of atmosphere now as you move to Williamsburg. This trendy neighbourhood draws in the young boho crowd with its organic shops, flea markets and second-hand vintage clothes shops. The Bagel Store on Metropolitan Avenue is full at all hours of the day. With flavours such as candy floss, jam and peanut butter, the rainbow-coloured bagels are so astonishingly successful that you have to order them a few days in advance to get to try one.

If you want to take away something special for later, make a detour to Peck's Food. Decorated with white subway-style tiles, this upmarket grocery store is bursting with cooked meats, boxes filled with a selection of cheeses, cranberry muffins and polenta cakes. In the backyard, treat yourself to a locally brewed beer alongside locals from the neighbourhood come to enjoy the peaceful setting.

The Bagel Store
754 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
United States of America
+1 718-782-5856
www.thebagelstoreonline.com

Peck's Food
455A Myrtle Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
United States of America
+1 347-689-4969
www.pecksfood.com

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New York: an exclusive gastronomic city break

Ten courses, then off we go

To celebrate your last evening in New York in style, you can count on Fredrik Berselius. This Swedish chef presides over Aska, a pioneering eatery nestled at the foot of Williamsburg Bridge. Awarded a glittering two Michelin stars, he takes his inspiration from modern Scandinavian gastronomy, influenced by the sea and mountains, and concocts a minimalist cuisine with formidable efficiency. His ten-course tasting menu, scattered with berries and herbs, will fill your heart with joy as you sit in the heart of New York.

 

Aska
47 South 5th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
United States of America
+1 929-337-6792
askanyc.com