I have finally concluded my 12-month assignment in NYC. So, I am going back to my country, South Korea, next week, but I'd like to share some of my thoughts about which restaurants are the best in Manhattan over the last 12-month.
Best Italian - Babbo, Lupa
Il Mulino will always be a contender, but I still believe in Mario Batali. The mint love letter ravioli has always been heavenly.
Best Steakhouse - Peter Luger
Should I say more ? I'm going to visit this place one more time before leaving, and I'm curious to ask them if they could leave the porterhouse cut alone without cutting it up into pieces.
Best Japanese tea - Kai, Toraya
No doubt about it. Two of the best in Manhattan.
Best French - Alain Ducasse
I was rejuvenated in France and again in New York last Summer. The food was out of this world. Daniel comes second in my dictionary.
Best Inventive French - Jean Georges
Splendid presentation, very very inventive. I love everything about Jean Georges. Simply the best
Best Cheap French - Baltazhar, Pastis
It's cheap, the food is okay, but the price you pay, you can go wrong in these two places. I love the scene and the cheap food.
Best Cheap Indian - Balduchi
Not exactly the cheapest or the most authentic, but it's at least the most consistent in this price range.
Love it, and always order it for delivery
Best Brunch - Blue Water Grill
You can talk about Sarabeth, Norma's, etc, but I still think Blue Water Grill is the best for the price. A full brunch with drinks, plus coffee or tea for less than $20. Just unbelievable.
Best Brazillian Meat Fiesta - Churascaria Plataforma
I tried the other places in Queens, including the other place near Central Park. Nothing beats this place in terms of quality, selection, services, and ambience.
Best American - Gramercy Tavern
Amazing, amazing, rather blend for my Asian taste, but for American restaurant, it's taking it to another level.
Best Sushi - Sushi Yasuda, Jewel Bako
Simply the two best and most delicate sushi restaurants in Manhattan. I don't understand why most New Yorkers love Yama so much. It's definitely not what sushis should be.