Each month we shine a spotlight on a different destination: a gastronomic paradise of diverse cuisine executed with style. This month: New York.
La Vara is a cosy 35-seat restaurant in the ever charming Cobble Hill neighbourhood, serving up a unique style of Spanish cuisine with Moorish influences. Chef Alex Raij and her husband and co-chef Eder Montero devised a menu of intricate tapas such as rabbit loin poached in vinaigrette, and bun like pitta stuffed with smoky stewed bacon bites. The Catalan surf and turf of glazed cuttlefish stuffed with sobrasada is a must-try main. Already being hailed as one of the country’s best Spanish restaurants, La Vara is the perfect place for a romantic meal in the Big Apple. www.lavarany.com
EATING OUT, NEW YORK
Food style : Southern American
a Website : www.maysvillenyc.com
a Price : $$$$
Named after the Kentucky port town where bourbon was born, Maysville is a stylish all-American whiskey bar and restaurant. In the kitchen, chef Kyle Knall prepares refined yet unfussy interpretations of crowd-pleasing country dishes like crispy grits with ribbons of country ham and bourbon aioli, and poached egg with duck confit and mushrooms. There is no shortage of choice on the drinks menu; the wine list is extensive and the whiskey menu is likely the most comprehensive you’ll ever see.
a Food style : Scandinavian
a Website : www.askanyc.com
a Price : $$$$$
Tucked away in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, Aska is an intriguing addition to the New York City food scene, serving up peculiar Nordic flavours in a seven- or ten-dish tasting menu that changes nightly. Michelinstarred Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius handpicks most of the produce and uses locally
sourced, humanely raised animals and sustainable seafood. Earthy flavours and rustic techniques come together in standouts liken crispy fried whole herring and slow-roasted beet that’s as tender as beef.
a Food style : Chinese
a Website : www.cafechinanyc.com
a Price : $$$
Café China is decorated in a bygone but glorious 1930s Shanghai style, reflecting the authentic delights that come out of the kitchen and challenge the ubiquitous assembly-line Chinese food of New York
City. This Manhattan eatery is famous for its spicy Szechuan dishes and dim sum, and its dimly lit dining room is easily one of the prettiest in town, worthy of more than a few shots to update your Instagram with. Be sure to try the baby black lamb, dumplings in chilli oil and the three-pepper chicken that’s sure to make you swoon.