On the Road Eats: NYC's Theater District
What is arguably the ultimate tourist destination in New York City has its fair share of great restaurants that the locals flock to as well.
Try Guy’s favorite international dive Gazala’s Place, or sample the bold flavors at Bobby’s brasserie Bar Americain. Tip: Don't expect to catch a cab after taking in a show. It’s easier to take the subway or walk.
1. Bar Americain
Bobby's bold flavors come full circle at Bar Amercain, where he's infused classic American cuisine with a Tex-Mex kick. You'll devour his favorite dish, Gulf Shrimp and Grits sprinkled with green onions and bacon. Fish lovers will soak up the Fulton Fish Market Cioppino with Sourdough Toast.
2. Daisy May’s BBQ
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Michael Symon ventured to Daisy May's BBQ for the BBQ Beef Ribs. One look and you'll see why. The BBQ Beef Ribs are Fred Flinstone-size and Chef Adam Perry infuses every ounce with "smoky succulence." It may be NY, but it's got the Kansas City-style ribs down pat.
3. Gazala’s Place
Chef Gazala Halabi might work in a tiny New York kitchen. But her Druze dishes had Guy taking big bites. Move along, fluffy pita-bread lovers. Here, pita bread comes "New York Times thin." After kebabs and bourekas, save room for Osh Al-Saria, a creamy yogurt pudding made with orange and rosewater.
Once called a "fish whisperer," Chef Dave Pasternack has teamed up with our own Mario Batali to create Esca, an ode to Southern Italian seafood with an emphasis on simplicity. Esca's sea trout is dressed lightly with crushed almonds. Spaghetti gets a rare treatment: lobster, chilies and mint.
5. The Little Pie Company
The Little Pie Company once fit in owner Arnold Wilkerson's apartment. But demand grew, and now they're serving thousands of New Yorkers their famous Sour Cream Apple Walnut and the über-chocolatey Mississippi Mud Pie. Indulge in classics like Cherry Pie and, of course, New York Cheesecake.
6. Schnipper's Quality Kitchen
It took Bobby a while to match the Schnipper brothers' Sloppy Joe recipe on Throwdown. For the Schnippers, a Sloppy Joe was the perfect retro food for their NYC joint. Relive the good old days with their burgers and milkshakes, or fries done four ways: regular, cheese, sloppy and sweet potato.
7. Poseidon Bakery
"When I'm in the mood for Greek desserts, I come here," says Bobby Flay on Boy Meets Grill. Most known for melt-in-your-mouth Baklava, Poseidon Bakery opened in 1923 and is one of the only places in America that still makes their own phyllo dough by hand.
8. Churrascaria Plataforma
According to resident grill master Bobby Flay, Brazilian steakhouse Churrascaria Plataforma offers "a cornucopia of every kind of meat that you can think of." Diners are given a small red and green disk with which to guide their meal: Green for go, and red for stop. Flip the disk to green, and servers will come to your table and slice beef, chicken, pork and more right onto your plate.