The Schatzie butcher counter has always been a go-to for Bobby in New York's Upper West Side. Known as "The Meat Man of Manhattan since 1911," Schatzie (with a fifth-generation butcher) knows meats, including lamb, pork, veal and Bobby's choice meal for a holiday celebration: beef prime rib.
For a fancy cocktail, Bobby turns to none other than Pravda. Here, homemade potato chips come with caviar and crème fraîche and martinis rely on Pravda’s signature house-infused vodka, inspired by Russian and French flavors. Feeling bold? Try The Gogol with horseradish vodka.
On Boy Meets Grill, Bobby had a breakfast sandwich at ‘Wichcraft that's a step above the rest. The Fried Egg and Gorgonzola on Ciabatta is one of Bobby's favorite breakfast sandwiches. ‘Wichcraft ingredients are sourced from local farmers.
Bobby's love of naan brings him to Tamarind Tribeca. Although Tamarind is known for naan (baked in a beautiful clay oven), they excel in modern Indian cuisine with bold flavors. Regulars swear by the Tamarind Scallops pan-seared in an earthy blend of garam masala and turmeric.
Although Olives serves fine plates of hanger steak and tuna tartare, it is also a master of broccoli. When Cat Cora stays at the W Hotel, she always orders room service for the spicy roasted broccoli salad, made of an aromatic mixture of caramelized broccoli with fresh garlic and peppers.
This spot may be home to the Chicken Churrasco (a grilled chicken breast sandwich), but both Bobby Flay and Michael Symon head here for the burgers. Choose from more than 60 options, including the extra-fiery Napalm burger, which packs a punch with its combo of spices, habanero sauce and jalapenos.
On Food Network's Boy Meets Grill, Bobby Flay checks out the monster-sized burritos at Cosmic Cantina in New York, NY.
Swing by specialty Italian cheese shop Joe's Dairy on Sullivan Street for ready-made sandwiches and charcuterie-style snacks. Bobby swears by the mozzarella, made daily and served fresh or smoked.
Called the "Food Lover's Market," Balducci's Gourmet on the Go remains a go-to spot for Bobby's shopping list. Bobby stocked up for his healthy meal with flat leaf parsley and Meyer lemons. But if you want to surprise your friends, use Bobby's secret ingredient: anchovy paste.
BONDST’s sleek interior and decadent sashimi and sushi menu offer the perfect complement to the “addictive” sake cocktails. So says Bobby, who loves BONDST’s dry saketini (a mix of sake and vodka). He adds that it’s “crisp and clean and cuts across bold flavors.”
Bobby's avocado obsession comes full circle at Rosa Mexicano. Here, avocados are wheeled out for a tableside guacamole preparation. Famed Mexican Chef Josefina Howard opened Rosa Mexicano hoping to elevate Mexican cuisine with such dishes as short rib "tablones" paired with a smoky mestiza sauce.
If you're wondering, BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel — not bacon, lettuce, tomato. Bobby swings by BLT Fish to meet Chef Laurent and sample the seafood. Try the fluke carpaccio and whole red snapper sauced with plum wine.
Bobby loaded up on essential Thai ingredients at the Bangkok Center Grocery located in New York’s Chinatown. Bangkok Center Grocery’s owner is “incredibly knowledgeable” about Thai ingredients and has stocked her shelves with just the curry pastes, herbs, sauces and Thai delicacies to prove it.
Essex Street Market is Bobby’s first stop for his Latin feast. Inside you’ll find more than a dozen merchants selling fresh fruits and veggies, ethnic delicacies and more. Luckily for Bobby, Essex Street specializes in Latin produce and imports, including banana leaves, yucca, herbs, seafood and meat.
Bobby’s words of advice about the Silver Moon? Arrive early! Lines often form out the door — and for good reason. “The baked goods are delicious,” Bobby says. He picked up peel-away rolls, one of many yummy options at this shop that makes over 40 kinds of breads, along with tarts and other treats.