This Michelin-starred waterfront restaurant draws the crowds with its menu of New American cuisine and views of the Manhattan skyline. There’s even a dessert version of the Brooklyn Bridge; the miniature chocolate replica comes perched atop a base of chewy devil’s food cake and creamy mousse.
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.
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 longtime Harlem standby has been frying up chicken the old-fashioned way for more than two decades. Chef-Owner Charles Gabriel employs an uncommon method of slow-frying in a giant skillet — large enough to fit 25 pieces at a time — until every piece of chicken is golden-brown on all sides. He then serves the chicken with a variety of Southern-style sides, like sweet cornbread, mac and cheese, and collard greens.
On Food Network's Boy Meets Grill, Bobby Flay orders authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails from La Palapa in New York, NY.
Bobby Flay travels to the Greek neighborhood of Astoria, NY, for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine at Kabab Cafe, on Food Network's Boy Meets Grill.
Bobby Flay gets stuffed with authentic Philly cheese steaks from Carl's Steaks in New York, NY, on Food Network's Boy Meets Grill.
Chef Bobby Flay shops at Amity Meat and Grocery for Halal meat and groceries in Fairfax, VA, on Food Network's Boy Meets Grill.
Old-world Italian butcher shops live on in Pino's Prime Meats, a simple Sullivan Street storefront that has inspired legions of loyal local followers. The staff is friendly, personal and always eager to help.
On Boy Meets Grill, Bobby stops by the Soho House or what he calls an “oasis in the middle of the urban jungle.” Here, you can relax by the pool with “great food and fantastic cocktails.” Pair a refreshing Mojito with light fare like grilled shrimp and sliced tuna with avocado.
For his "cooking with wine" dinner, Bobby swings by Appellation Wine and Spirits. Appellation can pair your flank steak with the perfect Cabernet and help you find the right Chilean wine for your sea bass. With a Wine of The Month club and private tastings, you'll be sure to find the right wine.
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 Flay samples the sweet and savory crepes at Shade Bar in Greenwich Village in New York, NY, on Food Network's Boy Meets Grill.
“It is my go-to place for brunch,” says Iron Chef Zakarian. When a sweet craving hits, he orders the sour cream hazelnut waffles. Warm berries and whipped crème fraiche are the finishing flourish to this perfect dish. If he’s craving savory, Iron Chef Zakarian goes for the quiche with its trancendant triumvirate of roasted pepper, caramelized onion and gruyere. “It’s magic,” he says. “It’s the perfect little slice of breakfast.
On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Bobby didn't hesitate in naming Balthazar's French Fries as the perfect crunch food. Locals also swear by this brasserie's perfection of all foods Parisian, like Steak Frites and Boudin Noir. Pressed for time? Stop by the bakery next door and snag a crunchy baguette.
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.