NYC Attractions for Food Lovers: The WestHouse Insider’s Guide
Frequent visitors to New York often skip its famous landmarks in favor of more local experiences. Before you write off some of NYC’s most popular attractions as mere tourist traps, consider this: They’re often home the best and buzziest places to eat in the city. Here are four New York City tourist attractions done right.
The below recommendations are from WestHouse New York’s Dine Around Guide created by Trends on Trends (@trendsontrends_) and illustrated by Jade Sheldon (@jade_melissa).
Rockefeller Center: New Orleans Iced Coffee at Blue Bottle
Start your day at Rockefeller Center—a complex of 14 Art Deco buildings from the ’30s and four towers built during the ’60s. The ice skating rink is closed for the season, but just around the corner on the Concourse level is Blue Bottle, a sleek coffee bar serving seasonal single-origin coffee. Order a New Orleans iced coffee to go and take in the nearby artwork such as the 1937 bronze sculptures Prometheus by Paul Manship and Atlas by Lee Lawrie and the stainless steel bas-relief News by Isamu Noguchi at 50 Rockefeller Plaza.
Grand Central Terminal: Oysters at Grand Central Oyster Bar
The Grand Central Oyster Bar opened inside New York’s monumental train terminal in 1913. It’s a full-service restaurant with a large menu, but you’ll want the oysters. From briny to mild to sweet, and from nearby Long Island to far-flung British Columbia, the Oyster Bar has a huge selection that changes daily. After lunch, explore the terminal. Constructed during the City Beautiful movement in the early 1900s, it has Parisian chandeliers, Tennessee marble floors and Botticino marble wall trimmings.
MoMA: Foie Gras Tart at The Modern
Overlooking MoMA’s sculpture Garden, The Modern is Chef Abram Bissell’s double Michelin-starred restaurant with a seasonal French and New American menu. Bissell’s signature dish is his foie gras tart with pickled onion and citrus, a rich addition to a day at the museum. Pair the meal with a tour of the Marcel Broodthaers retrospective.
Fifth Avenue: Cereal Milk Soft Serve at Momofuku Milk Bar
Momofuku Milk Bar’s addictive cereal milk ice cream has gained worldwide recognition since Christina Tosi—one of NYC’s leading female chefs—introduced it in 2008. Order the dessert to go, then do some window shopping on nearby Fifth Avenue. Famous storefronts include the iconic Tiffany & Co., Bergdorf Goodman and the Fifth Avenue Apple Store—worth a visit if only to see its glass cube entrance by architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.