One of the best things about living in New York is the food options.
The city’s food choices is certainly indicative of the cultures that live in it. You can find virtually any type of food here, from Jamaican to Indian to Italian. The options are endless, and one is always discovering a “new place.” Rather than the restaurant chain fare one may find in suburban towns, The Big Apple is home to thousands of small, family-owned businesses that serve to their own unique tastes and audiences. It’s heavenly, especially for a major foodie like me.
I work for a wonderful sewing community called BurdaStyle, which recently relocated its office from Brooklyn to Midtown Manhattan. We now work in the Rockefeller Center, right next to Radio City Music Hall, a considerable jump from our quaint and cozy Brooklyn studio. While I do miss the studio’s comforting charm, the new food options that have accompanied our move more than makes up for the separation.
We are literally surrounded by some of the best restaurants in the city! Our very first day in the new place, we went to a nearby diner called Global Kitchen, which provides a smorgasbord of cultural delights all in one spot, from pasta to sushi to cheeseburgers. I decided to try soba noodles, a hearty noodle made from buckwheat. It was delicious in a vegetable broth with chicken, tofu and vegetables, including some sumptuously sweet pickled squash.
Another day in the office (we’ve decided that Mondays is Restaurant Day), Carol, our team’s resident Midtown Dining Guru, suggested we go to Menchanko Tei, a restaurant specializing in Japanese dining. They served an excellent, affordable lunch, and I particularly loved the Sara Udon, a multi-textured mixture of crunchy egg noodles, pork, shrimp and vegetables layered underneath a well-seasoned gravy.
For dessert, we decided to continue the Japanese theme with dessert from Minamoto Kitchoan, a super-cute Japanese pastry shop. Most of their desserts were made using gelataneous moshi rice and sweetened red bean paste. They were delicious!
Hikaru, our resident graphic designer, and I were also enamored over the adorable bunny and pumpkin-shaped gift boxes they had available.
Our first week’s dining adventure in Midtown landed us among fantastic Asian cuisine. I’m excited to know what other cultures we’ll meet in the neighborhood!