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Top 5: New York Restaurants

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New York, New York. Our editor-in-chief Julia Knolle shares the best breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots in the Big Apple

Private newsletters seem to be having a comeback at the moment. Even if I’m still not benefiting from these kind of mailing lists myself – the big dream: a reading circle of valued friends sharing the best books they’ve recently read – the advantages of this style of recommendation are obvious.

So when someone takes a trip to New York, there’s a list of personal tips and highlights that I feel like I’ve sent on eight times and have adjusted to fit each respective person. Naturally, these recommendations are largely about where to eat because there’s hardly another place more leading in this type of “cuisine”.

The start of my pilgrimage can be traced to traditional lunch dates with my former colleague Julia. It didn’t matter how tight my schedule was back during my Vogue days: I somehow always managed the long trek to Chinatown to visit Dimes. Even when we unfortunately only had a brief 35 minutes left over because the lunch rush wait was so long.

In retrospect, I frequently experienced legendary evenings at the The Fat Radish, which specialized in regional ingredients (whatever that may mean in context) and served the best variety of vegetables that I’ve ever seen and tasted. Together with Veronika, I then got to know (and appreciate) Navy. It was located a walkable distance from our hotel and, in the meantime, it established itself as the best starting point for our joint morning updates after we had both arrived in the city.

A new addition to the bunch is Café Henrie, which is especially good at inducing long-distance sighs of longing with its colorful Instagram posts. Because there’s no WiFi there and you just have to deal with being offline for a precious 60 minutes (if you already have the luxury of sitting down between appointments and can NOT quickly knock off a few things on your laptop) – you can happily accept the Dragon Bowl with a poached turmeric egg.

To date only tested by our invaluable assistant JF (aka Julia Fricke), Two Hands is making it onto our list to try during this stay in the city. Originally catapulted onto my radar by Garance Doré, it still remains to be decided if in the end I’ll be taking a trip to Mott Street (where the café is) or to Church Street (the restaurant). The avocado toast (yeah, I know, sorry) at both locations looks delicious. So, here is an overview of the Top Five:

1. Dimes

Founded in 2013 by Sabrina De Sousa and Alissa Wagner, who had already previously worked in various restaurants together and decided to start their own project. They personally renovated their first small place in Chinatown – you’ll find self-painted vases and homemade body scrubs next to the cash register.

In the meantime, they’ve opened their own small organic market nearby. But before, please absolutely try one of the salads or bowls and don’t forget the cayenne lemonade.

 

Dimes
49 Canal St
New York, NY 10002
+1 212-925-1300

Dimes Deli/Dimes Market 
143 Division Street (LES) East Chinatown 
New York, NY 10002
+1 212-240-9410
Metro station: East Broadway

Instagram @dimestimes

2. The Fat Radish

Phil Winser and Ben Towill have been successful on Orchard Street since 2010. They got good press right from the start and hit the mark with their interior’s Kinfolk aesthetic. A glowing sign made out of lightbulbs greets you at the entrance where you can quickly drink a really nice glass of wine (by American standards) until your reserved table is free. The dimly lit atmosphere of the main room is often good for convincing your jetlagged self to stay a little longer than your body actually should.

 

The Fat Radish
Lower East Side
17 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
+1 212-300-4053
Metro station: East Broadway

Instagram @thefatradish

3. Navy

The interior, the name, and parts of the menu all give the impression that this could be a seafood bistro. But preferably, V and I come here for the egg dishes, the good green tea, and the quiet. Often we’ll be sitting on the hard wood benches early and completely alone as we let the day begin.

 

Navy Restaurant
137 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

Metro station: Spring St

4. Café Henrie

If you’re still looking for tips on the topic of Instagram marketing, you should hazard a look at theirs. Already on everyone’s lips, André Saraiva shows that good digital communication is half of the equation. His French background (think a café in Paris) meets an American diner. The poppy designs of the Memphis Group and Ettore Sottsass meets Jean Prouvé. In the kitchen is young talent Camille Becerra, who is responsible “in residency” for the culinary creations (when she’s not talking about food festivals or styling photo shoots).

 

Café Henrie
116 Forsyth St
New York, NY 10003
Metro station: Grand St

Instagram @cafehenrie

5. Two Hands

Café or restaurant? Head chef Frankie Cox is from Melbourne and makes no secret of it. You surely find the “relaxed beachside style” with avocado toast and açai bowls at other places, but the team at Two Hands makes the experience here especially endearing.

 

Two Hands Café
164 Mott St
New York, NY 10013
Metro station: Gran St

Two Hands Restaurant
251 Church St,
TriBeCa NYC,
10013
Metro station: Franklin St

No Phone, email only.
churchst@twohandsnyc.com

Instagram @twohandsnyc

Julia co-founded one of the first fashion blogs in Germany in 2007 and became a freelance consultant for digital strategies after publishing her first book in 2010. After an eventful four years with Condé Nast working mainly in the digital department of Vogue Germany, she decided to launch her own online magazine with her dream partner, Veronika Heilbrunner. She is based in Berlin and loves to read books.