Your Personal Concierge
From Midtown ramen shops to homemade ravioli in the Bronx, Park Hyatt New York’s Amanda Coletta takes readers on a culinary tour of NYC.
Q: What off-the-beaten-path attraction do you recommend?
A: The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is a great place for improv, sketch and some standup comedy. Visitors can see some amazing performers before they become famous faces.
Q: What are three must-attend events in November?
A: On Nov. 19, the Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style exhibit opens at The Costume Institute in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 12th Annual New York Comedy Festival takes place Nov. 10 thru 15; and, on Broadway, King Charles III, China Doll [with Al Pacino] and Misery [with Bruce Willis] all open this month.
Q: What are two neighborhoods to check out off Manhattan Island?
A: The true Little Italy is in the Belmont section of the Bronx. You can shop at vendors that have been there for more than 100 years, such as the Italian grocer Teitel Brothers. Some of the best homemade ravioli can be found at Borgatti’s. Browse the stalls at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market; enjoy a traditional meal at Trattoria Tra Di Noi, which serves the best lasagna in New York, or some pizza at Zero Otto Nove. In Queens, Long Island City has eclectic museums such as The Noguchi Museum, MoMA PS1 and the Museum of the Moving Image.
Q: What are two food-focused NYC neighborhoods?
A: The Lower East Side has some of the most traditional New York foods. Stop at Katz’s Delicatessen for a true pastrami sandwich, Russ & Daughters for the best lox in the city, Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, and The Pickle Guys to try every type of pickle you can imagine. Midtown West has everything from three-star Michelin restaurants like Le Bernardin to Hell’s Kitchen ramen places such as Ippudo Westside and Totto Ramen. In Midtown, your options are endless!
Q: What restaurants would you recommend to “big spender” visitors and families on a budget?
A: For upscale dining, one of my favorite options, which is near Park Hyatt New York, is Marea. Opt for the tasting menu at this lovely Italian seafood restaurant. For a family on a budget, try a restaurant that focuses on an iconic New York dish, such as pizza. Marta and Co. both offer upscale pizza dining experiences in handsome venues that don’t break the bank. The Meatball Shop is another great option.
Q: What have guests asked about lately?
A: There’s never enough time to try all the food they’ve heard about, so I suggest checking out the city’s food halls or markets—a great way to try some of the best dining spots in the city all at once. Gotham West Market, UrbanSpace Vanderbilt and Hudson Eats are all great choices.