Dine

Dining out in New York City is always an adventure. On any given night, you can enjoy every type of global cuisine, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. A number of eateries in this metropolis will offer special menus to celebrate the occasion. For Chinese cuisine, Hakkasan New York will offer a seven-course menu served with a glass of rose champagne.

This past Thursday, I went to an event at Méli—a recently open Greek restaurant in Midtown East. The beautifully designed, two-floor establishment has an intimate bar near the front and an ample-sized dining room in the back—complete with breathtaking scenic photos of Greece; romantic curtains; large, framed mirrors; and gorgeous chandeliers.

When I visited my friend in Seattle a few years ago, she brought me to Pike Place Market and said I had to try the mac and cheese at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. Never one to pass up macaroni, I ordered a small serving and dug in before even leaving the store.

When it comes to weekly eating habits, New Yorkers try to show a lot of restraint. Monday thru Friday, lunch staples normally include soups, salads, light sandwiches and the like. So, when a few weeks ago I found myself salivating over a heavenly smell coming from a coworker’s cubicle, I had to know what they were eating and how they found the courage to switch up the mundane lunch routine.

Inwood’s Piper’s Kilt is my home, more so than any apartment I’ve ever had. It’s been there for me since my first week in New York when I was a college freshman and my cousin brought me to the Kilt (as its known among the locals) where I met a slew of neighbors and had the most delicious hamburger I’ve ever eaten, known as the “Best Burger in Town.”

New York City has a lot to offer—Broadway shows, awe-inspiring architecture and a plethora of restaurants, which run the global gamut. I mean, where else can you have maple bacon popcorn on a Monday, chicken tikka masala on a Tuesday, whiskey-infused wings on a Wednesday and anything and everything else to round out the rest of your week? Unfortunately, with the wide variety of eateries in NYC, surrounding areas—namely New Jersey—take a back seat.

One of the nicest things when you live in a city of almost 20 million people is to find a place that makes you feel like you belong. Or, to quote the long-running comedy Cheers, a place “where everybody knows your name.” For me, the Chelsea bar and brasserie Guilty Goose is one such place.

As I've mentioned before, brunch is a popular meal for most New Yorkers, and several eateries will be open on New Year’s Day. Check out these two options.

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