Where Are You: Eating with Alex Goldklang, Senior Project Manager
I’ve spent the better part of the last 6 years trying to convince everyone (myself included) that I’m not a foodie, because let’s be real – what monster would say no to a great meal with raving reviews and ratings? While I don’t like the label, I have spent a fair amount of time properly investing in meal experiences. Call me a glutton or just someone deeply connected to her Italian roots, but I can’t think of a better way to bring together good people than to do it over great food and drink. Here are a few of the spots I’m really loving right now:
By far one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in NYC, Carbone just delivers on every note. From the authentic, old-school Italian vibe baked into the décor and outfits, to the mouthwatering food, I have yet to find a place that delivers a better Italian experience. You will have to book a res over a month in advance, and you’ll still be eating at 10 PM, but it’s worth every minute you wait. Order everything, but if you don’t want to drop $700, make sure you get the special of the day and their signature rigatoni.
2. Frank Restaurant
If it hasn’t clicked yet for those reading this, I’m Italian, so I’m constantly frequenting places like Frank to get the feeling that I’m back eating at home with my Ma. Frank Prisinzano is behind places like Lil’ Frankies, Supper, and Sauce, but Frank holds a special place for me. Modeled after his grandma’s kitchen/dining room, the home-style feel seeps into the food, promising that every dish is packed with flavor and a hearty sauce. Meatballs are a must – but everything is great and you can get it all for a very fair price, just remember to bring cash!
3. Buttermilk Channel
When I venture to BK for meals, Carroll Gardens is a place I like to hit up for some not-so-hidden gems. Buttermilk Channel is a great date spot, where you can feel equally as quaint sitting at their full bar or sitting at their natural wood tables. Their fried chicken and waffles are famous (and meet the hype), but I challenge anyone to try the duck meatloaf. I KNOW, that sounds bizarre and gross, but it may be one of the most surprisingly pleasing meals I’ve had in a while. Be adventurous and wash it down with one of the whiskey cocktails – they are delish.
4. Friend of a Farmer
So if you haven’t been to Irving Place (the street), you are missing out. Possibly my favorite street in all of Manhattan, this little slice of suburb smack in the middle of Union Square has the best combination of food, drink and entertainment. Friend of a Farmer kills the quaint farm-to-table game – whether it’s brunch or dinner, there will be a line to the corner of the block, proving the food is as good as I say it is.
5. Sel Rose
Throwing in a trendy one, this is a great place to do happy hour, oyster hour, snacks, late night drinks, or all the above. The truffle fries are a slam dunk and they have some great rose from Provence when you want to pretend you’re in France for an evening.