The Young Chef's Best Tables for Old-School New York
One of the city’s hottest young chefs might not be the most obvious source when it comes to recommendations for an old school New York restaurant or bar. In only a few short years, Ignacio Mattos has established himself as one of the city’s defining culinary celebrities, with three restaurants that blend innovative preparations, continental cuisine and the flavors of his native Uruguay. As he prepped for an upcoming Estela cookbook, he gave us his recommendations for some New York dining and drinking institutions that have stood the test of time.
The original location is just few blocks away from my restaurant Flora Bar at the Met Breuer museum, where I spend a good part of my week. It is a gem of a bar/restaurant, with not only a true NYC vibe, but one of the best burgers in the city.
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A late-night must, whether you’re a New Yorker or just visiting the city. It can be quite a scene, depending on when you go, though I must admit that I have actually never been there during the day.
Right next to Estela on Houston Street. It’s another New York City classic, with well done Italian fare and great hospitality.
A bistro and a downtown institution. I can’t tell you how long this place has been open, but I believe the chef Thomas Keller, of French Laundry and Per Se fame, started his career there.
The cookbook by Ignacio Mattos.
An iconic and unique spot because of its great Art Deco design, live music and fun murals by Ludwig Bemelmans. The experience is worth it.