Juicy Burkey Hamburger @ David Burke

1000 Third Avenue, New York

The simplicity of the Juicy Burkey – bun, meat, lettuce and tomato – is only apparent. Inside the humongous and delicious patty, caramelized onions and cheese are waiting to be discovered and tasted bite after bite.

This burger is pleasant – for the quality of its ingredients – and challenging – for its size and price. Not indicated for a lunch break on a working day, it is ideal as an epicurean week-end meal.

Juicy Burkey Hamburger

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Pastrami Sandwich @ Katz’s Delicatessen

205 E Houston Street, New York

Katz’s Delicatessen is a piece of history of the Lower East Side. Most of the tourists coming to New York go there because they want to see the place where Meg Ryan simulated an orgasm in the “Harry meets Sally” movie. Truth is that Meg Ryan did not simulate anything: she just had a slightly above average response to Katz’s pastrami sandwich.

Pastrami Sandwich at Katz's

It is better to go to Katz’s for a dinner during the week. You can sit at one of the tables on the side, and peacefully enjoy the three signature experiences at Katz’s: the 1960s interiors, the attitude of the waiters and the quality of their pastrami.

The pastrami literally melts in your mouth, delivering an incredible variety of flavors: lean meat, smoked meat, spices, fat. Everything in one bite. The best way to enjoy it is with the pastrami sandwich. Two slices of bread and more than inch of pure culinary tradition of the Lower East side.

The adventurous gourmet, could also go for the meat platter that combines pastrami, reuben and corned beef. The only caveat is explicitly indicated in the menu: “feeds 3 tourists or one regular customer“.

Pastrami Sandwich at Katz's 

 

White Truffle Experience

After a few disappointing and extremely expensive attempts to dine with white truffle in NY, I came to the conclusion that the best way to enjoy this delicacy is to taste it at the production site, in Italy.

White truffle joy kit

Forget about the overly rated white truffle mac and cheese that you can find in New York’s West Village restaurants. At these restaurants, the excessive use of condiments, cheese and sauces overshadows the rich and gentle flavor of the truffle.

Following the three-ingredient paradigm of culinary simplicity and excellence, the best truffle recipe is homemade tagliatelle with unsalted butter and a generous amount of sliced truffle. Period.

Tagliatelle with White Truffle

Same considerations apply for a truffle based appetizer or snack: a piadina romagnola stuffed with a plain frittata and sliced truffle will elevate this traditional dish to ethereal heights.

Piadina with frittata and white truffle

Bowery Coffee [CLOSED]

89 East Houston Street, New York, NY
Bowery Coffee opened about a year ago, with a good formula that combines an old-style decor with a careful selection of high quality products. The first time you enter this place, you get the feeling of stepping inside a vintage picture of the Bowery. The brick-exposed walls, the rustic decoration and the essential furniture evoke black-and-white memories of  some documentaries about the “old” New York City. The Counter Culture coffee bags on the shelves, the Marzocco machine at the bar and the Donut Plant’s doughnuts behind the cashier bring you back to the present time, and to the pleasure of a tasty coffee break.
The espresso with its dark and intense flavor is not for the faint of heart. If you are not in the mood for a strong coffee, I suggest to get a macchiato. In both cases you should sit down at one of the few tables and relax for a few minutes while watching the hectic street life between Houston and the Bowery.