Le French Diner

By word of mouth

It is a secret restaurant we wish we could keep secret. A neighborhood restaurant tuned to Pink Floyd. A restaurant for regulars where you always end up chatting with the person sitting next to you or with the owner Pierre. After spending several years as a bartender in New York, this French epicurean saved enough money to open his own restaurant three years ago. A restaurant no bigger than a handkerchief with only 18 seats. But don’t worry, Pierre will always find a seat for…

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Tuome

Under the radar

Initially we wanted to tell you about this new restaurant, Loring Place. Chef Dan Kluger offers an inventive veggie-centric cuisine with premium quality products and a light-hearted spirit. The only downside: it took us over a month to get a reservation at a decent time (i.e. not 5 or 10.30pm). Because of recent press coverage, because Obama just dined there or whatever, Loring Place is one of those (too many) NYC restaurants which has fallen victim to its own success and where it is impossible…

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Syndicated

All-in-one movie date

Movie buffs and gastronomes do not always mix well together. A movie screening indeed often ends in a sugar high after the usual orgy of buttered popcorn and an overdose of candy bars. What if you could have a proper meal during your screening? Just to reconcile the Seventh Art adepts and food-lovers. Syndicated is among the (too) rare cinemas offering an all-in-one movie date: screening and dinner in the same evening. Find your seat, get cozy while looking at the menu and order food…

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Tim Ho Wan

Kingdom of Dumpling

Before settling into New York for good, MY Secret NY was exploring the Hong Kong lands on the other side of the globe. And we still have a fond and warmhearted memory of one discovery there: a tiny dim sum counter hidden behind an escalator at the entrance of a subway station. You’re probably frowning right now… But beware that behind what looked like a restaurant of questionable quality food, hides the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant and the best dim sum of the city! Well,…

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The Brooklyn Kitchen

Chef Apprentice

Cooking classes are on the rise in NY. Whether you’re a stoves’ pro or a bumbling amateur, we found the class that will get everyone to agree. On the menu: conviviality, inspiring recipes and tasty incantations. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to go! Welcome to The Brooklyn Kitchen. This 7,000-square-foot complex in Williamsburg is primarily a kitchen-supply store and a delicatessen. But the surprise is located at the back of the shop – a workshop converted into a true culinary laboratory with high-tech appliances. Individual billboards, brick walls, and a lofty setting: no doubt…

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

The seafood counter

You have your favorite specialty grocers in NY: your Italian caterer in Chelsea, your butcher hidden behind a Japanese restaurant, your cheese shop at the end of an alley in the West Village. Finding good suppliers in New York is comparable to the work of digging for gold. A quest reserved for the indefatigable and savvy insiders. Looking for a fish stall? We’ll help you: we discovered a little marine paradise lost (and now found!) in Brooklyn. Close your eyes and picture the seaside, spray…

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Oiji

Korean craze

Quick guesstimate. The city of New York has more than 800 Asian restaurants. Over 200 must serve kimchi and probably more than a hundred draw inspiration from a modern kitchen aesthetic. At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself: are we really going to tell you about another Korean restaurant? The answer is yes ! Because Oiji is our little autumn find hiding many surprises. The first surprise is how we ended up in such a pleasant setting amidst the chaos of First Avenue, wedged…

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The Meat Hook

BBQ in your butcher’s backyard

There’s nothing like a barbecue to enjoy the Indian summer and extend the vacation vibes. But not just any barbecue: a barbecue at your butcher. And not just any butcher: the best in Brooklyn! The Meat Hook is an institution among the New York butchers’ universe. A selection of the best pieces of meat around the world from the plateau of Aubrac to the Argentinian Pampa. Stalls that resemble those of a delicatessen. Tailor-made cooking advice and attentive service. Here we talk about meat as…

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Sunday supper at farm on kent

Dinner at the farm

Spot the odd one out: an industrial wasteland, the Williamsburg Bridge, a bike park, a vegetable garden. No need to drive miles away to escape Manhattan’s urban jungle. If you are craving nature and some countryside, simply cross the Williamsburg Bridge. We promise you a total change of scenery with North Brooklyn Farms, an astonishing oasis of greenery in the heart of the city. A vegetable experiment on a brownfield. This is the far-fetched idea of two friends, Ryan Watson and Henry Sweets. The two…

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3 hidden terraces

3 Hidden Terraces

Left picture: Bricolage; Top right picture: Gilligan’s; bottom right picture: Llama Inn. Too show off. Too noisy. Too crowded… Finding the perfect terrace can quickly give you a headache ! With the heatwave, your one and only obsession is to find a shady patio where you can sip a Spritz away from the urban hustle and bustle. We explored the city from top to bottom and scoured all neighborhoods looking for your next vacation HQ in NY. And we are betting you have not yet ventured into one of these…

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