Over the past decade, David Chang has built Momofuku from a small ramen bar in Manhattan’s East Village to an eight-restaurant empire with roughly 500 staffers in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Here’s what else he’s done:
New York has fine and inexpensive restaurants. It also has plenty that serve large portions of carbohydrate-laden stodge. Here are 50 good places that I tried during an extended visit from London. Most offer value as well as decent food.
Daniel Boulud sits in his miniature office cantilevered over the kitchen at his restaurant Daniel. He calls it "the sky box," and we've mounted a steep, narrow metal ladder to get here. A window reveals the cooks at work below, but you can't hear a thing: the room is soundproof.
The taxi speeds past the auto-body shops of Chicago’s North Side and drops me in front of a used- tire store. This is how you get to Elizabeth, a Michelin-starred tasting-menu joint located opposite a McDonald’s.
Almost half a million people will descend upon New York and New Jersey for this Sunday’s Super Bowl. And almost all of them will eat terribly in a metropolitan area that offers some of the world’s best food. Sorry.