New York best places to eat: Seven dishes you must try according to Chef Stanley Wong

 

UNI TOAST WITH TRUFFLE

This uni toast with truffle is just to die for as it is the perfect combination of crispy and umami yumminess – one of the best ever dishes I've had in New York from the Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare. The dishes are mostly seafood-oriented and Japanese-inspired with modern French cooking techniques. See Brooklynfare.com

FOIE GRAS SUSHI

I get my sushi fix at Sushi of Gari – my favourite location is the one on Columbus. The Butter sauteed foie gras topped with simmered sliced daikon radish with balsamic vinaigrette sauce is my absolute favourite sushi dish in NYC – super creative and part of the "Omakase" menu. I love how innovative the combinations are. See sushiofgari.com

MARSHMALLOW AND RICE CRISPY TREAT

A great "new" concept I like is run by my friends Chris and Jen Russell. One day, together with their kids, they created these little marshmallow and rice crispy treats for a bake sale and they became so popular it evolved into a fully fledged business. The caramel sea salt is a must-have. See treathouse.com

BRICK OVEN ROASTED WHOLE DORADE

My friend Hilary is the chef at Catch NYC, a great seafood place right in the heart of the Meatpacking District, also my old stomping ground. I absolutely love the king crab ceviche but their stand-out dish is the whole dorade, which is baked in the brick oven and comes with a lovely tomato, artichoke and clam stew. See catchrestaurants.com/catchnyc/

AVOCADO LETTUCE CUPS

A favourite of mine to eat a bit healthier is the avocado lettuce cup from ABCV, Jean-George's vegetarian restaurant in Union Square Park. The cups are filled with toasted cumin, serrano, lime and pepitas, a perfect blend of different textures and flavours. Goes great with their cold-pressed organic juices.

See abchome.com/dine/abcv/

CREAM CHEESE BAGEL

You can't visit New York without having a bagel and Russ & Daughters is one of the oldest and best in the biz. My favourite is a scooped pumpernickel with pastrami cured salmon and scallion cream cheese. The freshly baked bagels are still warm and crunchy and this sandwich is enough for a light lunch in itself. See russanddaughterscafe.com

SHRIMP OKONOMI-YAKI

A little bit like a savoury Japanese pizza pancake with a scrumptious sweet and tangy sauce on it that pairs perfectly with the mayo and "dancing" bonito flakes. I love to get this for a little snack when I go to St Marks where you can find it at Otafuku X Medetai. See otafukuny.com

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In his 30-plus-year career, Stanley Wong has headed many top restaurants in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Macau, and in New York with chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, of Jean-Georges Restaurants fame. Wong's latest venture, Eastside Kitchen + Bar is in Sydney's Kensington Street precinct. See eastsidekitchen.com.au

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