New York City is a veritable melting pot. And not just the tourists who flock here year-round, but the eateries that are home to chefs, ingredients and flavors that span the globe. The crossroads of the world, it turns out, is right on the menu, which means you can savor foods from all over merely by walking down your favorite Manhattan street. The global dining scene in this city is vast, but here are some of our picks for international dining discoveries in 2014.
This quaint spot serves up a genuine taste of Denmark. Located inside the Tribeca Film Building, its specialty is smørrebrød -- fresh ingredients served atop homemade rye bread. Savor Chef Adam Aamann's unique renditions of this traditional Danish dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or alongside cocktails (the Danish Martini features beet aquavit, citrus and basil). There's also the takeaway counter, where you can order sample platters and seasonal specials -- a trio of pickled herring, perhaps? -- to go.
We love the setting of this special bi-level eatery, located inside a brownstone building in the city's Murray Hill neighborhood. But what makes a meal here especially unique is the fact it's the first restaurant in New York to dole out Georgian cuisine, with fish, vegetable and light meat dishes reigning supreme. Old world recipes meet modern techniques at this sophisticated venue (which has hosted the likes of President Clinton), and live music flows several nights a week.
Eating at this elegant restaurant is like dining in Japan. Located inside the posh Kitano Hotel on Park Avenue at 38th Street, this highly-reviewed eatery features daily sashimi selections, classic Japanese fish preparations and an impressive list of high-end sakes. Executive Chef Yukihiro Sato specializes in traditional Kaiseki cuisine, with a focus on seasonal fare and delicate preparations, and with roots in Zen Buddhism and Japanese tea ceremonies. Contemporary Japanese art graces the walls.
This cozy French bistro along Lexington Avenue puts you in the heart of New York's Upper East Side. Family-run for almost 30 years now, it features the gourmet handiwork of Chef Bernard Zamble and classic French dishes served in a comfy setting. Lunch staples include crepes, quiches, and Croque Monsieurs. Dinner -- by candle light -- features Steak Au Poivre and Sole Meuniere. And for dessert, go sweet (the mousse au chocolat is heavenly) or dabble in a selection of French cheeses.
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