A lot of my life in New York City revolves around the massive culinary culture here. When my friends and I get together, 99% of the time it is over food or drinks. From the 3 dinner reservations I have on the books for the next week to the wine-tasting adventure we went on Saturday, eating and drinking are a huge component of my (and many other's) New York experience.
For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in nutrition, how the body most efficiently runs, the latest health trends, etc. So over the last year, I have been trying to navigate how to balance my love for the latest and greatest diet juxtaposed to a social life that depends on consumption.
For the first time, I am learning it is largely about balance, even in the extremes. If drinking glass after glass wine is my weekend, the week means sticking strictly to fats, protein, and slow carb veggies- with as little sugar, carbs, and alcohol as possible. The last few months, I have been dabbing in the Keto diet, which is based on the science that the body runs most efficiently on ketones rather than glucose; you achieve nutritional ketosis by eating a diet of high fat, moderate protein, and extremely low carbohydrates. I try to take my lunch to work every day and I am convinced I am the only person in NYC that does not depend on Seamless.
There are so many incredibly talented chefs in New York City - even those mere mortal words are doing them an injustice. With the liberty of enjoying the creations of Jean-Georges (has anyone been to his restaurant in The Mark Hotel?) and Marc Forgione comes with the responsibility of spending the days and nights in between those magical meals intentionally.
So here is a short list of favorite places that induce taste•bud orgasms:
My mom and I are in the process of booking reservations for my family's trip here over Thanksgiving. We'll be checking out The Polo Bar (!!) and Park Avenue Autumn for the first time (and re-visiting the favorites: ABC Kitchen and American Cut).
What are your favorite spots in NYC? Do you have any tricks for remaining sane regarding nutrition?