FIVE FLATIRON FOODIE FAVORITES!
By: Joann Wasserman, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker Halstead Property Village Office.
I have lived and worked in the Flatiron District for the past seven years, and have loved every minute of it. It’s such a great neighborhood with so many wonderful hidden gems. I figured what better way to kick off the Fall season than to share some of my favorite foodie hot spots with you. Below are five places to go if you find yourself with a hearty appetite in the Flatiron District:
1. Obica Mozzarella Bar located at 928 Broadway is Classic Italian cuisine. The owner, Raimondo Boggia is from Milan, Italy and has introduced his own family recipes with handmade mozzarella that is flown in from Campania, Italy twice a week. It is perfectly smooth and pillowy soft texture cheese and is protected designation of origin. Though known for its mozzarella, the eatery has a nice menu of non-cheese dishes including the Antipasti, Insalate, Pizze, Zuppe,Pasta E Riso, and Carni E Pesci –All from organic and local farmers. The simple dish of Branzino (sea bass) with white beans, vegetables and roasted cherry tomatoes is a dish any Italian would recognize. Obica is a Roman experience for lunch or dinner, and it is simply delicious.
2. Maison Kayser located at 921 Broadway has the best baguette in the city. The chocolate almond croissants sell out very quickly, so grab a diving tasting macchiato or cappuccino and get in line! In addition to celebrated baked good, the authentic French menu features organic chicken, butter lettuce, mixed greens shaved fennel pine nuts roasted cherry tomatoes & oranges or chilled lobster, arugula, avocado, shaved fennel, citrus segments, and scallions with tomato vinaigrette. Al fresco dining is made possible with a charming BYOB outdoor seating area, and Flatiron Wines is conveniently located next door with a fine selection of exceptional wines starting at $15.00.
3. KOA - Flatiron located at 12 West 21st Street is an established favorite in Sag Harbor with Chef Bryan Emperor at the stove and Hiro Sawatari at the Sushi Bar. The emphasis is on inventive sushi like yuzu trout and chile- spiced tuna including Japanese sea bass with puffed rice, poster garlic and miso butter. The secret menu item, General KOA’s chicken, is succulent with sweet glazed chicken and a little pepper on the side. I would recommend coming for appetizers and a few rounds of sake to enjoy the inspiration by the Iron Chef of Japan.
4. Cafe El Presidente - I love this little tacquerita at 30 West 24th Street. The owner, Dario Wolos is serving freshly made corn tortillas, accompanied by homemade escabeche, salsa, and rona y salsa verde. All of the tacos are made with the highest quality sustainably sourced product with a list of farms available upon request. A fan favorite is El Pastor De Madison, a mexican city-style spit-roasted berkshire pork, thinly sliced with pineapple, onions and cilantro. One taste of Horchata with dark rum and fresh squeeze watermelon juice, or black bean sweet potatoes that are naturally sweet and very flavorful will prove why it is the best Mexican in the city!
5. Rohm Thai located at 27 East 20th Street. This affordable date night restaurant offers authentic home style Thai cuisine served by candlelight with cozy exposed brick walls. Among my favorite menu items are Chicken Pod Thai and Khang Massaman curry, or go out of your comfort zone and try house specialties such as Ped Lao Dang crispy boneless duck with red wine and vegetables. This is the perfect place for a different experience, and a great price point combined with a hip ambiance makes it a home run!
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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Joann Wasserman and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.