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12 Hours of Luxurious Eating in New York City

New York. The Big Apple. The city that never sleeps

But you did need to sleep and now you’re down to your last full day in NYC. You came here to see a few sites, maybe take in a Broadway production and enjoy the culinary offerings New York City is famous for. NYC is a gastronomical delight for any foodie, with no shortage of restaurants to tease and tantalize. With 12-hours remaining in your whirlwind tour to enjoy some of the best, where to go? Here are my picks for a truly indulgent New York City foodie-fest.

Breakfast: Oscar’s American Brasserie

Oscar’s American Brasserie is located in the historical Waldorf Astoria Hotel. It’s named after famed maître d’ Oscar Tschirky, the man credited with creating the Waldorf Salad, Eggs Benedict and Oscar Veal, among other dishes. Oscar’s American Brasserie is a buffet-style restaurant offering two options: Continental Buffett, featuring a wide selection of baked goods, smoked salmon, cream cheese and fresh fruits. The American Buffett, includes everything in the Continental, plus a selection of hot items such as waffles, pancakes and eggs.

Morning Break: McNally and Jackson Café

This may not be the most “upscale” joint for a morning break, but after a few hours of getting lost within the shelves of this Manhattan bookstore, a break in their cozy café is the perfect treat. Sit in one of the communal tables and chat up a local. It’s the best way to get to know a new place.

Lunch: Southgate Bar and Restaurant

This modern and trendy restaurant is located inside the Marriott Essex House, directly across the street from Central Park. The menu features American comfort food, prepared with style, based on classic French technique. I opted for a Reuben sandwich, which was accompanied with a pickled-fennel and mandarin-orange salsa. The “sandwich” is presented as three sliders in soft, sweet buns that are perfect little pillows for the thinly sliced, incredibly juicy meat. Complete your meal with an Illy coffee and a slice of New York cheesecake. When in New York…

Afternoon Break: Algonquin Hotel Lounge

Located just inside the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel, this is a classy and elegant locale for a mid-afternoon break. The restored Algonquin Lobby, with writing desks and Edwardian furniture, retains the charm and ambiance forever associated with this New York City landmark hotel. Unwind and plan ahead for your evening in New York City, as you enjoy an afternoon cocktail in one of the most elegant hotels in NYC.

Dinner: Smith and Wollensky

This steakhouse was once referred to by Ruth Reichl, then-restaurant reviewer for the New York Times, as “A steakhouse to end all arguments.” She wasn’t kidding. If you are not carnivorous, this is not the place for you. If on the other hand, you dream of the perfect prime rib served with buttery vegetables and warm petit-buns on a silver dish, then this is your place. The servers are attentive and friendly, taking time to joke with you, as they hustle through the dining room with trays weighed down by copious amounts of food. At least once, make it to this New York City institution. Don’t forget to take home a bottle of their own steak sauce.


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I'm a native of Portugal, now living in Toronto, Canada. My passion for travel has taken me throughout Canada, the Caribbean, the U.S. and several European countries. Cruising is my preferred method of transportation, but I'm not picky. I'm as comfortable having afternoon tea in a 5-star hotel as I am jigging for cod in a Prince Edward Island fishing trawler. My favorite sport is people watching and, oh ya, I love food.

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