New York's Best-Kept Secrets
From uptown to downtown and everywhere in between, we scoured Manhattan for its most authentic restaurants and deal-friendly stores.
15. Bouchon Bakery
Among the Time Warner Center's glossy boutiques and jacket-required restaurants, the casual Bouchon Bakery is a nice change of pace. From a seat in the café overlooking Central Park, visitors can order star chef Thomas Keller's ham and cheese sandwich, plus a glass of sparkling wine, for a price that rivals most neighborhood diners. If time's tight, consider taking a couple of house-made Oreos (chocolate sablé cookies stuffed with white-chocolate ganache) to go. 10 Columbus Cir., bouchonbakery.com, sandwiches from $11.
16. Fatty Crab
Chef Zak Pelaccio gets a fair share of attention for his inventive, pork-happy Malaysian-inspired food—so much so that waits at his Meatpacking District and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, outposts can seem endless. That's not the case at the Upper West Side branch, where a weekday $19 prix fixe lunch rotates in some wildly creative Southeast-Asian small plates. Think pork-belly tea sandwiches, green mango salad, and scallop satays with peanut sauce and more. 2170 Broadway, fattycrab.com, prix fixe noon–4 p.m., small plates from $7.
17. Salumeria Rosi
New York has some of the best Italian food in the country. Case in point: Cesare Casella's cool, cave-like wine bar and meat shop, where hocks of cured ham hang above the butcher counter and seating is at simple marble tables. The menu is made entirely of shareable small plates—stellar cured meat, the freshest mozzarella outside Italy, and, on occasion, duck meatballs stuffed with nuggets of perfectly salty pecorino. 283 Amsterdam Ave., salumeriarosi.com, plates from $3.
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