New York’s culinary delights are an integral part of vacationers’ and business travelers’ visits to the Big Apple. Yet, even for locals, it can be a daunting task to stay on top of the city’s ever changing restaurant scene.
A quick way to tune into recent developments is to visit Alexa Mehraban’s website, eating.nyc, or follow her on Instagram at @EatingNYC. Mehraban, whose job description is “professional eater,” has more than 300,000 Instagram followers.
Mehraban cites the opening of Nur on East 20th Street as the most exciting new restaurant opening last year. Nur describes its fare as modern Middle Eastern cuisine, including “street food elevated to fine dining, classic dishes of the region transformed to a modern palate and some nods to Israeli and Jewish cuisine.”
Some of Mehraban’s favorite choices are the smoked eggplant carpaccio with feta, tahini, dates, pistachios and rose water and the black bass chraime, a fish stew with mussels.
“The restaurant’s refreshing and innovative take on Israeli cuisine,” she says, “paved the way for an influx of new Middle Eastern concepts like Miss Ada, Celestine (in Brooklyn) and Shuka in the second half of the year, with Miznon and Dez following suit this year. Some other favorites that opened last year included Don Angie, 4 Charles Prime Rib and Empellon.”