When you live in New York, you don't have to travel far to experience gastronomic pleasure. Within two blocks of my Upper East Side abode, you'll find fine Italian fare, a laidback American bistro, delicious thin crust pizza, flavorful and reasonably priced sushi and Greek-infused seafood.
With such an embarassment of culinary riches right at my doorstep, I tend to patronize what's nearby. My beloved late father was a similar creature of habit. A true neighborhood gourmand, he was steadfastly loyal to only three or four eateries. If a restaurant was beyond a four-block radius, he simply wasn't interested, never mind how buzzworthy it might be.
While I'm not that much of a stickler for proximity (though I share my dad's ardor for a good meal), I will admit to having certain gaps in my restaurant savoir faire. This week, I will be venturing out of my neighborhood--twice!--to try two well-known dining establishments. First up will be Fresco, run by renowned NYC restaurateurs, the Scotto Family. Next, I will head down to meatpacking district darling Buddakan--the location of Carrie and Big's engagement party in "Sex and the City."
Mmmm, New York. The city of limitless dining options!