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New York: April Bloomfield

From spice shops to dim sum joints, this British transplant knows her way around the Big Apple.

When Bloomfield isn’t at Manhattan’s Ace Hotel, where she runs the Breslin Bar & Dining Room (dinner for two $66) and the John Dory Oyster Bar (1196 Broadway; 212/792-9000; dinner for two $67), you may find her in Brooklyn at Roberta’s (261 Moore St.; 718/417-1118; lunch for two $25). “Order a growler [of beer] and a pizza from the wood-burning oven,” she says. Just as good are the small plates (sweetbreads with Taleggio and honey) and steaks, fish, and chops. Back in Manhattan, Bloomfield’s go-to dim sum spot is Jing Fong (20 Elizabeth St.; 212/964-5256; lunch for two $24). “Arrive early to beat the crowds, and eat dumplings pushed around on trolleys by sweet Chinese ladies.” For brunch, she heads to Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune (brunch for two $30). “I’ve waited for a table for hours, but it’s worth it for the house-made merguez sausage with oysters and the fantastic Bloody Marys.” And for dinner? Annisa (dinner for two $95). “It’s fine dining, but I like to eat at the bar: Start with a cocktail, then the soup dumplings with foie gras and the mixed roasted eggplant with yogurt water.”


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