Jessica Schwartzberg

New York: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

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Oh Manhattan! So much to taste, so little time. Here’s a foolproof plan for
your bites of the Big Apple. Start the day with a visit to Locanda Verde (breakfast
for two $35),
best known for popular chef Andrew Carmellini’s magic at the
stoves, but which happens to serve breakfast out of a daydream. Try cloudlike
sheep’s-milk ricotta drizzled with truffled honey and moist, fragrant polenta
muffins or olive-oil coffee cake from pastry princess Karen DeMasco. Save some
calories for a mid-morning snack at the lovable Nolita spot Torrisi
Italian Specialties
(sandwiches for two $18), where a duo
of young Café Boulud veterans creatively update Italian-American deli fare.
(They also do fabulous prix fixe dinners.) Choose the chicken parm from the
sandwich list, and do try an antipasto or two, since lunch will be blissfully
light at ABC
Kitchen
(lunch for two $52). At this restaurant occupying
the stylishly rusticated space inside the furniture emporium ABC Carpet &
Home
, Jean-Georges Vongerichten shines the spotlight on farm-to-fork
vegetables. Even the simplest dishes—a cumin-infused roasted-carrot salad
dolloped with sour cream; a delicious bowl of heirloom beans—deliver that
signature Jean-Georges zing. Then again, if you’re not intent on being too
virtuous,
Pêche
(lunch for two $72), the latest from the burgeoning
Momofuku empire, with the fiercely gifted Tien Ho at the h

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New York: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

Oh Manhattan! So much to taste, so little time. Here’s a foolproof plan for
your bites of the Big Apple. Start the day with a visit to Locanda Verde (breakfast
for two $35),
best known for popular chef Andrew Carmellini’s magic at the
stoves, but which happens to serve breakfast out of a daydream. Try cloudlike
sheep’s-milk ricotta drizzled with truffled honey and moist, fragrant polenta
muffins or olive-oil coffee cake from pastry princess Karen DeMasco. Save some
calories for a mid-morning snack at the lovable Nolita spot Torrisi
Italian Specialties
(sandwiches for two $18), where a duo
of young Café Boulud veterans creatively update Italian-American deli fare.
(They also do fabulous prix fixe dinners.) Choose the chicken parm from the
sandwich list, and do try an antipasto or two, since lunch will be blissfully
light at ABC
Kitchen
(lunch for two $52). At this restaurant occupying
the stylishly rusticated space inside the furniture emporium ABC Carpet &
Home
, Jean-Georges Vongerichten shines the spotlight on farm-to-fork
vegetables. Even the simplest dishes—a cumin-infused roasted-carrot salad
dolloped with sour cream; a delicious bowl of heirloom beans—deliver that
signature Jean-Georges zing. Then again, if you’re not intent on being too
virtuous,
Pêche
(lunch for two $72), the latest from the burgeoning
Momofuku empire, with the fiercely gifted Tien Ho at the h

Jessica Schwartzberg

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