Eight singular neighborhoods, eight great “New British” haunts.
Islington: Smokehouse is a modern-day boozer that happens to serve charred leeks with duck eggs and a pork rib eye with pancetta and lardo—and blimey, what treasures on tap! $$$
Shoreditch: Inside the Shoreditch town hall, the Clove Club (pictured; from rising star Isaac McHale) goes Noma-esque with small bites of locavore esoterica, such as gull’s eggs with lovage. $$$$
Fitzrovia: At his urban-rusticNewman Street Tavern, Peter Weeden dry-ages Galloway beef, butchers whole Scottish Blackface sheep, and bakes super-voluptuous onion tarts $$$
Video: London’s Can’t-Miss Sights
Soho: Watch street life from a window seat atDamson & Co., a homey deli-café devoted to strictly-British deliciousness: farmhouse cheeses, goose salami, and daily “soused fish” (ceviche to you). $$
Bermondsey: Tom Sellers’sRestaurant Story snagged a Michelin star just months after opening. Prepare yourself for candles that melt into beef drippings and smoked eel sandwiched within squid-ink “Storeo” cookies. $$$$
Notting Hill: With only 14 seats, tinyMariannepacks outsize flavors into Anglo-Mediterranean dishes such as sweet Cornish scallops with artichoke and dusky jamón. $$$$
Brixton: The three-course lunch at Salon—a minimalist gem in the happening Brixton market—is London’s best bargain at the moment, at just $26. $$$
Hackney: Affordable, soulful, and quietly inventive (anyone for duck with pickled carrot and hazelnut purée?), the blond-wood-paneledMayfieldshas quickly become a neighborhood favorite. $$$
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Appeared as “95 Places to Eat Like a Local: Insider’s London” in T+L Magazine
David Lefevre is making waves with Fishing with Dynamite, his seafood restaurant in Manhattan Beach, California. He’s even been shortlisted for this year’s James Beard Awards—the “Oscars of the food world”—in the category of Best Chef: West. We caught up with him last week when he cooked at New York City’s esteemed James Beard House, where he shared with T+L his perfect day of L.A. eating.
Mendoza, Argentina hosted its 78th annual grape harvest festival known as "La Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia," a ten-day cultural celebration that attracts hundreds of thousands of revelers from near and afar.
T+L travels to Andalusia, in southern Spain, to discover just-caught seafood, plump chorizo, charming inns, whitewashed towns, and plate after plate of prized jamón ibérico.
Every afternoon at Trasierra, a whitewashed Spanish estate about an hour’s drive north of Seville, a bounteous lunch spread arrives on the breezy pool terrace—tortilla, slow-cooked eggs and potatoes flipped out of a skillet and cut into thick wedges; ajoblanco, a cold soup made with almonds and garlic; cheese; blistered peppers; and prized jamón ibérico sourced by the proprietor’s son at El Capellán, a farm just a couple of towns away.
Whatever you call a savory topped flatbread—lahmacun, khachapuri, manakeesh, or simply “pizza”—you’ll find every piece of the pie in New York. Here are our favorite global slices, and where the city does them best.
Coca, Spain: A cross between a pizza and a tart, coca(pictured) is a staple of Catalonia, Valencia, and the Balearic Islands. Try it here with blue cheese and roasted onions. La Vara 268 Clinton St., Brooklyn. $$
Lahmacun, Turkey: The ultimate Turkish street food: supple and charred from a brief stint in a kebab oven, with a spicy, tomatoey schmear of ground lamb. Ali Baba212 E. 34th St. $$
Peripatetic actress Toni Collette—doing her second turn on Broadway this month—tells T+L about some of her favorite places.
“The writing is so smart and beautiful,” says Toni Collette about Will Eno’s dark comedy The Realistic Joneses, in which she shares the stage with Tracy Letts, Marisa Tomei, and Michael C. Hall. “He captures life, warts and all.” Smart, beautiful, and at times unflinching are also ways to describe the actress—and her travel m.o. Here, Collette’s secret address book:
Off-the-Radar Trek: “I once fled the Toronto Film Festival to meet a boyfriend in Kathmandu. Sleeping under the stars, white-water rafting, playing soccer with local kids—it was all unforgettable. The only challenge was the leeches!”
Rotisserie Chicken: The seductive aroma of spit-roasted chicken has three food capitals in a spin. On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, at the new Rôtisserie Georgette, the juicy poulet rôti is matched with sublimely crunchy potatoes and flame-kissed leeks. Heirloom chickens and game birds are the specialty at Le Coq Rico(pictured), in Paris’s boho Abbesses quarter. And in London, two young chefs have turned a 2006 Ford Transit van into the roving rotisserie Spit & Roast, whose free-range Suffolk chickens are now a cult sensation.
The most frustrating part of planning a trip? Not being able to score the right restaurant reservations (well, for this foodie, anyway). Several city-specific tools have cropped up to serve those of us who are both discerning eaters and poor planners (SoonSpoon.com in Boston; TableSavvy in Chicago; New York’s @LastMinuteEatin’ on Twitter), but today OpenTable is announcing a new program that will take the model coast to coast.
With Hot Tables, OpenTable lets VIP users (those who make at least 12 reservations a year) sign up for alerts when their preferred restaurant is already booked—anyone who has signed up for the alert will get a text message notification the second a table opens up. (In other words, there will still be competition.) Sound a lot like Rezhound? That’s because it is—the independent site had been offering the exact same service without being under OpenTable’s purview, proving just how much demand there might be for an official product.