I can honestly say there is little I miss about living in New York City. The Big Apple is nowhere near as sophisticated, exciting or interesting as the people who live there would have you believe, and it is far from being the epicenter for epicurean delights. Food critics will cry foul here, but the simple truth is I’ve had much better food of any variety outside of New York, with the one exception being Chinese food which seems absolutely dreadful outside of the five boroughs.
Of course the best Thai food I’ve eaten was in South Carolina, so New York doesn’t have a monopoly on fine Asian fare.
There are some shining lights in New York’s otherwise dull, tasteless image-driven restaurant scene. Henry’s End hosts an annual wild game festival starting in October and lasting through the holidays where I’ve sampled such exotic fare as Kangaroo, Elk and even Rattlesnake. The Doral Arrowwood aside from being an excellent weekend destination is home of the world’s finest Sunday brunch, which you can partake in even if you aren’t a guest.
But the one culinary extravagance that I will miss most is the DB Burger from DB Bistro Moderne. I never thought to bring along a camera on my restaurant excursions so I’ll present a picture taken by fellow DB Burger enthusiast Tone Chow:
As good as it looks, it tastes even better. The DB Burger is a decadently delightful combination of boneless short ribs braised in red wine, Foie Gras and black truffles stuffed in ground Angus. The bun is slathered with a out of this world horseradish mayonnaise and a tomato confit that complements the burger perfectly.
Don’t let the term “burger” fool you, this is knife and fork food and you’ll want to pair this with good dessert wine rather than a biggie coke. There is frankly not a way to convey exactly how delicious this meal is. All I can say is that if you’re around west 44th street for lunch this is the best $30 bucks you’ll ever spend.
Of course you can get the “Royale” which has double the truffle and costs $120 or so, which is still worth it. You don’t know decadence until you’ve eaten one of these and after you do it’ll change your whole perspective on what is and isn’t good food.