Eating the Big Apple: April Bloomfield’s NYC Neighborhood Tour
When it comes to choosing the world’s most influential food city, nowhere offers the breadth and depth of dining options one finds in NYC. That’s why, despite her love for all things British, April Bloomfield chose Manhattan as the headquarters for her culinary portfolio, from The Spotted Pig to Salvation Taco and, most recently, White Gold Butchers on the Upper West Side. So where does the famed chef like to eat? From uptown to downtown, Korean to classic pub grub, find out with the S.Pellegrino® Taste Guide, in collaboration with Bon Appétit.
April Bloomfield’s Favorite East Side Eats
Walking distance from Midtown’s suit-and-tie set, as well as the startup scene along “Silicon Alley,” this stretch of Manhattan’s East Side is best known for its utilitarian bar-and-a-burger after-work scene. While April loves a good pub, the neighborhood is also home to an unexpected wealth of international flavors, whether digging into dosas in Curry Hill or queuing for crullers at Daily Provisions.
Saravana Bhavan – Known for its vegetarian fare, April frequents this Indian spot for its dosas. Made with fermented rice, these aromatic snacks are served with a rainbow of condiments that range from mild to spicy. 81 Lexington Ave., (212) 679-0204, saravanabhavan.com
Molly’s Irish Pub – As a British expat, April knows her way around the pub scene. It’s the perfect place for a pint of Guinness and a homey plate of corned beef and cabbage. 287 Third Ave., (212) 889-3361, mollysshebeen.com
Daily Provisions – The latest addition to Danny Meyer’s beloved Union Square Hospitality Group, this charming coffee shop is earning all the raves for its crullers and scrambled egg-stuffed gougères. 103 E. 19th St., (212) 488-1505, dailyprovisionsnyc.com
Bar Jamón – You’d be hard-pressed to find a better spot for sherry, tapas and Ibérico ham in NYC. Chef April endorses their shishito peppers and tortilla española in particular. 125 E. 17th St., (212) 253-2773, casamononyc.com
Rose Bakery -Tucked inside the stylish Dover Street Market, this is one of April’s favorite spots for early-morning pastry. Later in the day, she recommends the healthy veggie bowls and a cup of tea. 160 Lexington Ave., (646) 837-7754, newyork.doverstreetmarket.com
April Bloomfield’s Essential NoMad Eats
Home to The Breslin and The John Dory, this corner of the city is essentially April’s HQ. Over the past ten years, the formerly unremarkable dining district has blossomed with a buzzy start-up and restaurant scene. April’s presence in the ACE Hotel was one of the primary elements ushering in this welcome change, and she’s had the pleasure of overseeing the neighborhood’s evolution ever since.
Birch Coffee –There are plenty of books to peruse at this bustling coffee shop, but April takes her latte to go – extra hot. 21 E. 27th St., (212) 686-1444, birchcoffee.com
The Little Beet – Few business owners work harder than a restaurateur, which doesn’t leave much time for meals. This shop is where April grabs vegetables and healthier eats on the fly. 1140 Broadway, (212) 367-8015, thelittlebeet.com
Marta – Of course, the pizzas are perfection – crispy and thin. But April also recommends the Salsicce Miste (sausage-laden meat platter) from the wood-fired grill. The Redbury Hotel, 29 E.29th St., (212) 651-3800, martamanhattan.com
Keens Steakhouse – When it comes to Mad Men vibes, few places capture old New York better than Keens Steakhouse. The Mutton Chop is legendary for a reason. 72 W. 36th St., (212) 947-3636, keens.com
Woorijip – Eating with your eyes is easy at this Korean buffet. April particularly loves all things banchan, so you’ll see her plate piled high with kimchi, pickles and other fermented eats. 12 W. 32nd St., (212) 244-1115, woorijipnyc.com
Where April Bloomfield Eats in the West Village
The West Village has long been beloved for its European charm, so it’s no surprise that April chose this cozy neighborhood to open her first solo venture, The Spotted Pig. Wandering through the narrow, winding streets, April has tested all the iconic neighborhood spots, but she’s also witnessed the Village’s constant evolution, as it continues to welcome some of the best new restaurants in NYC.
Tea and Sympathy – When April is missing London’s charms, this nostalgic café is her cure for homesickness. The hearty “fry up,” ginger cake and custard are her go-tos for a taste of home. 108 Greenwich Ave., (212) 989-9735, teaandsympathy.com
Via Carota – Owned by two other female chefs, this trattoria checks all the beautiful boxes. The seasonal vegetable plates are matched pace-for-pace by the curated wine list and expert pastries. 51 Grove St., (212) 255-1962, viacarota.com
Barbuto – Chef Jonathan Waxman makes for a wonderful neighbor, and April is a fan of his pan-fried gnocchi. Of course, she encourages you to order his famed JW chicken as well. 775 Washington St., (212) 924-9700, barbutonyc.com
Bar Pitti – Born of a passionate Italian rivalry, this classic Village establishment is known for its outdoor patio. April particularly recommends the puntarelle (Italian bitter greens) with anchovies. 268 Sixth Ave.(212) 982-3300,
The Rusty Knot – It doesn’t get more waterfront than this charming tiki dive on the West Side. April endorses the Mai Tai, but her go-to order is a lime-and-salt rimmed Tecate with the house-made pretzel hotdog. 425 West St., (212) 645-5668
April’s Guide to Upper West Side Classics
The location of April’s latest venture – White Gold Butchers – this historic neighborhood boasts some of the chef’s most recent NYC finds. While best known as a cultured, quiet district near the park, the Upper West is secretly home to a handful of the city’s most delicious eats – as well as its most devoted regulars.
Bar Boulud – At Chef Daniel Boulud’s ode to his hometown of Lyon, you can’t go wrong with the charcuterie and Burgundy wines. April opts for an after-theater terrine and a pour from the excellent by-the-glass selections. 1900 Broadway, (212) 595-0303, barboulud.com/nyc
Zabar’s – Whether stocking up at your Airbnb or packing for a picnic, April can’t get enough of the breads, cheese and other provisions at this local’s favorite. 2245 Broadway, (212) 787-2000, zabars.com
Gray’s Papaya – In April’s own words, “You can’t beat a cheap New York hotdog,” and nowhere does it better than this iconic classic. 2090 Broadway, (212) 799-0243
Barney Greengrass – Thanks to the vibrant Jewish community on the Upper West Side, this may be the best spot in the city for smoked fish. April notes the portions are more than shareable as well. 541 Amsterdam Ave., (212)-724-4707, barneygreengrass.com
April Bloomfield’s Hudson Valley Hangouts
When she’s not running her Big Apple empire or visiting friends back in the UK, April’s free time typically involves upstate escapes. She enjoys antiquing and exploring the local markets, shops and eateries of the Hudson Valley, typically accompanied by dear friends who own a local orchard.
Westwind Orchard – Owned by some of April’s closest friends, this historic Catskills orchard makes exceptional ciders and jams on-site. On the weekends, it’s also a popular spot for wood-fired pizzas. 215 Lower Whitfield Rd., Accord, NY, (845) 626-0659, westwindorchard.com
Jack’s Meat & Deli – If you’re fueling up for a hike, April recommends this sub shop for its Italian combo, layering three meats with vinaigrette, lettuce and tomato. 79 Main St., New Paltz, NY, (845) 255-2244
Phoenicia Diner – It may be one of the most Instagram’ed destinations upstate, but April assures us the food at Phoenicia is even better than the photos. While many head here for breakfast, she particularly likes the burger and local beer selection. 5681 Route 28, Phoenicia, NY, (845) 688-9957, phoeniciadiner.com
Gilded Otter Brewery – Skip the six-pack and grab a growler at this brewery in the heart of New Paltz. In summer, it also makes a great pit stop for a pint on the porch. 3 Main St., New Paltz, NY, (845) 256-1700, gildedotter.com
Lemongrass Thai Restaurant – When traveling upstate, April relies on this family-owned outpost to satisfy her international cravings for green curry and Pad See-Ew. 125 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561, (845) 633-8678, lemongrassnp.com