What a year 2016 was! I had the pleasure of dining at the best restaurants in the Hamptons and North Fork as well as some notable restaurants in Manhattan, Connecticut and Washington D.C. It proved to be very tough to narrow it down to ten favorite dishes, but after careful consideration, I am thrilled to present the ten best things I ate this past year. I could only imagine what delectable plates 2017 will bring!
Feast your eyes upon the king of burgers and shakes. Black Tap is living proof that good ol’ burgers, fries, and shakes still reign on. With three locations in Manhattan and more to open in the future, these are some serious burger joints. Famous through a hard-wired network of viral Instagram shots featuring their outrageous, ‘Crazy Shakes’, it is no wonder that Black Tap is top on the bucket list of New York visitors and residents alike.
Located on the ninth floor of The Sanctuary Hotel in New York City, Haven Rooftop offers out-of-town sightseers and New Yorkers alike an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As this rooftop French-American restaurant is ideally set within minutes of such landmark destinations as Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central, it is a perfect spot to kick back and enjoy a cocktail and dinner at their rooftop bar. During the summer months, it is an ideal escape to enjoy happy hour drinks al fresco. Year round, you can witness some of the best skyscraper views from the center of it all.
As we arrived in the lobby, we were instantly greeted by the doorman, who promptly took our coats and led us to an elevator that took as up to the rooftop. Upon arrival at 4pm on a Sunday evening, there was already some activity at the bar adjacent to our table and guests gathered around the bar room just opposite from the elevators. In the upstairs dining room, the tables are well spaced apart and the scene allows for a cozy and leisurely experience.
If you were to imagine the perfect spot to bring that special someone for a quiet afternoon in between visiting the national parks and museums whilst visiting Washington D.C., Slate Wine Bar + Bistro would fit that description superlatively. Located in Glover Park neighborhood of D.C. just north of Georgetown, the restaurant boasts a cozy, friendly environment with a classy, top-notch menu with some of the most exceptional wine pairings you can experience.
Become immersed in sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine with a Spanish and Portuguese influence. Chef and Head Sommelier, Danny Lledó, has more than a decade of experience in the restaurant industry and wine making. His expertise was so apparent throughout our meal.
Bastille is a must visit when you come to visit the Washington D.C. metro area. Set at the corner of North Fayette & Pendleton, this contemporary French restaurant is on the street level of The Asher, Old Town’s chic new apartment building. Bastille, just a ten to fifteen minute drive from Washington D.C., offers a fresh take on the classic French Brasserie with a menu fit for all ages. We sat on their outdoor patio space as the weather that morning was unbeatable. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to explore the sites of D.C. Bastille has a European ambiance with the warmth of southern hospitality.
The waitstaff at Bastille was so genuine and attentive, but appropriately so. If a manual were to be written that highlighted quality service at a restaurant, it would quote Bastille throughout. Every staff member we met was so vigilant and personable. During our visit, we enjoyed Le Dejeuner, a Three Course Prix Fixe for $29 that includes one hors d’oeuvres, soup or salad, one sandwich or plat, and one dessert.