These are Fred’s favorite places in New York City

Fred van Eijk founder of Travel Counselors was recently back in New York and listed his favorite places and new discoveries to eat in Manhattan, Long Island City and Williamsburg, Brooklyn for Tourist Information.

In New York you can eat non-stop and I’m not talking about fast food and burgers. Authentic cuisines, innovative dishes and restaurants you never want to leave. That’s The Big Apple.

The best Japanese restaurants in New York

Soba Totto

In the middle of Manhattan near Grand Central Station and pleasantly busy during lunch and after office hours. Tasty and wonderful dishes, fast service and known for its roast meat, fish, vegetable or tofu skewers. Have a slice at the bar and watch the chefs grill the tastiest dishes on charcoal. (211 E 43rd Street)


In the heart of Chelsea and surrounded by art galleries. The dishes are also true works of art. An experience. (207 10th Avenue)

Takumen Japanese Izakaya & Noodles

A neighborhood cafe as an authentic Japanese eatery in Long Island City, which is becoming increasingly trendy. Very affordable and tasty and fun to sit with the locals and feast on the fresh dishes. (5-50 50th Avenue, Long island City)

French food in NYC


I will name only one, but immediately the very best and most fun. Buvette is a French party in the West Village. Also more than fine for a snack and a drink during your discovery walk through this vibrant district. (42 Grove Street)

If you don’t go to New York, don’t worry. Much closer to home in Paris you will also find a Buvette. You can also go to Tokyo.

The tastiest Mexican cuisines according to Fred

Enrique House

A fantastic restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere in Long Island City. Extremely tasty. Famous in the Michelin guide, but still affordable. (5-48 49th Avenue, Long Island City)

Enjoy Italian in New York

Via Carrot

You don’t get any more authentic. The passion of the owners drips off. Close to Buvette and therefore also in the attractive West Village. (51 Grove Street)

And recently across the street and from the same owners: Bar Pisellino, for coffee, sandwiches, tasty snacks and cocktails.

10 Corso Como

Made famous in Milan and now also present in New York in the up and coming Seaport District. A mix of excellent food and drink, modern designer shopping, art, culture, lifestyle and music. (200 Front Street)

Delicious American food

Red Rooster

Always a joy to be here in the heart of Harlem. Especially the Monday evening with compelling, swinging live music. Then try to get a spot at the bar and not in the restaurant. There is also plenty to do on other evenings. DJs in the bar and in the special room Ginny’s Supper Club there are very regular concerts, gospels etc. Check the program at: (310 Malcolm X Blvd)

These NYC restaurants cannot be pigeonholed


A popular local hang out for hipsters in Willamsburg, Brooklyn. Always a good atmosphere. Varied entertainment and a versatile menu from pasta to steak, truffles, seafood and Asian. (45 South 3rd Street, Brooklyn)

The Whitby Hotel

My new favorite place to sleep is The Whitby Hotel in Upper Midtown Manhattan. Only two blocks from Central Park and around the corner from many leading restaurants and museums, such as MoMA. The hotel is surrounded by designer boutiques and department stores and Broadway is also within walking distance. The hotel is an ode to contemporary art and design. The 86 rooms and suites are all unique and designed by Kit Kemp, known for her colorful and carefree design. Each room has gigantic windows with breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Enjoy a cocktail at The Whitby Bar and Restaurant or an extensive Sunday brunch at the Orangery.

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