New York Dining: Bobby Flay Dishes on His Favorite Spots
This story first appeared in the May 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
The star of Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay-- who gained fame with the late Southwestern showcase Mesa Grill and whose Mediterranean-minded Gato (324 Lafayette St.) opened in March, his first new spot in the city in nearly a decade -- grew up in Manhattan and developed his culinary chops working for such New York chefs as Joe Allen and Jonathan Waxman. The chef slings the hash on everything from his pizza and doughnut go-tos to the location of his 2005 wedding to actress Stephanie March.
ABC Cocina: A very fresh take on modern Latin food.
38 E. 19th St.
Balthazar: When I want a steak frites or coq au vin, I go to Balthazar.
80 Spring St.
Buddakan: When I was growing up, Sunday dinner was at a fancy Chinese restaurant, but they're mostly gone. Although Buddakan is obviously newer, it does an amazing job. With the exception of Chinatown, a much more authentic experience, if I want a delicious Peking duck, I go there.
75 Ninth Ave.
Daniel: I got married at Daniel -- the ultimate in four-star dining.
60 E. 65th St.
Doughnut Plant: I come out of the subway, and it stares me in the face. Do I keep walking or head in? I don't always win that war.
JG Melon: The catalyst for me opening my own Bobby's Burger Palaces. It's so simple and perfect. Not a chef-driven burger, just a great burger.
1291 Third Ave.
Marea: Italian seafood in the highest style. When I want really refined fish.
240 Central Park S.
Masa: If you can go once a year, it's just amazing.
10 Columbus Circle
Mighty Quinn's Barbeque: The best barbecue in New York.
103 Second Ave.
Momofuku Ssam Bar: David Chang's pork buns have become iconic, but you can also order a whole pig ahead of time. It's Asian with a downtown New York feel to it.
207 Second Ave.
Morandi: I go here more than any other restaurant on the list. It's a long walk from my apartment, but my wife and I like to go for lunch, brunch or dinner.
211 Waverly Place
Motorino: Neapolitan-style big pies with giant blistered crusts. I get the brussels sprouts and the soppressata.
349 E. 12th St.
Roberta's: Order the Bee Sting pizza. I'm addicted to it. It's got this hot-sweet thing.
261 Moore St.
Wolfgang's: When I want a steak on a Sunday night, it's where I go. It feels like old New York.
409 Greenwich St.