Passing through New York, especially in autumn, presents no problems finding entertainment or delicious foods. The city is alive and open to guests and diners, and the additional outdoor dining spaces make it better than ever, sitting on the roadside watching the leaves flutter down the avenues.
Still, a recommendation or two never hurts, and as one of our consultants recently passed through the West Village en route to the Hamptons, here are the stops she made for excellent food and wine.
Casa Restaurant: Bursting with bold Brazilian flavors and precious country tables in the new outdoor dining space, Casa was the perfect spot for an afternoon snack of yuca fries and a passionfruit caipirinha.
Via Carota: Tricky to get into, but worth the effort, Via Carota is a foodie’s destination in the West Village. Vegetarian-friendly, with plenty to please the carnivores, chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi bring Old Italian to a modern standard with flavorful dishes like charred leeks and fennel, cavoletti with Brussels sprouts and walnuts, smoked ricotta tortelli, plus decadent desserts and cocktails.
Sea Grape Wine Shop: This wine shop is everything New York shopping should be, packed full of both the accessible and the truly unique, and frequented by all the West Villagers. The management is knowledgeable and friendly, prepared to make recommendations whatever the occasion.
S&S Corner Shop: You’ll find this little gem nestled into the woods of Springs, New York, just shy of East Hampton. The coffee is exquisite, with plenty of handmade and local items to peruse while waiting for a cortado.
Springs General Store: Quirky and quintessentially New York in the country, the general store is a morning ritual for many locals. There are bagels on-hand, pantry items from local creators, and even jars of five-cent candy.
Moby’s: For upscale atmosphere in the off-season, Moby’s is the spot. Seafood and vegetable offerings pair perfectly with the delicious wood-fired pizzas. There are heavy entrees available for hungrier guests, and plenty of custom cocktails for the thirsty. Designed to seamlessly float between outdoor and indoor spaces, Moby’s combines all the best of the Hamptons with plenty of class and the splendor of nature.
Rita Cantina: This Mexican establishment is hidden in a Springs neighborhood and promises to remain open in the off-season so long as there are locals to feed. There are special margaritas on the menu every night and the meal portions are tremendous. Dollar oysters draws the crowd in, and the rich use of house made sauces and cheeses in every dish is worth lingering over.
Clam Bar: Clear out off an Amagansett highway, Clam Bar is the idyllic seafood dive. Bask in the sunlight for an early lunch of locally-caught seafood, from clams and oysters to lobster rolls and breaded fishes; then wash it down with a crispy drink from Montauk Brewery.
Crow’s Nest: Even more than the Hamptons, Montauk is now the place to be, as evidenced by the sensational restaurants popping up along the still waters of the East End. Stop for a chilled wine at the outdoor bar before dinner, then mosey up to the intimate dining rooms for Middle Eastern-inspired dishes coupled with the local catch of the day.
Duryea’s: The penultimate in seafood dining in Montauk, Duryea’s is the spot locals know and the place the visitors are hoping to get into. If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat on the western patio, you’ll watch the sun sink below the very waters from which your meal comes.
Enjoy fall and dine out often to support your local businesses!