AALS Foodie Travel Guide: New York City

AALS is going to be in New York City this year, and I can’t wait. I used to live in New York City when I taught at Seton Hall Law School. For the fellow foodies among us, I thought I’d recommend a few of my favorite restaurants and food destinations:

modern2a.bmpThe Modern

9 West 53rd Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

(212) 333-1220

Located next door to the Museum of Modern Art, The Modern is an amazing visual and culinary experience. It has a beautiful bar and a wonderful view of the museum’s gardens. The food is creative and consistently wonderful. I typically get the tasting menu, and every course is a winner. The service is attentive without being intrusive. This place is as close to perfection as you can get.


65 E. 55th St. (near Madison Ave.)

(212) 593-0287

Aquavit‘s Scandinavian fare is spectacular. I never knew herring could be so good until I tried the amazing herring dish, in which herring comes in several varieties and preparations. It comes with a small glass of beer and an aquavit (a flavored liquor drink). All of the seafood is wonderful.

sushi-yasuda1.bmpSushi Yasuda

204 East 43rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

(212) 972-1001

Sushi Yasuda is my favorite sushi restaurant in NYC. For sushi, it is better than the famed Nobu (which although famous for sushi, stands out more for its tapas-style small seafood dishes). And unlike Nobu, the reservationist at Yasuda actually picks up the phone! Chef Yasuda is a sushi purist (no dragon rolls or spider rolls here), but his sushi is all remarkably fresh and creamy. He doesn’t just offer tuna or salmon or eel, but has scores of different kinds of each type of fish, caught from all over the world. The best thing to do is get a seat at the sushi bar with Chef Yasuda himself, who will tell you the life story of every fish and take you on a sushi-tasting adventure like no other. Beware, though, that the sushi slides down your throat more easily than a scoop of pudding, and you’ll quickly lose track about how much you’ve eaten, to the chagrin of your dean.


2165 Broadway (between 76th and 77th Street)

New York, NY 10024

(646) 290-7233

The best gelato I’ve tasted outside of Europe. Imagine if you could condense all the creaminess and yumminess of ice cream into a concentrated dose half the size, and then you can begin to imagine what this tastes like.

zabars.pngZabar’s + H&H Bagels

80th & Broadway

The best bagel and lox combination is a hot H&H bagel with fresh Nova from Zabar’s. Don’t get the prepackaged lox — be sure to order it from the counter. And then go across the street to H&H to get your hot bagel.

Other recommendations: Babbo, Eleven Madison Park, Union Pacific, Bolo, Le Bernadin, Fresh, Craft, Nobu, Tabla, Tomoe Sushi

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3 Responses

  1. Alitta says:

    New York will be crowded on New Year i guess

  2. Jeff Lipshaw says:

    While H&H is a bagel favorite, if you are on the east side of midtown, try our favorite bagel emporium in New York, Ess-a-Bagel, on Third Avenue, I think between 50th and 51st Streets (on the east side of the street).

  3. Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House

    157 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002

    nr. Delancey St.


    If you can find it, you can eat there.