By Christopher A. Pape
Below are three restaurants that several Resident staff members have eaten at and endorse. From Greek, Latin and romantic dining, we’ve got it covered. And I’m sure that you will agree that all are delicious and worthy of praise. Try for yourself and we know you won’t be disappointed!
With a chic space that encourages courageous, daring cuisine, The Pan-American is on everyone’s radar. By serving honest, locally-sourced ingredients they have won of a legion of fans. The uniqueness of The Pan American’s concept is evident in each of the dishes that are presented. But truly it is the combination of sleek, sexy interior with thoughtful, delicious food that makes for a homerun.
We loved the tableside guacamole and grilled octopus and squid with Peruvian potatoes, piquillo, serano ham and ancho vinaigrette. But our favorite was the stuffed jalapeños with spicy berry jam. It was both sweet and hot and exotic in its look and taste. It was a true winner.
202 Mott St
New York, NY 10012
Yefsi, a Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side, is brand new to the area and is already causing a stir with its innovative and delicious food. Chef/Owner Christos Christou had found his passion in truly home-style Greek cuisine. Greek dining is as social an experience as it is culinary. Influenced by his travels throughout the Greek Isles to gain inspiration Chef Christou has brought back classics like zucchini croquettes with Feta and Kefalograviera cheese with fresh herbs on a bed of caper yogurt sauce to grilled Cypriot cheese with tomatoes, onions and cucumber relish in a citrus vinaigrette.
1481 York Ave
New York, NY 10075
With stunning views, sophisticated décor and excellent food Water’s Edge in Long Island City is a shining star of Queens County. With a fresh new menu and a view of Manhattan that will break one’s heart, the restaurant can’t be beat. My words might give you a suggestion of the impact Water’s Edge will have on you, but you really have to experience it in-person to really know the wonder and excitement that is Water’s Edge. Perfect for a celebration or romantic night, Water’s Edge will satisfy all needs from culinary to atmospheric.
We enjoyed many of the dishes here including: tuna tartar with endive and a lemon-ginger vinaigrette and panko crusted oysters with guacamole and a red pepper reduction. The wine program was just as strong and combined with the view made for a spectacular evening.
401 44th Drive
Queens, NY 11101