New York state is home to far more than just Manhattan. Chefs are learning to love upstate New York as well as the boroughs, like Brooklyn and Queens. Even outside of the city you can find unique dining experiences. Hop on the Metro-North and explore the Hudson Valley.
In Harlem, Ayala’s desserts reign supreme. I had a great time in her tiny kitchen learning how to make what she calls a “pudgie.” I can see why she attracts so much attention from people throughout the city. It’s completely worth the trek. Get there early to get a seat at her communal table, or grab some dangerously delicious desserts to go.
Ben Grossman and Craig Samuel are no strangers to Brooklyn. They’re the masters of Southern comfort food and know just how to please the neighborhood and stay cutting-edge. Their ever-changing drink list can set up the evening for a culinary adventure in Brooklyn. You can’t go wrong with Grandma’s meatloaf!
Named after its location in Rye, New York, you would never expect to find such amazing Cajun food north of New York City. The guys at Rye Roadhouse took great care of me, as they do all of their patrons. This is a great spot to try some new dishes and hang out with the locals.
Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery
New York is the second largest apple producer in the country, so hard cider makes sense. Warwick Valley Distillery makes all-natural wines, brandies, liqueurs and hard ciders. They prepare the ciders and brandies on-site. It’s great for a tour of the orchards and the machinery, followed by a tasting.
Hudson River Fishing Charters
Captain Steve takes his charters on a fantastic fishing adventure. In Long Island Sound, Lil’ Mo’ Fishin’ can bring you out to enjoy New York’s more natural state. As with all boating trips, you have to get up early in the cold to hit the peaceful seas. Patience is key when aboard Lil’ Mo’ Fishin’, but it pays off when you catch a large bass.
OddFellows Ice Cream
This new small-batch “hipster” ice cream company cranks out unusual flavors in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Many Southern favorites appear on their menu, like maple bacon, tobacco leaf-smoked chili huckleberry, and buttermilk biscuit. You’ll never look at dessert the same way again after you’ve been to Brooklyn.
Tune in to a new episode of Road Trip with G. Garvin G. Garvin tonight at 9pm | 8c to watch me hit the best New Southern food in New York.