10 NYC Restaurant Picks

Doing the New York staycation? There are NYC spots to be tried, especially the ones Food Network’s Michael Symon suggests. Who is Michael you may ask? Let’s throw back to our interview…

Michael Symon is a meat guy, not a meat and potatoes guy. He wants us to know he pairs lean and fat, and the chef himself is a surprising contrast. On Iron Chef, Symon hopes for suckling pig and dreads tofu, yet he’s the same chef who will only cook ribeye with acidic dishes like zucchini with lemon or grilled peaches with jalapeno. A Food Network favorite since 1998, Symon is known for his bold soulful flavors and infectious laugh, which even in an interview was hard to resist. Changing the face of the Cleveland dining scene, Symon started with the opening of nationally acclaimed restaurant Lola, where he served food till 2:00 AM and proved that Cleveland could very well host one of America’s hottest food spots. You can catch Symon discussing mouth watering favorites on Best Thing I Ever Ate, or dominating on Iron Chef.  Now, Symon shares recipes and cooking advice with legendary chefs like Mario Batali on ABC’s first food talk show, The Chew.