Hometown favorites: the food edition—Powered by Localeur


We’re kicking off an exciting partnership with Localeur, a startup that provides the most authentic local’s guide to the best places to eat, drink and play in major U.S. cities. Since 2013, Localeur has helped more than 1 million travelers experience local by sharing thousands of credible, curated recommendations, as suggested by verified locals. As New York’s Hometown Airline, and with Localeur as our content partner, we’re sharing authentic tips on the best ways to experience New York like us locals—one meal, one shop, one block at a time. Here’s a taste of the places Localeurs love to eat in the New York metro area:

Cherche Midi – Nolita

“Love French food in a beautiful space? Cherche Midi has you covered. Whether you’re a carnivore or a pescetarian, you’ll find a selection of yummy plates such as salad niçoise and filet mignon au poivre.” — as recommended by New York local Tracy Kaler

Cherche Midi
Cherche Midi, photo courtesy of Localeur

Redfarm – Upper West Side (sister location in West Village)

“The Uptown annex of Ed Schoenfeld and Joe Ng’s West Village homage to Chinese cooking, Redfarm isn’t your typical Americanized Chinese food – no General Tso’s chicken found here. Instead, relish in delectable dim sum, Pac-Man dumplings, shrimp-stuffed chicken, grilled and marinated Creekstone Farms rib steak, and soft and crunchy vegetable fried rice.” — as recommended by New York local Brandon Perlman

RedFarm, photo courtesy of Localeur

Melba’s – Harlem

“Melba’s chicken and waffles laid the smack down on Bobby Flay, and the bar pours a stiff cocktail and might even be filled with locals singing R&B on Open Mic Night! Get the turkey meatloaf. You’ll thank me later.” — as recommended by New York local Yvahn Martin

Melba Restaurant
Melba, photo courtesy of Localeur

Empellon Cocina – East Village

“Once you have a bite of Alex Stupak’s innovative tacos at Empellon Cocina or Empellon Taqueria, you will rethink your shortsighted ‘only Mexicans can serve me carnitas’ ways. Stock up on the salsas, too, because you won’t settle for any old pico de gallo after you try the smoked cashew salsa and wash it down with a flaming mezcal cocktail.” — as recommended by New York local Stephanie Cain

Empellon Cocina
Empellon Cocina, photo courtesy of Localeur

The Breslin – NoMad

“When your dinner party is between eight and 12 people, try to book the chef’s table at The Breslin. Chose your entrée: suckling pig, rib of beef, balsamic roasted duck or the curry feast. It’ll come with sides and dessert. A hip restaurant with great food and an ambiance that can be described as something out of a hipster’s wet dream, make reservations well in advance.” — as recommended by New York local Ericka Mitton

The Breslin
The Breslin, photo courtesy of Localeur

Barney Greengrass – Upper West Side

“One hundred years strong, Barney Greengrass is a must-visit on the Upper West Side. Dubbed ‘The Sturgeon King’, Barney’s is the place to go for smoked fish specialties like (yes) sturgeon and also lox, nova, whitefish, sable, and more…not to mention herring. And their pastrami salmon. Just don’t take too long to order – part of the charm is that old-school New York attitude.” — as recommended by New York local Marni Wandner

Barney Greengrass
Barney Greengrass, photo courtesy of Localeur