What to Eat Now in NYC With John Beatty


What to eat in NYC? That’s the perennial question on the minds of guests and locals alike. We asked Culinary Director John Beatty of Lexington Brass here at Hotel 48LEX about his favorite places to eat in NYC right now, as well as what’s new on the menu at Lexington Brass. Read on to take a bite out of the Big Apple.

What do you think people are looking for in a New York restaurant?

I think people are looking for an experience. They are not only looking for amazing food, executed at the highest level, but to be entertained as well. They want to feel like they’re a part of the show.

What’s something that every visitor to New York has to eat in 2019?

The cold fried chicken at David Chang’s Momofuku Ko (8 Extra Pl., 212-203-8095). Or the peking duck at Red Farm (529 Hudson St., 212-792-9700).

What’s your favorite thing to order on the menu at Lexington Brass?

It’s hard to choose just one. It’s a close tie between my top three favorites: the potato-chip-crusted calamari, the tuna tartare tacos, and the spicy vegan tempura cauliflower. Each has the perfect blend of flavors and textures that will keep you coming back for more.

Is there anything new on the menu at Lexington Brass that visitors and locals should know about?

There are so many dishes to talk about! We’re constantly elevating the menu and looking for ways to bring our guests new, authentic dining experiences. Most recently, we started serving a brown rice and organic chicken bowl with avocado, sun-ripened tomatoes, and a crispy Scotch egg on top. We also added a new chicken paillard, topped with a mouth-watering chicken jus, frisse, and shaved pecorino. And with warm weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time to try our new butter-poached lobster cobb salad with sweet-corn puree, crispy pancetta, avocado, and a charred-tomato vinaigrette.

Ready to start your culinary journey in NYC? Book direct at Hotel 48LEX New York for our best available rate — and to enjoy complimentary breakfast and more at Lexington Brass.