Let's play a game. It's called "Before Bobby Flay." It's simple, you just come up with things that happened before Bobby Flay happened. We'll start.
- Before Bobby Flay, Jaques Pepin was the youngest guy in food television. He was 68.
- Before Bobby Flay, New Mexico wasn't a state.
- Before Bobby Flay, you thought Romesco was a roll on deodorant.
- Before Bobby Flay, you thought a George Foreman grill was an actual grill.
- Before Bobby Flay, you thought George Foreman was a chef.
- Before Bobby Flay, old ladies around the country weren't afraid to bake cookies because there was nobody to show up at their house, throw down, and show them how not Bobby Flay they are.
- Before Bobby Flay, smoked paprika was a term for drugs.
The point is, before Bobby Flay, food wasn't all that fun. And we've long been believers that the guy doesn't get enough credit for what he's done for food culture, food media, and restaurants in New York City and beyond. So, we asked him to tell us where he eats around New York City. Pay attention, and stop smoking so much paprika. It's gonna ruin your damn life.
Bobby's "Perfect For" Picks
"No menu needed. Porterhouse for 2 or 4, German style hash brown potatoes, creamed spinach and a big bottle of red. Love the Guastavino ceiling."
"Amazing beer list and a knowledgeable & very friendly staff. Bonus – The delicious chicken wings in different flavors. TV’s everywhere. Great for college and pro football watching."
"When a cheeseburger is the only thing that will satisfy your hunger – hands down the best in NYC."
"For a relaxed but bustling experience – I always start with bruschetta with ricotta, hazelnuts and honey – and then – one of the Italian-inspired egg dishes."
"Probably my favorite restaurant in the city – from perfect crudo to pasta with sea urchin, Michael White brings his A-game always to this special Midtowner."