In case you weren't aware, we're huge fans of Burton Snowboards. So much so, that we convinced them to partner with us on our 2016 NYC Cold Weather Survival Guide, which covers all things beanies, burgers, cozy restaurants, winter bars, and ramen. Check it out. We're honored today to have Burton's founder pick restaurants for us, especially since this is the 40th-year celebration of the brand.
For as long as they can they can remember, Burton Snowboards founder Jake Burton Carpenter, and his wife, Burton Snowboards CEO Donna Carpenter, have been about a life full of good food and good company. As former New Yorkers, these two know how to pick a good restaurant for pre, during, or after party. When they aren't chasing snow with their family and friends, they are ruling the snow category with premium product and a strong brand legacy. Check out their greatest hits edition of Friday Fives below, and get to your closest Burton store or dealer to see this season's collection.
The Dutch feels like a cozy neighborhood bistro, but with world-class food and service. Chef Jason Hua and many of his crew are avid snowboarders, and we love to surprise them with a sampling of the latest Burton T-shirts from our Soho store. We always start off with what we call the" Tower of power" (they call "Prince Platter"): a skyscraper of oysters, clams, lobster and other crazy fresh stuff from the sea. The entrees are comfort food with an ethnic twist - we love the hangar steak with kimchi fried rice. And though we're not usually big dessert eaters, we always save room for pastry chef Summer Bailey's homemade creations.
Rubirosa is a bustling, rustic, family-run Italian American restaurant serving the best thin crust pizza this side of the Atlantic; crunchy with just the right amount of chewiness. The pizza with sausage and broccoli rabe is "to-die-for," somehow sweet, bitter, salty and cheesy all at the same time. We also back a side of meatballs for the table!
We remember when we first discovered this oasis of killer late-night food and realized we would never have to settle for mediocre diner food after midnight again. We love hitting concerts and sporting events whenever we're in New York, and the fact that afterward we can enjoy an exceptional meal with a big posse or just the two of us. Cheese fondue at 2am doesn't suck!
While Nello has become a chi-chi, "see-and-be-seen," ridiculously priced Upper East Side restaurant, we've actually been loyal customers for decades. It all started when we were in the neighborhood looking for a special meal, but we also had three young rowdy boys in tow. When the maître d' treated our young thugs as if they were young Italian princes, we were hooked. You must start with a Bellini, their signature Champagne cocktail and the chicken soup will bring tears to your eyes. And If you have a couple extra hunji burning a hole in your pocket, they will throw fresh truffles on just about anything at a price.
If we ever need a real New York "fix" we head to Katz's, New York's quintessential Jewish delicatessen. Yes, it's crowded and feels a little like a high school cafeteria, but you seriously can't beat the monster, melt-in-your-mouth Reuben sandwich with spicy mustard and a side sour pickle. It's not cheap, so be damn sure they give you a taste of the suggested meat for your sandwich before you commit. It's part of the process. And if anyone is running a cold or flu, the chicken soup to-go will nurse you back to health. If you are feeling philanthropic, they can can assist you in 'sending a salami to a boy in the army' at your expense, a tradition in the Katz family since World War II.