Foodies visiting New York, let Hillary Clinton be your guide.
The day before the critical New York primary, the presidential hopeful and former New York senator served as a guest editor for Thrillist.com, where she named her favorite food and drink spots in the state.
“One of the best parts of representing New York as U.S. Senator was getting to experience everything our big, diverse state has to offer,” Clinton, who has a home in Chappaqua, wrote. “New Yorkers speak every language, come from every continent, and eat every possible kind of food. As I traveled all over the state, I logged a lot of miles and ate a lot of wonderful meals.”
On the her “short, certainly incomplete, and constantly growing list,” is everything from a Syracuse barbecue joint to a Finger Lake winery and three New York City spots.
“Harlem welcomed [my husband] Bill with open arms after he left the White House, and the Red Rooster is one of his beloved go-to restaurants,” Clinton said of the New York City hotspot. “Where else can you get Swedish meatballs, fried chicken, and “Mac & Greens” under one roof, not to mention plenty of vegetable options? If you’re lucky enough to find yourself there on a Sunday, settle in for gospel brunch. Best of all, owner Marcus Samuelsson isn’t just a phenomenal chef – he’s a great guy who promotes healthy eating all over New York City.”
Also, on the New York City list, iconic American chain Hillstone in the Flatiron and Midtown East neighborhoods, which is home to one of former president Bill Clinton’s favorite dishes. “Fact: Hillstone’s veggies burgers are so good, you can’t tell the difference. My vegan husband swears by them,” she said.
And of course, it’s not a piece about New York without a pizza pick. Clinton gives it to family-run DeFrazio’s Pizzeria in Troy, which she called “just about the best pizza around.”
Another favorite family-owned Italian spot: The Savoy in Rome is home to “chicken & artichokes that called my name,” said Clinton. “You might as well plan a trip to Rome, because they won’t give up that recipe no matter what. Trust me, I’ve tried.”
While two ice cream parlor’s made the cut, Mercer’s Dairy in Boonville offers an very unique treat. “Three words: wine ice cream,” Clinton wrote. “Chocolate cabernet, strawberry sparkling, raspberry chardonnay, cherry merlot – you really can’t go wrong.”
Speaking of wine, the lone winery to make the list is Finger Lakes’ Fox Run Vineyards in Penn Yan. ” If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in for a glass of some of New York’s best riesling, a light lunch, and a beautiful view of Seneca Lake,” Clinton advised. “You won’t be disappointed.”
And those visiting Chappaqua, have a good chance of spotting the Clintons at Lange’s Little Store. “Bill’s and my favorite neighborhood spot. The only thing better than the coffee and sandwiches is getting to catch up with all the friends who drift in and out all day long.”
Also getting love from the Democratic presidential hopeful: New York apples. “Fresh apples are one of the few healthy snacks I can’t get enough of,” said Clinton. “I kept a bowl of fresh New York apples on my coffee table in my Senate office, and in my office at the State Department. We even got JetBlue to put them on its flights for a month every year so people from all over the country and all over the world can take a bite out of their own ‘big apple.'”
–Michelle Ward Trainor