Donna Hay's Five Favorite Restaurants Across the U.S.:
- John Dory Oyster Bar - New York, NY - "If I'm catching up with a girlfriend, I like to drop in to the John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel, as it's perfect for a glass of Champagne and grazing on shared plates, which is the way I love to eat, trying little bits of everything. Their crudo is to die for -- so delicious and elegant."
- Rouge Tomate - New York, NY - "For a quick business lunch, I'll pop into Rouge Tomate near Central Park. I prefer a light meal in the middle of the day, so this is perfect. I love their focus on organic and biodynamic food and wine... and the way chef Jeremy Bearman and his team handle ingredients with care. Plus the sommelier is a real dynamo."
- Chelsea Market - New York, NY - "You can't beat Chelsea Market for a little treat and I'll always try and stop by if I'm in NYC. My guilty pleasure is a Fat Witch brownie and a milkshake from Ronnybrook Dairy. In summer, I'll always visit People's Pops -- their popsicle flavours are amazing."
- Balthazar - New York, NY - "I know it's a classic, but no one does French-style bistro quite like Keith McNally at Balthazar. Even after all these years, I love the romance of that place, even if I'm just popping in for coffee or a proper steak and frites with some friends."
- Russ & Daughters - New York, NY - "If I happen to find myself down on the Lower East Side, I make a point of buying the best bagel with cream cheese and lox in the world at Russ & Daughters. I love the old-fashioned service, the serious men in their coats and bow ties carefully slicing salmon. It reminds me of another era."
Check out Hay's latest cookbook 'Fresh and Light', which serves up a blend of recipes with fresh ingredients, pantry staples, power foods and a few personal tricks. On sale April 8.
For more tasty chef recommendations, check out "My Five Favorite Restaurants in the U.S", where James Beard winners, Top Chefs, Iron Chefs all sound off on their top eateries.