Ivan Ramen, Clinton Street New York.
Ivan Ramen, Clinton Street New York.
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Shopping and wandering around art galleries are good reasons, as is lying on a beach. But eating has to be a standout reason to travel — and surely the ultimate way to get to know a place and its people. With a little help from some of our gastronomically inclined, jet-setting friends, we put together a list of restaurants you should head to next. Some are fancy, some are street — all are exceptional.

First up, New York, from the tastebuds of Sylvia McKeown:

1. COSME

Long before she was crowned best female chef by this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, there were whispers among the food community that Daniela Soto-Innes was changing the food landscape. Her focus on celebrating the best of Mexico in a simple, modern manner has transformed famed Mexican chef Enrique Olvera’s NY flagship restaurant into nothing short of a food-pilgrimage destination for the epicurean-minded traveller. Expect simply plated food with mind-blowing flavours at a price that won’t make your wallet cry. Miss the mole and the cornhusk meringue and you will weep, however. cosmenyc.com

Crab infladita Kelt T at Cosme.
Crab infladita Kelt T at Cosme.
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Cosme.
Cosme.
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Razor clam at Cosme.
Razor clam at Cosme.
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2. IVAN RAMEN

The cool kids will tell you that Momofuku noodle bar is the way to go — it is fantastic, sure — but David Chang’s quick ramen stock just doesn’t quite hit the culinary heights that chef Ivan Orkin is able to muster. Hell, the man was crowned the maker of the best ramen in Japan itself. Quick, delicious, and easily the best noodles in town. ivanramen.com

Ivan Ramen.
Ivan Ramen.
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• From the August edition of Wanted 2019.

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