Padma Lakshmi’s Favorite Spots In NYC & New Orleans (Slideshow)

Padma Lakshmi’s Favorite Spots In NYC & New Orleans

From ABC Kitchen and Barrio Chino in NYC to Bacchanal in New Orleans—scroll through the slideshow above to see sixteen restaurants, bars and markets in New Orleans and New York City that Lakshmi loves to visit.

NEW ORLEANS: Bacchanal Wine

NEW ORLEANS: Bacchanal Wine, 600 Poland Avenue, New Orleans. “There’s a wine store called Bacchanal where you’d just buy your wine and some cheese, then go out back and sit under the trees and it was wonderful. Sounds like a silly little thing, but the atmosphere was just so great. “

NEW ORLEANS: The Maple Leaf

NEW ORLEANS: The Maple Leaf, 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans. “I love the Maple Leaf for listening to music.”

NEW ORLEANS: Café Negril

NEW ORLEANS: Café Negril, 606 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans. “I love the El Salvadoran pupusa stand, in the back of a Jamaican music hall called Café Negril. There were all these random things that were really amazing about the city—you could discover these hidden treasures at every turn.”

NEW YORK: Ganesh Temple Canteen

NEW YORK: Ganesh Temple Canteen, 45-75 Bowne Street, Flushing, New York. “The Best vegetarian Indian food is in Queens in the basement of the Ganesh temple in Flushing.”

NEW YORK: Indochine

NEW YORK: Indochine, 430 Lafayette Street, New York.

NEW YORK: WD-50

NEW YORK: WD-50, 50 Clinton Street, New York.

NEW YORK: Marea

NEW YORK: Marea, 240 Central Park South, New York.

NEW YORK: Marea

NEW YORK: Fonda, 40 Avenue B, New York. “They have a great burger with chili-dusted sweet potato fries which is amazing. And their guac is great.”

NEW YORK: Barrio Chino

NEW YORK: Barrio Chino, 253 Broome Street, New York.

NEW YORK: An Choi

NEW YORK: An Choi, 85 Orchard Street, New York.

NEW YORK: Daniel

NEW YORK: Daniel, 60 East 65th Street, New York. “I like Daniel for old-school glamour—and just because.”

NEW YORK: Essex Street Marke

NEW YORK: Essex Street Market, 120 Essex Street, New York “I love the butcher at Essex Street Market.”

NEW YORK: Artisanal Bistro

NEW YORK: Artisanal Bistro, 2 Park Avenue, New York. “I love the cheese monger at Artisanal.”

NEW YORK: Wild Edibles

NEW YORK: Wild Edibles, 535 Third Avenue, New York. “Wild Edibles is a great place to get fish in the city.”

NEW YORK: Grand Central Station Food Court

NEW YORK: Grand Central Station Food Court, 87 East 42nd Street, New York. “The best samosas are at the Grand Central station food court.”