Five Of Obama’s Favourite Eats in NYC

Heading to New York anytime soon? We have a few of the former President’s favourite local haunts, and if it’s good enough for Obama, it’s good enough for us (and you).


81 Thompson Street New York City

Obtaining a table at this Italian eatery is no easy feat unless you are the former President. Created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick, Carbone pays homage to the Italian-American restaurants of the mid-20th century in New York. Obama has eaten at Carbone more than twice and seems to favour the double lamb chops.


345 Park Avenue South New York City

Dining with Bono and Michelle Obama, chef Justin Smillie has brought contemporary California cooking to New York City. The menu offers a wide assortment of starters, entrees and sides, all with an urban touch. Tucking into a West-Coast style burger may be a sin to New Yorker’s but to the former President, it was everything but.

Emilio’s Ballato

55 E Houston Street, New York City

Nolita is known for great Italian comfort food and its first come first serve rule. Cold winter nights are perfect for dining where Malia and her father caught a bite before attending the theatre. The tiramisu was a presidential choice, and what better way to talk about all things presidential than over two spoons rummaging through a tiramisu.


35 E 21st Street, New York City

No wall, just some authentic Mexican. Obama and his family feasted on the short rib and all things Mexican in the Flatiron district. Cosme is known to be a trendy foodie spot, where duck carnitas for two will set one back $89US.

Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th Street, New York City

A Friday lunch, Michelin star eatery is Presidential worthy. One of America’s most beloved eateries, one can enjoy the contemporary American cuisine prepared by Chef Michael Anthony and his deliberate seasonal dishes. There are two distinct dining options, The tavern and the Dining Room. The tavern, is casual, walk in walk out option and the Dining room provides tasting menus and a fixed price for anyone looking for a little more.

So tick them off, and stay tuned for more of Obama’s favourite eats.