Between New York City, Boston and Quebec City, there is a trifecta of gastronomical prowess. Each city has its own twist on cuisine, so pulling up a chair at each is simply a requisite for fully appreciating the culture. Senior travel groups on Northeast Tours can experience the best meals on the Atlantic Coast with selections ranging from Japanese sushi bars to modern American to Jewish delicatessens. Sifting through the best of the best from The New York Times, Boston Magazine, Fodor's Travel, Time Out, Open Table and TripAdvisor, here are the most titillating restaurants in each city:
O Ya: This Japanese restaurant, located in the Leather District, is a must-visit for seniors celebrating special occasions. From the oyster to the truffles to the waygu beef, the award-winning chefs stir things up right.
B&G Oysters: No visit to Boston is complete without a spoonful of clam chowder. B&G Oysters, the winner of "Best Chowder in Boston" in 2013 by Boston Magazine, mixes a heavy distribution of top-neck clams with bacon lardons, flaky pastries coated with paprika, clam juice and white wine as well as black pepper to make for the most beautiful bowl in the city.
Brine: Senior travel groups that enjoy diving into something new should try Brine, which is billed as New England's first oyster, crudo and chops bar. Here they can dine on prime rib-eye steaks, crudo dressed with vinaigrette and even indulge in caviar service.
The Blue Room: Set the alarm for Sunday brunch at The Blue Room, which has been serving the weekend buffet for more than 20 years. Under the spatula of new chef Robert Grant, all dishes excel, whether they are scrambled eggs or fresh salads. Guests can start their morning right with a healthy smoothie, or can end their night with the chocolate ganache tarts at the pastry table that are nothing short of tempting.
New York City
Betony: At Betony, critically acclaimed as one of The New York Times' "Best Restaurants in 2013," visitors indulge in lunch and dinner with a fruitful wine list. The grilled short rib is a crowd favorite as is the foie gras bonbons cashew. This modern American restaurant, heralded by the former executive sous chef of Eleven Madison Park, Bryce Shuman, wines and dines in an 85-seat dining room and 35-seat bar and lounge.
Uncle Boons: Explore modern twists on recipes from Thailand at Uncle Boons. If seniors love chile soup, they may be blown away by one of the best bowls on the coast here, according to The New York Times. There are small plates to devour and large plates to split - the crispy duck leg in broth with caramelized tangerine is a particular hit.
Katz's Delicatessen: As Time Out New York puts it, some of the best New York restaurants are Jewish delis. Katz's Delicatessen is among them, boasting big bites for small prices. The thickly sliced corned beef comes sandwiched between fresh rye bread with a colorful array of pickles on the side.
Tamarind Tribeca: Tamarind Tribeca draws food from all corners of India with chicken tikka masala, lamb appetizer and pillowy naan. Newly situated on Hudson Street downtown, this restaurant offers a giant menu sure to satiate any and all palates. There is also a lengthy tea selection, for those who come between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
L'entrecote Saint-Jean: Although steak frites (steak with fries) is on the menu all around town, no place does it quite like L'entrecote Saint-Jean. L'entrecote is a type of sirloin cut, typically long and relatively thin. It'll come drizzled with the restaurant's signature peppery sauce.
Le Continental: Le Continental is synonymous with first-class dining. Prepare for king crab legs, filet mignon beef and seasoned shrimps, only to be topped off by the dessert of delicious crepes and pears in Pernod. The tab for this elegant restaurant gets expensive at night, so if travelers wish to save some money, they might want to go during lunch hours.
Panache: Paris-born chef Louis Pacquelin is the star in the kitchen of Panache. Pacquelin, who recommends trying Cipate for visitors' affordable travel tours, has worked at Michelin-acclaimed restaurants before stirring up locally sourced ingredients with contemporary cuisine at this establishment. The four-diamond shop is famous for its wine cellar and affords a delightful view of the St. Lawrence River.
Le Lapin Saute: When it's warm outside, the patio at Le Lapin Saute is filled. The chefs at this romantic eatery use the best local produce to create a diverse menu, including sandwich rabbit and cream cheese, vol-au-vent with salmon, trout and prawns, and duck casserole. Coffee and tea are included.