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Sampling EatWith: a local dinner with a killer view!

Sampling EatWith: a local dinner with a killer view!

My most memorable meals around the world have rarely been in a restaurant. Instead, I reminisce about sitting down on the ground with a Jordanian family for hummus and upside-down chicken, a picnic of champagne and cheese on the banks of the Seine, an Australian friend making me “kanga-bangas” (kangaroo sausage!) on my very first night in Sydney. Even in New York City–the world’s capital of bars and restaurants and cafes and any excuse to get out of your tiny apartment–I adore supper clubs, dinner parties, tiny courtyard BBQs with my foodie friends who don’t mind cramming into a small space as long as there’s plenty of wine.

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

So when EatWith contacted me, I was immediately intrigued: it’s sort of like AirBnB, but for dinner parties. It’s a global community that invites travelers to dine in homes around the world: the ultimate way to connect with locals, share stories and enjoy homemade cuisine. And I figured why wait to travel–there are plenty of “local” cuisines in New York that I’m not even familiar with! So I invited my friend Kate along to sample Indian Tapas in Shuchi’s home, and it was about a thousand times more fun that our standard happy hour in West Village.

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

First of all: the view! One of the big reasons that I booked with Shuchi was her promise of an amazing sunset view (I have no excuses other than an addiction to Instagram), and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I was also intrigued by the concept of Indian tapas. I love curries and naan, but Indian food often seems so heavy and so traditional: it was fun to be able to experience an innovative take on Shuchi’s heritage.

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

As soon as we arrived in Shuchi’s high-rise, it felt like it was going to be a fun night! Even though the meal was BYOB–she sent out an email with a few wine recommendations–Shuchi had these adorable little shots of rum and peach juice waiting for us.

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

As we waited for the other guests to arrive, we snacked on these sweet-and-savory Triscuits and sipped on cucumber water.

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

It was fun to hear more about Shuchi’s journey as a banker-turned-personal-chef while we snapped countless photos of the incredible views. The other guests ended up being two young girls from Sweden, a couple from Spain and two other New Yorkers!

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

Instead of formally sitting down to eat, Shuchi served the small plates one at a time as we sipped our wine in the living room. First course: spaghetti salad!

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

Second course: chicken pakodi. My favorite dish of the night!

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

Third course: bread poha!

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

Not a bad view for a random Thursday night.

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

The dessert was a cardamom panna cotta with a tiny Indian donut. Such a creative twist on the traditional Italian dessert! Bonus: by the end of the night, it felt like we were just hanging out with friends.

Indian Tapas with Shuchi, EatWith New York City

Overall: we had such a fun night and a delicious meal, and I would recommend Shuchi (and EatWith!) in a heartbeat. Shuchi has a bunch of upcoming dinners if you’re in the New York City area–it’s worth it just for the view, let alone the food! I’m already researching EatWith options in Istanbul: it’s such an easy way to connect with locals and enjoy a homemade meal.

Have you ever tried EatWith? Would you ever consider it? I think it would be perfect for solo travelers to meet other travelers, too! 

Note: EatWith kindly offered me and a friend a complimentary meal, but all opinions are my own. 

  • I’m big fan of EatWith. But if you ever come down to Atlanta, we have a place that specializes in Indian tapas and street food. It’s so amazing. It’s called ChaiPani. I could eat there all day, every day.

    Also, that view is gorgeous!

  • HippieInHeels

    I would love to try this way of having dinner! I haven’t even had INidan tapas in India in 2 years!

  • wow! what a cool idea!! I’m headed to Charlotte tonight and I booked an airbnb….maybe I should go one step further and see if there are any EatWith in the area. =)

    And that VIEW!

  • I’ve heard of EatWith, but I haven’t had the opportunity to do it. I love the idea though, and it’s certainly something I’d want to try at least once.

  • Naomi Todd

    That is just such a simple concept but a great idea, I would love to try that!

  • This is a cool idea! And a question for you, looking through the archives…have you been able to calm the urge moving back overseas? I was in London for a year and have moved back to States somewhat recently. I like hear from other people that have done the same!

  • camorose

    Oh! That sounds delicious–definitely need to get to Atlanta soon too!

  • camorose

    Yes! It seems like a pretty innovative concept!

  • camorose

    Yes! I swear–this one is worth it just for the view. The delicious food is such an added bonus!

  • camorose

    Yes! You should–it’s super fun!

  • camorose

    Yes–I loved it!

  • camorose

    I still daydream about moving back to Australia just about every day…soooo not really!

  • Rebecca and the World

    What an awesome idea!! Can you sign up if you’re just a visitor to a city and not a resident? I’d love to do this when I visit NYC next 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s actually more meant for tourists than residents–super easy to use 🙂

  • oh, my dear! you find the neatest of gems in this city (and world) of ours. your curiosity is one of my favorite things in reading your entries! it’s like you spend your time upturning rocks, carrying secret knowledge of all the diamonds lying underneath that are just waiting for someone patient enough to look. thanks for sharing them!

  • camorose

    You’re the sweetest 🙂

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  • Come join my table sometime!:)
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  • Yep! It’s my twist on classic homemade Indian dishes. Give it a try if in NYC!
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