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Restaurant Trend Hunting in NYC


Sometimes it’s a dirty job here at Franchise Times, like my current advance work to explore the latest restaurant trends while I’m in New York City next month for the annual International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center. I’m currently scheduled to hang out in a new Manhattan Arby’s, a very urban Paris Baguette, grab some Middle Eastern street food and check out a place called Turntable Chicken Jazz that, by the sounds of it, has to be good.

My Arby’s adventure, checking out one of its newest locations near the Flatiron Building, was the result of my cover story on Arby’s CEO Paul Brown back in October 2015. Like me, Brown’s a big cities and building enthusiast, and I’m excited to see the urban fruits of his team’s efforts firsthand while in town for the show.

Because New York is where most new food trends get started, I’ve done my fair share of reading about what’s hot and interesting in the big city’s food scene. That will include a cool restaurant called Chick’nCone in the Gansevoort Market (who wouldn’t want fried chicken in a cone?), along with some less common ethnic foods and, more than likely, some poke. So hot right now.

Always interested in what it takes to morph a concept into a big-city piece of real estate, I’ll also be checking out at least one Paris Baguette location in NYC. From what I’ve seen so far, this concept has mastered building beautiful, appealing and unique locations with tight, challenging real estate parcels. And with all that walking, I’ll need a little sugar in my bloodstream.

Beyond restaurants and all the good stuff inside the Javits center, I’ll also be looking forward to some foot-based cruises down the High Line and checking out the ongoing mega construction project in the adjacent Hudson Yards (pictured). It’s the largest real estate development project in American history!

What else should I check out while in town? I’ve got several days to kill, many photos to shoot and a lot of summertime calories to pack on.

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Laura MichaelsLaura Michaels is editor of Franchise Times. She can be reached at 612.767.3210, or send story ideas to lmichaels@franchisetimes.com.
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