Before I start my rant over the wrong doing of Americans with the dishes, at least one thing is for sure, you will definitely be full after ordering a main. The portion size in America is HUGE. However they have some misunderstanding of preparing seafood for example.
We went to Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant at Grand Central Station. The restaurant is popular and huge. However the Oysters served here were just okay, the other fish we had was quite expensive and not even that much for American standards.
The same happened with the Seafood restaurant we visited in Marathon. We received Oysters, only to combine it with hot sauce, the crab could only be combined with mayonnaise. And if it is not the sauce then it is just the fact that they fry everything.
Once we went for a typical American sports bar. It was huge, next to the main road and full with cars, sometimes you wonder how they drive home if they are drinking in a bar. Basically the food was a lot of fries, a bit of fried chicken and that’s it. I don’t expect anything more in America in terms of vegetables. However the amount of fries you receive is just enormous. By the way, my girlfriend had the spaghetti here with 32 big prawns which was very nice.
Luckily there is some good news. If you are in New York there are some amazing places to eat. There is for example 32nd Street, also known as Korean Street. There are some amazing places to eat here, such as Five Senses and BCD Tofu House. There is also a Japanese area with some good food and we heard that Chinatown has some good restaurants as well.
If you aren’t that much into Asian type of food, there are also some great steak houses around in New York. We went to Peter Lugar Steak House, the service was wonderful and the steak was prepared really well. Only be also here aware that the sauce they serve with the steak is a little bit odd. All those sauces are destroying the original taste of the food. Check out this amazing restaurant guide for the best tips when you are there.
Unfortunately in Miami we can’t really give you a good recommendation of food. I only know that if you want to eat on Ocean Drive at one of the touristy restaurants, you can haggle a lot and receive your food or much cheaper or get some free cocktails/champagne with your meal.
In conclusion I think you will have a love or hate relationship with American ‘cuisine’. If you love huge portions and fast food type of meal you will definitely love this place. If you are in the right cities you will also be able to find some great dishes from other countries. However if you like normal potion size food and want to have some healthy food as well you will have a hard time in America. Be prepared to gain some kilograms as well, luckily I am less sensitive for this.