New York

New York | March and April Dining News, 2016

La Sirena | Chelsea

88 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
http://lasirena-nyc.com/

Italian Cuisine

Located on the Plaza Level of Chelsea’s storied Maritime Hotel, La Sirena is Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s first new restaurant in New York in nearly a decade. The space is characterized by custom ’60s-inspired curvilinear pavers throughout and walls clad in quartz by Caesarstone. A 38-foot marble bar bisects the grand patio and connects the more intimate north and south dining rooms.

 

 

Quality Eats | Greenwich Village

19 Greenwich Avenue at West 10th Street
www.qualityeats.com

American Steakhouse

Small steakhouse offering updated dishes plus playful graphics & drinks.  It’s a modern twist on the classic neighborhood steak joint, in the heart of the West Village. This NYC restaurant offers a warm, casual atmosphere.

 

 

Vaucluse | Upper East Side

47 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
http://www.vauclusenyc.com

French Brasserie

Former Neta chefs Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim A French brasserie in the former Park Avenue Winter/Spring/Etc. space from chef/restaurateur Michael White and Marea veteran Jared Gadbaw. The name references a region in Provence, but the menu will feature dishes from all over France. This is White and Fakahany’s eighth New York restaurant together.

 

 

Salvation Burger | Midtown East

230 East 51st Street

http://www.salvationburger.com/

The Spotted Pig Team’s burger-centric restaurant in the Pod 51 hotel with fried pies and wines poured from bottles, boxes, and taps. Word on the street is that Bloomfield has been devoting in A LOT of time to R & D for Salvation Burger. She’s working with some amazing purveyors here, and those burgers will be cooked over wood fire. In addition to single and double beef burgers, the menu will also include veggie options and a filet o’ fish.

 

What’s Trending?

  • High-End Food Markets
  • Gelato Bars

New York October and November Dining News 2015

O Ya | Flatiron 120 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016
Sushi
http://o-ya.restaurant/o-ya-nyc
One of Boston’s best restaurants now has a sister establishment on 28th Street. Tim and Nancy Cushman’s O Ya serves elegant omakase menus in a serene setting — guests can choose either the 18-course tasting for $185, or the 24-course tastings for $245. The Cushmans aren’t reinventing the wheel, but the buzz is fantastic so far. O Ya is the most anticipated sushi restaurant opening of the year.

Oiji | East Village 119 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
Modern Korean
http://www.oijinyc.com/
Oiji is a modern Korean restaurant from two chefs with fine dining experience at Bouley and Gramercy Tavern. The menu is mostly updates of classics, and includes dishes like mackerel smoked with pine leaves, cold buckwheat noodles with preserved ramps, and slow cooked pork belly with ramps. The early word is good, and the honey butter chips are becoming one of the hottest dishes of the summer.

Gabriel Kreuther | Midtown 41 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
Modern French
http://www.gknyc.com/
For over a decade, Gabriel Kreuther was the culinary driving force behind Danny Meyer’s The Modern. And now, for his second act, the chef is running a place of his own in the Grace Building across the street from Bryant Park. Like that other Midtown restaurant, this one has a lounge area offering cocktails and French-American bar bites, as well as a cushy dining room with a more formal menu.

What’s Trending?
– Cocktail bars (Warm Drinks)
– Craft beer bars (Fall Beers, Ciders, new Cider Bar, Wassail)
– Modern French
– Burgers (Superiority Burger, Raoul’s secret burger, The Spotted Pig, Minetta Tavern, The NoMad)

NORTH Festival & Nordic Dinner
In its 3rd years running, “the most influential gastronomy movement since the 1960’s”, New Nordic Cuisine has had huge impact on the world’s dining scene since it arrived 10 years ago. NORTH Food Festival is your chance to experience the cooking of some of the world’s most exciting Nordic chefs. 3 of the big stars of the Nordic food scene in NYC will prepare a final meal together as part of the NORTH Fest on September 28: Frederik Berselius Aska), Mads Refslund (Acme; co-founder Noma), and Daniel Burns (Luksus). http://nordicfoodfestival.org/

New York | July and August Dining News, 2015

New and Noteworthy Restaurants

Noreetuh | East Village

128 1st Ave New York, NY 10009

Asian Fusion

http://www.noreetuh.com/

An upscale Hawaiian restaurant from a couple of Per Se veterans. The food is more chic than loco moco platters and Spam musubi found at some of the city’s Hawaiian spots, but still playful – you’ll find dishes like Spam tortellini, and corned beef musubi. The wine list is also very much with exploring for some good deals on interesting bottles.

Untilted at The Whitney | The Highline

99 Gansevoort St New York, NY 10014

American New

http://untitledatthewhitney.com/

Danny Meyer’s museum restaurant Untitled is as refreshed and newly thrilling as the new Whitney. The space is glass-enclosed and stunning. The menu, from Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony, is seasonal and vegetable oriented, with dishes like ruby red shrimp ravioli, charred carrots with peanuts and chili, and a ramp, spring onion, and bacon tart.

 

Sessanta | SoHo

60 Thompson St New York, NY 10012

Coastal Italian

http://www.sessantanyc.com/

A stylish Italian restaurant in the Sixty Soho hotel from restaurateur John McDonald and Hearth alum Jordan Frosolone. The menu focuses on seafood and Sicilian classics, and includes charred mackerel, pasta with shrimp and sea urchin bottarga, lamb loin with fava beans, and four different dishes for two. It has the same retro look as its sibling, the Gordan Bar, and is guaranteed to draw a scene

 

What’s Trending?

  • Summer drinks / cocktail bars
  • Craft beer bars
  • Pop-up restaurants
  • Veggie Burgers (Superiority Burger)
  • David Chang (Fuku sandwich shop)

 

A New York Tradition – Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest –July 4th

What started as a contest between friends to prove each other’s patriotism has become a nationally televised sensation. Every 4th of July, thousands of people descend upon Coney Island to witness the most unique sporting event in the world. You can learn all about it here. Come out to historic Coney Island for this one of a kind and iconic event! Coney Island is a great spot to visit anytime in the summer with food and fun for the entire family!

http://www.nathansfamous.com/contest

http://www.coneyisland.com/tourist-information

New York | May and June Dining News, 2015

New and Noteworthy Restaurants

 

Café Clover | West Village

10 Downing St, New York, NY 10014
www.cafeclovernyc.com

Healthy Cuisine

How did a health-conscious American menu turn around a cursed space like 10 Downing Street? (Previously 10 Downing, La Villette, and many others.) Ask partners David Rabin (The Lambs Club) Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, and executive chef David Standridge (Market Table, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon). Cafe Clover is now a certifiable hit for its health-focused fare and popular with the fashion set and just about everyone else.

Zuma NYC | Midtown East

261 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016
www.zumarestaurant.com

Sushi

A London import with international branches touches down in NYC via this glitzy Midtown locale offering izakaya-themed Japanese fare including sushi and robata grilled items. The splashy bi-level space features a main dining area plus a less formal bar and lounge with a pared-down food menu.

Shuko | East Village

47 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
www.shukonyc.com

Sushi Bar

Former Neta chefs Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim have opened this intimate 19-seat sushi bar in NYU-land offering only omakase sushi or kaiseki menus that change daily. Needless to say, seats are already hard to get.

What’s Trending?

  • High-End Vegetarian Restaurants
  • Exotic Cuisines
  • Dumplings

 

Governors Ball Has a Better Food Line-Up

Governors Ball | June 5th-7th , 2015

Here is what will be served: http://governorsballmusicfestival.com/food/

New York Restaurant information added by Experts – March/April 2015

New and Noteworthy Restaurants

Upland | Park Avenue South, 345 Park Avenue South; www.uplandnyc.com

For the kitchen, Mr. Starr recruited Justin Smillie, whose intensely flavorful spins on Italian cuisine at Il Buco Alimentarie Vineria won him national notice. Upland’s 88-seat dining room and vast menu would make some of his peers collapse in a swoon.

Dirt Candy | Lower East Side, 86 Allen Street; www.dirtcandynyc.com

Amanda Cohen is the chef and owner of Dirt Candy, the award-winning vegetable restaurant on New York City’s Lower East Side. The restaurant’s original location only had 18 seats and was open for six years, during which time it became the first vegetarian restaurant in 17 years to receive two stars from the New York Times, was recognized by the Michelin Guide five years in a row.

Restaurant Knowledge

Valentine’s Day Fun Fact: The biggest economic factor on Valentine’s Day is completely dependent on the calendar. Valentine’s Day does mean a full dining room, so in years when February 14 falls earlier in the week, nights when dining rooms might not otherwise be full, there is a healthy boost to profits. “Not double,” says chef Joel Hough of Il Buco and Il Buco Alimentari, “but you do much better.” Yet during years such as this one, when Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday, it doesn’t automatically translate to more money.

What’s Trending?

  • Small Cozy Restaurants
  • Juice Bars
  • Veggie Focused Restaurants

 Spring Forward Thinking 

Long Island Restaurant Week | April 26th-May 3rd | $27.95 Prix-Fixe 3 Course Meals

Here is a link to what restaurants are participating. www.longislandrestaurantnews.com/CMS/news_lirw_fall14extensions.php

Did you know?

That we are still celebrating the Lunar Year (Chinese New Year) and with that I have included a link that will direct you to all the restaurants offering deals for the New Year. www.grubstreet.com/2015/02/chinese-new-year-new-york.html

New York | January & February Dining News, 2015

New and Noteworthy Restaurants

Zuma | Midtown Manhattan

261 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

http://www.zumarestaurant.com/zuma-landing/new-york

Zuma, the brainchild of award-winning Rainer Becker is bringing its internationally acclaimed modern Japanese cuisine to New York in early 2015. Originally hailing from London this will be the 7

th global outpost of the group.

Momofuku Ko | East Village

8 Extra Place, New York, NY

http://momofuku.com/new-york/ko

David Chang’s Momofuku Ko is revamped and ready for business once again. The 20 + course fine dining establishment’s original location was a pared down and tiny space. The new Ko, in turn, has around 40 seats — many of the at the chef’s counter! The soft opening has begun….

David Chang’s Ko and Caviar egg….

Update: The ever popular NoMad has revamped its lunch menu

for the better. Two courses — including a burger rendition of the restaurant’s famed chicken for two — now goes for $29. Other dishes include a lobster salad, flatbread with baked cauliflower, egg, and lemon, and tortelloni with celery root and black truffle. Reservations encouraged as always.

The new Chicken Burger at The NoMad….

The “NYC Dining Scene” knowledge:

What’s Trending?

Fried Chicken (high end)

 Omakase sushi

 Korean Food

 High end dining “Food Halls”

 Pizza (as always)

The top 100 restaurants in NYC per Zagat were released for 2015. The top 5 as follows:

1. Le Bernadin

2. Bouley

3. Jean-George

4. Gotham Bar & Grill

5. Eleven Madison Park

Full list: http://www.zagat.com/best-restaurants/new-york

Did you know?

It cost nearly $300,000 for a one-year hot dog stand permit in Central Park. WOW!

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New York | November & December Dining News, 2014

New and Noteworthy Restaurants

Cosme | Flatiron District

36 East 21st Street, between Fifth and Sixth

http://www.cosmenyc.com

The chef Enrique Olvera is expected to add heft to New York’s Mexican scene. Opening at the end of October in the Flatiron District, it is anticipated to live up to all the expectations.

Cotenna | West Village

21 Bedford Street, between Downing and Sixth

http://www.cotenna.com

Roberto Passon of Aria has opened sister restaurant in the old ‘ino space, reports Grub Street. The kitchen is offering bruscette, salumi, grilled meats, and pastas. The space has gotten a new look, and now feels more like a wine cellar.

Restaurant Knowledge

Update: Catch

is open for lunch for the first time as of this Monday, October 13th. Some new menu items from Hung Huynh’s kitchen include Chicken Paillard, Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad, and a Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

What’s Trending?

Ramen Noodle Bars

Ice Cream Bars

Mixed Cuisine Restaurants

The top 100 grossing independent nationwide restaurants

is out and rounding out the top ten include some NYC restaurants:

4. Smith and Wollensky’s

7. Tao New York

9. Buddakan

http://www.restaurantbusinessonline.com/boosting-sales/top-100-independents

Rooftop Bars

that are open in the Fall/ Winter are…

 Refinery Rooftop

http://www.refineryrooftopnyc.com

 Birreria

http://www.eataly.com/nyc-birreria

Did you know?

That

Fraunces Tavern was opened sometime between, 1762-1767 and that Gen. George Washington dined at Fraunces Tavern with his officers in the Continental Army on Dec. 4, 1783, after the British withdrew from New York.

http://www.frauncestavern.com

NYC Meatpacking District Restaurant – October 2014
Serafina, 7 9th Ave, New York,NY  646 964-4494

Best Burger Restaurants – New York City, NY, USA

September 2014

Minetta Tavern Location 113 Macdougal Street New York, NY 10012 Phone number 212-475-3850
Cuisine Burgers & steaks
Web site URL Link http://www.minettatavernny.com/
Review The moment you walk into this 1937 landmark tavern, you get a vibe your somewhere special. The bar is bustling with patrons drinking and dining, waiters scooting about with delicious plates of mouthwatering burgers, primal steaks with large marrow bones sitting atop, and wonderful desserts.  Known for its “Black Label Bugler” made from ground rib eye and served on a buttery bun.  The Black Label Burger is perfection. Their words: “Selection of prime dry-aged beef cuts with caramelized onions and pommes frites.” Even at a lofty $28, the burger is worth every penny.
The Spotted Pig Location 314 W 11st Street at Greenwich St. New York, NY  10014 Phone Number 212-620-0393
Cuisine Gastropub
Web site URL Link http://www.thespottedpig.com/
Review The BEST burger in NYC. They use Roquefort cheese(do not think about asking for the burger with American cheese, this will get you a strange look). Their rosemary french-fries are addictive. If you’re looking for a small bite to eat at the bar, have their devils on horseback and chicken liver toast with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Absolutely satisfying. The spotted pig is very hard to get into during lunch and dinner service (think 12-2:30p and 6-9p), so be prepared to either sit at the bar or wait around and grab a cocktail while watching all the delicious food go by.
Burger Joint at Le Parker Meridian  Location 119 West 56th Street New York, NY 10019 Phone Number 212-243-8400
Cuisine Burger & sandwiches
Web site URL Link www.parkermeridien.com/eat4.php
Review It would be impossible to do a round-up of the best burgers in NYC without including the triumphant Burger Joint . At or near the top of almost everyone’s “Best Burger” list, everything about this down-to-Earth place (in the midst of a highfalutin’ hotel) just works. Lines can be extremely long, especially in the middle of lunch hour, but if you can get one of the tables in this small, square reproduction of your college bar, sit down. Enjoy pitchers of brew and perfectly prepared, fresh and flavorful burgers. The fries and shakes are also no joke. One last point: unlike many of the burgers on this list, the Burger Joint burger isn’t too big. It is a small, delightful portion.
West 3rd Common Location 1 W 3rd Street New York, NY  10012 Phone number  212-529-2059
Cuisine Contemporary American cuisine
Web site URL Link http://west3rdcommon.com/
Review West 3rd Common, not a traditional sit-down restaurant, maintains the atmosphere of an upscale neighborhood pub that looks much like a library found inside a 19th Century mansion.  Owner Dan Warren, who has had Common Ground Bar in the East Village for a number of years modeled the look and feel of his Alphabet City counterpart, but then added a full kitchen to greatly expand his menu.  The secret behind the success of the West 3rd Common burger is the fact that they steam the burger.  The burgers are all served medium, but the meat comes out juicy and delicious. Walker explained that by steaming the burger in the house marinade, the patty absorbs the juiciness and flavor of the sauces.  West 3rd Common charges $12 for their burger and serves them with outstanding garlic fries (an extremely rare treat).  For this price, this combination is simply unbeatable.
Burger & Barrel Location   25 West HoustonNew York, NY 10012Phone number  212-529-2059
 
Cuisine   Wine& Burger Bar
Web site URL Link   http://www.burgerandbarrel.com/
Review   One of the Trendiest and Best Manhattan Burger Restaurants?  The Soho section of Manhattan is notable for its multitude of reputable art galleries, stores and shops.  It’s also known for Burger & Barrel, a trendy eatery that serves some of the best Manhattan burgers.  Order a traditional beef burger, or one of the delicious lamb or veggie burgers.  Plus, the grilled chicken breast and filet mignon stead sandwiches are nothing short of spectacular.  Choose from such sides as French fries, sweet potato fries, polenta fries, tater tots, collard greens, creamed spinach or brussel sprouts with bacon.
Mile End Sandwich Location    
  53 Bond St. near BoweryNew York, NY 10012212) 529-2990
 
 
Cuisine Deli
Web site URL Link   http://www.mileenddeli.com/
Review   Deli, breakfast & brunch, SandwichesBest sandwich is their “Smoked Meat Burger”. I have been here for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have had the smoked meat burger for breakfast and needless to say, I did NOT have to eat for the rest of the day. They have fantastic Montreal style bagels, made locally. Great for someone looking for a great Jewish style deli without going to Katz’s. Be aware of the lines that form starting at 10am on the weekends.
Old Homestead Location   56 9th AveChelsea212-242-9040
 
Cuisine   Steakhouse
Web site URL Link   Http://theoldhomesteadsteakhouse.com
Review    You can’t miss the huge cow mounted above the Old Homestead’s entrance, and this old-school steakhouse continues to please, even after nearly 140 years. While its newer neighbors such as Pop Burger symbolize the current trends in Meatpacking District dining, the charming and convivial atmosphere of Old Homestead make it perhaps worth the high prices.  . The burgers are enormous, flavorful, and super-juicy.  Best known for its 20oz Kobe Beef burger, a huge burger with rich flavor that is a favorite among burger connoisseurs.  Made with the finest buts of beef and complimented with stone ground mustard and chipotle ketchup it is said to be worth the $41 price tag.
 
Rare Bar & Grill Location   303 Lexington AveNew York, NY  10016212-481-1999
 
Cuisine   Tavern Style Restaurant
Web site URL Link   http://www.rarebarandgrill.com/lexington.php
Review   A tavern-style restaurant where you can sit back and relax, as you feast on scrumptious burgers and sip on cold beer, Rare Bar & Grill is one of the go-to eateries in NYC!  The bar and grill is situated within the Affinia Shelbourne Hotel.  The 4,000-square-foot rooftop bar allows its customers to enjoy panoramic views of the city.  Marvel at such sights as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and Grand Central Station as you enjoy one of the specialty cocktails. The burgers are completely customizable from the kind of beef to the toppings and sauces. The fries cooked in truffle oil are to die for.  If juicy, perfectly cooked, extremely customizable burgers are your thing, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t go to rare at least once!
Saxon & Parole Location   316 Bowery New York, NY 10012(212) 254-0350
 
Cuisine   Steakhouse
Web site URL Link   http://www.saxonandparole.com/
Review   Not only is the burger great here, but the cocktails are as close to perfect as they come. The understated restaurant comes to life at night. You will see patrons fill the bar area while men in suits are in the dining room having everything from Dry Aged bone in Rib Eye served with bone barrow béarnaise and their house made steak sauce to their signature S+P dry aged Angus burger with Havarti, maple bacon and a fried egg on top (because the cheese and bacon just weren’t enough).
5 Napkin Burger 3-Locations   630 9th Ave (at 45th st)New York, NY  10036212-757-2277 

150 E 14th Street

New York, Ny 10003

212-228-5500

 

2315 Broadway (at 84th St)

New York, NY  10024

212-333-4488

 
Cuisine   Burgers  
Web site URL Link   http://5napkinburger.com/
Review   The crowds at this cavernous, chic bistro prove that the haute-burger craze is still going strong. Five Napkin’s burgers—the centerpiece of a needlessly wide-ranging menu, which includes yellowtail sushi rolls and matzo-ball soup—arrive as juicy as advertised. The hulking 10-ounce pucks of ground chuck are piled so high with fixings that eating one sandwich-style seems like an Olympian task. (Steak knives are thoughtfully provided for those who’d rather not try.) The knockout signature version comes topped with bubbling-hot gruyere cheese, a smear of rosemary aioli, and a heap of caramelized onions on a slightly toasted roll. There’s also a veggie version stacked with tangy bread-and-butter pickle slices, and a ginger-marinated Ahi tuna option with wasabi mayo. All are accompanied by a good-sized cup of crispy shoestring fries.
Top Indian Restaurants – New York City, USA
Chola Location 232 East 58th Street, New York, NY, 10022 212.688.4619
Cuisine South Indian
Web site URL Link http://cholany.com/
Reviews Famous for masala dosa (paper thin crepe with spiced potatoes)Spot-on dishes from nearly every region of India; excellent Midtown lunch buffet
Benares Location Two locations240 West  56th Street New York, NY 10019 212.397.070745 Murray Street New York, NY 10007 212.766.4900
Cuisine North Indian
Web site URL Link http://www.benaresnyc.com/
Reviews Famous for Lauki ka kofta, rogan josh,Refined Indian cooking at very fair prices; lunch buffet
Tamarind Location 99 Hudson Street New York, NY 10013 212.775.9000
Cuisine High End Indian (no children under 5 allowed)
Web site URL Link http://www.tamarindrestaurantsnyc.com/
Reviews Famous for Tandoori lamb chops, sea bass, paratha bread, Punjabi mutton, Nizami keema, chicken tikka masala
Haldi Location 102 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 212.213.9615
Cuisine Vegetarian
Web site URL Link http://www.haldinyc.com/
Reviews No country does vegetarian cuisine better than India does. This Curry Hill vegetarian restaurant is famous for Gujarati thali, Punjabi thali, aloo paratha, daal makhni (buttered black lentils)
Malai Marke Location 318 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003 212.777.7729
Cuisine South Indian
Web site URL Link http://malaimarke.com
Reviews Great dishes like milagu (if you like vindaloo, try this spicy curry from Madurai) and Keralan moilee (fish poached in a stew of tumeric and coconut milk)
Anjappar Location 116 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016 212.265.3663
Cuisine South Indian
Web site URL Link http://www.anjapparusa.com/
Reviews Famous for chettinada south indian spicy food
Bombay Palace Location 30 W 52nd St New York, NY 10019 212.541.7777
Cuisine North Indian
Web site URL Link http://www.bombaypalacenyc.com/
Reviews Famous for Moghlai cookery of Northern India
Bhatti Indian Grill Location 100 Lexington Ave (27th Street) New York, NY 10016 212.683.4228
Cuisine North Indian
Web site URL Link http://www.bhattinyc.com/
Reviews North Indian restaurant in the heart of New York City that’s refined yet affordable, upscale and still comfortable.
Brick Lane Curry House Location 306 E 6th St #308, New York, NY 10003 212.979.2900
Cuisine Curry House/Indian
Web site URL Link http://www.bricklanecurryhouse.com/
Reviews Indian, Open Late, Live Entertainment. Known for their very spicy curry.
Om Restaurant Location 1593 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028 212.628.4500
Cuisine Indian
Web site URL Link http://omrestaurantnyc.com/
Reviews Famous for Indian Chicken Tikka masala…..a typical Indian Chipotle.

Best Outside Restaurants – New York City, NY, USA

Birreria in Eataly Location 200 5th Ave
New York, NY 10012
Phone number 212-229-5600
Cuisine Beer Garden servicing wine, beers, appetizers and mainly Italian and German meals
Web site URL Link http://www.eataly.com/nyc-birreria/
Review Mario Bagtali and Joe Bastianich are partners in Eataly, the mega Italian food emporium, as well as the creators of this beer garden on its roof.  Take the elevator to the fourteenth floor and ascend the steps to greet the city skyline.  Wine and beer, light snacks like salami and cheese to local fish and Italian meal with Italian, Austrian and German influences reflecting the Alps regions. Beautiful views, wines and food make for a great option on a great weather day.
 Locanda Verde Restaurant Location 379 Greenwich Street
New York, NY  10013
Phone Number 212-925-3797
Cuisine Italian
Web site URL Link http://www.locandaverdenyc.com/
Review This gem in the Greenwich Hotel  is a trendy and chic yet rustic restaurant on Greenwich street located inside Robert De Niro’s Greenwich Hotel.  Authentic and delicious food served with an elegant presentation in a rustically charming atmosphere Casual dining both inside and out this is one of the most popular restaurants in the area.  Reservations are a must.
 La Bottega .  Location 363 W 16th Street (at 9th Ave)
New York, NY 10011
Phone Number 212-243-8400
Cuisine Italian
Web site URL Link http://www.themaritimehotel.com/bottega.html
Review Great little place just north of the Chelsea Markets.  The outside patio is decorated with paper laterns, atmospheric lighting and swinging salmis  This is a fun and funky eatery with a beautiful outside patio that is elevated from the street and serving great Italian food at very reasonable prices.
 Inside Park at St. Barts Location 325 Park Ave at 50th Street
New York, NY  10022
Phone number  212-593-3333
Cuisine Contemporary American cuisine
Web site URL Link www.insideparknyc.com
Review Located in the annex hall of St Bartholomew church looking over Park avenue makes for an unusual location but a great spot for an afternoon meal while enjoying the hustle and bustle of Park avenue.  The menu rates from bistro-style dishes to pastas, burgers and full entrees.
 Sushi Samba Location 87 Seventh ave South
New York, NY 10012
Phone Number 212-691-7885
Cuisine Sushi, Brazilian, South America
Web site URL Link http://www.sushisamba.com/
Review This Asian Fusion restaurant is one of 2 in NYC and part of a chain throughout the USA.  Brazilian The second floor is decorated with vines and lights and is really beautiful at night..  With a diverse menu and vegetarian friendly entrees this is a popular restaurant for the village crowd.
 BOBO Location
 181 West 10th Street
 New York, NY 10014
 Phone Number 212-488-2626
Cuisine French
Web site URL Link http://bobonyc.com/
Review A unique Townhouse restaurant with an ornate dining room, chic lounge and a beautiful outdoor terrace has a charming and friendly vibe.  Serving Sagafare in a European type atmosphere it is a favorite outdoor restaurant for great French food and atmosphere.
 Back Forty Location 190 Avenue B
New York, NY 10012
Phone Number 212-388-1990
Cuisine Farm-to-table ingrediants
Web site URL Link http://backfortynyc.com/
Review
At its core, Back Forty is a burger joint-but an organic and responsibly sourced one.  This is a farm-to-table gastropub with a 40-seat outdoor garden with a rustic feel.  It is a delicious yet inexpensive way to have a healthy meal in a backyard setting that is comfortable and said to be one of the favorite summertime spots for dinner in the East Village.
 Riverpark Location 450 E 29th Street
New York, NY 10016Phone Number 212-729-9790
Cuisine Contemporary American Cuisine
Web site URL Link http://www.riverparknyc.com/
Review Located on a unique garden plaza with romantic East River views, Riverpark represents a dynamic culinary destination in Manhattan’s Kips Bay neighborhood.  Riverpark’s modern American menus change daily, highlighting seasonal ingredients from local farms, greenmarkets and Riverpark Farm.  The large outdoor patio is the best place to be in the warm summer months with spectacular views of the East River.
 STK  Rooftop Location 26 Little 12th Street
New York, NY  10014
Phone number 646-624-2444
Cuisine Steakhouse
Web site URL Link http://togrp.com/togrp-stk-rooftop/about/
Review As the abbreviated name says…Steak…and this is one of the specialties here.  With fantastic views overlooking the Highline and the Hudson river this rooftop restaurant gives a great meal and a wonderful view.
 Print. Location 653. 111th Avenue and 48th Street
New York, NY  10036
Phone Number  212-757-2224
Cuisine Farm-to-table
Web site URL Link http://printrestaurant.com/
Review Offering a premiere farm-to-table dining experience the creative dishes are inspired from products grown in the region.  Offering not only excellent food but the year-round rooftop lounge, the Press Lounge, is great for cocktails and unobstructed views of Manhatten and the Hudson.
Best Pizza Restaurants – New York City, NY, USA
Lombardi’s Pizza Location 32 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
Phone number (212) 941-7994
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://www.firstpizza.com/
Review Zagat
This NoLita pizza “shrine” (which claims to be America’s first pizzeria) still draws throngs with its ultra-“authentic” coal-fired, thin-crust goods; it doesn’t take plastic or reservations, and you may have to “tussle with the tourists to get a table”, but for many it’s a real “slice of NY” – even though it “doesn’t do slices.”
Grimaldi’s Location 1 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone number (718) 858-4300
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://www.grimaldis.com/
Review Zagat
Fans “pay their dues in line” for one of the “crisp”, “craveable” pies out of the coal-fired oven at this “iconic” Dumbo pizzeria and its “easier-to-get-into” offshoots around town; they’re “cash only” and sell “no slices”, but the “affordable” tabs are “worth a quick trip to the ATM.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza Location 111 MacDougal Street
New York, New York 10012
646-278-6100
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://www.artichokepizza.com/
Review
“Gooey ooey pizza” spread with “rich” artichoke dip is the “amazeballs” “trademark” that puts this “flourishing” chainlet in a “class by itself” for a “substantial” “late-night munch”; if it’s “overpriced” for the “typical” format, try telling that to everyone “stumbling out of the bars” and “getting in line.”
Di Fara Pizza Location 1424 Ave J
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Phone number (718) 258-1367
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://www.difara.com/
Review Zagat
Taste the “magical” pies “lovingly prepared” by octogenarian “pizza alchemist” Dom DeMarco at this ’60s-era Midwood “temple” and “all is good in the world”; “unnerving” waits, decidedly “nothing-fancy” digs and smile-free service are just part of the “total experience” – acolytes insist it’s more than “worth the trouble” for a “slice of heaven.”
L&B Spumoni Gardens Location 2725 86th St
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Phone number (718) 449-1230
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://www.spumonigardens.com/
Review Zagat
A “tradition” for “pizza-lovers” since 1939, the “crispy” Sicilian square pies are as “reliable as the sunset” at this “lively” Bensonhurst landmark, and having spumoni for dessert adds up to the “perfect dinner”; despite “dated” decor and so-so service, it’s “worth the trip” for the “nostalgia” alone
Roberta’s Location 261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Phone number (718) 417-1118
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://www.robertaspizza.com/
Review Zagat
Redefining the “Brooklyn aesthetic”, this “super-popular” Bushwick Italian draws “throngs of hipsters” with its “phenomenal” wood-fired pizzas, as well as other “smashing” dishes crafted with “ingredients picked from their own garden”; despite “hit-or-miss service”, “communal tables” and “long waits”, most agree it’s “worth the extended trip on the L.”
Luzzo’s Location 211 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003
Phone number (212) 473-7447
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://luzzosgroup.com/luzzos-group-restaurants/luzzos
Review Zagat
In an “area rich with good pizzerias”, the “outstanding” Neapolitan-style pies proffered at this East Villager have the distinction of being fired in one of the few remaining coal-burning ovens in NYC; despite “waits” and not much decor, purists “highly recommend” it.
Motorino Location 349 E 12th Street
New York, New York 10003
212-777-2644
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://solobistro.com/
Review Zagat
The “gold standard” for “artsy pizza”, this “delicious” duo builds Neapolitan-style pies with “superb ingredients” on “sublime thin crusts” that may “haunt your dreams”; news flash: the temporarily closed Brooklyn original is back at a new address near the Williamsburg Bridge.
Otto Enoteca Pizzeria Location 1 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003
Phone number (212) 995-9559
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://www.ottopizzeria.com/restaurant.cfm
Review Zagat
“Energetic” is an understatement at this “happening” enoteca/pizzeria from the Batali-Bastianich juggernaut, where “lots of families” and “mobs of NYU students” turn up the volume to “rock concert–like levels”; “mouthwatering” pizza, a “huge wine list” and “decent prices” are the draws, and the “railway terminal–themed” space is always “running on schedule.”
Juliana’s Pizza Location 19 Old Fulton St
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718-596-6700
Cuisine Pizza
Web site URL Link http://www.julianaspizza.com/
Review Zagat
“Welcome back, Patsy!” cheer fans of the original owner of the famed Grimaldi’s and his latest pizzeria under the Brooklyn Bridge (this one named for his mother); it serves up “superb, thin-crust”, “coal oven”–fired pies in “crisp, clean”, jukebox-equipped digs, and allows eaters to “skip the lines” found elsewhere – at least until the word gets out.
Featured Restaurants – New York City, USA
Bryant Park Grill Location 25 W 40th St New York, NY 10018 (212) 840-6500
Cuisine American (New)
Web site URL Link http://www.arkrestaurants.com/bryant_park.html
Reviews Opentable.com“We’ll always have Paris in Bryant Park. Cozily situated behind landmark New York Public Library, Bryant Park serves as a stunning backdrop for this New American Grill & Cafe. Bryant Park Grill’s elegant & sophisticated dining room is perfect for your business lunch or a night out on the town with… friends. Enjoy a romantic dinner or a festive party under Bryant Park’s heated holiday tent in the winter, while seasonal patio & roof dining are sure to make your summer evenings magical. For more casual dining, visit Bryant Park Cafe next door or just hang out at the Cafe Bar.“
Todd English Food Hall Location One W 59th St  New York, NY 10019 (212) 986-9260
Cuisine American (New)
Web site URL Link http://www.theplazany.com/dining/todd-english-food-hall/
Reviews Nymag.com“Not that the Plaza Food Hall by Todd English has the pedigree, or the cathedral-size grandeur, of the Takashimaya food hall in Tokyo, say, or the famous Harrods hall in London. It’s located in the iconic hotel’s newly renovated concourse level, next to a row of perfume stands and a boutique selling giant, piña colada–colored garden hats… The hostesses are fitted with earpieces to communicate from kitchen to kitchen, which means you can sample a piece of bluefin toro belly at the Sushi Bar while eating shrimp stir-fry from the Dumpling Bar or signature Todd English flatbread pizzas from the Pizza Bar or slabs of prime rib (with signature “Todd English Sauce”) from the Grill.”
Narcissa Location 21 Cooper Sq New York, NY 10003 (212) 228-3344
Cuisine American (New)
Web site URL Link http://standardhotels.com/east-village/food-drink/narcissa
Reviews From Narcissa’s website (Narcissa  has only been open 4 weeks)“Narcissa, André Balazs and Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s restaurant nestled next to the The Standard’s townhouse entrance, marries the clean flavors and impeccably-sourced ingredients of California cuisine with new techniques of roasting, rotisserie and slow-cooking. Featuring seasonal, local and organic produce from André Balazs’ Hudson Valley farm, Locusts on Hudson, the healthy, multi-layered American menu offers both simplicity and sophistication. The intimate neighborhood restaurant offers two dining rooms, one featuring a large open kitchen and chef counter, the other overlooking a charming private garden, allowing for al fresco dining in warmer months.”
Cafeteria Location 119 7th Ave New York, NY 10010 (212) 414-1717
Cuisine American (New)/ Southern
Web site URL Link http://www.cafeteriagroup.com/
Reviews InStyleThe Dish“Where can Julia Roberts sit in high style but still dig into the kind of hearty breakfast her Southern soul yearns for? At Cafeteria, a futuristic diner that serves up inventive twits on old favorites like meatloaf, chicken potpie and mac and cheese. This rendition of a 24/7 joint has glass-paneled garage doors for a wall, whit vinyl banquettes, a mod cubist design and a preternaturally attractive clientele”
Ippudo NY Location 65 4th Ave New York, NY 10003
Cuisine Japanese
Web site URL Link http://ippudony.com/
Reviews Nytimes.comFly to Japan: Round Trip, Only $13, by Peter Meehan“The purest expression of tonkotsuism can now be found at the company’s first extranational outpost, Ippudo NY on Fourth Avenue in the East Village, in a bowl of its flagship soup, shiomaru NY ramen ($13)… Unlike most ramen shops around town, Ippudo’s a looker, with a design scheme that feels like a stage set, maybe for a samurai battle in an evil shogun’s futuristic fun house.”
ABC Kitchen Location 35 E 18th St New York, NY 10003 (212) 475-5829
Cuisine American (New)/French
Web site URL Link https://www.abchome.com/abc-kitchen/
Reviews Nytimes.comABC Kitchen, By Sam Sifton“ABC Kitchen pulls off the magic trick. The food is great and not terribly expensive. It is a pretty room. The crowd runs high-wattage with net worth to match…For a farm-to-table restaurant, ABC Kitchen sure has a long diner-style menu: 46 items, from crudités with an anchovy dip at its top to baked endive with ham and Gruyère at the bottom. There are delicate farmers’-garden salads along the way, chewy whole-wheat pastas, college-educated cows and monkish chickens. It can be difficult to know where to begin.”
Morimoto Location 88 10th Ave New York, NY 10011 (212) 989-8883
Cuisine Japanese/Sushi
Web site URL Link http://www.morimotorestaurant.com/
Reviews Nytimes.comBig Fish in a Big Pond, By Frank Bruni“It’s a stunning piece of work: a sparkly wonderland for glittery people, who always get the word and always hop onboard. They drink their bright cocktails, fiddle with their chopsticks, survey their compatriots and tap-tap into their cellphones and other devices, presumably checking on the whereabouts of less fortunate friends, perhaps informing them that the place to be is right here, right now. It’s Morimoto’s moment… A vast selection of very fine sushi and sashimi roots the restaurant in Japan, which also asserts itself in preparations of Kobe-style beef, in tofu and noodle dishes, and in the recurrence of shiso, miso, wasabi and sudachi.
Fig & Olive Location Multiple Locations
Cuisine Mediterranean/French/Italian
Web site URL Link http://www.figandolive.com/
Reviews Nytimes.comFig and Olive Kitchen and Tasting Bar, by Florence Fabricant“Fig & Olive Kitchen and Tasting Bar leaves no doubt about its Mediterranean loyalties. The chalk-white stucco walls evoke the region, and the menu is dominated by dishes prepared with olive oil. Figs show up with cheese and dessert. At the bar and the white marble communal table in the center of the restaurant, a tasting of three olive oils is served, free of charge; it is also offered at the tables at dinner. There are assorted crostini, cheese, olive and charcuterie plates; salads; open-faced sandwiches; and carpaccios, too.”Fig & Olive Kitchen and Tasting Bar leaves no doubt about its Mediterranean loyalties. The chalk-white stucco walls evoke the region, and the menu is dominated by dishes prepared with olive oil. Figs show up with cheese and dessert. At the bar and the white marble communal table in the center of the restaurant, a tasting of three olive oils is served, free of charge; it is also offered at the tables at dinner. There are assorted crostini, cheese, olive and charcuterie plates; salads; open-faced sandwiches; and carpaccios, too. — Florence Fabricant Fig & Olive Kitchen and Tasting Bar leaves no doubt about its Mediterranean loyalties. The chalk-white stucco walls evoke the region, and the menu is dominated by dishes prepared with olive oil. Figs show up with cheese and dessert. At the bar and the white marble communal table in the center of the restaurant, a tasting of three olive oils is served, free of charge; it is also offered at the tables at dinner. There are assorted crostini, cheese, olive and charcuterie plates; salads; open-faced sandwiches; and carpaccios, too. — Florence Fabricant Fig & Olive Kitchen and Tasting Bar leaves no doubt about its Mediterranean loyalties. The chalk-white stucco walls evoke the region, and the menu is dominated by dishes prepared with olive oil. Figs show up with cheese and dessert. At the bar and the white marble communal table in the center of the restaurant, a tasting of three olive oils is served, free of charge; it is also offered at the tables at dinner. There are assorted crostini, cheese, olive and charcuterie plates; salads; open-faced sandwiches; and carpaccios, too. — Florence Fabricant
Colicchio & Sons Main Dining Room Location 85 10th Ave New York, NY 10011 (212) 400-6699
Cuisine American (New)
Web site URL Link http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/colicchio-and-sons/
Reviews Nytimes.comColicchio and Sons, By Sam Sifton“A couture restaurant from Tom Colicchio in the space that used to be Craftsteak, now softened by flowers and scented by wood smoke. There is a casual Tap Room for lunch and light dinner up front, and an excellent a la carte menu in back, but the smart money is on a $125 tasting menu that brings eight courses of Mr. Colicchio’s best and most interesting cooking since Gramercy Tavern. Drink from a huge selection of ciders and tap beer, or off a deep list of wines at prices that do not shock…Recommended dishes: tasting menu; butter-poached oysters, fondue, sweetbreads, agnolotti, monkfish, striped bass, veal breast, desserts.”A couture restaurant from Tom Colicchio in the space that used to be Craftsteak, now softened by flowers and scented by wood smoke. There is a casual Tap Room for lunch and light dinner up front, and an excellent a la carte menu in back, but the smart money is on a $125 tasting menu that brings eight courses of Mr. Colicchio’s best and most interesting cooking since Gramercy Tavern. Drink from a huge selection of ciders and tap beer, or off a deep list of wines at prices that do not shock. The restaurant is up a flight of stairs. But an elevator by the front door, wide aisles in the dining room and large bathrooms mean the wheelchair accessibility is good. Recommended dishes: tasting menu; butter-poached oysters, fondue, sweetbreads, agnolotti, monkfish, striped bass, veal breast, desserts.
Momofuku Ko Location 163 1st Ave New York, NY 10003 (212) 500-0831
Cuisine American (New)/Asian Fusion/ Korean
Web site URL Link http://momofuku.com/
Reviews Nytimes.comMomofuku Ko, By Frank Bruni“A reservation at Momofuku Ko doesn’t come easy, and that’s a big part of why it was the most talked-about restaurant of the year when it opened in 2008. Under the direction of the chef David Chang, the restaurant is noteworthy for the intense, revelatory pleasures of its partly Asian, partly French, wholly inventive food. For a reasonable sum you get a number and caliber of dishes — including a wacky and wonderful blizzard of cold foie gras flakes and a cheeky panna cotta whose sweet, milky flavor mimics the sublime dregs of a bowl of cereal — that might cost twice as much in a more formal environment.”A reservation at Momofuku Ko doesn’t come easy, and that’s a big part of why it was the most talked-about restaurant of the year when it opened in 2008. Under the direction of the chef David Chang, the restaurant is noteworthy for the intense, revelatory pleasures of its partly Asian, partly French, wholly inventive food. For a reasonable sum you get a number and caliber of dishes — including a wacky and wonderful blizzard of cold foie gras flakes and a cheeky panna cotta whose sweet, milky flavor mimics the sublime dregs of a bowl of cereal — that might cost twice as much in a more formal environment.

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Top 10 Restaurants – New York City, USA
One if by Land ,Two if by Sea Location 17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014 212-228-0822
Cuisine American (Contemporary)
Web site URL Link Http://oneifbyland.com
Reviews Michelin Guide, 2013One if by Land, Two if by Sea“…long known as one of the city’s most romantic dining rooms, this establishment enjoys the reputation of being the place to pop the question, or at least the spot for a romantic redevous…”Daily NewsNYC’s most stunning restaurantsA Landmark Greenwich Village carriage house that once belonged to Aaron Burr.
Aureole Location 135 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036 212-319-1660
Cuisine American (New)
Web site URL Link Http://charliepalmer.com/aureole-new-york
Reviews Charliepalmer.com, January 14, 2011Aureole Receives 2011 AAA Five Diamond AwardThis is “haute cuisine” at its best. Menus are cutting edge, using only the finest ingredients available. Food is prepared in a manner that is highly imaginative and unique. The combination of technique and ingredients is extraordinary, reflecting the impeccable artistry and awareness of highly-acclaimed chefs. A maître d’ leads an expert service staff that exceeds guest expectations by attending to every detail in an effortless and unobtrusive manner.
Dovetail Location 103 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024 212-362-3800
Cuisine American/French
Web site URL Link Http://dovetailnyc.com
Reviews Nytimes.com, February 20, 2008A Witty Kitchen That Rarely Winks“It’s the epitome of comfort, and a potent antidote to the coldest of winter nights”NYMag.com, February 4, 2008This Dove Flies“…like all high-quality chefs, Fraser has a knack for shuffling traditional, populist flavors together in ingenious ways and making them his own.”
Eleven Madison Park Location 11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010 212-889-0905
Cuisine American/French
Web site URL Link Http://elevenmadisonpark.com
Reviews Forbestravelguide.comA Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star Rated Resturant“In 2010, the restaurant dropped its à la carte menu in lieu of a four-course or five-course tasting menu, and reduced the number of seats making the experience more exclusive. The menu (presented on little cards that simply list ingredients) is meant to provoke a conversation with your server about what you feel like eating. The result is an even more special experience that takes diners on a great culinary trip”
Stanton Social Location 99 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002 0212-995-0099
Cuisine Tapas/Small Plates
Web site URL Link Http://thestantonsocial.com
Reviews The New York Times, May 16, 2010Toasting Graduation and Making the Scene“It is all about chatty group dining at this Lower East Side restaurant and lounge that specializes in small bites…Stanton Social is usually packed with a mix of creative types…and people who like to watch them.”
Buddakan Location 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 212-989-6699
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Web site URL Link Http://buddakannyc.com
Reviews Opentable.comBuddakan NYThe Surreal atmosphere of this awe-inspiring restaurant in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan combines the serenity of Asia with the flamboyance of 16th century Paris.Gayot.comTrendy Asian-Fusion eatery that oozes equal parts opulence and flavorful fare“As spicy aromas waft over from your neighbor’s nearby table, an eager staff is ready to cater to any dietary needs…The cauliflower stir-fry melts in your mouth almost as easily as the blatantly decadent desserts; and really, if it’s called “Crying Chocolate” (molten cake, white chocolate ganache, coffee ice cream and caramel), is there anything left to say?”
The House Location 121 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
Cuisine American (New)
Web site URL Link Http://thehousenyc.com
Reviews NYMag.comThe House, Katleen Squires“You can step back in time to Antebellum New York in this beautiful Gramercy 1854 townhouse where quaintness exudes from every corner…bars offering fifteen wines by share-friendly quartinos drive home the “quintessential date place” ambiance.”
Ratings – Michelin; Details – Zagat.com

Top 10 Restaurants – New York, NY (USA)
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare Location 200 Schermerhorn Street, New York, NY  11201   718-243-0050
Cuisine Japanese-influenced French
Web site URL Link http://www.brooklynfare.com/pages/chefs-table
Details Affirming “Brooklyn’s continued place” on the “NYC cuisine scene”, this 18-seat prep kitchen in a Schermerhorn Street grocery presents Japanese-influenced French cooking from “extraordinary chef” Cesar Ramirez, favoring the “privileged” few who score “elusive” reservations with 20-plus “magical” small plates and “close-to-flawless” service; it may “take a second mortgage” to settle the $255 prix fixe–only tab, but “save up the dough” and “keep redialing” – “you won’t regret it.”
Daniel Location 60 East 65th Street, New York, NY  10065    212-288-0033
Cuisine  New French
Web site URL Link  http://www.danielnyc.com
Details Still the “hautest of haute” after two decades, Daniel Boulud’s “magnificent” Eastsider offers a “religious experience” via “otherworldly” prix fixe–only New French cuisine, an “exquisite”, jackets-required setting and near-“flawless” service; sure, you’ll need a “Brinks truck” to settle the bill, but “it’s worth the gold” to “dine in heaven”; P.S. the comparatively casual lounge offers à la carte dining.
Eleven Madison Park Location 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY  10010      212-889-0905
Cuisine French
Web site URL Link http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com/
Details “Magical” is how admirers describe Daniel Humm’s French “knockout” next to Madison Square Park, where “well-choreographed”, “theatrical” tasting menus (think “card tricks”) feature “exquisite” dishes and “memorable” wine pairings, served with “perfect precision” by an “amazing” pro staff in “spectacular” “landmark” digs; you may need to “take out a mortgage” first, but it “doesn’t get much better” than this
Jean Georges Location 1 Central Park West, New York, NY  10023    212-299-3900
Cuisine New French
Web site URL Link http://www.jean-georgesrestaurant.com/jean-georges/
Details “Every bit deserving of its praise”, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s CPW culinary “cathedral” persists as a “paragon” of “sophisticated” service and “marvelously inventive” New French cuisine, with “superb wines to match”; the “serene, civilized” (jackets required) setting rounds out the “top-notch dining experience” that’s “priced accordingly” – though the $38 prix fixe lunch promises the same “high quality” without “breaking the bank.”
Le Bernardin Location 155 West  51st Street, New York, NY  10019       212-554-1515
Cuisine Seafood
Web site URL Link http://le-bernardin.com/
Details Dining doesn’t get much more “blissful” than at this “sublime” Midtown French seafooder via Maguy Le Coze and chef Eric Ripert, a near “religious experience” where “exquisite” meals, “meticulous” service and an “impressive”, revamped room have again earned it Top Food and Most Popular honors in NYC; granted, the tabs are equally “extraordinary” – the prix fixe–only dinners start at $130 – but then again, it’s “fabulous in every way”; P.S. a no-reserving lounge offers small plates, while a neighboring wine bar and private dining room in the former Palio/Piano Due spaces are in the works.
Masa Location 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY  10019      212-823-9800
Cuisine Asian – Sushi
Web site URL Link http://masanyc.com/
Details Chef Masayoshi Takayama’s “transcendent” skills yield “superlative sushi” worthy of a “last meal” at this “tranquil” Time Warner Center Japanese, though the notorious $450-and-up prix fixes leave a massive “hole in your wallet”; “a bargain compared” to the main room, the adjacent bar is an “excellent way to sample” the wares à la carte
Per Se Location 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY  10019     212-823-9335
Cuisine French
Web site URL Link http://perseyny.com/
Details “Unpretentious perfection” starts with the “superb” nine-course tasting menu at chef Thomas Keller’s “flawless” French–New American in the Time Warner Center and continues with “inspiring” Central Park views and “approachable”, “amazingly well-orchestrated” service (again voted No. 1 in NYC); granted, the $295 set price may be “astronomical”, but overall this jackets-required destination is “hard to top” for a “bucket-list” indulgence.
Atera Location 77 Worth Street, New York, NY  10013    212-226-1444
Cuisine New American
Web site URL Link http://www.alteranyc.com
Details Portland toque Matthew Lightner helms this 18-seat TriBeCa “foodie destination” offering an avant-garde multicourse American tasting menu served at a counter opposite an open kitchen; the approach is “modernist” with an emphasis on foraging (typical ingredients include moss, nettles and birch sap), the “delectable” menu ever evolving and the cost $150 for the prix fixe–only spectacle; P.S. its downstairs cocktail bar, the 12-seat Lounge at Atera, accepts reservations via email only
Jungsik Location 2 Harrison Street, New York, NY  10013    212-219-0900
Cuisine Korean
Web site URL Link http://www.jungsik.kr/
Details A “marriage of delicate flavors and bold, heartier ones” distinguishes the “inventive”, “exquisitely presented” Korean cuisine at this high-end TriBeCan; the “clean”-lined space is as “elegant and artful as the food”, and “attentive” pro service completes the “unforgettable” experience that’s “just wow on every note.”
Momofuku Ko Location 163 1st Ave, New York, NY  100003    212-500-0831
Cuisine Chinese
Web site URL Link http://momofuku.com/new-york/ko/
Details “Creativity” thrives at David Chang’s East Village “blast”, where “avant-garde”, Asian-accented American plates are served in a tasting format at a 12-seat chef’s counter; sure, the online-only rezzies are “tough” to get and the $125 set price is not for every budget, but the payoff is “truly memorable” dining.

​I am by no means vegetarian, quite the opposeite, as i was raised in a family of butchers. However, as a young adult living in the city that never sleeps, there are times that i look forward to an amazing Falafel sandwich or a great meat free main. Over the last few years i have been lucky enough to visit 7 of the 10 restaurants listed below. This list was compiled by one of my favorite website, Gothamist.com

The 10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In NYC
A sabich sandwich at Taim (Courtesy themikebot’s flickr)

TAIM: Taim’s not a restaurant so much as a teensy little falafel bar, but the food they serve at their Spring Street and Waverly Place locations is tasty and filling enough to best a fancy sitdown meal. They mark vegan items on their menu, and there are plenty of easy options for anyone avoiding animal products, though it’s certainly easy enough to navigate if you’re just looking for a quick veggie bite. Their best and most basic offering is a falafel sandwich filled with all the usual fixings like fresh tahini, Israeli salad and pickled cabbage ($6.25); you can also opt for plain hummus sandwiches ($6) or a more decadent sabich sandwich filled with fried eggplant, egg, parsley and a selection of salads ($7.25). Taim serves three different falafel flavors, including a particularly firey one flavored with Tunisian spices, and you can also order a selection of salads and smoothies—but, really, the falafel’s the star, so stick with that if you can.

Taim has two locations: 222 Waverly Place between 11th and Perry Street in the West Village, and 45 Spring Street between Mulberry and Mott Street in Nolita (212-219-0600, taimfalafel.com).
Dirt Candy

DIRT CANDY: It might take some advance planning to set up a dinner reservation at this popular (and tiny) East Village eatery, but if you’re into innovative vegetarian dishes done with flair, it’s worth the wait. You can request vegan or vegetarian versions of everything on the menu, which works out if you’re dining with people following various diets. Entrees are designed around specific vegetables, but just because the menu’s veggie-centric doesn’t mean it’s not decadent; try the buttery fried cauliflower dish served with waffles ($20), or corn served with grits and a tempura-poached egg ($19), and finish your meal off with a sweet rosemary eggplant tiramisu ($14) for dessert.

Dirt Candy is located at 430 East 9th Street between First Ave and Ave A in the East Village (212-228-7732, dirtcandynyc.com).
Candle Cafe East, via Yelp

CANDLE CAFE: This organic veggie chainlet has charged itself with the task of bringing healthy food to Upper East and West Side Manhattanites; both outposts serve vegan dishes, and offer an additional gluten-free menu to accomodate alternative diets. Candle Cafe’s dinner entrees are pretty hefty—and, at a $20 average, a little pricey. Favorites include mole tempeh fajitas served with quinoa and pineapple salsa ($20, available on the UWS), and a hearty seitan au poivre with roasted garlic mashed potatoes ($21, available on the UES). Also a plus: both Candle Cafes serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, so you can wait to be seated for an hour just like your egg-and-bacon-eating buddies.

Candle Cafe East is located at 1307 Third Ave between 74th and 75th Street on the Upper East Side (212-472-0970, candlecafe.com/east). Candle Cafe West is located at 2427 Broadway between 89th and 90th Street on the Upper West Side (212-769-8900, candlecafe.com/west).
(Courtesy New York Daily Photo on Flickr)

ANGELICA KITCHEN: One of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in town is still one of the best—just ask Beastie Boys’ Mike D, a regular who dined next to yours truly at the communal table one sunny afternoon on the greatest day of my life. Since 1976, Angelica Kitchen has been an East Village oasis for those in search of the freshest vegetarian food in town, while The Angelica Home Kitchen cookbook has spread their philosophy of innovate vegan cooking around the world.

Their daily specials on the dinner menu are often elaborate and sophisticated, but with an underlying simplicity that places enormous faith in the freshness of the ingredients. I usually end up going with the Wee Dragon Bowl Combo deal ($15): an ample bowl of rice, beans, tofu, sea vegetables & steamed vegetables served with your choice of dressing (creamy carrot ginger for us); PLUS soup; PLUS cornbread. (Their special Angelica cornbread is popular, but we still prefer the Southern style, with a side of addictive miso tahini spread.) Angelica’s Kukicha tea is always gratifying, but it’s worth noting that the restaurant is BYOB. (John Del Signore)

Angelica Kitchen is located at 300 East 12th Street by Second Avenue. They don’t take reservations, so get there early for dinner or be prepared to wait (or join Michael Diamond at the “community table.”)
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WILD GINGER: Wild Ginger’s menu is heavy on tofu and seitan, so if you’re soy or gluten-sensitive, it might not offer as many options for you. Otherwise, this pan-Asian joint—with a number of locations scattered in Manhattan and Brooklyn—serves up veggie stir-fries, pad thais, noodle dishes and other delicacies with a healthy twist. Try the sweet-and-sour sesame soy protein ($13), or, for something a little less sauce-ey, you can order sweet-citrus soy protein ($13), served with brown rice. They’ve also got a stellar veggie pad thai with bean sprouts and brown tofu ($9), plus there’s a hefty selection of organic hot teas like raspberry Earl Grey ($1.50) and homemade iced drinks like Thai iced coffee ($3) to temper all that soy.

Wild Ginger has a number of locations around the city: the Williamsburg outpost is located at 212 Bedford Ave between North 5th and 6th Street in Brooklyn (718-218-8828, wildgingerny.com). The NoLita outpost is located at 380 Broome Street between Mulberry and Mott Street (212-966-1883, wildgingeronline.com). The Cobble Hill restaurant is located at 112 Smith Street between Dean and Pacific Street in Brooklyn (718-858-3880, wildgingeronline.com).
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CHENNAI GARDEN: Lexington Ave’s “Curry Hill” stretch boasts some of the city’s best Indian spots, and while lamb and chicken tandoori might star on some menus, much of the cuisine is fairly veggie-friendly without sacrificing taste and spice. Chennai Garden specializes in dosas ($8-$10), rice-and-lentil crepes filled with cheese, spinach, lentils, mushrooms and other veggies. They’ve also got a selection of Punjabi curries like cheese-y palaak paneer ($11), chickpea-heavy chana masala ($10), and Gujarati curries like yellow dal (lentils) ($10). Make sure to order some buttery naan (bread) to soak up the sauce.

Chennai Garden is located at 129 East 27th Street between Park Avenue South and Lexington Ave in Gramercy (212-689-1999, orderchennaigarden.com).
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‘SNICE: This sweet little vegetarian cafe chainlet serves all sorts of casual veggie fare, like sandwiches and salads. Favorites include the soy sausage sandwich made with broccoli rabe and roasted red pepper ($8.75), the roasted vegetable panini with arugula and goat cheese ($8.75) and a Thai salad with edamame and peanuts ($8.75). They’ve also got a solid selection of vegan desserts, like muffins, cupcakes with flavored frosting and cute little $6 cakes in Mason jars; pair a sweet with a cup of coffee ($2-$4.50) or kombucha ($4.50) for a healthy, satisfying snack.

‘Snice has three locations in the city: 150 Sullivan Street between Houston and Prince Street in SoHo; 45 Eighth Ave between Jane and West 4th Street in the West Village; 215 Fifth Ave between 4th Ave and 3rd Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn (snicecafe.com).
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VEGETARIAN DIM SUM: Classic Chinatown dim sum’s not all pork buns and fried dumplings. We already crowed about Veggie Dim Sum’s faux-carnivore twist on the a la carte menu; again, fun meals like fake shark-fin soup, jumbo shrimp ($18) and sweet-and-sour mock chicken ($11) are favorites, plus they’ve got veggie dishes like steamed “unicorn” bean curd ($14) and fried noodles with mushrooms if you’re trying to stick with the basics.

Vegetarian Dim Sum House is located at 24 Pell Street between Doyers and Mott Street in Chinatown (212-577-7176, vegetariandimsum.com).

HANGAWI: Vegetarians looking for the flavors of Korea minus the sizzling tabletop meats flock to this tranquil K-town restaurant to load up on flavorful dumplings, noodles and bibimbap. The Michelin Bib Gourmand-recommended restaurant prepares spicy kimchi mushroom pancakes ($13) and tender, gluten free, organic kale dumplings ($13) with tofu, as well as an avocado stone bowl rice ($21) with mixed vegetables and tofu over rice with miso sauce.

The restaurant also provides a completely gluten-free menu, where you can nosh worry free on eggplant with kimchi in gluten free brown sauce ($21) and lots of other dishes. Equally important to the food is the atmosphere at Hangawi. Diners remove their shoes upon entry, as is traditional in Korean homes, and the serene atmosphere will help to feed your soul as you feed your body. (Nell Casey)

Hangawi is located at 12 East 32nd Street, 212-213-0077
Zucchini Pappardelle via Candle 79 on Facebook

CANDLE 79: Though technically a vegan restaurant, this Upper East Side meat-free refuge has been thrilling diners of all varieties with their gourmet menu of comfort foods since it opened in 2003. The upscale “sister restaurant” to Candle Cafe is the place to go for Angel’s Nachos ($16) with “mozzarella,” tofu sour cream and chili-grilled seitan or a Stuffed Avocado ($16) with a crunchy filling including quinoia, radish and toasted pumpkin seeds. Just because you’re eating veggies doesn’t mean you’ll go hungry. Filling entrees include Spaghetti & Wheat Balls ($19), Seitan Piccata ($23) with creamed spinach and a Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake ($20) with sauteed veggies, red pepper-coconut curry and toasted almonds.

They also do a nice weekend brunch, where $32 buys you a juice, smoothie or mimosa to go with your Homestyle Quinoa Pancakes or Tofu Scramble. The two-story restaurant caters to the fine dining end of the vegetarian spectrum, so make sure to don your finest hemp necktie. (Nell Casey)

Candle 79 is located at 154 East 79th Street at Lexington, 212-537-7179

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