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New York Eating, drinking and dancing
+1 212 613 8660
Located on the second floor of the Setai Fifth Avenue, this fine-dining destination combines French and Italian flavours. Try the six-course chef’s tasting menu – with chef Michael White at the helm, it’s sure to be spectacular. The marble, 40-seat bar has a comprehensive cocktail menu and tantalising bar grub with creative combinations such as diver scallops with celery root and black truffle bone marrow.
400 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018
+1 214 317 2908
Tinted in terracotta, this Park Avenue looker keeps it earthy and modern with concrete floors, copper ceilings and wood seating. Multiple-hat-wearing chef Marco Porceddu crafts elegant Italian fare inspired by his native Sardinia.
420 Park Avenue South New York, NY 10014
+1 212 787 4663
With more fresh fish than you can shake a plate of sashimi at, this seafoodie grill is known for its shellfish towers. Plop down in one of the russet-coloured banquettes and order the Orchestra if you’re feeding a group, it serves up to six.
49 West 64th Street at Broadway, New York, NY 10023
(+1 212 965 1785)
You can’t say you’ve ‘done’ SoHo without having supped on champers and a three-tiered seafood platter at this restaurant on Spring Street in SoHo; you could be in Paris but for the distinct lack of cigarette smoke.
80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012, USA
+1 212 414 2355
Bell Book & Candle
An eco-foodies dream, this West Village dining den offers hearty dishes, local cheeses and fresh vegetables grown on the aeroponic roof-top garden. Low-lit and brick-lined, Bell Book & Candle uses sustainable, reclaimed materials its furnishings.
141 West 10th Street New York, NY 10014
+1 212 752 7470
Created by carnivore chefs Rodelio Aglibot and Clifford Crooks, this is their flagship. Meat lovers can expect USDA prime, American and Japanese Kobe and certified Black Angus beef cuts served up with the potatoes from a choice of eight different styles. Fresh seafood and luscious desserts round out the menu at this midtown spot.
106 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022
+1 212 488 2626
Carlos A Suarez’s resurrection of this 100-year-old brownstone as a cosy restaurant was a stroke of genius. Bobo feels more like a private supper scenario, with delicious fresh, seasonal farm-to-table fare from Patrick Connolly. To experience the standout dishes, choose the ‘dinner party’ option from the menu.
181 W10th Street, New York, NY 10014
+1 212 982 8422
Chef Shea Gallante keeps this critically acclaimed Italian restaurant in the Flatiron district interesting with a daily-changing menu. It’s all about the ingredients with its dishes, with a focus on sustainable, local offerings. And there are some great eco-friendly details in the eatery itself, such as repurposed wood from a farmhouse. Intimate and relaxed there’s a warm ambiance from decor that includes exposed brick walls, a central fireplace and warm-hued leather banquette seating.
45 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010
+1 212 796 8040
Hotel on Rivington's low-lit LES dining den features a cool mash-up of Japanese and Americana specialties, craft beer and inventive cocktails such as the Ninja Butterfly made with sake, saffron, thyme and lime.
107 Rivington Street New York NY 10002
+1 212 391 2400
DB Bistro Moderne
Punchy prints of flowers line the walls of this elegant and casual Midtown restaurant. Dine on modern French-American fusion dishes with artistic flourishes.
55 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
+1 212 362 7470
Chef Michael Psilakis delivers in flavour and concept at his Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper West Side. Use Fishtag’s Appetizing menu to take the guesswork out of what to drink with dinner, as their cured meats, cheese and seafood are expertly paired with wine, craft beer and cocktails.
222 West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
(+1 212 420 0012)
We love this 'secret' restaurant at the end of Freeman Alley between Bowery and Chrystie Street, where you can eat devils on horseback among stuffed animals and a hip LES clientele.
191 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 100002, USA
+1 212 988 9822
This is BLT’s little brother on the Upper East Side – a modern take on a burger and fries joint. Their signature patty? A blend of short rib, brisket, sirloin and chuck cuts griddled to perfection. You can also get lighter fare such as chopped, Caesar or Cobb salads – and not so light, such as fried dill pickles and waffle bites, smothered with sour cream, cheddar cheese and bacon. If you’re feeling ravenous – and you don’t care about calories – order the UltiMELT, a burger topped with onions and crispy bacon between two gooey, grilled gruyere sandwiches.
1448 Second Ave, New York, NY 10021
+1 212 554 6502
This brand new addition to New York’s dining scene is housed within the Hudson Hotel. Designed in imitation of an Ivy League cafeteria, the stylish space is kitted out with long communal tables and red brick walls. Diners help themselves to a rainbow-coloured array of treats including crab rolls, spinach salad, Wayg? beef sliders, artichoke confit and garlic chips. Expect live DJs and an edgy crowd.
356 West 58th Street, New York, NY 10019
+1 212 873 0200
Greek-cuisine guru Chef Michael Psilakis teamed up with restaurateur Donatella Arpaia to create this Upper West Side spot that celebrates Bacchanalian bliss. The menu focuses on reasonably priced rustic dishes re-imagined from Psilakis’ childhood growing up in NYC surrounded by generations of his Greek family.
505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024
+1 212 616 9931
Le Petite Maison
With outposts in Dubai, London and Nice, this French dining den has a loyal following of diplomats, designers and celebrities. Models captured in blown-up black-and-white photographs line the walls of the dining room. Try the zucchini blossom beignets or the delicious artichoke salad.
13 West 54th Street New York, NY 10019
+1 212 582 5100
This twice Michelin-starred Italian restaurant and raw bar is a dream for seafood lovers. Chef/owner Michael White gets creative with the menu, pairing fresh pasta with the likes of manila clams and black sea bass with beluga lentils, puntarella, hazelnuts and red pepper soffrito.
240 Central Park South, New York, NY, 10019
+1 212 965 8777
This 98-seat restaurant in SoHo has a homey atmosphere and luscious pasta concoctions layered with flavour such as the truffled mascarpone ravioli, drizzled with melted butter and studded with bits of prosciutto. Owner and chef Michael White found his inspiration for the menu in the cuisine of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region.
218 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 10012
(+1 212 965 9511)
Cosy up in the redbrick arches of this restaurant; the glow of the open kitchen couldn’t be a more romantic setting for hearty, quality eats.
194 Elizabeth Street, New York, USA
(+1 212 823 9335)
If you’re in the mood for the finest things in life, the $150 nine-course tasting menu at Thomas 'French Laundry' Keller’s legendary restaurant in the Time Warner Centre is a must. Remember to book aeons in advance.
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, USA
+1 212 792 9001
Run by chef Marcus Samuelsson of Top Chef fame, this Harlem haunt is a soul food fantasy fulfilled with dirty rice infused with curry leaves and almonds and mac-n-cheese made with gouda and NY cheddar and served with greens. Stop by for Latin Tuesdays for mojitos and cumbia-spinning DJs.
310 Lenox Avenue, New York, NY 10027
+1 212 729 9790
Overlooking the East River, Tom Colicchio’s slow foodie favourite grows its own herbs and vegetables on-site at the Riverpark Farms. The seasonal bounty is paired with Arctic char, chops and oxtail.
450 E 29th St. New York, NY 10016
(+1 212 260 4555)
Schiller's Liquor Bar
As much a restaurant as a bar, this place at 131 Rivington Street in the East Village is lovely for brunch or just a few drinks. Don’t let the boozy name fool you: this is also a great spot to take any little ones you might have tagging along. It has a great prix fixe kids’ menu.
131 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002, USA
+1 212 484 5120
Wild mushroom martini, with a spinach fondue, poached egg and crisp pancetta; cider-enhanced pork with a side of kohlrabi or Muscat-infused foie gras – some of the culinary surprises at glossy Mod-American restaurant South Gate in Jumeirah Essex House hotel. Toni Chi designed the sleek decor of this destination restaurant and cocktail lounge, while Kerry Heffernan channels his modern American/classic French dining expertise into creating the imaginative locally sourced, seasonal menu.
154 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019
(+1 212 620 0393)
For a little taste of London, this fashionable place on West 11th is a fantastic gastropub, attracting a stellar clientele.
314 West 11th Street, 1, New York, NY 10014, USA
+1 212 581 1818
Fall in love over a smooth tequila on the rocks at this unassuming Mexican bistro in the Theatre District. The restaurant takes its name from a plant known for its swoon-inducing qualities. Toloache’s owner/chef Julian Medina uses fresh meats, fruits and vegetables to create modern Mexican cuisine. The mosaic-tiled dining room creates a fiesta-friendly vibe.
251 West 50th Street, New York, NY, 10019
+1 212 529 2919
Julian Medina takes on Latin cuisine at this East Village spot. The open kitchen lets diners see the behind-the-scenes action – a seasoned staff creating a mash-up of the most luscious Latin flavours. The richly hued walls, checkered floor, and banquette seating creates seriously sexy ambiance.
23 Avenue A # A, New York, NY, 10009
+1 212 691 0057
Yerba Buena Perry
Sister restaurant to the Lower East Side location, Julian Medina’s Latina cocina (Latin kitchen) is a mecca for flavor-seeking foodie. Open for weekend brunches and dinner nightly, Yerba Buena Perry’s dishes are irresistible riffs on cuisines from Spain, Mexico, Peru and Argentina.
One Perry Street, New York, NY, 10009
+1 212 334 7320
Burger & Barrel
Savour burgers stacked with truffles and topped with giant onion rings, charcuterie and tuna tartar paired with excellent wines at this gastropub in SoHo.
25 West Houston Street New York, NY 10012
(+1 212 953 0409)
The Campbell Apartment
This bar on Vanderbilt Avenue is a great spot for a pre-dinner cocktail amid the splendour of Grand Central Station.
Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, NY 10017
(+1 212 920 3300)
The Rose Bar
We suggest you visit Ian Schrager's sexy new boutique hotel, and opt for one of the fruity or spicy Manhattans in this bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel at 2 Lexington Avenue.
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010, USA
+1 800 495 5416
Bellocq Tea Atelier
Whether you cab it or take the G train, the artisanal tea offerings at this Brooklyn beverage boutique is worth the trek. Try the invigorating mate or aromatic herbal blends.
104 West Street Greenpoint, NY 11222