Central Park Dining NYC, Central Park Neighborhood - AKA

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1   Angelo’s Coal Oven Pizzeria   Pizzas are baked in 900-degree coal ovens, ensuring that the thin crust of the pies are crispy and blackened, with a smoky taste that lingers in the mouth and on the mind.

2   Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill   The uptown outpost of normally downtown–focused Blue Ribbon mini–empire occupies several rooms of the 6 Columbus Hotel lobby floor. Feels intimate and clubby, but in a relaxed way due to it’s warm wood and flattering lighting. Supremely fresh sushi is the focus while the grill menu includes selections from the Blue Ribbon brasserie, such as mahi mahi or a grilled hanger steak with wild mushrooms.

3   Il Gattopardo   Chef Vito Gnazzo lights up this tiny spot with its ivy–covered garden with a Sicilian rustic classics.

4   Mangia  Upscale salad bar and more with flavorful salads, sandwiches, and hot dishes, served from various food ‘stations’ in a fast–paced and friendly environment.

5   Fig & Olive  Fig & Olive’s elegant and warm design with limestone stucco walls, terra-cotta ceiling, and green rosemary and olive trees exudes the essence of the Mediterranean. Signature dishes such as grilled branzino, porcini & gorgonozal jamon ravioli and Provence rosemary grilled lamb chops embody Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange’s passion for the best olive oils and cuisine from the Mediterranean region.

6   Quality Meats   Modern take on a classic steakhouse with a warm industrial décor that draws on cues from traditional NYC butcher shops. Expertly cooked steaks are fairly priced as far as steakhouses go, and the salad and seafood offerings transcend the genre—the shrimp cocktail is one of the best we’ve tasted.

7   Rue 57 Brasserie   Crowd–pleasing mix of French, American, and sushi bar fare on the southeast corner of 57th and Sixth Aves, one block from AKA. It’s a boisterously attractive imitation of a Parisian brasserie, good for a breakfast or lunch of classics such as tuna nicoise. Rue 57 is reliable for a quick, casual meal. Also in nice weather, sidewalk seating.

8   Sarabeth’s Kitchen   Omelets, pancakes, baked goods, and more define this classic breakfast and brunch haven.

9   Shun Lee Chinese   Lincoln Center standby with excellent cooking, open most nights until midnight.

10   The Modern – Bar Room   The Modern is two restaurants in one—a vibrant café and a formal dining room. Depending on our mood, we sometimes prefer the Bar Room cafe with it’s busy, eat–at–all–hours energy. The chef is Gabriel Kreuther, a classically trained Frenchman from Alsace, who has a taste for earthy comfort foods, which show up on the café menu in about thirty dishes which are meted out in fashionable “small plate” portions, which you can enjoy late in the evening, or mid-afternoon.

11   The Plaza Food Hall   Upscale food court in the tradition of European food halls with an American bent. Part market, part restaurant, with a series of themed food counters (grill, sushi, wood–fired oven for pizzas, noodle and dumpling bar). Convenient for purchases of cheese and bread from NYC superstar purveyors Murray’s Cheese and Sullivan Street bakery.

12   Avra Estiatorio  Take a breath and relax, as Avra Estiatorio takes you away from the bustling streets of New York City into a Mediterranean sanctuary. The open kitchen with its magnificent fish display prepares the freshest selections right from the sea, including Mediterranean specialties such as Barbounia, Lithrini, and Fagri.

13   Dawat  Dawat is serving the best Indian food in the neighborhood by far, and although the menu is a little pricey the value is all there. The food is cooked to the highest of standards and a large menu, with options for those that do not like the spice and zing that is commonly associated with Indian cuisine. They are known for their Sea Bass Tikka and Roasted Vegetable Tandoori.

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