A family-style pizza place puts
a premium on blackened crusts and fresh ingredients.
The menu is
a sophisticated, creative combination of classic Provençal fare fused with
inspiration from the Mediterranean coast.
exposed brick and bare, candlelit walnut tables create an inviting atmosphere,
further accented by burgundy banquettes and terrazzo floors, providing a
decidedly Old World ambience to this Upper East Side gem.
What makes a
good steakhouse, of course, is lots of good meat, and there’s plenty of that on
the menu at BLT Steak...it’s cut width-wise, in delicate slices (to facilitate
fashionable “family-style” sharing), and it comes in all shapes and sizes,
ranging from a suitably enormous porterhouse for two to a thin, surgically
sliced flatiron cut of Kobe beef oozing with fatty, rich flavor. In between,
there’s a tough but tasty cut of hanger steak, an absurdly tender filet mignon,
and a classic sixteen-ounce New York strip. It’s charred and salty on the
exterior, so that when you take a bite, the result is a pleasurable candylike
little spot for morning coffee and Balthazar pastries.
Chola Eclectic Indian Cuisine
Since opening in 1998, Chola has maintained its spot in the top
tier of upscale Indian restaurants. While the whitewashed dining room fails to
evoke the kaleidoscopic colors of India, the blandness of the setting only
heightens the aesthetic impact of the food, which is as rich and colorful as a
of modern saladeries—fresh ingredients, fast service.
Dos Caminos Third Avenue has
brought a grande fiesta to Midtown, capturing the true spirit of genuine
Mexican cuisine. Offering 11,000 square feet of stunning space inspired by
colorful, contemporary Mexican architecture, Dos Caminos Third Avenue features
a tequila bar with over 100 different types of tequila, a 43-foot long communal
table, four individual dining vaults, a private dining area that can
accommodate 40 guests, and an outdoor café to enjoy Executive Chef Scott
Linquist's Modern Mexican menu al fresco!
writing cookbooks and taping segments of Lidia's
Italian Table for PBS, Lidia Bastianich, the matriarch of the clan
responsible in part for Lupa, Esca, and Becco, oversees this elegant bastion of
Italian cooking. But chef Fortunato Nicotra deserves credit for a new breath of
energy at the range. Sauces are lighter, pastas still wonderful, and entrees
get deftly tweaked. The wine list always impresses, and olive oil connoisseurs
can spring for a $7 comparative tasting. Felidia's first-ever bar menu features
a selection of paninis and complimentary sorbet. Available for lunch and
Financier Patisserie is a
charming pastry shop specializing in traditional and signature French Pastries.
Its name not only refers to the district in which its flagship store is located
but also to a unique French pastry of the same name. The financier is a rich
almond cake that is traditionally baked in the shape of a gold bar.
Lello Arpaia’s latest venture is with his son Dino at this midtown
Italian place with two large dining rooms with fabric-covered walls, white
tablecloths and power-red banquettes. In a menu of tried-and-true classics
pastas and mains are consistently excellent. A memorably luxurious seafood
risotto is enriched with crab, scallops, shrimp, and lobster; pappardelle with
veal ragú is deeply scented with earthy porcini mushrooms and smoked
prosciutto. Corporate carnivores who’d otherwise prefer Smith and Wollensky
will find certain comfort in the Bistecca Fiorentina, a well-aged T-bone that’s
grill-charred and packed with beefy flavor.
We love Fusha because the
atmosphere is trendy and sexy, but won't break the bank. The same owners as Aja
(across the street) and Amber in Murray Hill. Fish selection is always very
fresh and well-presented (oysters, a la carte sushi and rolls are really good).
Hidden in a townhouse off of
First Avenue, this unassuming French bistro has held steady since 1994 as one
of the few decent restaurants among Sutton Place’s bland mix of anonymous pubs
and sushi joints. The menu covers brasserie basics—including unremarkable
renditions of steak au poivre, poulet roti, and cold poached salmon—but most
diners go for the mussels.
Opal Bar & Restaurant
extremely popular both afterwork and as a late night destination. The front bar
is a buzzing combination of long bar, several widescreen TV's, comfortable
service, with a choice of many fine wines, single malt scotches, draft beers,
and truly tasty appetizers and entrees.
Orchard House Cafe
Coffee brewed one
cup at a time and handmade espresso drinks. Simple food—wholesome and very
satisfying from New York’s best purveyors: E.A.T. (Zabar’s), Bimmy’s Quiche
& Tell and Eli’s. In addition, wines and beers at reasonable prices.
NYC diner—booths and counter service, large menu, and fast delivery. Think eggs
over easy, grilled cheese, and tuna salad on toast.
Since 1984, Rosa Mexicano has been cooking authentic Mexican
cuisine that did not mean chili cheese burritos. It has since opened three
other NYC locations, plus branches in Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. The
formula? Guacamole prepared tableside, frozen pomegranate margaritas dispensed
from a Slurpee machine, and upscale south-of-the-border cuisine. This
locations, the original locale is a meandering series of rooms done in muted
pastels—the pink mosaic bar matches the frozen margaritas—with white
tablecloths and large plants. The dishes, from crabmeat enchiladas to
beer-and-lemon-marinated short ribs with salsa ranchera, are mostly worth what
some would consider a high price tag, and yes, the guac is tops.
sophisticated steakhouse with something for everyone, from “Asian-fried
calamari” and “West Coast chicken” to the $176 porterhouse for four.
Okay, so the
lamps aren't really Tiffany, and the chili on the foot-long hot dog is for
wusses. There aren't many places left that make you want to blow bubbles
through an ice-cream-soda straw. Serendipity 3 is proof that life isn't always
a cabaret -- sometimes it's a sweet-sixteen party. Half Provincetown
antique-queen attic, half Mad Hatter tea party, it's one of the few spaces kids
like that doesn't have a ride.
Smith & Wollensky
cowboys herd together over big steaks with knives to match. There's surf and
turf aplenty, improvisations at lunch, and a mostly-American wine cellar.
With its 100–foot bar, Sofrito
can seem Meatpacking Club–like, but there’s a definite barrio vibe here, too.
White colonnades are painted with the aphorisms of Spanish Harlem artist James
de la Vega, and casual multigenerational groups mix with sleekly
dressed couples. Everyone, from abuelas
to niños comes for the knockout
Puerto Rican menu which features several dishes dashingly presented, and others
simply massive: Mofongo al pilon de bistec (savory shredded beef over mashed
green plantains), and pernil con arroz y gandules (roasted pork shoulder with
pigeon peas and rice) are both big enough to split three ways.
Sutton Place Bar & Restaurant
The decor is
simple: French posters line the room, leading up to a crescendo of a video wall
projecting sporting events. There are 15 televisions and four large-screen
projectors with surround-sound for the armchair sportsman. Large windows in
front provide a nice view, and there's a separate lounge with a fireplace. The
real treat, however, is the rooftop space with overhead fans, frozen drinks and
a long granite bar.
a family owned and operated New York gourmet delicatessen, that pride’s itself
on dedication to fresh and tasty food served in a New York minute (fast!).