AKA expands reach to
Asia Pacific, Europe, Gulf Region
with Ascott the Residence
330 East 56th St.
New York, NY
1 Angelos Pizzeria
A family-style pizza place puts
a premium on blackened crusts and fresh ingredients.
2 Bistro 61
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.
3 BLT Steak
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
4 Caffe Martier
little spot for morning coffee and Balthazar pastries.
5 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
6 Chopt Salads
of modern saladeries—fresh ingredients, fast service.
7 Dos Caminos
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!
8 Felidia Ristorante
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
9 Financier Patisserie
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.
10 Fiorini Restaurant
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).
12 Jubilee Restaurant
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.
13 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.
14 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.
15 Plaza Diner
NYC diner—booths and counter service, large menu, and fast delivery. Think eggs
over easy, grilled cheese, and tuna salad on toast.
16 Rosa Mexicano
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.
17 Rothmann's Steakhouse
sophisticated steakhouse with something for everyone, from “Asian-fried
calamari” and “West Coast chicken” to the $176 porterhouse for four.
18 Serendipity 3
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.
19 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.
21 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.
22 Toasties East
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!).
23 American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific
and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced
its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about
human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging
program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is
renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field
guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
24 Broadway Theatre District
The stretch of Broadway known as “The Great White Way” runs through the midtown theater district where millions of people come every year to see classic Broadway theater performances as well as a variety of brand new shows introduced every season. Even if you don’t choose to see a show, a stroll through Broadway’s bright lights and bustling activity proves entertaining enough.
25 Central Park
Spanning 843 acres in the heart of
Manhattan, Central Park is one of the world's greatest urban oases,
encompassing a diverse landscape of rolling fields, walking trails and tranquil
bodies of water. Designed in the mid-19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and
Calvert Vaux, Central Park today is the centerpiece of the City's public parks
system. Among its landmarks are Wollman Rink,
the Central Park Zoo,
and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel, great for kids of all ages. Sheep Meadow
and the Great Lawn offer sprawling expanses where visitors can relax and enjoy
the outdoors. In the summer, the Great Lawn plays host to free shows courtesy
of The Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic, while the Delacorte
Theater is the location for Shakespeare in the Park.
26 Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design
Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the nation devoted
exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling
perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational
and curatorial programming. It is the mission of Cooper-Hewitt’s staff and
Board of Trustees to advance the public understanding of design across the twenty-four
centuries of human creativity represented by the Museum’s collection.
27 Empire State Building
Iconic NYC skyscraper which
soars more than 1/4 of a mile into the air. The open–air observatory is on the
86th Floor, 1,050 feet in the air. Quite simply one of the most
spectacular views in the world
28 Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest
and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of
art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the
present and from every part of the globe. Founded in 1870, the Metropolitan
Museum is located in New York City's Central Park along Fifth Avenue (from 80th
to 84th Streets). Nearly five million people visit the Museum each year.
29 Museum of Modern Art
Founded in 1929 as an
educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is one of the foremost
museums of modern art in the world. Central to The Museum of Modern Art's
mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of
modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international
audiences that it serves.
30 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (often referred to as
"The Guggenheim") is a well-known museum located on the Upper East Side. It is the permanent home to a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is one of the 20th century's most important
architectural landmarks. The museum opened on October 21, 1959, and was the
second museum opened by the Solomon R.
31 The Frick Collection
The Frick is one of the
preeminent small art museums in the United States, with a very high-quality
collection of old master paintings and fine furniture housed in 16 galleries
within the formerly occupied residential mansion of Henry Clay Frick, and in
fact, the paintings in many galleries are still arranged according to Frick's