The Blue Ribbon Brasserie Manhattan is the first and evidently the most popular restaurant of the Blue Ribbon restaurant group. While it's an obligatory stop for food connoisseurs, it is also popular among professionals in Manhattan working late hours. The seafood dishes score well but the chicken, duck, pigeon and beef culinary creations are not far behind. The salads and soups are a nice way of rounding out the meal, and the desserts have you searching for excuses to celebrate. Given its popularity and limited seats, you ought to reserve before you head here during evening hours or simply wait.
Maguy and Gilbert LeCoze came to New York from Paris in 1986 to establish this elegant restaurant for the sole purpose of cooking and preparing fish dishes. At the time, few could have predicted their incredible success, but since its inception the restaurant has received the highest of ratings from food critics. Even when Gilbert died and was succeeded by Chef Eric Ripert, the love and dedication with which each dish was prepared continued unabated. Although pricy, there is nothing else quite like this modern French restaurant.
For more than a 100 years, this huge cafeteria-style Jewish deli has been delighting New Yorkers with their pastrami and brisket sandwiches alongside their scrumptious "kosher-style" meals. The humble eatery, with Formica tables lined up in rows, may not be the ideal place to take a date (unless you want to remind him or her of eating in a school lunchroom), but if you are craving a giant sandwich served with perfect pickles or a couple of kosher hot dogs, there is perhaps no better place than Katz's in the city. There is table service, but most people take a ticket at the door and give it to the counterman when placing their order; they then pay on the way out.
Principally a live music venue, The Long Beach Inn devotes plenty of energy to creating a wonderful concert schedule for music enthusiasts on Long Island, with great results. Special nights all week long tempt guests to satisfy their hunger at the restaurant - try Taco Tuesday - or dance to DJ mixes and happy hour acoustic sets before enjoying performances by great East Coast bands. See website for details and photo galleries.
The name of this restaurant has nothing to do with actual people named Frankie or Johnnie, in fact the words are old passwords between revelers and managers during Prohibition. 'Frankie' was used at the door, and if the reply was 'Johnnie', the drinking could start. This isn't the original Frankie & Johnnie's (that one is in Times Square), but it still serves USDA Prime Dry Age cuts that are just as delicious as the ones served at the flagship. This location in the Garment District provides classic sides as well like creamed spinach, potatoes and plenty of seafood. A full-bar and wine list are also available.
Essentially an all-American bistro, Almond serves classic French cuisine ranging from Meatballs, Crostino, Beef and Red Wine Agnolotti and Dry Aged N.Y. Steak. The bistro is a sister concern of a similar one in Bridgehampton. The food is delicious, certainly leading to a finger-licking battle, which is not surprising given the boundless talent of the chefs. The bar is worth a look with its daunting collection of beverages. Dine here and be entranced by the eager to please service, cheerful staff and positive ambience.