Blue Ribbon Brasserie is an obligatory stop for food connoisseurs in the city. While the wildly popular restaurant now has several locations, the flagship location will always hold a special place in New Yorkers' hearts, particularly fans of the late-night dining scene. Blue Ribbon Brasserie welcomes diners until the early hours of the morning, creating a warm and welcoming ambience with low lighting and details like velvet upholstery. Sample the best comfort food you've ever eaten, savor remarkably fresh seafood, and enjoy classic mains like the hangar steak with wild mushrooms or roasted duck club. There's something to be said for American dishes done right at Blue Ribbon Brasserie.
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.
Eno Terra sits amidst lush surroundings in a beautiful mansion steeped in history. The majestic setting is just the beginning of your experience though. Drawing inspiration from the region's rich agricultural bounty, the restaurant presents a diverse menu of Italian specialties that offer a good mix of the traditional and modern preparations. Most of the kitchen's ingredients come from the restaurant's own Eno Terra Canal Farm with independent growers and suppliers also chipping in. The seasonally changing menu offers a good mix of classic and contemporary preparations, with seafood dominating the proceedings. The delightful wine list is a globe-trotting affair with American and Italian wines making up a major part of the list. A romantic charm envelopes you as you enter the historic building, with the wood-dominated interiors accentuating its striking features. An excellent bet for an intimate meal, Eno Terra is also apt for memorable group dinners and private functions. Check website for more.
The Rocky Hill Inn is a cozy neighbourhood bistro and pub, much loved by the localites. It features an extensive menu of wholesome food like Shepherd's Pie, Braised Short Rib, various burgers and quite a few salads. Here one can relax like in an English pub with the adjacent bar providing the beer on tap, TV screens and WiFi. The outdoor patio is also a good place to unwind. Do not leave without trying out the turkey burger that is supposed to be one-of-a-kind.
Located near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the now legendary Grimaldi's offers excellent pizzas. Cooked in a brick oven, the crusts emerge crispy and pleasantly charred. The toppings always consist of only the freshest ingredients, including their delectable sausage, vegetables and mozzarella cheese. No reservations are taken, so be prepared to wait outside along with hordes of faithful customers, who consider this to be the best pizza in New York City.
Chateau of Spain offers exquisite Spanish cuisine with an elegant dining experience. The interiors are tastefully decorated with soft lights, wooden furniture and artistic paintings. The extensive use of wood sets the tone of the the decor in whole. Delicious and garnished beautifully, the food promises to capture the essence of Spanish cuisine. The menu has an eclectic assortment of Spanish delicacies along with a few Portuguese culinary delights as well. The place is perfect for intimate family lunches, birthday parties or grand wedding dinners. Whatever be the occasion, Chateau of Spain restaurant promises to deliver a dining experience to cherish forever.
Keyport Fishery is a popular local eatery offering delicious seafood sandwiches and more. Whether you have lobster, calamari, flounder, crab cake, or shrimp between two buns, it's bound to be delicious. Although they don't have any space for visitors to dine in the restaurant, locals still visit to grab the perfect to-go lunch. Just add a side of fries and some tartar sauce and you've get a hearty meal!
It's not just the fantastic coffee that attracts patrons to this lively coffee shop close to the waterfront. Espresso Joe's has a unique local vibe, where you'll find the regulars mingling with the artsy type over their brew. There's good strong coffee, a fine choice of teas as well as delicious bites that also have vegan options. Highlight of the place however, is their music scene which attracts some of the best local talent. Weekly jam sessions attract large crowds, and popular acts have been known to make improptu stops as well. Check website for more.
McDonagh's Pub tries to give the local as well as visitors to Aberdeen an Irish pub experience. A historical building, in the heart of Keyport, was given a new face and transformed into a vibrant place that amalgamated the traditional architecture into the modern style. The menu features a tantalizing fare of Irish dishes along with popular bar favorites like burgers, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, wraps, wings and steaks. Get your throats in good condition to join them on Wednesdays for karaoke. On weekends, guests can enjoy the beats strummed by live musicians.
Drew's Bayshore Bistro is "a dream come true" for local owner and chef Andrew Araneo. The result of that dream is an adorable bistro that brings seasonal, fresh, Cajun-inspired dishes to Keyport. After Hurricane Sandy flooded the restaurant's original location, Drew's moved to its charming new home just a few blocks away. Simple decor and comfortable furnishings are just as much a part of the Drew's experience as is the tasty food. The restaurant is BYOB and tends to be very busy, so be sure to bring your own alcoholic drinks and call ahead for reservations.
This well-appointed eatery is a nice spot if you are hankering for some Italian food. Piero’s Italian Restaurant & Banquet Hall is close to the Natco Lake and has been around for decades. This classic menu is highlighted by local produce. Homemade pastas, entrees, salads and appetizers are freshly prepared. Their seasonal fare is delicious and reasonably priced, ensuring you can savor your favorite dish without spending a lot. Complement your meal with cocktail and wine.