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.
In 1986, sibling owners Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze opened Le Bernardin in New York after finding phenomenal success with their flagship restaurant in Paris, established in 1972. The duo won numerous accolades at the helm of this culinary destination, and it has continued to thrive under Chef Éric Ripert, named executive chef in 1994. Seafood has been the inspiration behind the menu at Le Bernardin since its conception. The tasting menu takes diners through courses filled with delicacies like Osetra caviar, Dungeness crab, Lobster Tail, and Black Bass. Patrons can also enjoy delectable small plates and handcrafted cocktails from the lounge if they wish to do so.
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.
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.
This elegant restaurant is an all rounder. The ambiance is soft and perfect for fine dining. Staff and service is very professional and attentive. While dining here, do not miss out on trying out from the wide selection of about 500 wines available from around the globe. Known for its Pastas, some of the other dishes worth trying are Burrata, Fiocchi con Formaggio with pear and the Pollo alla Martini. Also, host a private event or gathering here, the catering is great. Visit the website for more information.
Graziella's Italian Bistro is one place you will definitely enjoying going to. The traditional Italian cuisine here is authentic in taste with huge portions and affordable prices. You will be delighted to see the menu consisting of an array of pork, lamb, steaks, chicken veal, handmade pastas and a wide selection of sea food. The extensive wine list adds its charm to the sophisticated meal. The dim and relaxed setting makes it one of the most pleasant and memorable meals. The restaurant also offers a banquet hall that can accommodate up to 200 guests for private events, functions and celebrations. The service here is extremely professional and attentive and apt for families and couples. Call ahead for more information, or check out their website.
Tick Tock Diner enjoys a loyal customer base and most of these are night owls who come here to satiate their well-worked appetite after a long night in the neighborhood. The place is known for their extensive menu which delights every patron irrespective of their age. Several types of eggs, omelettes, pancakes and waffles ensure you have a hearty breakfast before heading out into the city. While, appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, steaks, chops and roasts, are available for lunch and dinner. Food is served in generous portions here and their prices are extremely reasonable.
For all your sweet cravings, head to Holsten's, located on Broad Street. Established in 1939, this ice cream parlor is locally owned and operated by Christopher Carley and Ronald Stark. The parlor gained much popularity when the HBO series Sopranos featured it in its last episode. They serve a slew of ice creams, sundaes, milkshakes and desserts. For those who are a little health conscious, they also have sugar free flavors. If you are hungry, they also have a small but flavorful food menu that serves scrumptious sandwiches and burgers. Little ones can enjoy a fine fare with their special kids menu. There is a dedicated candy counter with practically endless candy flavors to choose from. Holsten's was the Critic's Choice winner of the 31st Annual Jersey Choice Awards.
Turtle + The Wolf specializes in classic American Dishes as well as Modern American cuisine with its menu sporting specialty items like the Chicken Liver Mousse, Steak Tartare, Four Cheese Lasagna and Berkshire Pork. The decor is an amalgamation of dominant grey hues, rustic industrial edges and spectacular wall-mounted artwork that can also be purchased by guests. The restaurant's service is top notch and ensure maximum customization by taking into consideration your preferences of vegetarian and gluten-free choices before the order has been placed.
Uptown 596 is a bistro with extensive brunch and dinner menus. For brunch, customers can choose from a variety of egg dishes, waffles, pancakes and french toast along with burgers, salads, sandwiches and starters such as Soup du Jour, crab cakes and flatbread pizza. For dinner, appetizers and choices of entrees like Steak Frites, Mediterranean Shrimp and an option of making your own is available. The bistro has brick walls with vintage paintings and wood furnished tables and chairs which exude elegance and make customers feel right at home.