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Located in the basement, Sushi Azabu is a high-end Japanese restaurant that serves carefully prepared creations. The sushi is made with fresh fish that is imported from Japan. The Komai variety of rice is used along with Nikiri soy sauce that is prepared on-site. The floor of the venue is lined with soft pebbles and bamboo. Traditional Japanese wallpaper is used for the walls, completing the Japanese feel. The sushi is naturally a must try here, though the miso soup is also worth relishing.
Gaze at the famous Statue of Liberty from all angles at Gigino located in Robert F. Wagner Park at the Battery. This Italian restaurant and bar offers splendid views of the monument along with a panorama of the New York harbor. Lunch amid the backdrop of the confluence of the mighty Hudson River and Upper New York Bay, or dine with the glimmering lights of the ships at sea in the background. Gigino offers a menu of select Italian cuisine that includes antipasti, salads and other classic dishes.
Situated on a barge beside the Brooklyn Bridge, this superb, elegant restaurant is where native New Yorkers and people who want to impress their dates gather for special occasions. With a spectacular view of lower Manhattan right outside the window and beautiful flowers blanketing the room, it all culminates into an incredibly romantic setting. The service is excellent, and the creative American cuisine is always in the hands of the capable chefs in the kitchen. Jacket and tie are required for men at dinner.
American cuisine seems to be thriving with the eateries limiting their focus to all American favorites advertised with contemporary twists. STK is one such establishment in the Meatpacking District, sporting a stellar assortment of premium meats in a rather glamorous avatar. While the steaks on offer receive the attention and care they deserve, the restaurant's stylish interiors and contemporary setting will change your perception about steakhouses in general. The lounge is a great place to chill out with a drink after your meal while the DJ spins a fun vibe.
One of New York City's true gems, The Water Club is a perfect spot for special occasions. Located on a renovated barge on the East River, this posh New American spot serves top-notch cuisine in a spectacularly elegant settings. The seafood is the best option, with such highlights as lobster (priced daily) and seared tuna steak. If you do not feel like eating, the bar provides the same wonderful ambiance and good drinks. There is live piano every evening in the dining room, setting the mood for a wonderful evening out. From May to September, guests can enjoy the summer weather at the rooftop bar, the Crow's Nest, and soak in stunning views while sipping crafted drinks.
At Pier 66 Maritime enjoy a delicious meal with splendid views of the Hudson. The restaurant is located on what was previously a boat used to transport railway cars. Relish the dishes doled out by the chefs on this vessel, as the waves gently crash around you. Dig into their delectable burgers, steaks, wraps, salads and accompany it with a refreshing wine from their list. At this pier you can also view the historically significant John J Harvey and the Light Ship Frying Pan, that were used in the American wars.
Located inside the Macy's at Herald Square, Stella 34 Trattoria is where you will find one of the best wood-fired pizzas and delicious pastas in Midtown. Associated with the Patina Group of restaurants, this little gem at Macy's offers a fabulous Italian feast, prepared considering the al dente principle of Italian cooking. With just the right balance of spices, cream and meat cooked to perfection, dishes like beef ragu and risotto carbonara taste like a dream. Stella 34 is where you would want to take your time with the gorgeous meal and the fantastic view; drop in for a real treat!
The View is New York's only revolving rooftop restaurant. Munch over your food and enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view from the heart of the Times Square Theater District. The New American cuisine that changes seasonally includes top quality steaks, chops and seafood. Try out a bottle of Finger Lakes Riesling or North Fork Cabernet franc from Kevin Zraly's award winning wine list. The Sunday Special brunch is a chocolate fountain designed for dipping berries, marshmallows and pretzels. It is a great place to spend some time with a few friends after a long day.