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Garnering accolades left and right, Atera is a fine dining establishment located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Showcasing his technical mastery, executive chef Matthew Lightner offers an exquisite tasting menu with an astounding 28 courses for patrons. Just two seating times a night are available from Tuesday through Saturday. Each seating takes between two and three hours and has featured innovative creations such as a beer macaron with sturgeon caviar, cured swordfish belly and lamb tartare. Reservations are highly recommended.
Momofuku Ko has been called one of the greatest restaurants in the world. It is for this reason, and the fact that the restaurant only has a capacity of 12 diners at a time, that securing a seat can be particularly challenging to reserve a seat here. If you are lucky enough to do so, you will be treated to a ten-course meal of Asian fusion dishes that you won't soon forget. Diners sit at the kitchen counter and are served directly by the chefs who whip up delicacies as they serve. Trendy, exclusive and worthy of the hype, Momofuku Ko is a true New York City treasure.
Food connoisseurs believe that the quality of a meal is determined by that of its ingredients. With this philosophy in mind, Blue Hill forms part of a growing trend of like-minded restaurants in New York that insist on using the choicest produce in their kitchens. Dan, David and Laureen Barber inherited the family's farm in Massachusetts from whom it gets its name and inspiration. Its fascinating history is synthesized in the landmark building in Greenwich Village that this place calls home. The creative menu includes marinated beet salad, Berkshire pig's belly, venison liver terrine, grilled celery root risotto and Hudson Valley chicken. Epicureans can dine in the elegant and sophisticated seating area for a five course seasonal tasting menu with artisanal wine.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea embodies romance, featuring piano music, flowers, fireplaces, balcony seating and dim lighting. It is a favorite spot for marriage proposals and special occasions. The signature dish is Beef Wellington, the filet mignon is wrapped in sumptuous pastry dough. The desserts and the extensive wine list are also worth inspecting.
Wallse was awarded Michelin star almost as soon as it opened, creating the kind of buzz that you can't buy - and a pretty lengthy reservation list. The food is largely Austrian - it's rich, a little on the heavy side, and served in generous portions. The desserts are exemplary - warm apple strudel anyone? And the wine list is solid. It's the kind of restaurant that warrants a special occasion; be ready to spend big but eat fantastically well. Opt for the outside patio on those gorgeous, sunny days.
Buddakan offers modern Asian cuisine to New York foodies. Located at the east side of Chelsea Market, this 16,000-square-foot (1486-square-meter) restaurant has a decidedly ultra chic look. Indulge your taste buds and choose from exotic dishes made from vegetables and meats, including shrimp, fish, chicken, beef, duck, and lamb, all served with a Chinese twist. The trendy restaurant has even been featured in TV and movies like Sex and the City.
Joseph Bastianich, Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali joined forces to create Del Posto. The warm, candle-lit restaurant takes diners on a tour of Italy, respectfully updating well-loved classics from each region to reflect the tradition of Italian-American cuisine. All the risotto, pasta, and spaghetti dishes imaginable, garnished with every possible tangy sauce, are waiting to be relished by Italian food lovers.
Irreplaceable even in a city overflowing with restaurants, Eleven Madison Park offers one of the best fine dining experiences in all of New York City. The elegant eatery is located on Madison Avenue and takes its name from the charming Madison Square Park that it faces, making it a central staple of the Manhattan culinary scene. Specializing in eight to ten course tasting menus, Eleven Madison Park serves contemporary, French-inspired cuisine created from only the best ingredients. You can also stop by the bar for a less involved meal, quick and delicious bite, or refreshing cocktail. Just prepare to be amazed no matter how you choose to experience the exquisite vision of Chef Daniel Humm.
Aureole succeeds in preparing a feast for the non-ostentatious in an elegant setting. However, discerning diners are sure to be impressed by the contemporary American fare and chic ambiance. Try the yellowfin tuna tartare with chili-spiced ponzu or pick the Atlantic salmon with an orange-miso vinaigrette. The polished service scores high marks for being friendly, and yet not too pushy. Aureole is located in the vicinity of the Times Square, and is usually pretty crowded during lunch.
Although this quintessential Manhattan French restaurant may be pricey, it is a thoroughly romantic place to enjoy a memorable meal. It has long been known for its spectacular floral displays, great food and good service. The prix fixe dinner along with wine makes for an interesting combination. Dishes can be ordered a la carte as well, including such delicacies as frogs' legs sauteed with garlic and tomato compote, and pan seared halibut with sorrel and cucumbers.
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.
Serving Italian seafood creations to delighted patrons, Marea has already earned two coveted Michelin stars for their polished menu of authentic Italian coastal offerings. The chic interior is perfect for business or romance, and private dining rooms can be readily arranged. Chef Michael White's deft Mediterranean touch pairs globally sourced ingredients like sea urchin, lobster, oysters, marlin, scallops and octopus with rich sauces, fragrant herbs and bright, citrus flavors. Studying the menu alone will whet your appetite. If not, a glass of wine from their thoughtfully selected wine list will surely do the trick.