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.
Headed up by renowned chef April Bloomfield, The Spotted Pig's menu of English-inspired gastropub fare is worth seeking out. Take a seat in the cozy dining room, decorated with mismatched bar stools and pig-themed art. The most popular item on the menu is the burger - thick, juicy, perfectly cooked, and served with a side of shoestring fries, it's a must-try. If you're in the mood for something lighter, try the apple salad with walnuts and cheddar.
Masa, located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle is a thoroughly unique dining experience. There are no windows. There is no menu. You order a specialty cocktail made with top-shelf ingredients, then Chef Masa Takayama, just inches away, goes to work on a three-hour multi-course meal of the most mouthwatering, heart-melting sushi. But the fact that Masa is one of a microscopic few non-French establishments to be awarded The New York Times' coveted four star honors is evidence that being at the chef's mercy can only be a great thing. A step into Bar Masa next door is also worthwhile.
Robongi is a Japanese restaurant which specializes in serving sushi, along with many other Japanese delicacies. The interiors resemble that of a typical Japanese sushi bar and also has BYOB. A variety of bento boxes, noodles, rolls, soups, salads and sashimis as well as contemporary seafood items like carpaccios, ceviches, tartares, filet mignon and grilled spicy shrimp are served here. The Zagat survey for 2003-2005 listed the restaurant among the "Top 40 Food" & "Top 40 Bangs for the Buck".
If you are marveled at the idea of a pizza so large that requires two big plates, head to Benny Tudino's. Located on Washington Street, this Italian eatery remains popular for ginormous pizzas, served with love and some savory toppings. You may wonder that with a pizza so big, the crust would not be even throughout. All such notions crash when you get to devour the fine brown crust pizza topped with delicious cheese and seasoned with some zesty sauces.
Nestled in a modish yellow structure in Hoboken's midtown area, Dozzino is a popular pizzeria found on Adams Street. The restaurant reminds one of a local pizza joint in Rome, with its unconventional decor and authentic preparations. Wood-carved chairs and tables grace the rustic dining area complete with a courtyard seating. Diners can choose from an array of delicious Neopolitan pizzas, made from fresh dough and wood fired to perfection. The Roman owner knows the art of hand-crafted pizzas well. The chefs bake the pizzas with fior di latte and its hard to miss how the cheese vanishes on the crust in a sublime way.
Established in 1971 as a traditional Middle-Eastern diner in New York, Mamoun's quickly garnered fame and had locations opened across other states as well. Mamoun's serves Middle-Eastern food such as falafel, hummus, baba ganouj, tabbouleh, shawarma and kebab and desserts such as baklava, spiced tea and tamarind juice. Using fresh produce and imported spices in traditional recipes, the restaurant produces high quality food within an affordable price range.
H&S Giovanni's is a neighborhood pizza joint found on Washington Street. A bustling pizzeria nestled in Hoboken's midtown area, it offers an array of comfort food options at great prices. If you happen to be drunk and hungry on a Friday night, head to H & S Giovanni's for some wholesome pizzas and flavorsome sandwiches without really pinching your wallet. Mozzarella sticks and calzones make for great appetizers, even as you relish those hot pizzas drenched in cheese and zesty seasonings.