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Cipriani Wall Street is a magnificent piece of Greek architecture and is the former home to the NYSE, the US Customs House and the New York Merchants Exchange. Occupying an entire city block and an area of 16,000 square feet, it is framed by monolithic Corinthian columns amongst a backdrop of Greek architecture. Owned and maintained by the super wealthy Cipriani family, this is an ideal venue for weddings, parties and other events. The place is crowded with suave business executives and society ladies lunching in the afternoons. Celebrity spotting is a favorite pass-time at this place. Visit website for detailed menu.
The original Delmonico's opened as a pastry shop in 1827, and over the next ten years it changed locales a few times as well as a few owners until it finally reached its current digs at the intersection of Beaver and William Streets. This restaurant is a repository for some of the most well-known dishes in America; it is the home of the Delmonico steak, Lobster Newburg, Baked Alaska and claims to have invented Eggs Benedict. It is also known as one of the first places where one could order à la carte (as opposed to a prix fixe) and was one of the first restaurants in the country to offer a separate wine list. Today, the ambiance inside conjures up images of 19th-century Victorian opulence, with polished mahogany, chandeliers and ornate chairs. Delmonico's is replete with history and the food remains just as classic, with dishes like the oysters "Diamond Jim Brady" or the grass-fed steak served with their whipped potatoes and creamed spinach, not to mention their selection of fresh seafood. This is a place to treat yourself or a loved one, so sit back and absorb the atmosphere over a glass of wine and imagine yourself in Old New York.
Established in 1937, this tavern/restaurant was named after the brook that once flowed through Manhattan from the Collect Pond further north. Step inside and you are immediately transported to post-depression New York, albeit with a more updated menu. Black and white tiles coupled with dark, wood paneled walls draws in the crowd. Today, Minetta Tavern is run by Keith McNally, the man behind Pastis and Balthazar. The dinner menu is highlighted by the cuts of beef, such as the dry-aged côte de boeuf served for two and the bone-in New York strip. The menu is seasonal and ever-changing, although you can always have traditional favorites like steak frites and burgers.
Chic and supremely popular, Gramercy Tavern is known among the Manhattan elite for its excellent service, superb food, plush interiors, and extensive wine list. The restaurant boasts two distinct dining options: you can enjoy a cozy, à la carte meal in the Tavern or indulge in the prix fixe experience in the Dining Room. Chef Michael Anthony proudly sources ingredients from local vendors, creating sensational dishes that change with the seasons. Whether you're snacking on treats like Wagyu pastrami and fluke tartare in the Tavern or reveling in courses like pork belly with peaches and strawberry brown butter cake for dessert in the Dining Room, you're sure to be amazed by Gramercy Tavern.
Peter Luger is one of the best steakhouses in all of New York. Patrons can most assuredly expect to receive top quality meats and service. The steaks are cooked to perfection, promise to give good value for your money. Moreover, the overall experience is made all the more memorable with amiable and friendly services at the restaurant. Do not forget to check out their daily specials.
Scrumptious babaganoush, irresistible falafel and gooey Kashkaval cheese are only some of the perfectly executed dishes at this lavish Mediterranean-influenced Lebanese restaurant. Ilili is chic, refined Middle-Eastern cuisine with sophisticated offerings like braised rabbit, lamb and plum stew, and striped bass with a ragout of clams and herbs. The dining space glows amber, creating a backdrop for an unforgettable romantic night out. Reservations are recommended.
Located in the Bryant Park Hotel, Koi restaurant is a good place to go to for sushi and delicious Japanese fare. Nicely done interiors with a white lattice canopy gives the place a classy look. Koi concocts an amazing range of sauces and attempts to blend the fiery and sweet flavors. Their crispy rice with spicy tuna, dragon roll, poached halibut, steamed Chilean sea bass, roasted shishito and coconut rice pudding are worth a try. The varied mojitos and martinis set the mood in this trendy restaurant.
This Midtown hot spot with an infamous history has developed a reputation for good steaks and a business crowd. Dry-aged beef is served in hearty portions, as well as extra-thick veal and lamb chops. Seafood selections include red snapper and striped bass. Large dining rooms with dark antique furniture and staid paintings create the atmosphere. Black-tied waiters and efficient service set the pace. There is also an amazing wine list, with huge selections and amazingly affordable prices.
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.
Overlooking the Museum of Modern Arts' Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, The Modern employs new age cooking skills to give you a unique, contemporary menu with dishes that you won't find at any other upscale restaurant. This two Michelin stars restaurant features an ever-changing food menu with seasonal specials to cater to all your gastronomical dreams. The cuisine on offer is predominantly a fusion of American and French delicacies, inspired by Chef Bissel and Jiho Kim. Apart from the main dining room, The Modern also hosts The Bar Room with a more casual ambiance and offering a seasonal a' la carte menu with an exclusive wine list. Patrons may also use the outdoor terrace, which is bustling with diners during the pleasant spring and summer months.