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 after Gilbert’s tragic demise 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. Moreover, an extensive collection of around 900 wines complements every dish to perfection. Patrons can also enjoy delectable small plates and handcrafted cocktails from their eclectic lounge. The restaurant offers spaces for private events too.
A bar and cocktail lounge that is second to none, The Campbell Apartment is located in the Grand Central Terminal. A perfect combination of richness and grandeur, this place has lush original touches like leaded glass windows, classy interiors which would take you back in the time as the 1920s, and a fireplace that creates a warm and cozy environment. If you are looking for a classic cocktail night with cheese plates, while you experience luxury and comfort altogether, then head straight to the Campbell Apartment, to have a crazy night here in New York.
PDT (which stands for Please Don't Tell) is a "secret" bar on St. Mark's Place. A call from a phone booth in Crif Dogs (the adjacent restaurant) is the only way to get in. Once accepted, a secret door opens up in the phone booth, leading to PDT. It's not much of a secret anymore though, because the club is hugely popular. Once inside, you'll find a crowded bar area steeped in darkness. The inventive cocktail selection is superb and a major draw. If you're hungry you can also order from the Crif Dogs food menu, which gets delivered to the club via a small pass. A visit to PDT is quite an interesting experience indeed.
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.
For those who crave for a little IPA with their Donkey Kong, Barcade just might be the place. The lovingly-designed space combines hand-crafted pub furnishings with several classic arcade games. Draft and craft brews are the specialty of the house featuring East Coast heavy hitters like Peekskill and West Coast humdingers like Lagunitas, but there is also a full bar. So whether you like a shot of Jim Beam before a round of Centipede or a goblet of Belgian-style strong ale to accompany a rousing Ms Pac-Man tournament, Barcade can probably accommodate you.
Le Bain is popular both amongst regular party-goers as well as celebrities, with its unique interior design making lounging both luxurious and fun. Le Bain, which translates to "bath" in French, is also popularly known for the plunge pool located on the dance floor during the summertime. Although extremely exclusive and often requiring invites to get in, those who manage to enter are rewarded with a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop and excellent service from professional bartenders mixing up great cocktails and concoctions.
A casual tavern called Turnpike which was a jaunt for the locals, was given a new face and is now known as Restaurant L. The chefs bring in a delectable twist to the traditional American fare and give it a contemporary twist. Guests can gorge on pizzas, pastas, burgers, salads and steaks. They also offer a raw bar, for the fresh sea food lovers. On Wednesdays all the dames can dress up and head over to L to enjoy a wonderful Ladies Night.
Established in 2005, "Giuseppe" Ristorante Italiano is a brainchild of chef Giuseppe Staiano. Giuseppe a native of Rome, uses his background and years of accumulated experience to bring in innovations to traditional Italian recipes and create tantalizing contemporary flavors. He sources his ingredients from various regions of the country and sometimes even as far as Hawaii. Enjoy fresh catch from the sea with an Italian flair at the raw bar. Giuseppe is also ready to accommodate your dietary request.
In 2009, a historical inn and tavern was given a new face and established as the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern. This new space houses two bars, a patio and four rooms for private dining. The executive chef Andrew Rodriguez with his expertise, offers a tantalizing American fare. Feast on burgers, ribs, steaks, pastas and chicken. Though dinner service stops earlier in the night, guests can enjoy drinks and a light fare at the tavern that is open till 2a.
Roots Steakhouse is famous for being one of the best local steakhouses in Ridgewood. As its name suggests, the chophouse sticks to its roots, serving delicious steaks and seafood in a traditional American setting with vintage artwork and booths. When in town and in the mood for a classic steak, head over to Roots for a hearty meal. Begin with a delectable appetizer like clam chowder or Kobe sliders and work your way through the iconic steaks, paired with your favorite drink. Options for dessert include carrot cake, sundae, and sorbet. Known for its elegant ambiance and friendly staff, Roots Steakhouse is truly an indulgent experience.
If you are in the mood to pamper yourself or celebrate a special occasion with delightful food, simply head to Varka. Serving fresh seafood and delicious Greek/Mediterranean fare, you can’t go wrong with this upscale restaurant. Favorites include Stuffed Calamari which is grilled and served with feta, tomato, fresh herbs and garlic and Dover Sole from Holland if you are in the mood for fish. Sip on a wine from their extensive selection as you relish the delicious food. They also have an exceptional assortment of Greek wines. With its dim lighting, cozy ambience, and dishes that can be shared by two, it’s also a great restaurant to bring a date.