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 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 truckloads of classic arcade games. Draft 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. See website for frequently updated draft list, special event announcements, Happy Hour info and more.
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.
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.
This upscale sports bar-styled nightclub offers patrons a classy place to enjoy the finer things in life, most notably cigars, drinks and sports. Comfortable leather couches, large high definition screens and a selection of sports memorabilia give the 40/40 Club an inviting environment. For the true sports fan, keep an ear to the bar to find out about exclusive events like signings and personal appearances by the creme de la creme of the sports world, including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco.
Apothèke is one of the many "speakeasy" type bars found throughout Manhattan. This sanctuary located on this hidden alley in New York's Chinatown has plenty of old-fashion panache, though the drinks may be a bit on the pricey side. The bar replicates an old-world apothecary, proudly displaying antique medicine bottles and old-fashioned chemistry equipment. This bar is manned by expert bartenders who sport white lab coats and dispense alcoholic "prescriptions" (as they call them) like the Mata Hari, Femme Fatale and Dr. Ruth, which are created with the Apothèke's house-blended absinthe and other elixirs.
Established in 1990, LuNello offers its patrons delectable Italian cuisine in its sophisticated ambiance. The owner, esteemed chef Louis Seger, has been working in the culinary industry for more than 30 years, serving some of the finest restaurants in the country. The menu boasts of traditional Italian fare of pastas, salads and appetizing entrees made of chicken and fish. The ingredients are freshly sourced from their own farm in Sussex county, New Jersey. Dine in this elegant restaurant, covered in hues of gold and cream, that seems like a royal chamber.
With outlets at Morristown and Hoboken, Sushi Lounge Totowa offers a Japanese dining experience in a modern western setting. As the name suggests, this place serves a large array of sushi made from fresh catch and the best quality ingredients. To enjoy a complete Japanese style meal, complement your sushi with an umeshu (plum wine) or a sake. Sushi Lounge is open all the days of the week, so you can drop in for lunch or dinner; if you don't feel like having a meal, enjoy a few cocktails or the traditional Japanese sake.
Rare The Steak House is a great place to relax and unwind as you gorge on some delectable meat, while ensconced in the warm ambiance of the restaurant. You can dig into the steaks that are made from the best beef, which will be cooked to your liking with a great blend of sauces. Those who would like a change from all the meat, can have a feast at the raw bar with some fresh catch or binge on some chicken. Rare boasts of an extensive wine collection; choose from their list to complement your meal. Though lunch hours are limited to weekdays only, the restaurant remains open daily for dinner.
To gorge on some authentic Italian dishes while visiting the city, drop in at Francesco's Restaurant. This place offers a range of pastas, antipasti, insalate, poultry and seafood dishes made from fresh high quality ingredients blended well herbs and sauces to create a mouthwatering meal. Lucky diners may get the opportunity to have some entertainers providing them with laughs, as they relish their food. Francesco's is a mecca for great Italian cuisine. Francesco's Restaurant, the brainchild of renowned chef Frank Gencarelli, ensures that no customer leaves this place dissatisfied.