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.
This elegant restaurant is an all rounder. The ambiance is soft and perfect for fine dining. Staff and service is very professional and attentive. While dining here, do not miss out on trying out from the wide selection of about 500 wines available from around the globe. Known for its Pastas, some of the other dishes worth trying are Burrata, Fiocchi con Formaggio with pear and the Pollo alla Martini. Also, host a private event or gathering here, the catering is great. Visit the website for more information.
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.
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.
Turtle + The Wolf specializes in classic American Dishes as well as Modern American cuisine with its menu sporting specialty items like the Chicken Liver Mousse, Steak Tartare, Four Cheese Lasagna and Berkshire Pork. The decor is an amalgamation of dominant grey hues, rustic industrial edges and spectacular wall-mounted artwork that can also be purchased by guests. The restaurant's service is top notch and ensure maximum customization by taking into consideration your preferences of vegetarian and gluten-free choices before the order has been placed.
Uptown 596 is a bistro with extensive brunch and dinner menus. For brunch, customers can choose from a variety of egg dishes, waffles, pancakes and french toast along with burgers, salads, sandwiches and starters such as Soup du Jour, crab cakes and flatbread pizza. For dinner, appetizers and choices of entrees like Steak Frites, Mediterranean Shrimp and an option of making your own is available. The bistro has brick walls with vintage paintings and wood furnished tables and chairs which exude elegance and make customers feel right at home.
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.