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.
A bar and cocktail lounge that is second to none, The Campbell Apartment is located in the Grand Central Terminal. Showcasing richness and grandeur, this place has lush original touches like leaded glass windows and a fireplace that create a warm and cozy environment. Are you looking to enjoy a cocktail and cheese plate, while experiencing luxury and comfort at the same time, then this is just the right place for you. When in New York, this is a must-visit, and it will keep you coming back again for 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.
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.
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.
Nero's Grille is typical American steakhouse that blends together an Italian flair in its preparations. Nero's Grille, established in 1969, has been pleasing guests with tantalizing dishes for more than 40 years. Nero's have earned themselves a reputation for serving enormous appetizing portions at reasonable rates. Enjoy the delectable steak and chop in the warm ambiance of any of the three dining rooms or on their breezy terrace. Lost in a maze with Nero's vast menu? Ask for the 'Chef's-Specials-Of-The-Day' and savor the delights.
The Cloverleaf Tavern is a nice, homely gastro pub offering a variety of foods and beers. Homely, we say, because the staff of the family-run tavern makes it a point to make each and everyone feel comfy. Do not miss their hamburgers and beer-battered fish and chips. The rest of the menu consists of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and more. It ain't no surprise they have been voted as the Best Beer Bar in all of Northeast.
Hat City Kitchen is a neighborhood restaurant where you can eat, drink and be merry till late hours of night. The restaurant is housed in one of the oldest structures of the city. Their menu offers a delectable blend of Cajun and Creole cuisine with modern American flavors. Do try out the Jambalaya, a popular New Orleans dish. Their list of live musicians can cater to different tastes, ranging across acoustic, jazz, rock, funk, blues and more. The artists are talented local musicians who have worked with renowned names.
As the only brew pub in all of South Orange, the Gaslight Brewery has perfected their craft brews. The brewery offers close to 15 different beers in rotation of their eight tap lines throughout the week. The pub grub is served in heaping portions with guilt-inducing options like nachos, barbecue quesadillas, pizza, pasta and more. The bar also offers shuffleboard and large screen televisions to keep patrons entertained and in the loop with their favorite teams.