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.
Graziella's Italian Bistro is one place you will definitely enjoying going to. The traditional Italian cuisine here is authentic in taste with huge portions and affordable prices. You will be delighted to see the menu consisting of an array of pork, lamb, steaks, chicken veal, handmade pastas and a wide selection of sea food. The extensive wine list adds its charm to the sophisticated meal. The dim and relaxed setting makes it one of the most pleasant and memorable meals. The restaurant also offers a banquet hall that can accommodate up to 200 guests for private events, functions and celebrations. The service here is extremely professional and attentive and apt for families and couples. Call ahead for more information, or check out their website.
Bob's Bagels is known for their classic New Jersey Bagels. From breakfast sandwiches to lox and capers, Bob serves up a freshly baked assortment of doughy goodness. The Jersey Taylor Ham Egg and Cheese breakfast sandwich is one of their most popular items. Aside from breakfast which is available all day, Bob also does sandwiches, salads and sides like macaroni and potato salad.
Rutt's Hut down by the Passaic river is a great local spot for some delicious hot dogs served with a deep-fried twist. Something of a Clifton institution, the restaurant has been around since the 1920s, clogging the arteries of passerby's with their all-too-delicious dogs. Regulars will tell you to order the classic "rippers" and you should listen! Served plain, diners can help themselves to either mustard or their famous relish to accompany their hot dog. With a separate bar area and a dining section, this divey joint welcomes an eclectic crowd who stop by to enjoy a crunchy, savory, fast food snack.
La Venere Ristorante boasts of a stone façade and a charming verandah, surrounded by shrubberies, which leads into its main dining room. Its cozy ambience is well-suited for intimate family gatherings. Savor starters like Mozzarella di Bufala, blended with kalamata olives and speck, and mussels soaked in red or white wine. This is followed by home-made pasta such as Orecchiette Bolognese and entrées like Scallopine Marsala and Gamberi Scampi. Do not miss their Pizza Napoletana, with capers, anchovies, plum tomato sauce and mozzarella. Other specials include their Branzino Filet and Octopus Salad. This restaurant also offers special catering and take-out menus, as well as party packages.