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.
Seafood lovers visiting the city should drop in at Halcyon Brasserie for a delectable meal. The menu boasts of a variety of dishes prepared from fresh catch. They also offer a raw bar for those who would love to savor these delights straight out of the water. With dim and intimate lighting in hues of red and gold, bouncing off the surface of the wooden furnishing, this restaurant gets transformed into a chic place in the evenings.
Blending trendy, hip and classy, the Montclair Social Club is the perfect recipe of a happening social life. Touted to be one of the most happening and best restaurants and bars in New Jersey, Montclair Social Club offers delicious American culinary delights, drinks and a host of live music programs for its patrons. Freshly prepared, the food menu comprises of salads, meatballs, seafood delicacies and also a variety of steaks. Kids special and also weekend brunch menu is offered here. Sip on a glass of wine, a classic cocktail or draft beer as you enjoy the live music gigs held here. Whether it is a romantic dinner or a family brunch, Montclair Social Club is a must visit.
Costanera Cocina Peruana brings to Montclair tantalizing flavors from Peru. Established by the Juan Andres Placencia in the 2000s, the restaurant has earned itself a rank as one of the best in the city. Guests can savor the flavors of the variety of seafood and meat dishes served here. Gorge on the traditional Peruvian dishes of ceviche and anticuchos while dining in this elegant space. Seafood lovers can relish the flavors of fresh catch at the raw bar. Guests can be assured of the quality of the food, as the ingredients are handpicked by the chef himself.
Two sisters: Aki and Berekti, are the proud owners of Mesob, which brings to the city tantalizing flavors of Ethiopian cuisine. Mesob, located in the heart of Montclair, offers delightful Ethiopian recipes that will satiate the vegan and meat loving palate. The sisters recommend the Injera; a type of bread made from flat dough which blends well with spice filled gravies. On the last Sunday of every month this restaurant opens at 11a for brunch. So for a taste of authentic Ethiopian flavors, drop in at Mesob.