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Garnering accolades left and right, Atera is a fine dining establishment located in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. Showcasing his technical mastery, executive chef Matthew Lightner offers an exquisite tasting menu with an astounding 28 courses for patrons. Just two seating times a night are available from Tuesday through Saturday. Each seating takes between two and three hours and has featured innovative creations such as a beer macaron with sturgeon caviar, cured swordfish belly and lamb tartare. Reservations are highly recommended.
Renowned chef Thomas Keller brought the sophisticated appeal of his acclaimed Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry, to New York City with Per Se, which now ranks alongside its sister restaurant as one of the best in the world. Per Se is situated in the Time Warner Center, and its prime location offers guests the opportunity to take in beautiful views of Central Park while enjoying seasonal, French-influenced American cuisine. Beyond the main dining room, there are a lounge, bar, and wine cellar on site, as well as two private dining rooms that are perfect for celebratory occasions. No matter where you are, Per Se is as visually stunning as its cuisine is delicious, featuring earthy tones, a charming fireplace, and wood and stone accents.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's impeccable French Contemporary restaurant, located on the southwest corner of Central Park in the Trump International Hotel & Tower, offers modern French food with Pan-Asian and other modern influences. The gleaming, modern space complements phenomenal dishes like herb-crusted rack of lamb and crispy sauteed frog legs. Black-clad waiters provide unsurpassed service.
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.
Owned by the legendary Chef Daniel Boulud, this award-winning French restaurant is considered by many to be the best dining experience in the city. The cuisine is contemporary, putting a fresh spin on traditional recipes, and it is both expertly prepared and exquisitely plated. Enjoy divine dishes like rabbit saddle with chorizo and tarragon mustard or wasabi marinated hamachi with white sturgeon caviar and Meyer lemon coulis amid fine Italian Renaissance decor. Opt for the tasting menu or let the knowledgeable staff at Daniel help you create your perfect meal, complete with outstanding drink pairings.
A barn converted into a restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns serves excellent American country cuisine. Renowned Chef Dan Barber believes in showcasing natural flavors, preferably in season. In fact, most of the restaurant's produce comes from the Stone Hill Farm surrounding the restaurant. Blue Hill is an ideal place to go for a Sunday brunch, lazing in the afternoon sun and soaking in the surroundings. Reserve well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Momofuku Ko has been called one of the greatest restaurants in the world. It is for this reason, and the fact that the restaurant only has a capacity of 12 diners at a time, that securing a seat can be particularly challenging to reserve a seat here. If you are lucky enough to do so, you will be treated to a ten-course meal of Asian fusion dishes that you won't soon forget. Diners sit at the kitchen counter and are served directly by the chefs who whip up delicacies as they serve. Trendy, exclusive and worthy of the hype, Momofuku Ko is a true New York City treasure.
Food connoisseurs believe that the quality of a meal is determined by that of its ingredients. With this philosophy in mind, Blue Hill forms part of a growing trend of like-minded restaurants in New York that insist on using the choicest produce in their kitchens. Dan, David and Laureen Barber inherited the family's farm in Massachusetts from whom it gets its name and inspiration. Its fascinating history is synthesized in the landmark building in Greenwich Village that this place calls home. The creative menu includes marinated beet salad, Berkshire pig's belly, venison liver terrine, grilled celery root risotto and Hudson Valley chicken. Epicureans can dine in the elegant and sophisticated seating area for a five course seasonal tasting menu with artisanal wine.
Irreplaceable even in a city overflowing with restaurants, Eleven Madison Park offers one of the best fine dining experiences in all of New York City. The elegant eatery is located on Madison Avenue and takes its name from the charming Madison Square Park that it faces, making it a central staple of the Manhattan culinary scene. Specializing in eight to ten course tasting menus, Eleven Madison Park serves contemporary, French-inspired cuisine created from only the best ingredients. You can also stop by the bar for a less involved meal, quick and delicious bite, or refreshing cocktail. Just prepare to be amazed no matter how you choose to experience the exquisite vision of Chef Daniel Humm.
If you wish to experience a meal that is delicious in an atmosphere that is upscale and classy, Vetro by Russo's on the Bay is the place to be. A fine dining Italian restaurant, Vetro serves classic dishes like stuffed shrimp, pasta, chicken Francaise, steak, and much more. The Italian wines and other mixes add on to your meal. Do not make the mistake of skipping the Italian desserts, especially the tiramisu. The elegant ambiance and beautiful views of Jamaica Bay transports you into another world.
Although this quintessential Manhattan French restaurant may be pricey, it is a thoroughly romantic place to enjoy a memorable meal. It has long been known for its spectacular floral displays, great food and good service. The prix fixe dinner along with wine makes for an interesting combination. Dishes can be ordered a la carte as well, including such delicacies as frogs' legs sauteed with garlic and tomato compote, and pan seared halibut with sorrel and cucumbers.
Serving Italian seafood creations to delighted patrons, Marea has already earned two coveted Michelin stars for their polished menu of authentic Italian coastal offerings. The chic interior is perfect for business or romance, and private dining rooms can be readily arranged. Chef Michael White's deft Mediterranean touch pairs globally sourced ingredients like sea urchin, lobster, oysters, marlin, scallops and octopus with rich sauces, fragrant herbs and bright, citrus flavors. Studying the menu alone will whet your appetite. If not, a glass of wine from their thoughtfully selected wine list will surely do the trick.