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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.
Mark Forgione is a celebrated chef in America, winner of the show The Next Iron Chef and recipient of a coveted Michelin Star. His signature restaurant is a must visit to savor some fine contemporary inventions created by him. In an elegant ambiance with classic furniture and dim lights, one can relish his take on the steak, apart from other frequently-changing, seasonally-inspired dishes. Desserts and wines can also be enjoyed to the fullest at this prestigious restaurant.
A lovely French-style bistro, Buvette effortlessly blends vintage with modern chic. Featuring a delightfully rustic but trendy vibe, the little bistro is a popular local spot for an elegant breakfast, light lunch or after work drink. The menu stays close to its bistro theme, serving up a nice array of retro classics like the mouth-watering selection of baked delights from flaky croissants perfect for a quick breakfast to more substantial steak tartare, ratatouille and coq au vin. A lovely spot for a quiet evening out and a nice place to enjoy the perfect glass of French wine accompanied by one of the delicious small eats, in quaint little jars and bowls, meant to be shared. Round off the evening with a slice of melt-in-the-mouth tarte tatin, for a truly satisfying experience. Since they do not accept reservations, expect a wait on weekends.
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.
Raoul's may inspire curiosity when you walk past and see that it's packed no matter the hour. You'll find a bohemian crowd packed into this bar, and maybe a celebrity if you're lucky. The menu includes steak, such as the Steak Au Poivre, among other options. This French eatery has a lot to offer, so stop by for dinner and a drink.
Zenkichi specializes in seasonal Japanese cuisine unlike anything you've ever tasted. Dishes like monkfish liver, grilled eggplant, and homemade tofu with greens are some of the dishes featured here. The chef's tasting menu is definitely the way to go. For dessert, the frozen black sesame mousse is a must-try.
Club A Steakhouse brings together an amalgamation of contemporary splendor to a traditional classic structure. With crimson hued walls surrounding classy tables and warm light filling the interiors, this place has been praised as being the "most romantic steakhouse in New York." Dig into the delectable steaks grilled to perfection, with perfectly prepared sides.
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.
Fondue is a European delicacy that originally consists of molten cheese eaten with bread. This classic dish is celebrated in Taureau, a fondue joint in East Village. One can feast on a variety of cheese fondues like Alpine made with cheese and hazelnuts and Pyrenees with white wine and nutmeg. Dessert fondue or fruits dunked in warm chocolate, or marshmallows covered in melted chocolate are other treats that can be relished. Another offbeat fondue that is served here is the Fondue Bourguignon where marinated meat is dipped in oil and eaten. Here one can choose the meat as well as the oil and set out on a gustatory journey. This fondue place is a dream come true for diners with its plethora of fondue ideas that must be explored at least once.
Serving wonderful, hearty Italian dishes, this jewel of a restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening. Formerly located in an antique shop, the dining room features rustic country tables bathed in candlelight. The fairly expensive menu includes seasonal appetizers, pastas, salads, and entrees, and are all worth the price. The wine cellar holds a special appeal for diners as well as literature buffs, as it was reputedly the cellar depicted in Edgar Allen Poe's tale "The Cask Of Amontillado" (long before the space was Il Buco). The atmosphere and dress is casual and the service is excellent.