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 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 truckloads of classic arcade games. Draft 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. See website for frequently updated draft list, special event announcements, Happy Hour info and 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.
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.
Apothèke is one of the many "speakeasy" type bars found throughout Manhattan. This sanctuary located on this hidden alley in New York's Chinatown has plenty of old-fashion panache, though the drinks may be a bit on the pricey side. The bar replicates an old-world apothecary, proudly displaying antique medicine bottles and old-fashioned chemistry equipment. This bar is manned by expert bartenders who sport white lab coats and dispense alcoholic "prescriptions" (as they call them) like the Mata Hari, Femme Fatale and Dr. Ruth, which are created with the Apothèke's house-blended absinthe and other elixirs.
Redeye Grill is a big and lively place with an extensive menu. The ceilings are high, murals cover the walls and crowds are constant, yet it is not overly noisy in either of the two dining rooms. Owner Sheldon Fireman appeals to his customer's desire for variety, offering everything from diner food to fine dining. The menu includes burgers, club sandwiches, black sea bass and lobster. The service is good and the atmosphere is upbeat. Try out Redeye Grill for the best of steaks.
Located right next door to the famed Carnegie Hall, the Russian Tea Room has a rich and long-standing history with New York high society. Originally opened by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1926, this elegant, red and gold architectural masterpiece has been host to countless celebrities, performers and politicians. The restaurant's ownership has since changed hands since its closure in 2002, after the death of former owner Warner LeRoy; it re-opened and returned with the same opulent and stately atmosphere.
Bar Masa keeps up the exacting standards of its nearby sister restaurant, Masa. The sushi is some of the best you'll find in New York; black truffles baked with oyster, fresh, melting sashimi, toro tartare with caviar...Chef Masa serves the freshest catch in the traditional Japanese way. There is also a flawlessly selected sake list to choose from. Bar Masa is pricey - be prepared to pay over $20 for a mixed drink - but the quality and the impeccable service make it perfect for a special occasion.
Madonna, Tom Cruise and Bill Clinton are just few of the celebrities who have dined here. Winner of 'The Best Italian Restaurant' in New York in 2000, it's the food that does all the talking- the beet salad with fennel and goat's cheese is a triumph of texture and flavor. A varied wine list and impeccable service are added attractions. Be sure to make reservations as Gabriel's is consistently popular.
This popular upscale Southern-inspired steakhouse chain is quite popular in New York City, thanks to its menu of huge steaks offered with a variety of rich sauces. In addition to a wide selection of beef cuts, there are chops, seafood and other entrees available, along with enormous side dishes. The wine list is good, and the desserts are mouth-watering. Furthermore, there is attentive service offered in a comfortable setting complete with gilt-edged paintings and dark wall paneling.