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.
Created by Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato while out at sea, Serafina has stamped its presence across the globe. It promotes Northern Italian flavors with an array of brick-oven pizza and handmade pasta, as well as delicious meat and seafood dishes made from the choicest ingredients and traditional recipes. Dine out on the breezy patio or in the company of Michela Martello's inspiring paintings inside. End your meal with signature Italian dessert imports Tiramisu or Panna Cotta.
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.
This may be the best of the 57th Street theme restaurants. Certainly, it is the most authentic New York City spot on the block, serving old-fashioned favorites like cheese blintzes and a massive roast beef sandwich. It is far more expensive than most diners, but it will save you a trip across the Brooklyn Bridge. It is also thoughtfully decorated with plenty of New York City memorabilia. Try the cheesecake.
Located on West 55th Street, The Original Soupman, as its name suggests, is known for its delicious varieties of soups. Headed by Ali Yenageh, this is the first restaurant of the many chains. Must try on the menu includes their signature Lobster Bisque, Clam Chowder and Lobster Roll. The restaurant gained popularity when it featured on NBC's Seinfield. The restaurant has been a participant in many social causes and is a big part of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Help.
Carnegie John’s is a food cart in Midtown West, mainly serving professionals working in the area. As its timings are almost the same as usual office hours, you can see many people heading here for a quick working lunch. It is one of the most popular food stands in the area and a must-visit place if on a tight budget. French fries, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and sandwiches loaded with piquant sauces can all be found at very low to moderate prices. The Chicken Platter with yogurt sauce is a favorite among regular customers. You can also relish Middle Eastern snacks such as Shish Kebab Pita and Lamb Gyros.
54 Below lies directly beneath the infamous defunct nightclub Studio 54, offering guests a more wholesome experience in their cabaret-style dining space. With tables no further than twenty four feet from the stage, 54 Below has become a haven for Broadway's finest who come here to belt out classic show tunes to excited diners. In addition to up to three performances a night, gourmet cuisine awaits guests on the brief but focused menu. Innovative twists on American cuisine populate the menu, featuring espresso marinated hanger steak in addition to house-made mozzarella and ratatouille shepherd's pie. The dessert menu is quite lengthy considering the number of dinner offerings, allowing guests to indulge in decadent creations while being serenaded by some of New York's finest. Designed and managed by a team of multiple Tony Award winning set managers and lighting technicians, 54 Below is the best place to see the stars out to play.
Originally a restaurant from Chelsea, London, their second establishment and the first ever in American soil, Bluebird London has got the patrons, as well as, the critics talking. Thanks to the extensive British menu crafted under the guidance of Chef Nicolas Houlbert, this restaurant has turned out to be the go-to place for fans of English cuisine in the city. Looking for somewhere to savor authentic British dinner? If yes, then head straight to Bluebird London and relish dishes like Ahi Tuna Poke, Lobster And Shrimp Cocktail, Cote de Boeuf or Monkfish And Shrimp Curry. The breakfast served here from Monday to Friday starting from 8a to 11a and brunch served here on weekends from 11a to 3.30p feature dishes like Bluebird Breakfast Bowl, Seasonal Fruit Plate, Steak And Chips and Lobster Spaghetti that are delicious, healthy and capable of satiating diverse palates. The laid back brasserie-like setting here combined with the friendly service of the staff will help you have a great time with your loved ones, family and friends.
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.