This tiny Israeli restaurant serves some of the best falafel to be found in the city. Limited seating in the restaurant can be an issue, so when the weather is nice, take your food outside to the benches out front. The falafel platter is a favorite, and the sauces are sure to please. Wash it all down with some refreshing iced tea, fresh lemonade or a smoothie.
Paulie Gee's has made a name for itself for having some of the best pizzas at affordable prices in New York. Taste is the winner in all of the pizzas made crisp and light from fresh dough, with a dash of flavorful sauces. Another feature is the plenty of vegan options, including faux meat. Try the Delboy or ricotta da vita pizzas, or any of the well seasoned salads. They also serve coffee, wine and beer. The owner Paulie Gee is friendly and can often be seen interacting with customers and asking for their feedback.
Sushi has quite captured the imagination of the average American, hence the popularity of Japanese cuisine in the city. With a myriad of eclectic combinations, there have been lots of twists added to the original flavor of the cuisine, to suit the American palate, such that it is a rarity to find the traditional preparation. Tanoshi Sushi and Sake Bar, however, endeavors to fill in the void and provide the most delectable, authentically cooked Japanese fare consisting of sashimi, sushi and other exotic seafood. Chef Toshio is a master of his art and works up delightful flavors to challenge the palate. The service is impeccable and the staff is friendly.
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.
Popular with all types of patrons, Benjamin's is another notch on New York's steakhouse bedpost. The steak is USDA approved and you can enjoy your ethically sourced beef in muted, Gothic style surroundings, the ceiling soaring high above you. The steaks are all dry-aged and carefully selected by the chef - for non-steak lovers, there is a reasonable selection of salads and seafood to choose from. The sides are good and there is a selection of desserts. Be sure to make reservations.
Although not advertized as a steakhouse, St. Anselm is a little neighborhood spot steak lovers absolutely must visit. The Butcher's Steak and Axe Handle Rib Eye are the highlights of the menu, although the rest of the offerings are good, too. In addition, St. Anselm also has a lot to offer seafood lovers. An excellent wine selection further enhances the dining experience.
The sculpture of a giant nose appearing in the window of this spot will let you know you are in the right place. Located across the street from Carnegie Hall, Trattoria Dell’Arte is one of Manhattan's best places to enjoy antipasti and thin-crust pizzas. The pumpkin-colored dining room is bright and beautiful, and the food, service and ambience are all good. It is often crowded, but worth the wait. Try the grilled vegetable platter, veal chop parmigiana or the grilled shrimp. Check website for details.
Porter House specializes in different cuts of veal, pork and beef. Though they say one serving could serve two, it could probably serve three people easily. The menu also boasts macaroni and cheese, lovely crab cakes and a sinfully divine sundae. The drinks served here stand up well against the big meaty flavors. This House offers private rooms in which to celebrate special occasions as well as a hopping bar scene.
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.
The exciting ambiance here places Greek cuisine in a whole new light. Customers are encouraged to select from among the freshest fish, seafood and produce in the recreation of a seaside marketplace. Soaring ceilings and marble accents make for a dramatic setting, and you can watch your food being cooked on an open grill. Try the Milos special appetizer, lightly fried paper-thin zucchini, eggplant and Saganaki cheese. Entrees include such exotic fish as Florida Pompano and Loup de Mer. The wonderful wine list features choices from Greece, California and Australia.
Celebrity photos grace the walls and hanging meat is visible to all the salivating carnivores entering this landmark establishment, located on the northern end of the Theater District. The former speakeasy is home to one of Manhattan's more casual steakhouses. Known for large aged steaks and even larger lobsters, Gallagher's requires a huge appetite. There is also a bar to hang out at, perfect for an after dinner drink.
Saar Indian Cuisine & Bar in midtown Manhattan in New York is headed by the renowned chefs Hemant Mathur and Surbhi Sahni. The menu includes an extensive variety of traditional dishes from the Indian cuisine. Some of the items served here are gravies, biryanis and breads that are prepared with high-quality meat, seafood and vegetables. They even offer a selection of Indian desserts like halwa, rasmalai and kulfi. This restaurant also offers catering services for private and corporate events in the area.