Since 1896, the Rao family has served traditional Neapolitan dishes to diners in the area of East Harlem. Its tucked cozily on the corner of Pleasant Avenue and 114th St., pegged right against the East River and Jefferson Park, but even if you made the trip up here, it wouldn't be worth it because once you arrive your chances of getting a table are miniscule to none. That's because Rao's has the reputation of being one of the most difficult places to get a table in the entire city. In fact, there are only about 8 to 10 tables here and you practically have to know somebody like Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, Woody Allen or Anthony Salerno to eat here. Nonetheless, the fam has another location in Las Vegas, where it's much easier to get in. They sell homemade sauces, oils and vinegar here to go along with your recipes, for which they have also uploaded a page full of recipes that can be prepared at home just by using the ingredients from the store. Some of their prominent dishes are broccoli rabe, lemon chicken and baked clams.
A delectable meal in an ancient era is what awaits you at Dino & Harry's Steakhouse. The restaurant, commenced for business in 1991, is located in a building that is over a 100 years old. The wooden furnishing, high ceilings, tiled flooring and stained glass windows of the restaurant contributes to a beautiful ambiance. Enjoy the delectable steak, that will be cooked to your liking, with a splendid blend of flavors. You could ask the amicable staff to narrate stories about the history of the place, to keep you entertained during your meal.
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.
Tribeca's Kitchen on Church Street is an all-American restaurant. This diner-style eatery was established by Andreas Koutsoudakis. They use high-quality organic ingredients to prepare their delectable meals. The restaurant’s menu includes dishes like burgers, pastas, sandwiches, salads and more. This contemporary restaurant also features cozy curbside seating arrangements. If you are looking for a venue to host a get-together or a party, then look no further and book this restaurant.
Step into this classic chophouse and admire the odd display of 90,000 clay pipes that were once smoked by customers after dinner. Established in 1885, Keens is still popular for its legendary mutton chops and dry aged prime steaks. Start with the Maryland lump crab cakes, then try the prime Porterhouse steak. Indulge in the Tuxford & Tebbutt Stilton Cheese with Port for dessert or one of the two hundred single-malt scotches the bar serves. Banquet rooms like The Bull Moose Room and The Lincoln Room are also available for parties and special events.
Started around 1999, when Augie's Jazz Bar closed its doors, Smoke Jazz and Supper Club is sort of a tribute to the former. Initially starting off purely as a venue for good jazz, this place now has also incorporated a fine restaurant. Patrons can not only enjoy good music but also great food along with it. With emphasis put on individual attention to each attendee, the capacity of this place is barely over fifty. A subdued ambiance makes for a romantic atmosphere.
Danji is a stylish restaurant that offers contemporary Korean cuisine. Chef Hooni Kim has been awarded his first Michelin star for the interesting Korean dishes and innovative combination that are served here. The restaurant serves dishes like poached sable fish, Bulgogi beef sliders and bibim. There is a fine drinks menu too, which features authentic sake, soju, cocktails and spirits. There is herbal libation called Bekseju, and the classic Chum Churum. The sake list features Kikusui and Dassai. The food and drinks are definitely addictive and one is left craving for more despite a full stomach. The ambiance is relaxed and the staff is helpful and attentive.
Toloache gets its name from a famed Mexican plant, which is an ingredient in love potions. Chef Julian Medina, inspired by his Mexican roots, opened Toloache in the heart of the Theater District. Head there before a show for a fusion of flavors and a wide selection of tequila. The menu is a contemporary take on Latin cuisine. Enjoy suckling pork grilled over the wood-fired oven with one of their exotic margaritas. The decor of hand-painted tiles, vibrant yellow walls and ornate lamps set the perfect scene for your great meal.
The warm and homey Hummus Kitchen offers a menu that features Hummus and other classic Middle Eastern eats. As the emphasis is on healthy eating at this eatery it is fitting to try its Super-Healthy Salad, which is made with quinoa, apricot, walnuts and served with a yogurt sauce. The menu also features five varieties of Hummus each served warm and accompanied by whole wheat pita bread for dipping. Other healthy options include falafel wraps and a Mezze sampler which gives you a small taste of the restaurant's entire healthy and nutritious repertoire. As a wrap up to your healthy meal at Hummus Kitchen indulge in a piece of Baklava or a portion of the excellent Israeli desert Knafe. One visit is all it will take to fall in love with the place!
This bar/grill located at the edge of Hell's Kitchen serves New American food and drinks within a convivial atmosphere, even though it's usually filled with non-locals in the tourist Theater District. The kitchen prepares familiar favorites like sliders, pizzas, sandwiches and burgers while the bar slings handcrafted cocktails until 4a most evenings. Open for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, West End is a nice spot before or after a show.
Bright and trendy, with a laid-back faux-rustic vibe; Bareburger is a great new addition to the list of restaurants serving up burgers featuring organic, fairly sourced ingredients. Their eclectic collection of burgers include a range of options, and nice choices for vegetarians too. Wash down one of their signature burgers like the Roadhouse with an all-natural soda. Largely populated by a younger, hipster crowd; Bareburger is a nice place for a sociable evening out with friends
Take a break from your burgers and steaks, and head to Green Symphony for a healthy fare. This cafe serves a great variety of vegetarian as well as vegan dishes that are not only high on health but also promise great taste. Non vegetarians can choose form dishes like turkey meatloaf, chicken quesadillas or try the famous New Yorker Bowl which comes loaded with poached chicken. The selection of smoothies and fresh juices that Green Symphony offers will leave you spoiled with choices. And if you thought, dessert was always fattening then specials like Açaí Berry Cake will make you re-think. Their refrigerator is stocked with many bottled juices which perfectly wash down your take-outs.