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 after Gilbert’s tragic demise 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. Moreover, an extensive collection of around 900 wines complements every dish to perfection. Patrons can also enjoy delectable small plates and handcrafted cocktails from their eclectic lounge. The restaurant offers chic spaces for private dining too.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie is an obligatory stop for food connoisseurs in the city. While the wildly popular restaurant now has several locations, the flagship location will always hold a special place in New Yorkers' hearts, particularly fans of the late-night dining scene. Blue Ribbon Brasserie welcomes diners until the early hours of the morning, creating a warm and welcoming ambience with low lighting and details like velvet upholstery. Sample the best comfort food you've ever eaten, savor remarkably fresh seafood, and enjoy classic mains like the hangar steak with wild mushrooms or roasted duck club. There's something to be said for American dishes done right at Blue Ribbon Brasserie.
With pride of place accorded to it, given its location in the Time Warner Centre building at New York City’s Columbus Circle, Masa is a sushi lovers’ paradise. Their menu is not set in stone. Owner and Head Chef Masayoshi Takayama decides on every dish served here. Only the freshest local catch and produce, along with fish largely sourced from Japan go into these dishes. To add to this, the restaurant has earned a place in the prestigious Michelin guide and is known for being among the world’s most expensive restaurants. Its elegant wooden interiors make the ambience surreal, and the team of customer-facing staff provide immaculate service, thereby offering patrons an incredible, unprecedented dining experience. The restaurant policy of mandatory reservations in advance is in view of the limited number of guests it can delight at any given point in time.
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 is a lounge bar, a wine cellar, and 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.
Chic and supremely popular, Gramercy Tavern is known among the Manhattan elite for its excellent service, superb food, plush interiors, and extensive wine list. The restaurant boasts two distinct dining options: you can enjoy a cozy, à la carte meal in the Tavern or indulge in the prix fixe experience in the Dining Room. Chef Michael Anthony proudly sources ingredients from local vendors, creating sensational dishes that change with the seasons. Whether you're snacking on treats like Wagyu pastrami and fluke tartare in the Tavern or reveling in courses like pork belly with peaches and strawberry brown butter cake for dessert in the Dining Room, you're sure to be amazed by Gramercy Tavern.
Owned by the legendary Chef Daniel Boulud, this award-winning French restaurant is considered by many to be the one of the best dining experiences in the city. The cuisine is contemporary, putting a fresh spin on traditional recipes and 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 décor. Opt for the tasting menu or let the knowledgeable staff at Daniel help you create your perfect meal, complete with outstanding drink pairings.
Rincón Melania is a popular restaurant which serves Ecuadorian flavors with an interior characterized by nothing but few photographs and artifacts including artworks of Ecuadorian origin. The main reason behind Rincón Melania’s popularity is its promise of serving authentic Ecuadorian cuisine. The absolute favorites of the menu here consists of Maduros con Queso, Bolon de Chicharrón, Pernil, Pechuga a la Plancha, Carne Asada and Entraña.
Flanked by the blissful Pumphouse Park, L'Appart on Liberty Street offers its guests an upscale dining experience with its chic interiors, world-class service, and one Michelin star-rated French fare. Housed in a spacious New York apartment-style space, its interiors exude class with its lustrous hardwood flooring, elaborate chandeliers, sleek false ceilings, and intimate dining arrangements. The state-of-the-art kitchen brings you specialized reinvented versions of French classics. The Chariot A Fromages, Rabbit Saddle, and Green Circle Chicken are some of the signature dishes.
Located close to Grover Cleveland Athletic Field in New York, Za-Ya is a well-known Japanese restaurant in the area. This classy eatery is owned and managed by Chef Iveelt Bayart and his team. The specially-curated menu includes a wide range of delicious dishes like ramen, curries, noodles and sautéed vegetables. This dimly-lit restaurant’s sophisticated interiors exudes a warm and cozy vibe. This Japanese eatery is a great place to visit with family and friends.
A restaurant entirely run by students, The Dining Lab at Monroe College offers its patrons a delicious pre-fixe menu at exciting rates! As a part of their curriculum, students at the School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts at Monroe are expected to prepare these meals. In other words, you are guaranteed an A-grade meal! The menu changes often in order to incorporate the finest local and seasonal ingredients and offer meals that are of great quality and taste.
Serving a delicious seasonal menu prepared with fresh produce, Pheasant has increasingly gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood. A charming wooden set up accentuated with potted plants gives a refreshing, greenhouse vibe to the place. The cozy garden seating is also just as warm and serene to enjoy a lovely meal. While the menu changes with the seasonality of ingredients, delicacies like Crispy Chicken Wings, Euro Burger, and Red Endive Salad are often found on the menu. From a variety of red, white and orange wines to cocktails and beers, Pheasant offers a diverse array of drinks to pair with your meals. An ideal spot to enjoy a relaxed lunch or dinner, the Pheasant is a peaceful haven amid the busy environs of Brooklyn.
Omakase Room by Tatsu in New York offers memories that last a lifetime with its culinary experience and the personal touch it imparts. Managed by Chef Tatsuya Sekiguchi, the restaurant comprises a long wooden table with seats overlooking the kitchen. This seating arrangement offers patrons a peek into the preparation of food. In addition, diners get to enjoy the chef’s fresh creations. Highlights of this upscale restaurant include Akami, Shima-aji, O-Toro, Kanpachi, Kohada, Uni, Anago, Kinme-Dai and then some. Dine here to explore the subtleties and nuances of Japanese food.