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.
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 are a lounge, bar, and wine cellar on site, as well as 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 best dining experience in the city. The cuisine is contemporary, putting a fresh spin on traditional recipes, and it 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 decor. Opt for the tasting menu or let the knowledgeable staff at Daniel help you create your perfect meal, complete with outstanding drink pairings.
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.
Momofuku Ko has been called one of the greatest restaurants in the world. It is for this reason, and the fact that the restaurant only has a capacity of 12 diners at a time, that securing a seat can be particularly challenging to reserve a seat here. If you are lucky enough to do so, you will be treated to a ten-course meal of Asian fusion dishes that you won't soon forget. Diners sit at the kitchen counter and are served directly by the chefs who whip up delicacies as they serve. Trendy, exclusive and worthy of the hype, Momofuku Ko is a true New York City treasure.
Serving Italian seafood creations to delighted patrons, Marea has already earned two coveted Michelin stars for their polished menu of authentic Italian coastal offerings. The chic interior is perfect for business or romance, and private dining rooms can be readily arranged. Chef Michael White's deft Mediterranean touch pairs globally sourced ingredients like sea urchin, lobster, oysters, marlin, scallops and octopus with rich sauces, fragrant herbs and bright, citrus flavors. Studying the menu alone will whet your appetite. If not, a glass of wine from their thoughtfully selected wine list will surely do the trick.
One of two locations in New York, this installment of David Chang's famous ramen chain can be found just outside the iconic Colombus Circle. The busy eatery offers a rotating menu that features a variety of delectable small plates, barley noodles, handcrafted steamed bread, fresh salads, and well-portioned mains. The Fried Blue Prawns, Smoked Pork Ramen, and the Whole Dover Sole are some of this location's specialties. The small plates can be best savored when paired with the signature 'Monkey Fizzness' or the 'Bonji Old-Fashioned' cocktail.
Nougatine, located inside the Trump International Hotel & Tower is a lesser expensive version of its sister restaurant- Jean-Georges. The cuisine remains Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's forte- French! The sophisticated but cozy dining establishment makes for a great place to dine before heading out to catch a theater show or a movie. With a prix-fixe menu on offer, guests get to indulge on an exquisite and contemporary fare made with the finest ingredients money can buy. During summer, the outdoor dining area provides a spectacular view of Central Park.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's impeccable French Contemporary restaurant, located on the southwest corner of Central Park in the Trump International Hotel & Tower, offers modern French food with Pan-Asian and other modern influences. The gleaming, modern space complements phenomenal dishes like herb-crusted rack of lamb and crispy sauteed frog legs. Black-clad waiters provide unsurpassed service.
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.