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.
Located near the scenic waterfront in Brooklyn, the now-legendary Grimaldi's Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria offers excellent pizzas and other delicacies. Cooked in a brick oven, the pies emerge crispy, fresh, and pleasantly charred. The toppings always consist of choicest ingredients, including delectable sausages, bacon, meatballs, vegetables, and mozzarella cheese. Other dishes on the menu include a variety of fresh salads, desserts, calzones, along with an impressive beer and wine list. Over the years, Grimaldi's has earned its share of faithful customers, who consider this to be the best pizza in New York City.
Principally a live music venue, The Long Beach Inn devotes plenty of energy to creating a wonderful concert schedule for music enthusiasts on Long Island, with great results. Special nights all week long tempt guests to satisfy their hunger at the restaurant - try Taco Tuesday - or dance to DJ mixes and happy hour acoustic sets before enjoying performances by great East Coast bands. See website for details and photo galleries.
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.
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.
New York's culinary scene is legendary as it is, and Mokyo is definitely a fine addition to this already impressive roster. Feast on classics like Pork Jowl, Oxtail Spring Roll, Lobster Roll, Rice With Octopus and a whole lot more. With a splendid drink menu also on offer, the restaurant impresses with its spacious, brick wall interior, further accentuated by ambient lighting.
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.
Situated on tree-lined 31st Avenue in Astoria, Il Bambino offers some of the best panini anywhere in the city. Upon entering, visitors will see their pig logo which highlights the restaurant's favorite animal, however the kitchen still serves chicken and vegetarian options along with some hearty homemade soups. To begin, the charcuterie plate is a nice touch, the crostini are perfect for sharing and the after dinner baked goods make this establishment delightful. If you can't visit this location, there is another one in the West Village.
Berimbau, named after a Brazilian percussion instrument, is a tiny restaurant in Greenwich Village. Specializing in Brazilian cuisine, it tops the list of Brazilian restaurants in the city due to the authenticity of the flavors and the fine texture of the food. Start with the Pao de Queijo or cheese bread and follow up with Costelinha de Porco com Feijao Tropeiro (roasted pork ribs with barbecue sauce and white rice). On weekends one can try the full Brazilian Breakfast or Acai na Tigela com Granola (Acai fruit with granola) to have a healthy start to the day. The drinks must not be missed for they are unsurpassed in New York. The Caipiranha, mojito and wines can be relished at leisure in the bar.