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.
PDT (which stands for Please Don't Tell) is a "secret" bar on St. Mark's Place. A call from a phone booth in Crif Dogs (the adjacent restaurant) is the only way to get in. Once accepted, a secret door opens up in the phone booth, leading to PDT. It's not much of a secret anymore though, because the club is hugely popular. Once inside, you'll find a crowded bar area steeped in darkness. The inventive cocktail selection is superb and a major draw. If you're hungry you can also order from the Crif Dogs food menu, which gets delivered to the club via a small pass. A visit to PDT is quite an interesting experience indeed.
Apothèke is one of the many "speakeasy" type bars found throughout Manhattan. This sanctuary located on this hidden alley in New York's Chinatown has plenty of old-fashion panache, though the drinks may be a bit on the pricey side. The bar replicates an old-world apothecary, proudly displaying antique medicine bottles and old-fashioned chemistry equipment. This bar is manned by expert bartenders who sport white lab coats and dispense alcoholic "prescriptions" (as they call them) like the Mata Hari, Femme Fatale and Dr. Ruth, which are created with the Apothèke's house-blended absinthe and other elixirs.
Le Bain is popular both amongst regular party-goers as well as celebrities, with its unique interior design making lounging both luxurious and fun. Le Bain, which translates to "bath" in French, is also popularly known for the plunge pool located on the dance floor during the summertime. Although extremely exclusive and often requiring invites to get in, those who manage to enter are rewarded with a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop and excellent service from professional bartenders mixing up great cocktails and concoctions.
Nestled in the greens of the Crystal Springs Resort, Restaurant Latour offers an elegant space to spend the evening while gorging on tantalizing American fares. The executive chef Timothy Fischer loves surprising his guests with a new menu every season, to highlight the time's best ingredients. Their wine cellar, housing over 9,000 wine brands, have won accolades by Wine Spectator. If you have a hitch in selecting the best wine to complement your food, sommelier Suzanna Lerescu and her assistant Samantha Shaw are always ready to help you out. Guests can enjoy a prix fixe meal at USD125.
This upscale sports bar-styled nightclub offers patrons a classy place to enjoy the finer things in life, most notably cigars, drinks and sports. Comfortable leather couches, large high definition screens and a selection of sports memorabilia give the 40/40 Club an inviting environment. For the true sports fan, keep an ear to the bar to find out about exclusive events like signings and personal appearances by the creme de la creme of the sports world, including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco.
Nikko Japanese Restaurant is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the city in a one-story cottage with a red roof. Its interiors too are infused with tranquility, where patrons can dine and socailize in leisure. Here, guests can either opt for prix fixe options like Sushi and Sashimi Combo or else choose à la carte with dishes like Shrimp Tempura Soba and Katsu Don, a fried pork dish. Its dessert list features Apple Tempura, Chocolate Lava, Banana Tempura and Chocolate Trilogy. It also has an expert party planner to organize customized meals for parties and a Sushi Chef who prepares special platters at private functions.
Hoover’s Tavern is a local hangout spot for all. Serving up a variety of craft beers and cocktails, this cozy bar is definitely worth visiting for a good time. Customers can even catch their favorite sports game on the TVs here while enjoying their drinks and having some delicious bar snacks. This place also organizes live music performances and provides a platform for local artists and entertainers.
Zagursky’s Bar and Grill looks like a simple cottage from outside, but world rotates by 360 degree as you step inside. This dark sports bar is divided into two parts, on one side is the open bar and on other hand is table bar and eating space. Large television screen is stuck on the wall, playing the live or recorded sporting game. The place serves low-priced and very delicious burgers and pizzas. They also serve other American snack dishes which are cooked to perfection. The place is the best option for spending your casual evenings till late hours.
For a cozy dinner or an intimate lunch head to Il Capriccio. It offers a romantic ambience along with great food, ideal for a date. The menu consists of Prosciutto & Mozzarella di Bufala,Ricotta Gnocchi and Rack of Boar with pepper. The desserts are also worth indulging, so leave some space fro them. The service is top-notch and the staff is welcoming. Dim lights accentuate the ambience and provide the required privacy for the night. Serenade your loved one at dinner with live piano music between Wednesday to Saturday each week.
Sogo offers guests a wonderful Japanese dining experience. You can choose from their array of seafood dishes. Guests can choose a hibachi meal and watch in awe as the chef cuts the fish and puts together your meal. For some delectable sushi made of fresh fish, sit as the sushi bar and your plate will come to you. Those who would like to have some light dishes can choose from their interesting collection of House Rolls which include unique names like Monkey, Rising Sun, Ocean, Dancing Dragon, Godzilla and more. Offering the best of both worlds, guests can enjoy the Japanese fare as some talented musicians churn out western melodies.