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 spaces for private events too.
For more than a 100 years, this huge cafeteria-style Jewish deli has been delighting New Yorkers with their pastrami and brisket sandwiches alongside their scrumptious "kosher-style" meals. The humble eatery, with Formica tables lined up in rows, may not be the ideal place to take a date (unless you want to remind him or her of eating in a school lunchroom), but if you are craving a giant sandwich served with perfect pickles or a couple of kosher hot dogs, there is perhaps no better place than Katz's in the city. There is table service, but most people take a ticket at the door and give it to the counterman when placing their order; they then pay on the way out.
This elegant restaurant is an all rounder. The ambiance is soft and perfect for fine dining. Staff and service is very professional and attentive. While dining here, do not miss out on trying out from the wide selection of about 500 wines available from around the globe. Known for its Pastas, some of the other dishes worth trying are Burrata, Fiocchi con Formaggio with pear and the Pollo alla Martini. Also, host a private event or gathering here, the catering is great. Visit the website for more information.
Chateau of Spain offers exquisite Spanish cuisine with an elegant dining experience. The interiors are tastefully decorated with soft lights, wooden furniture and artistic paintings. The extensive use of wood sets the tone of the the decor in whole. Delicious and garnished beautifully, the food promises to capture the essence of Spanish cuisine. The menu has an eclectic assortment of Spanish delicacies along with a few Portuguese culinary delights as well. The place is perfect for intimate family lunches, birthday parties or grand wedding dinners. Whatever be the occasion, Chateau of Spain restaurant promises to deliver a dining experience to cherish forever.
Graziella's Italian Bistro is one place you will definitely enjoying going to. The traditional Italian cuisine here is authentic in taste with huge portions and affordable prices. You will be delighted to see the menu consisting of an array of pork, lamb, steaks, chicken veal, handmade pastas and a wide selection of sea food. The extensive wine list adds its charm to the sophisticated meal. The dim and relaxed setting makes it one of the most pleasant and memorable meals. The restaurant also offers a banquet hall that can accommodate up to 200 guests for private events, functions and celebrations. The service here is extremely professional and attentive and apt for families and couples. Call ahead for more information, or check out their website.
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.
If you are in the mood to pamper yourself or celebrate a special occasion with delightful food, simply head to Varka. Serving fresh seafood and delicious Greek/Mediterranean fare, you can’t go wrong with this upscale restaurant. Favorites include Stuffed Calamari which is grilled and served with feta, tomato, fresh herbs and garlic and Dover Sole from Holland if you are in the mood for fish. Sip on a wine from their extensive selection as you relish the delicious food. They also have an exceptional assortment of Greek wines. With its dim lighting, cozy ambience, and dishes that can be shared by two, it’s also a great restaurant to bring a date.
Forming a gorgeous facade on the New Jersey horizon, Cafe Panache serves refined American cuisine with seasonal flavors. Chef Kevin Kohler produces a lively menu with brilliant flavors that include both seafood and steaks. A few signature dishes worth mentioning here are the Crispy Wasabi Halibut, Pecan Chicken Breast and the Braised Short Ribs. The interiors reflect a stately ambiance, with tall windows, white tabletops and plush leather banquettes. An image of upscale elegance, Cafe Panache is the perfect restaurant to celebrate special occasions or to stop by on a date night.
An erstwhile sawmill and basket weaving factory, this 1981-established restaurant has long left its barn-like identity behind. What it does retain though, is its rustic charm and elemental elegance. The co-owner and chef of Saddle River Inn, Jamie Knott, uses seasonally fresh ingredients in his contemporary French cuisine to such meticulousness that the menu changes nearly six times each year. Seafood makes an appearance, with delicacies such as Tuna Carpaccio and the Colossal Crabmeat Salad. With New Jersey on the brink of a culinary revolution, it is no surprise that it gets difficult to reserve a table at Saddle River Inn. This place is often booked nearly a month in advance, so call way ahead for reservations.
A casual tavern called Turnpike which was a jaunt for the locals, was given a new face and is now known as Restaurant L. The chefs bring in a delectable twist to the traditional American fare and give it a contemporary twist. Guests can gorge on pizzas, pastas, burgers, salads and steaks. They also offer a raw bar, for the fresh sea food lovers. On Wednesdays all the dames can dress up and head over to L to enjoy a wonderful Ladies Night.