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.
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.
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.
Located near the waterfront in Brooklyn, the now legendary Grimaldi's offers excellent pizzas. Cooked in a brick oven, the crusts emerge crispy and pleasantly charred. The toppings always consist of only the freshest ingredients, including their delectable sausage, vegetables and mozzarella cheese. No reservations are taken, so be prepared to wait outside along with hordes of faithful customers, who consider this to be the best pizza in New York City.
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.
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.
With kitsch decor and a cozy space, Sakura Bana is a great place to have authentic Japanese cuisine. The dishes served here are fresh, of high quality and expertly crafted. Favorites on the menu include the Salmon Skin Hand Roll and the Custard Dessert. Since Sakura Bana is a BYOB restaurant, feel free to bring along a bottle of your favorite drink. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself at this eatery every time you are craving for delicious Japanese Cuisine.
Latour is a BYOB serving delicious French fare. The best way to enjoy the food of this fantastic restaurant is to opt for the 4 course prix fixe menu. However, if you are not feeling particularly adventurous you can opt for classic Pan Seared Foie-Gras to begin with and then relish the Braised Boneless Short Ribs of Beef. The service is excellent with the wait staff being quite attentive and non-intrusive and the chef comes to each table to make sure you are satisfied with everything. Although initially the food seems to be priced on the more expensive end, the quality of the food and the lovely ambience is well worth the price paid.
In 2009, a historical inn and tavern was given a new face and established as the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern. This new space houses two bars, a patio and four rooms for private dining. The executive chef Andrew Rodriguez with his expertise, offers a tantalizing American fare. Feast on burgers, ribs, steaks, pastas and chicken. Though dinner service stops earlier in the night, guests can enjoy drinks and a light fare at the tavern that is open till 2a.
Mr. Cupcakes is a part of a chain and has a reputation for specializing in the baking of artisan cupcakes. There are over 40 different flavors of standard cupcakes available here; chocolate, vanilla, apple, caramel, being the most popular ones. As soon as you enter this quaint bakery you will be welcomed by the sight of tempting cupcakes on display, and freshness quotient is not compromised on as every batch of cupcakes is baked from the scratch for the day.
A beautiful bungalow surrounded by the greens of Ridgewood Rood, houses Bacari Grill. This elegant restaurant sourced its ingredients from local producers to recreate the authentic Italian taste. Fans of Italian cuisine may also enjoy the contemporary twist given to certain preparations. Begin your meal with a Fired Calamari, Bruschetta Campania or Asian Coconut Shrimp; follow it up with a filling entree of Grilled Filet Mignon, Chicken Parmesan or Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast. You an also choose from their pizzas cooked in brick ovens or pastas. This place houses an appetizer bar where guests can choose to nibble on food or sip on wine.
The Dog House Saloon & Grill is a family-run restaurant that appeals with its upbeat ambiance and cheerful staff. Hop in for some delicious burgers, cheesesteaks, fries and more. Try their award-winning Chili, and crispy beer-battered onion rings. Treat yourself to a hearty meal at the Dog House Saloon & Grill as you enjoy the music videos and sports telecasts being screened on the TVs around the bar.