The Blue Ribbon Brasserie Manhattan is the first and evidently the most popular restaurant of the Blue Ribbon restaurant group. While it's an obligatory stop for food connoisseurs, it is also popular among professionals in Manhattan working late hours. The seafood dishes score well but the chicken, duck, pigeon and beef culinary creations are not far behind. The salads and soups are a nice way of rounding out the meal, and the desserts have you searching for excuses to celebrate. Given its popularity and limited seats, you ought to reserve before you head here during evening hours or simply wait.
Maguy and Gilbert LeCoze came to New York from Paris in 1986 to establish this elegant restaurant for the sole purpose of cooking and preparing fish dishes. At the time, few could have predicted their incredible success, but since its inception the restaurant has received the highest of ratings from food critics. Even when Gilbert died and was succeeded by Chef Eric Ripert, the love and dedication with which each dish was prepared continued unabated. Although pricy, there is nothing else quite like this modern French restaurant.
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.
The Rocky Hill Inn is a cozy neighbourhood bistro and pub, much loved by the localites. It features an extensive menu of wholesome food like Shepherd's Pie, Braised Short Rib, various burgers and quite a few salads. Here one can relax like in an English pub with the adjacent bar providing the beer on tap, TV screens and WiFi. The outdoor patio is also a good place to unwind. Do not leave without trying out the turkey burger that is supposed to be one-of-a-kind.
Eno Terra sits amidst lush surroundings in a beautiful mansion steeped in history. The majestic setting is just the beginning of your experience though. Drawing inspiration from the region's rich agricultural bounty, the restaurant presents a diverse menu of Italian specialties that offer a good mix of the traditional and modern preparations. Most of the kitchen's ingredients come from the restaurant's own Eno Terra Canal Farm with independent growers and suppliers also chipping in. The seasonally changing menu offers a good mix of classic and contemporary preparations, with seafood dominating the proceedings. The delightful wine list is a globe-trotting affair with American and Italian wines making up a major part of the list. A romantic charm envelopes you as you enter the historic building, with the wood-dominated interiors accentuating its striking features. An excellent bet for an intimate meal, Eno Terra is also apt for memorable group dinners and private functions. Check website for more.
The name of this restaurant has nothing to do with actual people named Frankie or Johnnie, in fact the words are old passwords between revelers and managers during Prohibition. 'Frankie' was used at the door, and if the reply was 'Johnnie', the drinking could start. This isn't the original Frankie & Johnnie's (that one is in Times Square), but it still serves USDA Prime Dry Age cuts that are just as delicious as the ones served at the flagship. This location in the Garment District provides classic sides as well like creamed spinach, potatoes and plenty of seafood. A full-bar and wine list are also available.