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 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.
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.
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.
Hidden behind an unassuming door in the Franklin Square Shopping Center, Chef’s Table is a classy BYOB restaurant with delicious French fare on offer. The menu is descriptive and describes each dish quite properly. Favorites include the Portobello Salad prepared with slow roasted portobello, spinach, chopped eggs, mozzarella, red peppers and flavored with madeira wine vinaigrette and the Grilled Tuna which is peppercorn encrusted and served with julienne of tomato and parsley beurre blanc sauce. Eating at this restaurant is experiencing French cuisine at its finest.
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.
Established in 2005, "Giuseppe" Ristorante Italiano is a brainchild of chef Giuseppe Staiano. Giuseppe a native of Rome, uses his background and years of accumulated experience to bring in innovations to traditional Italian recipes and create tantalizing contemporary flavors. He sources his ingredients from various regions of the country and sometimes even as far as Hawaii. Enjoy fresh catch from the sea with an Italian flair at the raw bar. Giuseppe is also ready to accommodate your dietary request.
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.