Restaurants & Bars

All entries in this section have been recommended by expats.  Please check the individual websites for full details and reviews.  

For more restaurants and ratings:  www.zagat.com

 

ARTHUR'S LANDING RESTAURANT

1 Pershing Rd, Weehawken, NJ 07086, (201) 867-0777

THE best views of the Manhattan skyline with great food, BEST Sunday Brunch.   The restaurant provides a free pick up and drop off service to the ferry terminals.  The best time to visit is about an hour before the sun goes down so that you can experience the views of the New York skyline change and the buildings burst into colour with the lights coming on. Pop back on to the ferry and let the free bus take you back into the city

 

ARTISANAL FROMAGERIE, BISTRO & WINE BAR

2 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016, (212) 725-8585

Artisanal is regarded as a great place to spend time with friends and family while savoring inspired French bistro dishes like Classic Swiss Fondue, Boudin Blanc, Rabbit au Reisling and more traditional fare like Coq au Vin, Cassoulet Toulousain, and Bouillabaisse.   However it has become even more well-known for its extraordinary selection of artisan cheeses.  The bistro-fromagerie-wine bar takes its unique name from the craft of making small batches of cheeses by hand, according to time-honored recipes.  This bustling Art Deco inspired bistro offers the sophisticated French specialties one might expect in Paris, while Artisanal’s easy charm makes it one of Manhattan’s ultimate neighborhood restaurants. An on-premise cheese shop attracts gourmands citywide.

 

ASIA DE CUBA

Morgans Hotel, 237 Madison Ave, (212) 686-0300

One of New York’s liveliest and most popular restaurants serving an innovative menu that blends the best of Asian and Latino cuisines in a soaring and beautifully theatrical Philippe Starck-designed space. Featuring a 30-foot long illuminated marble communal table that runs through the main dining area, a 15-foot tall photo lightbox featuring a “running waterfall,” ultra-comfortable high-backed white banquettes, and cozy living room areas with fireplaces.

 

ATLANTIC GRILL

1341 Third Ave, nr 77th St, (212) 988-9200

Excellent brunch, salads and seafood.   Outside dining in warmer weather.

 

AVRA ESTIATORIO

141 E 48th St, (212) 759-8550

Avra's delicacies are graciously served in a setting evocative of a splendid Greek home. Innovative Greek architect Yianni Skordas has turned the spacious Avra interior into a cozy dining environment which also includes a courtyard for al fresco seating in the summer.  Everything about Avra is homey. From the flowers to the Jerusalem limestone floors, stonewash walls of the interior remind one of the traditional white walls and blue roofs often seen in postcards of Greece and its famous islands.  Avra specializes in grilled seafood using only the freshest and most flavorful ingredients available.

 

BALTHAZAR

80 Spring Street, (212) 965-1785

Balthazar serves traditional French bistro meals from breakfast through late-night supper, and has some of the best people watching in the city (i.e. see and be seen). The food is delicious and not that expensive. Great bakery attached to the restaurant.

 

BAR JAMÓN

125 East 17 Street, (212) 253-2773

Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, opened by Mario Batali andJoseph Bastianich in June 1998, is an exuberant celebration of the best of Italian food, wine and lifestyle. Hailed with a glowing 3-star review by Ruth Reichl of the New York Times shortly after its opening, Babbo has since been met with much critical acclaim, and was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation's Best New Restaurant Award for 1998. The menu is a roster of Chef Mario Batali's lusty creations, incorporating the best and freshest seasonal produce, Italian cheeses, meat, game and seafood, accented with fine Italian olive oils, traditional aceto balsamico and many unusual ingredients that will surprise and delight. The wine list represents one of the most extensive and intelligent collections in the city, and indeed the country, presided over by Bastianich and Beverage Director Alec Steidl and served by our expert wine and service teams. Babbo seats up to 90 diners in its split-level dining room, and has a lively bar area where patrons may enjoy a quartino (quarter-liter) of wine, or choose to have a full meal. We are located steps from Washington Square Park, in the center of romantic and colorful Greenwich Village.

 

BAROLO RESTAURANT

398 West Broadway, (212) 226-1102

Barolo Restaurant and Garden brings to you the flavors and the food of the beautiful wine region of Barolo in northern Italy.

 

BISTRO

120 West 44th Street, (212) 997-7258

Saju BISTRO Bar & Restaurant, located in the heart of midtown, serves authentic French Provencal cuisine in a casual bistro setting.  The carefully crafted menu, extensive wine selection, impeccable service, and elegant, yet cozy, atmosphere brings the best of Provence to your dining experience.  Great for pre-theater drinks and dinner and they also have a great brunch menu.

 

BLUE FIN

1567 Broadway, (212) 918-1400

Great place to eat before going to a show.

 

BLUE WATER GRILL

31 Union Sq W

Voted 11th Most Popular Restaurant in New York in the 2008 Zagat Survey and applauded as a restaurant that is perfect for dates and never disappoints, Blue Water Grill is a dining destination in the heart of Union Square.  Loyal guests and curious visitors are drawn to the former Metropolitan Bank space that features sexy, dimly lit red chandeliers illuminating the intimate dining room, a spacious people-watching outdoor café and a cozy subterranean lounge featuring live jazz music.

 

THE BOATHOUSE CENTRAL PARK

East 72nd St. & Park Drive North

A great place for a Sunday lunch during the summer – be sure to get a table by the lake.  You’ll need to queue to book a table on the day.  “Located at the northeastern tip of the Lake, stands the Loeb Boathouse that houses the Boathouse Restaurant, a famous icon of Central Park.  Overlooking the Lake it is the perfect place to dine on a relaxing afternoon lunch or romantic dinner in the warmer months.  Many diners prefer the deck where they can sit back and watch the rowboats and occasional gondola drift by on the Lake as they enjoy a salad or refined fish platter.  It’s easy to lose oneself in this magical atmosphere and truly forget you’re still in the City.”

 

BOI

246 E 44th St

At Boi, the foods of Vietnam are meticulously prepared based on the family recipes which have been passed down from the maternal grandmother to the children called ‘Boi’.

 

BRICK LANE CURRY HOUSE

Located on a block of Sixth Street inundated with Indian cuisine, Brick Lane Curry House differentiates itself from its neighbors with a bit more flash and an English-Indian menu. The bright purple fluorescent sign announcing the restaurant's name contrasts with the coolly elegant interior, and the whole enterprise is modeled not after U.S. Indian restaurants, but after the curry houses of Brick Lane in London, where curries have replaced crumpets as the national meal. The menu, therefore, is lighter on tandooris and khurmas and heavier on kebabs and robust curries. Come experience the joy of authentic Bricklane Curry!

 

BRYANT PARK GRILL

25 W 40th St

Great for Sunday brunch.

 

BUBBLE LOUNGE

228 W Broadway

Champagne and sparkling wines have always been highly appreciated, yet they were rarely consumed in bars or restaurants other than during Christmas and New Year's Eve events. The Bubble Lounge has succeeded in providing an environment conducive to champagne and sparkling wine consumption - one that is sensual, friendly, romantic and not intimidating. The decor is loungy and colonial with high ceilings, comfortable red velvet sofas, oriental rugs and voluptuous draperies..  Serving over 300 varieties, a full bar, and fine hors d'oeuvres.

 

BUBBY'S

The kitchen at Bubby's has become more sophisticated the past few years, but what this place still does best is simple food.    You can't beat the salads, from arugula-and-Parmesan with roasted pears to roasted beet. The home-baked pies and cakes are always great, and no wonder - Bubby's started in 1990 as a pie company. Bubby’s has always been about families and on any given day there are any number of children running around, clutching balloons in their hands.  A great place for brunch with a varied menu, Bubby’s can be found in two locations:

Bubby’s Tribeca, 120 Hudson Street, (corner of North Moore)

“TriBeCa” stands for the Triangle Below Canal and is situated in lower Manhattan abutting the Hudson River. Located just 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center and 5 blocks below Canal Street, Bubby’s is within walking distance of Soho, Chinatown and the World Financial District.  For the most part a grazing spot for the cool, upscale loft-dwellers of the neighborhood, however, on weekends it really heats up for brunch, with lines sometimes snaking around the corner. Bubby's serves comfort food at breakfast, lunch and dinner, amazing desserts, and generous cocktails. In good weather, the outdoor cafe becomes the neighborhood patio. There is a pleasant bar in front, making it an option for nighttime as well.

 

BUDDAKAN

75 9th Ave

Great decor, relaxed atmosphere (although noisy) and great service.  Buddakan offers modern Asian cuisine to New York foodies. Located at the east side of the Chelsea Market, this 16,000 square feet joint has a decidedly oriental yet ultra chic look.

 

BIRDS & BUBBLES

100B Forsyth Street, NY 10002

Birds & Bubbles is the first full-service restaurant from CITY GRIT's Sarah Simmons. Using the highest quality, seasonal ingredients, the menu features dishes paying homage to Simmons’ roots with an elevated take on Southern classics. These new twists bring global flavors to familiar dishes served side by side with sparkling from the team’s favorite champagne producers. At Birds & Bubbles, every day is a celebration which is why we believe you don't have to wait until Sunday Supper for Fried Chicken, your birthday for birthday cake, or a special occasion to pop a bottle of bubbles!

BXL CAFÉ

125 West 43rd Street

“The best Belgian food in New York!”

Simple wooden tables and chairs give this place a very informal and friendly atmosphere.    Regular visitors love the generous serving of mussels and the wonderful selection of beers.

 

CHICAMA

35 E 18th St

Funky atmosphere and great service.   Seafood dishes are delicious and the tapioca pudding in a coconut shell for dessert was a highlight.

 

CASA MONO

52 Irving Pl

Casa Mono was conceived by Andy Nusser to bring the food of Catalunya, and more specifically the food of Barcelona's legendary Boqueria to the United States.

Casa Mono features raciones of Catalan specialties and serves dishes from all corners of Spain. It was awarded 2 stars from the New York Times shortly after its opening, and was highly rated in New York Magazine's "Top 101 2006". Additionally, Casa Mono was the highest rated Spanish restaurant in the 2006 edition of Zagat.  Casa Mono boasts a wine list of nearly 600 wines, representing all that is of quality in the rapidly expanding world of Spanish Wine.

 

CHOCOLATE BAR

The future is now and chocolate is the life of the party!  Not a substance to be treated with reserve, it’s a slightly sweet-bitter-sultry, completely legal life enhancer.  It’s serious brew.  Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar is fully devoted to reviving the nostalgia-influenced confections that once graced the tables of yesteryear; churning out retro-reconfigured favorites using only the freshest ingredients and highest quality.  All aspects of urban culture from punk rock to mod fashion, luxury and graphic design are prevalent in their collections. At Chocolate Bar the world of cosmopolitan cocoa is filled with swinging sugar soirees and kickin’ espresso.

West Village, 48 Eighth Avenue, (212) 366-1541

Chocolate Bar’s West Village boutique opened in May, 2002 with the simple idea of serving great chocolate and coffee without the fuss and fanfare.   At this original Chocolate Bar, you’ll find the full collection of confections along side some of the best espresso served in New York.

Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Atrium

The new cafe at Hendri Bendel’s contains their entire collection, exclusive lines and features a brunch/lunch menu complete with beer, wine and champagne.  Maintaining the original mission of having fun and doing it with style, Chocolate Bar at Henri Bendel provides shoppers and locals alike a lounge-like respite from fast paced Fifth Avenue.  You’ll still get some of the best coffee and chocolate in town, just paired with the likes of a chocolate & sea salt sandwich and a Bendel’s Bellini to boot.

 

DAWAT

210 E 58th St

Not cheap, but very good Indian food.  Fixed lunch menu also recommended.

 

ELEVEN MADISON PARK

11 Madison Avenue (at 24th Street)

Set in a magnificent art deco dining room with soaring ceilings and lush views of historic Madison Square Park, Eleven Madison Park is an elegant restaurant serving modern, pure and market-driven French cuisine.

 

FLEX MUSSELS

FLEX 13TH STREET, 154 W 13th St, New York 10011, (212) 229-0222

FLEX 82ND STREET, 174 E 82nd St, New York 10028, (212) 717-7772 

If you love mussels then this place is a "must-visit".  More than 20 different dishes ranging from $16 to $20.

 

GANSEVOORT HOTEL ROOFTOP BAR

Hotel Gansevoort, 18 9th Ave (at 13th Street)

Sip drinks at this rooftop bar while enjoying the amazing views of the city. Also fun to watch the guests enjoying the 45ft heated outdoor rooftop pool with underwater lights and music. Open 365 days a year.

 

GANSEVOORT PARK ROOFTOP BAR

Hotel Gansevoort, 420 Park Avenue South

Beloved by jetsetters and locals alike, Gansevoort Park Rooftop offers progressive music from prominent deejays, open-air terraces, alfresco fireplaces, seductive city lights, a world class sound system by Infinite Audio Systems, and a signature rooftop pool.  This extraordinary nightlife setting is truly unrivalled in Manhattan.

 

GEISHA

3 East 61 St

Working with an Asian palette of flavors and classic French techniques each dish is brought to a high level of execution. Featuring exciting selections such as Hamachi and Bluefin Patchwork, Magret Duck, Grade A5 Japanese 100% Wagyu Kobe Beef along with Rack of Lamb and Roasted Lobster, Geisha crosses over into new culinary horizons. In the Sushi Bar, Master Sushi Chef Don Pham offers an exquisitely fresh range of new and traditional forms of sushi and sashimi.

 

GLASS HOUSE TAVERN

252W 47th Street

There's "something for everyone" on the New American menu of this "cheery', "upscale" player in the Theatre Distrcit; "top-notch" service, a "spiffy" bi-level setting, "good value" and the chance for some "Broadway stargazing" make it worthy of an "encore." (Zagat Rated 2010)

 

GORDON RAMSAY AT THE LONDON

151 W 54th St

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay at the London showcases classic British style and Manhattan vivacity.  The elegant décor reflects a contemporary feel with stunning oak and green lacquered walls.

GOTHAM WEST MARKET

Gotham West Market is the first-of-its-kind day and night market dining destination in Hell’s Kitchen.

 

GRAMERCY TAVERN

42 E 20th St

Opened in 1994, Gramercy Tavern is a renewal of the classic American tavern offering refined, contemporary American cuisine, warm hospitality and great service in an historic building.

 

HAKKASAN

311 West 43rd Street

 

HARU

1329 Third Avenue at 76th Street

There are several Haru restaurants in the city, but this one was recommended. Haru is a modern Japanese restaurant group known for its ample portions and striking designs.  Haru serves inventive Japanese cuisine ranging from sushi, sashimi and creative salads to signature dishes like carpaccios, ceviches, tartares, filet mignon, grilled spicy shrimp and specialty rolls.

 

IL BUCO

Gourmet magazine calls Il Buco "one of the best and most exciting restaurants in America".  Life started in 1994 when independent filmmaker Donna Lennard and her Italian boyfriend, Alberto Avalle, opened an off-the-beaten path antique store on cobblestoned Bond Street. It was a modern day trading post dedicated to the exchange of crafts and culture between the Old World and the New. Shoppers would often join them for their midday "pranzo" prepared in their tiny back kitchen. Soon they transformed the rustic antique store into a charming enoteca with an eclectic menu - part Italian, part Spanish, part invention, dedicated to local ingredients with a wine list made up of small boutique producers. 

Ruth Reichl wrote in the New York Times: "The restaurant is unlike any other in New York... eating your way through this menu of tapas and appetizers is an exhilarating experience. The food is so good that with a group of six or seven it is tempting to go right through the menu."

 

Today, il Buco is a renowned Mediterranean restaurant with the look and feel of a European country home - as natural and rustically elegant as the food - an under the radar gathering spot for designers, actors, writers, and food lovers who are inspired by great food amongst friends in comfortable surroundings.

 

Stop by il Buco almost any evening and you will be drawn in by the ambiance, the irresistible food and wine, and the welcoming hospitality. We think you'll understand why food critic David Rosengarten wrote, "Lately, after a string of spectacular evenings at il Buco, I've been uttering the restaurant's name in reponse to the question 'What restaurant should I go to on my one night in New York?'. To my taste, il Buco is that good, and that special...."

JACK'S WIFE FREDA

50 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 (West Vilage)

Jack’s Wife Freda is a lively all-day bistro executing American-Mediterranean cooking & classic cocktails in understated digs. Serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, 7 days a week. Long hours, deep sense of hospitality, playful sense of humor and reasonable prices. Revising familiar twists on everyday food. Husband-and-wife owners have drawn on their New York restaurant backgrounds (Israel & South Africa respectively) and their family histories to bring appealing new flavor to an urban archetype. Together, they’ve created a hospitable hangout with the understated style and savvy all-day service, infused with their warm, welcoming personalities and foods that remind them of home. If you were going to give the cuisine a long and unwieldy name, it might be South African Israeli Jewish Grandmother Cuisine.

 

KITTICHAI

60 Thompson St

Located on the ground floor of the Sixty Thompson Hotel, Kittichai is an exceptional, not to mention elegant, Thai restaurants.  The silk-lined space has a pool with orchids suspended in the air above it and a gorgeous cocktail bar with an equally gorgeous clientele.

 

LADY MENDLS TEA SALON

56 Irving Place

The Victorian style architecture and furnishings recreate a time of sublime elegance. Guest can easily envision Edith Wharton or Elsie De Wolfe entertaining friends at the turn of the century. Lady Mendl's Tea Salon is often used for Bridal Teas, small weddings, or as an intimate dining room.   Since opening Lady Mendl's Tea Salon has been consistently rated the best and most romantic Tea Salon in New York City. Guests enjoy a scrumptious five-course tea, consisting of a variety of finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones with clotted crème and jams, and a large selection of fine teas.

 

MERCER KITCHEN

99 Prince St

American Nouveau, Asian: Southeast, French.

 

MINT

150 E 50th St, Between Lexington & 3rd Ave

Mint is the only Indian restaurant to be awarded by Time Out New York for the year 2006.  The 110-seat restaurant is located within the newly renovated San Carlos Hotel with a street and lobby entrance. The exotic atmosphere whisks you to Southeast Asia as soon as you open the door and spot the stone waterfall cascading down the wall.  The definition of mint is "an aromatic refreshing herb that serves as a central ingredient in accompaniment sauces in Indian cuisine."  That can also be said of the new restaurant that is its namesake.

 

MAYA

1191 First Avenue, Between 64th & 65th

Maya is a modern Mexican restaurant. It provides a contemporary, earthy and authentic cuisine and atmosphere rooted in the land and ancient culture of Mexico. It brings a festive yet romantic experience in one of America's grandest dining cities. “Maya practically defines casual elegance… Maya’s menu reads like a love letter to Mexico” Michelin Guide.

 

OCEAN GRILL

384 Columbus Ave, Between 78th & 79th St

Directly across from the Museum of Natural History, Ocean Grill has been exciting Upper West Side seafood lovers for many years. Sample the titanic daily selection of oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp and lobster cocktails and the new sushi menu. Rest your sea legs in the candle-lit bar lounge and sip one of the specialty cocktails

 

OSTERIA AL DOGE

142 W 44th St

Authentic Venetian cuisine in an ideal location for pre- or post-theatre dinner.

 

PASTIS

9 9th Ave, (212) 929-4844

French bistro located in Manhattan's meatpacking district.  Sister restaurant to Balthazar with great food and people watching, the restaurant features a communal table, a zinc bar, and an outdoor summer café.

 

PATSY'S

236 W 56th St

Patsy's Italian Restaurant has been known for years as Frank Sinatra's favorite restaurant, and in fact, his family still enjoys dining at Patsy's Italian Restaurant whenever they are in town. In addition to Sinatra and family, Patsy's Italian Restaurant has become a favorite with countless stars on both the east and west coast, who have come to regard Patsy's Italian Restaurant as a mecca of Italian fine dining.

 

THE PEN TOP BAR & LOUNGE

The Peninsula New York, 700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street

Take a break from 5th Avenue shopping at this glass-lined penthouse bar on the 23rd floor. Drinks are pricey but the views are impressive, especially from the rooftop terraces.

 

PLATAFORMA CHURASCARRIA

316 W 49th St

In the early 1800's, European immigrants settled in the Rio Grande do Sul area of Brazil. They were strong and skillful people who treasured and nurtured the land and quickly became adept at raising and herding cattle. They became known as Gauchos (local ranchers).  A unique type of cooking, called churrasco (shoo-rhas'co) was inspired by these ranchers. They would gather together and start a wood burning fire.  Once the fire turned into golden embers, large portions of prime meat were skewered and slowly cooked to perfection. Using conventional knives, which they wore on their belts, they sliced thin and succulent pieces of meat in succession onto each person's plate.  This tradition gave birth to churrascarias like Plataforma.

"Two things are required to truly appreciate Churrascaria Plataforma: A large appetite to keep you eating and a large group to cheer you on."  (The New York Times)

 

POPOVER CAFÉ

551 Amsterdam Ave

This is the most family oriented of the brunch bunch.  How can such a homey, inviting and unpretentious restaurant be a New York Institution? All it takes are customers, from near and far, who return over and over, for nearly twenty years to enjoy the innovative comfort food and to enjoy, of course, the famous cloud like, popovers slathered with strawberry butter.  One can dine to please the appetite, mood and pocketbook. Whether you crave a luxurious prime filet mignon dinner, an imaginative vegetarian entree, or simply a goat cheese and spinach omelette or an overstuffed Mad Russian sandwich, on any given evening, Popover's eclectic menu will entice you.

 

THE RAINBOW ROOMS

30 Rockefeller Plaza

Best views and Sunday lunch.

“Since its debut on October 3, 1934, the Rainbow Room has epitomized New York style, glamour and sophistication. The Rainbow Room was conceived as a formal supper club, an intimate establishment where the elite and influential of New York could gather to socialize over cocktails, dine on fine cuisine, dance to the strains of legendary big bands on a revolving floor bathed in color lights from the organ.

In 1974 John D. Rockefeller's son David oversaw a painstaking twenty-five million dollar restoration and expansion of the Rainbow Room’s facilities, ushering in a new era of prominence for what many architects and designers consider to be the "most perfect room in New York". “

 

RARE VIEW ROOFTOP GARDEN

Shelburne Murray Hill Hotel, 303 Lexington Avenue

37th and Lexington

(Seasonal).  One of New York City’s best kept secrets, the Rare View Rooftop Garden is a seasonal destination for drinks, light fare and amazing city views. It is also an ideal spot for intimate private gatherings and receptions.

ROBERT

Robert, located atop The Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle offers a breathtaking view of Central Park and Broadway. Elegant, sexy and romantic, Robert celebrates design and beauty in its decor and culinary delights. Dine on a menu created by Chef Luisa Fernandes or simply sip on signature cocktails while you watch the sun set and celebrate the beauty of the city at this modern classic.

 

 

 

ROUGE TOMATE

10 E 60th Street

Rouge Tomate features seasonally inspired, locally sourced Modern American cuisine under the direction of Executive Chef Jeremy Bearman.  Lunch, dinner, dessert, business lunch prix fixe, wine, cocktail and juice bar.

The Michelin Guide NYC 2010 - One Michelin Star
"Impressive in its science but can healthy food be so sexy?
Rouge Tomate makes a strong argument in favor, with a jaw-dropping, two-level interior..."

 

SERENDIPITY 3

225 East 60th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

Famous for its ice cream – a must do with kids.

“New York’s legendary dessert restaurant and boutique. Begun in 1952, Serendipity was one of the first restaurants in the country to turn dining into a theatrical experience, to create an ambiance as fun as the food that was served. Located near Bloomingdale’s in one of New York’s toniest East Side neighborhoods, this dessert emporium fills two floors of a historic townhouse. Decked out with original Tiffany lamps, black-and-white floors, fabulous Victorian oversized posters, and idiosyncratic adornments, the restaurant takes you down the rabbit hole into a fairy-tale world.”

 

SHABU-SHABU 70

314 East 70th Street, (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

Shabu-shabu (literally, "swish-swish"), the Japanese art of cooking thinly-sliced beef and vegetables by dipping them in boiling water, is said to have been created by Genghis Khan in the 13th century as a means of rapidly feeding his hungry hordes. The practice spread throughout China and later to Japan, where it attained near Zen-like simplicity. It reached the Upper East Side in 1979, with the opening of the eponymous Shabu-Shabu 70, now a favorite with neighborhood regulars and staff from the nearby clutch of hospitals.  A small butane stove is brought to the table, topped by a pot of soon to be torrid liquid.  Then, a platter of paper-thin, semi-frozen slices of rib-eye steak paired with stacks of sliced cabbage, carrots, watercress, shiitake mushrooms, snow peas and onions, is set out.  Diners dunk the morsels in the evolving broth and dip them in either a rich sesame/peanut or tangy ponzu sauce, the latter comprised of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and lemon juice.  Once the raw ingredients are consumed, chewy udon noodles are tossed in, making a delightful soup.  Yes, the restaurant has a solid sushi bar, as well as appealing tempura, sukiyaki, and teriyaki selections, but the smart money swishes.

 

SOY & SAKE CAFE (vegetarian)

Japanese/Pan-Asian Cuisine

"Located in the heart of the West Village, Soy & Sake fuses a unique blend of soy products with traditional styles of Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Malaysian cuisine. From the light taste of veggie rolls to the delectable signature dish of Chicken Tempura, it satisfies the heart and soul of all food lovers."

Click here for menu.

SPOTTED PIG

314 W 11th St # 1

Tiny, friendly, very happening London style gastro pub.

 

ST ANDREWS

120 W 44th St

Bangers ‘n Mash, haggis and other home comfort food can be had at this cheery Scottish bar and restaurant. Great spot for a pre- or post-theatre drink and/or dinner. Cute men in kilts behind the bar are an added attraction!

 

STK

26 Little West 12th St

Located in the heart of the Meatpacking District, Manhattan's hottest neighborhood, STK is a new style steakhouse. The bustling bar scene is the centerpiece, the menu inspired, the DJ creates the sexy vibe, and the atmosphere is relaxed.

 

SUSHIDEN

Sushiden Madison Ave, 19 E. 49th St

Sushiden 6th Ave, 123 W. 49th St

Authentic sushi.  Japanese style dining rooms can also be booked (where you sit on the floor, your feet go into a hole under the table (for those who can’t sit cross-legged for any length of time!).

 

TAMARIND

41 E 22nd St

Tamarind's team of dedicated chefs draws on India's varied regions to take diners on a culinary voyage of the subcontinent. The restaurant's menu includes dishes from Punjab, Hyderabad, Goa, Madras, Lucknow, and Calcutta.  Tamarind is a modern, sophisticated and soothing setting with a colorful mix of classic Indian textiles and artifacts.

 

TAO

42 E 58th St

Dining at Tao is a unique and fun experience. The Asian-inspired setting is beautifully designed with a 16-foot-tall Buddha, fountains, and a koi pond. The food is good, if not exceptional, with a menu offering something for everyone.  Tao offers a unique Asian dining experience. With over-the-top, Asian-inspired decor ad good food, it's not surprising that Tao is packed every night. Expensive.

 

TEA AND SYMPATHY

108 Greenwich Ave

Tea and Sympathy is a quintessential corner of England in the heart of Greenwich Village. The menu includes such favourites as Bangers ‘n Mash, Shepherd’s Pie, Welsh Rarebit, Roast Beef with Yorkshire pudding.  Finish off with a treacle pudding or rhubarb and custard.

 

TELEPHONE BAR AND GRILL

149 2nd Ave

This hip English-style pub serves “royal” comfort food and fresh New American cuisine.

 

TOUT VA BIEN

311 West 51st Street, (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

This Theater District French bistro has been around a long time, providing consistently good food at reasonable prices.  The restaurant is frequently crowded just prior to a performance, but an experienced and friendly staff will see to it that you do not miss your show or rush your meal.  Everything is red and white, right down to the checkered tablecloths.  Prix fixe and children’s menus are available.

 

TRIBECA GRILL

375 Greenwich St # 1

Tribeca Grill is co-owned by renowned restaurateur Drew Nieporent and legendary actor Robert De Niro and has become one of New York's downtown restaurant landmarks.

 

THE VIEW RESTAURANT

1535 Broadway

Perched a top the Marriott Marquis hotel, the recently renovated View Restaurant is New York City's only revolving rooftop restaurant.  Enjoy a breathtaking 360 view from the heart of the Times Square Theatre District while enjoying dinner or Sunday brunch.  Features NY state cuisine.

 

WAGAMAMA

A place of positive eating for positive living. Asian food inspired by the flavors of Japan. First opened in London in 1992 with a clear purpose: to spread positivity through nourishing food, now open in the Flatiron district of NYC.

THE WATERCLUB RESTAURANT

500 E 30th St

The Water Club serves classic American cuisine in a waterside setting. The restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week and offers lunch Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday. A seasonal outdoor patio, The Crow's Nest, sits atop the main dining room and features a moderately priced menu and fun drinks from mid-May through late September. The Water Club also has three private party rooms, a lounge with a wood burning fireplace, and piano music nightly in the dining room.

 

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