Pizza and New York go together like Kim and Kanye, so head to Roberta’s for a masterclass in how dough an all the toppings should come.
This eclectic bistro-style restaurant is personal yet metropolitan, urban yet intimate. It’s modern American cuisine with a diverse wine list.
Kate Moss, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, to name a few – celebs have flocked to Raoul’s for over 40 years for its French fare, along with local families, producer, actors, journalists and downtown glitterati. If it ain’t broke…
The wine list is extensive, and the food menu tightly curated. One dish not to be missed? The top neck clams, Patron XO and almond broth followed with confit bacon that and pickled pineapple make for an eclectic experience.
Our secret source says the off-menu French onion soup burger is their fave but the menu from this cosy French bistro is mouthwatering on all levels. Using topnotch ingredients with Francophile flair, it’s a must-visit in SoHo.
Set in a former two-storey opera house, Chinese Tuxedo offers delish rolls, buns and dumplings but the pork belly is outstanding.
For class French cooking it’s got to be Lucien. Nestled in Manhattan’s East Village, this bistro is traditional and cosy, offering a taste of Paris in NYC.
For seasonal, simple food with influences from Southern France and Italy, King is a light, airy bistro with a low-key atmosphere but high-class cooking.
Old-school, gentleman’s club vibes still permeate the walls of Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn. Booking is highly recommended and you may still be lucky enough to spot some celebs here.
Knockout Japanese-inspired traditional and modern dishes complemented by a stand-out sushi bar have cemented BondST’s place on the ‘be-and-be-seen’ restaurant list.
For cocktails and oysters, it’s got to be Set Rrose, a Lower East Side institution. The name, a wink to the female alter-ego of Marcel Duchamp, Rrose Sélavy, evokes the dynamic artist salons of early 20th-century Paris. Expect fresh east and west coast oysters, a full raw bar and seasonal plates as well as substantial mains – perfect with their botanically-infused cocktails.
For a memorable sushi dinner, head to Catch NYC in the meatpacking district. This place is big (400 seats over three levels), buzzing with loyal customers, and you may even spot a celeb or two. Plates are globally influenced and designed for sharing. Signature dishes emerging from the open kitchen include the ‘Catch Roll’ (crab, salmon, miso-honey), salmon belly carpaccio, bourbon-miso black cod lettuce ‘wraps’ and Cantonese lobster.
A summer’s day spent on the sun deck of Dumbo House, overlooking Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, would be a day well spent. With an array of dining and drinking spaces in the achingly cool style you’d expect from the Soho House group, this is one not to miss.
In November 2002, the Eataly concept was born from Oscar Farinetti’s idea sketched on a piece of paper. The idea was simple: to gather under one roof high-quality food at sustainable and reasonable prices, to celebrate Italian biodiversity, and to create an informal, natural, and simple place to eat, shop, and learn. Eataly stands for ‘eating Italian’ – there are truffle auctions, wine tastings, pasta classes, to list just some of the activities you can enjoy here.
British-inspired, farm-to-table cuisine in an intimate setting on the Lower East Side, The Fat Radish is a dose of Covent Garden in New York and a favourite dinner spot of SL. Its rustic interior (think long wooden tables and white-washed brick walls) sits snuggly with its ethos of fresh food with veg at the forefront of the dish. The celery root pot pie is a fan favourite along with hearty salads and cheeseburgers and fish for those seeking a protein fix.
The duo behind Balthazar and Pastis have open this French restaurant decked out in mid-century interiors with a grown-up vibe and a mouthwatering menu. Reservations are gold dust but there are some walk-in tables put aside.
Macao Trading Co
Taking its inspiration from the brothels and opium dens of the 1930s Macao, this exotic backdrop to a restaurant serving Chinese-Portuguese small plates is a raucous setting and great in a crowd.
Saxon + Parole
Named after two 19th-century racehorses, Saxon + Parole at Bowery and Bleeker has an established reputation thanks to Michelin-starred Executive Chef Bra Farmerie and Chef de Cuisine Nicole Gadajhar. With a warm wooden interior, this eatery describes its offering as “grilled meats and aquatic delights” and has earned brunch and burger awards aplenty. Whiskey fans won’t be disappointed with the rare finds on the bar menu.
An American dining institution, Gamercy Tavern in the Flatiron District is nearly 25 years old. The Tavern features rustic fare from the open, wood-wood-burning grill, while the the Dining Room is more formal and elegant. From striped bass with red kuri squash, tatsoi and ají dulce chillies to a cobb salad with chicken, bacon and sweet potato, you can’t go wrong at this dining stalwart.
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