Milling Room: American. 446 Columbus @ 81st-82nd; 25/24/$57; 595-0380; www.themillingroom.com/; First up – gorgeous dining room; Spacious décor and high ceilings with natural light; Delicious cocktails and a huge bar; Perfect date scene; Daily happy hour 5-7pm with $6 drinks; Have a ‘Tavern’ pub in front; Menu includes salads, Salmon tartare, grilled octopus, cheese plate, Mushroom Risotto, Maine Skate, Day Boat Cod, Scottish Salmon, Orzo Mac n Cheese and Chilled Spinach.
SouthGate: American. 154 CPS @ 6th-7th Av; 24/25/$74; 484-5120; Just a relaxing, airy, beautiful setting; Sophisticated cooking; Mixologist is supreme; Romantic and also an epic brunch spot; Obviously overpriced; See website for the bar, lunch, brunch, cocktail, dinner and wine menus; Lamb porterhouse, Duck breast, Swordfish, Halibut, and Veal Chops on menu. 3 course Jazz brunch $55. Open bar brunch is $42 (1 course);
Redeye Grill: American. 890 7th Av @ 56th; 21/21/$62; 541-9000; www.redeyegrill.com; High energy, always crowded and fun; Seafood-centric; Huge place; Sushi and sashimi available; Raw bar and seafood towers; Alaskan King Crab, Lobster Mac N Cheese, Mayan Shrimp, Peking Duck Quesadillas, Several cuts of steak; Many pasta dishes & they offer Seafood Paella, Yellowfin Tuna, Salmon & more. Basically – something for anyone. Even have a raw bar and several steak offerings. Brunch served with bottomless Mimosa/Bellini option.
Print: New American. 653 11th Ave @ 48th; 24/24/$62; 757-2224; www.printrestaurant.com/; Stylish, cool as hell set up and décor; Rooftop lounge for drinks before or after at the Press Lounge; They serve breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner; Famous for their grilled octopus; Also, try the Rabbit, Rib Eye, Garganelli with Lamb Ragu; Bread comes with 3 types of butter; Menu items are seasonal; Pan Roasted Bronzino;
*Glass House Tavern: American. 252 W 47th @ B-Way-8th; 20/21/$46; 730-4800; www.glasshousetavern.com; Perfect for pre-theater; Huge place with stylish décor- more airy than tavern; Top notch service will get you to your show on time; Bi-level setting; Brunch, lunch, and pre-theater specials available; Rock Shrimp Risotto; Lamb Shank; Lots of fun pasta dishes; Fresh Mozz; Just a fun place a large crowd can all enjoy. Quieter upstairs. Prix-fixe available.
*Daisy May’s BBQ: BBQ. 623 11th Av @ 46th; 22/7/$23; 977-1500; www.daisymaysbbq.com; Amazing smokey ribs, chicken and Southern classics; Tasty sides; Get it to go; Stay – if you like a dive-diner setting. Real south in NYC. The BBQ overall is great for NYC standards and good-solid for overall standards; They do get that nice smokey flavor right. Drink it down with amazing sweet tea served in a mason jar.
*Bourbon Street Bar: Cajun. 346 46th @ 8-9th Av; 19/21/$40; 245-2030; www.bourbonny.com; Classic New Orleans setting complete with wrought iron fencing; Alligator on menu; Classic Jambalaya; Tasty cuisine and great place to have a drink anytime. Be prepared – much more of a happy hour/ late night bar scene than a restaurant but if you want great pub/ Cajun fare – this is it. Umm Crawfish Mac N Cheese!!
The Marshall: American. 628 10th Av @ 44-45th; 24/18/$53; 582-6300; www.the-marshal.com/; New American, farm to table hot spot with fun cocktails and a Sunday Brunch menu (drinks $12); Menu has about a dozen appetizers and a dozen entrees; Great selection includes: Burrata, Wood Over Mac n Cheese, Pork Meatballs, Deviled Eggs, Lamb Shank, Arctic Char, tons of sides and their famous Meat Loaf.
44 & X Hell’s Kitchen: American. 622 10th Av @ 44th; 22/19/$45; 977-1170; www.44andX.com; Essentially a storefront with outdoor dining in summer; Fancy versions of comfort food; Incredible Mac n cheese; Lively bar scene as well. Gay friendly vibe; Lunch, brunch and dinner served; Lobster tacos on menu; Great mix of meat and seafood dishes and lots of amazing appetizers; Solid for any palate. Best for brunch outdoors on a sunny day.
Aureole: American. 135 W 42nd @ B-Way-6th Av; 26/24/$86; 319-1660; www.charliepalmer.com; High end players and celebrities frequent the bar; Impeccable service and gorgeous décor- fairly modern; Prix-fixe only dinner in dining room for $89; Charlie Pakmer’s flagship; Can eat in large bar-room for much less (Apps- ~$19, Entrees ~$35); Delicious menu for those who can afford it; The epitome of high-end American. 1 Michelin star.
Hill Country: BBQ. 30 W 26th @ B-Way-6th Av; 23/16/$33; 255-4544; www.hillcountryny.com; Large, two level new restaurant as of 2008; Looks like a roadhouse; Some communal tables; Cafeteria feel; Authentic BBQ ribs, pulled pork and southern classics; Rustic feel; Have fund gaining 3 pounds; Sides are outstanding; All kinds of daily dine-in deals; Brother Jimmy’s level ambiance. Great Bourbon selection.
*Cookshop: American. 156 10th Av @ 20th; 23/20/$53; 924-4440; www.cookshopny.com; Frequently changing menu; Creative, unique dishes; Modern décor and great staff. Excellent brunch; Farm fresh, healthy ingredients. Farm-to-table mentality; From creators of “Five Points”; Uber trendy and always welcoming. Limited dinner menu; Lunch, breakfast and afternoon dining available. Nice open space. Comfortable.
Sugar Factory: American. 835 Washington @ 13th St; 20/22/$62; 414-8700; www.sugarfactory.com/; Name of the game here is FUN; They tout their celebrity appearances; Menu is insanely long with endless fancy drinks for 2 (60 Oz); When Kylie Jenner is on your homepage – do you care about food? Anyway – amazing martinis; Incredibly Good brunch/breakfast menu; Dinner – tons of apps and salads, Signature Burger, Crepes, Sandwiches, Old Fashioned milkshakes. Basically, a high-end Cheesecake Factory menu.
Standard Grill: American. 848 Washington @ Little 12th-13th; 21/22/$55; 645-4100; www.thestandardgrill.com/; Best thing about this popular spot is the location as well as décor and service; Lunch, dinner, late night eating, and Brunch all available; Food can be hit or miss but generally good; Happening crowd – date friendly; Great people watching and a million bars nearby; Pricy but good cocktails. Raw Bar; Cheese/meat plates; Multiple steak options; Whole Roasted Chicken for 2; and The Standard Burger is great.
Perry St: American/ New French. 176 Perry @ West; 27/24/$67; 352-1900; www.jean-georges.com; From the Jean-George empire; Perfect service and an elegant, awe inspiring setting; NY Times 3 stars; Way far west location; Prix Fixe options; Crispy Calamari; Chili Crab Dumplings; Weekend brunch and lunch served daily; Sea Bass, Poached Lobster; Lamb Chops; Snapper Sashimi; Burrata; Great experience here at foodie haven.
Little Owl: American. 90 Bedford @ Grove; 26/20/$58; 741-4695; www.thelittleowlnyc.com; Mediterranean influenced; Extremely tiny (10 tables) but epic good food; Soft Shell crab; Intricate cuisine; Flawless preparation. Bone-in pork chop stands out; Try brunch here… outstanding; Foodies flock here; Wildly popular and with limited space so reserve in advance; Lobster risotto; Fish options. Gravy meatball sliders are famous; Arctic Char;
Joseph Leonard: American. 170 Waverly @ Grove; 24/22/$59; 646-429-8383; www.josephleonard.com/; West Village hot spot for New American originals; Open from 8am-2am; Small inside but very cool setting and spot on service; Very popular at lunch time; Main courses include Crab Omelette, Irish Trout, Duck Breast, Roasted Chicken and NY Strip; The breakfast and Brunch menus are mouth-watering.
Market Table: American. 54 Carmine @ Bedford; 23/22/$49; 255-2100; www.markettablenyc.com; Very popular space started by two successful chefs; Top service, New American menu; Barnyard-chic décor; Seafood is outstanding. Great setting for a meal with friends or a date; Somewhat of a limited menu; Old Bay fries & steamed edamame are amazing sides; Duck Soup; Pork Tenderloin; Flounder; Arctic Char; Hanger Steak; Brunch menu is excellent but pricy;
North Square: American. 103 Waverly @ MacDougal; 24/19/$47; 254-1200; www.northsquareny.com; They try to pass off as a quaint American bistro with great service and they succeed; Excellent Jazz Brunch menu – $20 prix fixe includes a drink; Happy Hour 5-7pm daily; Lunch and breakfast served; Very nice dinner menu: Grilled Shrimp, Tuna Tartare, Lots of salads, Short Ribs, Duck breast, Cod, Filet, Yellowfin Tuna, Arctic Char.
Blue Hill: American. 75 Washington Pl @ MacDougal-6th Av; 27/24/$92; 539-1776; www.bluehillfarm.com; Michelin gives it 1 star and NY Times 3 stars; Farm to table philosophy; Freshest possible seasonal ingredients; Celeb hot spot but unpretentious; Well presented, smallish portions; Haut cuisine for sure; Critically acclaimed; Limited menu so check online 1st but what is served, is memorable! Caring staff. Dinner only. $90 prix fixe.
Chalk Point Kitchen: American. 527 Broome @ Thomp-Sullivan; 24/22/$53; 390-0327; www.chalkpointkitchen.com/; Great option for Brunch, lunch or dinner; Massive Brunch menu with freshest ingredients & freshly squeezed OJ; Dinner options in this fantastic space (visually) include Deviled Eggs, Smoked Salmon, Arctic Char, Grilled swordfish, NY Strip, Roasted chicken, Rack of Lamb and many vegetable offering.
Jane: American. 100 W Houston @ LaGuardia-Thompson; 23/17/$40; 254-7000; www.janerestaurant.com; Amazing, imaginative, and fairly priced American classics like the Jane Burger; Hanger Steak; and Ahi Tuna; Top of line Brunch- always packed; Friendly staff; Great selection. Go for lunch or brunch only to get the best experience; Satisfying & inexpensive; French Toast & Bloody Marys stand out. Lobster rolls, Salmon Benedict Best brunch menu ever.
B&B Winepub: American Pub. 25 W Houston St @ Mercer; 22/20/$36; www.burgerandbarrel.com; Just a cool place to eat and drink; Brick wall interior with ideal lighting; Serve lunch, dinner and brunch; Website has mouth watering images of their main dishes; Grilled Red Snapper; Pork Schnitzel; Incredible burgers; Large drink selection; Certainly a must-try in the area. Fun house cocktails. Happy Hour. GREAT nibbles.
Duane Park: American. 157 Duane @ Hudson-WBWay; 22/24/$54; 732-5555; www.duaneparknyc.com; Extremely good dishes in an upscale yet trendy location; Features a Burlesque show; Affordable for genre. Stately décor which features live Jazz and throwback burlesque acts; Medium-sized location reminding one of the old south; Certainly a great date spot; Seafood Bouillabaisse stands out. Closed Sun, Mon. See performance list.
Marc Forgione: American. 134 Reade @ Greenwich-Hudson; 24/24/$78; 941-9401; www.marcforgione.com; The former Iron chef does great work here; Focus is on farm-to-table cuisine; Website is like reading a book on the seemingly self-indulgent team; But – food is excellent and the décor modern and attractive; Great Brunch available; Limited menu and website features pictures of the food which is cool.
*Tribeca Grill: American. 375 Greenwich @ Franklin; 22/21/$58; 941-3900; DeNiro owned, classy New American restaurant. Spacious, reliable, great service, and an occasional celebrity. Seared sea scallops stand out; Extensive, pricy drink list. High end but quality. Giant wine list of great quality; Great menu: Braised Short Ribs; Buff Mozz Salad; Rare Seared Tuna; Cod, Lamb Shank and more. Great people watching. Affordable. http://www.myriadrestaurantgroup.com/restaurants/tribeca/;
Mercer Kitchen: American. 99 Prince @ Mercer; 22/23/$59; 966-5454; www.jean-georges.com; American-French fare; Mercer Hotel Restaurant; Very sleek and cool; Celeb spot; Upscale professional crowd; Impeccable. Run by Jean-George Vongerichten; Raw bar; Individual pizzas available; Skate, Sea Bass, Salmon, Haddock, Lobster, Steak and Lamb stew all on menu; Sashimi Salmon. Fun menu and awesome date spot.
Estela: American. 4 E Houston @ Mott-Mulberry; 27/19/$68; 219-7693; http://estelanyc.com/menu/; Wildly unique menu for adventurous eaters; Clever tapas sized plates; Cramped and popular; Dishes include Burrata with salsa verde; Ricotta dumplings; beef tartare; lamb ribs; Cod; Sardines with Kale; They go all over the place! Cocktails are $14 and equally creative; I’ve literally not heard of any of the beers on the menu.
Metrograph Commissary: American. 7 Ludlow @ Canal-Hester; 20/24/$54; 660-0312; Designed to evoke Old time Hollywood; Sofas and couches; Two bars; Great for Sunday Brunch; You have a meal and see an old film; Dinner theater in part; Dinner options include Burrata, Seared Tuna, Sea Bass and Steak Frites. Fun to go and hang out for just a drink as well. Menus are all limited in choice. https://metrograph.com/eat-drink/
The Boil: American/Cajun-Creole. 139 Chrystie @ Broome-Grand; 26/16/$45; 925-8815; www.theboilny.com/; Get down and dirty at this New Orleans theme house of food; They bring out the Crawfish, King Crab, Snow Crab & Dungeness Crab by the pound; Eat with your hands; All spice levels available; Apps include Soft Shell Crab, Catfish sliders, Lobster Roll for $18, Crab Roll and Gumbo. They have a raw bar too. Cash only.
Freemans: American. Freeman Alley off Rivington @ Bowey; 21/22/$48; 420-0012; www.freemansrestaurant.com; Savory American fare; They feature an excellent wine and cocktail list; Grilled sea scallops; Five Cheese Macaroni; Arctic Char; Lamb Shank; and Filet Mignon all stand out; They have a famous appetizer you must try- the Artichoke Dip which is raved about; Very trendy spot. Looks like a hunting lodge.
Vandal: American. 199 Bowery @ Spring-Rivington; 23/24/$58; 400-0199; www.vandalnewyork.com/; From owners of Stanton Social, this is their more lounge-heavy American Tapas restaurant; Amazing, popular bar scene; Wonderful small plates to share; Raw bar features salmon poke, Oysters, Seafood tower; Main menu has Soup Dumplings, Sea Bass Tacos, Seared Tuna & more. Quite a scene and very date or group friendly.
Beauty & Essex: American. 146 Essex @ Stanton-Rivington; 23/26/$63; 614-0146; http://beautyandessex.com/home/; Hidden entrance in pawn shop ; Resto-lounge; Glamorous setting ; Bi level space; Free champagne in ladies room; Think chandeliers galore; Exotic, fancy cocktail list; Small plates – try the Salmon cerviche; Tuna Sashimi; Tuna Poke wanton tacos; Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup Dumplings; Lobster salad; Baby Back Ribs and the Burger; Order 4-5 small plates and enjoy! Similar set up to Stanton Social.
Contra: New American. 138 Orchard @ Rivington-Delancey; 25/20/$60; 466-4633; www.contranyc.com/; Features a nightly tasting menu; Welcoming staff and casual setting – but ideal for a date; Menu is set- $74 a person and wine/cocktails are $13-$16; Menu is usually 6 courses including 2 desserts; An extra $8 or so to add a cheese course. For the very adventurous! No substitutions whatsoever.
Saxon & Parole: New American. 316 Bowery @ 1st-2nd St; 24/24/$62; 254-0350; www.saxonandparole.com;/ Ultra cool and hip hotspot that is both energetic and happening; Very stylish interior matched by great service; Equestrian themed digs; Meat and seafood focused menu; Brunch as well; Incredible cocktails including Bloody Caesar & Bloody Mary – uniquely done for brunch; Best for dinner; Seasonal menu – see website.
Prune: American. 54 1st St @ 1-2nd Av; 25/16/$48; 677-6221; www.prunerestaurant.com; Chef is a genius; New American; Known as Brunch haven- gets packed; You must try the Bloody Mary (10 types to pick from) & order Eggs Benedict; Epic food; Too small- 10 tables; Food produced is work of art. Go early or be prepared to wait; Dinner is New American – casual setting. Brunch gets pricy if you drink.
Root & Bone: American/Southern. 200 E 3rd St @ Av A-B; 24/19/$43; 646-682-7076; www.rootnbone.com/; Southern cuisine in a cool rustic, hip setting; Amazing cocktails and an intimate feel; Fried chicken & Waffles; Drunken Deviled Eggs; Try the biscuits; Mac n Cheese to die for; Comfort food central; Ran by young, good looking chefs; Shrimp & Grits; Striped Bass; Short Rib Meat Loaf; $65 4 course prix fixe; Brunch served.
Knickerbocker B&G: American. 33 University Pl (near 4th Av) @ 9th St; 22/19/$46; 228-8490; www.knickerbockerbarandgrill.com; Focus is on steaks, happily at less than steakhouse prices; Large portions; 70s décor. Non-pretentious; Live weekend Jazz; Dependable- notch down from top meat emporiums. Basically, a fine meat and potatoes type of restaurant; Get the T-bone; Overstuffed sandwiches are amazing. Great brunch menu – though drinks not included.
Narcissa: American. 25 Cooper Sq @ 5th St; 26/22/$65; 228-3344; www.narcissarestaurant.com/; Hot new chef’s farm to table cuisine is ideal for a romantic date; Upscale vibe (and prices); Great energy; Cocktails around $14; Brunch – very expensive – is available; Menu includes Ahi Tuna, Wagyu Beef, Barley Risotto, Steamed Bass, Whole Bronzino, Lamb T-Bone, Duck and Halibut. Arctic Char for Two. Creative excellent cooking.
Tuome: American. 536 E 5th St @ Av A-B; 27/20/$61; 646-833-7811; www.tuomenyc.com/; Flavor central at this Asian inspired hotspot; Not a ton of room; Signature dish is the Pig Out – a pork belly dish for two; Deviled eggs and Octopus are great app choices; Excellent date spot – very trendy; Also, Oxtail spring rolls; Spicy peanut noodles; Artichokes with spicy breadcrumbs; Snow Crab; Bronzino.
The Eddy: New American. 342 E 6th St @ 1st-2nd Av; 25/20/$58; 646-895-9884; www.theeddynyc.com/; Also a wine and cocktail ($15) bar; Trendy and a hotspot right now; Five course tasting menu for $75; About 15 total menu items. I like this place for a couple appetizers over a glass of wine. The sort of place to impress a date after dinner with a finely made drink. Bartenders are great.
Graffiti: American. 224 E 10th @ 1st-2nd Av; 27/22/$48; 677-0695; www.graffitinyc.com; Gorgeous little wine bar; Perfect for light fare before heading out; Also a great date spot or for a drink pre-dinner somewhere else; Foodies love this place; Fair prices – wine is $12 / glass or $35/bottle. Food is Eclectic in style with Indian influence. The chef has appeared twice on the Iron Chef. 15 types of wine on the menu. Closed Mondays.
Brindle Room: American. 277 E 10th St @ 1st Av – Av A; 24/18/$33; 529-9702; www.brindleroom.com/; Cozy gastropub that features small plates of American comfort food; You will sit on stools; Must try the duck poutine; steakhouse burger and smoked chicken wings; Other interesting items: Panzanella salad; Kale salad; Mexican moulles frites; Garlic chili shrimp; and fisherman stew. High end pub. Serve brunch also.
Kingsley: American. 190 Av B @ 11th-12th; 26/26/$64; 674-4500; www.kingsleynyc.com/; Zagat #1 ranked American & Best newcomer in 2017; Absolutely polished service, décor and food quality; Also ideal for Happy Hour and drinks; Closed Monday; Lunch served weekends; French influenced cuisine; Seasonal, local cuisine; Cocktails/Wine around $14 and beer $7; Brunch served – build your own Bloody for $14; Dinner menu is very limited so check online.
Gotham B&G: American. 12 E 12th St @ 5thAv; 28/26/$92; 620-4020; www.gothambarandgrill.com; New American; $38 prix fixe lunch; Terrific food; Always wonderful. Manhattan institution; Perfect service; Dates, Business or Casual. Majestic room & epic service; Soft Shell crab in season. You can’t go wrong here. Michelin 1-star; Just an insanely popular place that always pleases; Chef Alfred Portale; Expect to pay about $100/ person with a drink; By the way – the bar is excellent. 35 page wine list on line;
Hearth: American. 403 E 12th St @ 1st Av; 25/20/$62; 646-602-1300; www.restauranthearth.com; Upscale yet relaxed; Exactly what the East Village needed; Pricy yet inspired New American selections; Limited, seasonal menu- ever changing with daily specials. Excellent food and date friendly; $72 7-course tasting menu; Italian dishes as well from Chef Marco Canora; Great cheese plates available; Dinner only & Brunch.
Tocqueville: American / French. 1 E 15th St @ 5th Av; 27/26/$93; 647-1515; www.tocquevillerestaurant.com; Foodies delight at the gorgeous chandelier laden dining room; $29 lunch prix fixe; Always a special holiday menu online; Soft Shell Crabs in season; 5 course tasting: $110; Arctic Char, Tofu, Cod, Sea Scallops, Lobster, Trio of Beef featuring Oxtail; The menu is seasonal. Main courses: $38-$48. Drinks will run you $16 a pop or more; Five course tasting menu is $135;
ABC Kitchen: American. 35 E 18th St @ B-Way-Park; 26/23/$72; 475-5829; www.abckitchennyc.com; Hotspot from super-chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; Seasonal delicacies; Ultra-fresh ingredients from farm to table; Country setting; Less formal than other restaurant in his empire; 12-15 appetizers, 7-10 entrees; Extremely popular and decently affordable. Brunch & Lunch available; Pretzel dusted Calamari; Sea Bass, Lobster.
*Union Square Café: American. 101 E 19th @ Park; 27/23/$78; 243-4020; www.unionsquarecafe.com; New American; So good, so popular; Inspired cooking; Walk-in Bar/ lively scene. Voted #1 Popular in Zagats; Danny Meyer owned; Seasonal ingredients; Down to earth yet perfect service; Every course will be cooked with inspiration; Freshest ingredients from the local markets; Brunch is awesome; Can eat at the bar; Lunch will run $25 a dish; Incredible pasta dishes as well. Non-tipping restaurant;
Craft: American. 43 E 19th @ B-Way; 26/23/$78; 780-0880; www.craftrestaurant.com; Flagship of Top Chef TV’s Tom Colicchio; Relaxing, sophisticated environment; Spot-on service; Try the beef short ribs; Nice mix of seafood/ shellfish and meat dishes with lots of appetizers and side dishes to choose from; Seasonal menu so check the website for changes; Most main courses under $35. Lunch Prix fixe $36 for 3 courses; Original menu – check website. Great scene.
Craftbar: American. 900 B-Way @ 19th-20th; 25/21/$52; 461-4300; www.craftrestaurant.com; Top Chef TV’s Tom Colicchio’s more casual sibling to flagship “Craft” down the block; Spot-on service; Nice mix of seafood/ shellfish and meat dishes with lots of appetizers and side dishes to choose from; Seasonal menu so check the website for changes; Brunch available – outstanding. The brunch menu is to die for: Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese, what! Closed Monday.
Gramercy Tavern: American. 42 E 20th @ B-Way-Park; 28/26/$70 or $135; 477-0777; www.gramercytavern.com; Flawless food, service; New Chef Michael Anthony; Cheaper by the front Tavern which has own menu & a cool bar scene & amazing drinks; Expensive here b/c this place is an all-time NYC institution. Memorable evenings. Tasting Menu – $165; 3-course is $125 in dining room; Danny Meyer owned. Cocktails $19, beer $12. Do the tavern… 1 Michelin star. Non-tipping; Tavern has better menu and apps $20, main $30.
Sagaponack: American/Seafood. 4 West 22nd @ 5th Av; 25/19/$45; 646-760-9682; http://sagaponacknyc.com/; Hidden gem from this Long Island transplant; Excellent Raw bar; Spicy seafood flatbread; Great salad options; Long Island Duck; Bucatini Seafood Pasta to die for; Seafood Paella; Pappardelle with Korean shortribs; Lobster Roll; Happy Hour 4-7pm; Lunch served; Relaxed, casual atmosphere; Affordable pricing to boot.
Park Ave Summer/Autumn/Winter/Spring: American. 360 Park Av @ 25-26th; 951-7111; http://parkavenyc.com/#/2; Giant, airy flatiron space; Seasonal menu (and restaurant name change); Foodies galore; Excellent wine list; 3 course dinner with unlimited wine after 8:30pm daily for $65/person; Brunch is $32 prix fixe with $13 Bloody- incredible menu; Dinner this summer includes Burrata, Yellowfin Tuna, Bronzino, Halibut and Scallops. Lovely sides, desserts and ‘land’ dishes as well. Cocktails at dinner $16.
Blue Smoke: BBQ. 116 E 27th @ Lex-Park: 23/17/$47; 447-7733; www.bluesmoke.com; Danny Meyer’s upscale rib house; Best BBQ in city; Live Jazz; Smokehouse; Melt in your mouth ribs; Excellent Sides; Excellent beers to choose from & excellent Bourbon bar; Pulled pork outstanding; You must try the Mac n Cheese; Lively setting; Perfect for the whole family. Battery Park City location as well. Deviled Eggs; Great for a party.
*Hillstone: American. 378 Park Ave @ 27th; 22/19/$58; 689-1090; www.hillstone.com; Upscale pub highlighted by an excellent bar scene; Major after-work scene; Chicken fingers- off the menu; Upscale entrees and even sushi offered (multiple special rolls); Great place for a within-budget American meal. Other standouts: Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Veggie Burger, Grilled Artichokes, Rib Eye, Arctic Char, Crab Cakes.
Riverpark: New American. 450 E 29th @ FDR-1st Av; 26/27/$68; 729-9790; www.riverparknyc.com/; Serene hideaway in an office park; Unimaginable views of East River and beyond; Tom Colicchio in command; Free parking; Seasonal menu; Brunch/lunch served; Menu includes Crab salad; Charcuterie Board; Hamachi; Pasta options; Whole Fish of the day for two; NY Strip; Lamb Chops; Rabbit; Bronzino and Scallops. See menu.
Water Club: American. East River @ 30th; Enter at 23rd; 23/27/$73; 683-3333; www.thewaterclub.com; You come here for the amazing views of Brooklyn/Queens; Excellent menu featuring Grilled Bronzino; Amazing Shellfish; Crab Cakes; Lobster Bisque; Lots of seafood entrees; Scottish Salmon; Beef Wellington; and a Raw Bar; Steaks & Chops available; Brunch has amazing entrees – Seafood Salad, Smoked Salmon; Eggs Benedict with lump crab; Dinner entrees approx $30, Apps $15.
Vitae: American. 4 E 46th @ 5th Av-Madison; 24/20/$65; 682-3562; www.vitaenyc.com/; Bi level New American restaurant and also cocktail and wine bar; Great for after work; Modern space; Personable service; Closed Sunday; Ideal weekday lunch spot as well; 4 course tasting menu is $75; Otherwise, Apps include Burrata, Veal meatballs, Tuna & Hamachi Crudo; Pulled Pork Tacos; Mains include Lamb Cavatelli; Squash Risotto; Arctic Cod; Brook Trout; King Crab & Long Island Duck. Great looking menu.
*Hillstone: American. 153 E 53rd @ 3rd Ave; 22/19/$58; 888-3828; www.hillstone.com; Upscale pub highlighted by an excellent bar scene; Major after-work scene; Chicken fingers- off the menu; Upscale entrees and even sushi offered (multiple special rolls); Great place for a within-budget American meal. Other standouts: Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Veggie Burger, Grilled Artichokes, Rib Eye, Arctic Char, Crab Cakes.