With so many luxury places to dine and sip in New York, we have selected a few of our favorites to get your juices flowing.
If you love show-stopping drinks that set the tone for a great night, grab a seat at the Porchlight Barin Manhattan. It’s owned by NYC restaurateur Danny Meyer and boasts a great selection of colourful cocktails, as well as a tempting variety of bar snacks (try the freshly baked cookies).
This place is gaining a reputation for its excellent alcoholic concoctions. Try the vibrant “Gun Metal Blue” (a heady mix of Mezcal Vida, Blue Curaçao, peach brandy, lime and cinnamon) and the exotic “Storm’s Brewin’”(a tropical blend of Hamilton Jamaican Gold rum, Appleton rum, lemon, grenadine and passion fruit) – alternatively, invent your own masterpiece by ordering a “What’ll It Be?”.
Seeking a French restaurant in Manhattan with a buzzing atmosphere, fantastic food and charming décor? Head to Dirty French. Make sure you reserve a table if you plan on sitting down to a full meal, as it can fill up pretty quickly. If you don’t manage to get a reservation, never fear, as you can still order certain dishes at the bar.
Located on the Lower East Side, this popular French restaurant has separate menus for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner, as well as dessert, cocktails and wine. The menu is crammed full of delicious options, but whatever you choose, polish it off with the “Mille Feuille” – one of the restaurant’s most celebrated desserts.
There’s more to this place than the food of course. You can head in just to perch at the bar, where you can sample a variety of vivid cocktails and moreish wines as you soak up the lively atmosphere.
If Mexican food is more your thing, head to upscale restaurant Cosme, based in the Flatiron area of Manhattan. Think traditional Mexican recipes created with local ingredients – a fusion which results in some irresistible flavours.
The menu here goes beyond what may be expected of a standard Mexican restaurant. The duck carnitas are great for sharing, and you’ll find an excellent selection of seafood options too. When it comes to drinks, a Margarita is a must! There’s also a range of different tequilas to sample, as well as an extensive wine and spirits list.
The atmosphere is loud, welcoming and intrinsically New York. Our advice? Enjoy the ambience, order several dishes to share and try a little of everything!
Ivan Ramen New York
If you’d like to try some great Japanese cuisine in NYC, stop by Ivan Ramen. The man behind the name, Ivan Orkin, gained a degree in Japanese and lived in Japan for some time before deciding to open two ramen restaurants in Tokyo. After their success, he decided to open some businesses back home too – the Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop and the US flagship restaurant in Manhattan.
The latter is the perfect place to sit down for some of the best noodles in town. There’s a vast selection of ramen dishes, all expertly made. The 1000 Year Old Deviled Egg is well worth a try too. Wash it all down with a glass of sake or a bottled Japanese beer. If it’s a chilly day, opt for a “Hottotodi” – a delicious sake hot toddy.
Based in New York’s Greenwich Village, Blue Hilloffers a truly unique dining experience. It’s based in a landmark speakeasy, just below street level. What makes it stand out is the food, which is sourced from nearby farms (including Blue Hill Farm in Massachusetts, hence the name).
You can choose from the four-course “Tasting Menu” or go for the “Farmer’s Feast” – which comprises six courses inspired by the week’s harvest. Accommodating staff tend to your every whim as they serve up the delicious food, and everything from the steak to the vegetables is perfectly seasoned.
A great place to head for comfort food, there are several Sarabeth’s scattered across the Big Apple (Central Park South, Park Avenue South, Tribeca, Upper East Side and Upper West Side. Think wholesome soups, fragrant salads, filling sandwiches and tempting baked goods. Sarabeth is known for her cookies, so the “Cookie Plate” is a must-try.
This is actually a good spot to head to for breakfast. There are lots of delicious classics, such as the buttermilk pancakes and French toast, but there are also more inventive dishes, such as chia granola and coconut waffles (served with vanilla rum butter).
This kooky restaurant only sits 12 people, with one seating at 8pm. What’s clear from this is that the focus is on the food. Menus are decided based on what’s in season, and Take Root has already won a Michelin star.
Due to its small size, there’s little storage available in this restaurant, which means the ingredients are bought in fresh on a weekly basis. It’s located in Brooklyn, and if you’re a true foodie, it’s worth a night of your time.
Buttermilk Channel is a great place to go if you’re on the lookout for a delicious brunch in Brooklyn. A whole section of their brunch menu is dedicated to Bloody Marys, and there are several scrambled egg variations. The pork chop and waffle option is also an unusual but tasty choice.
It’s not all about the brunch though! There’s a great wine selection, and plenty of moreish cocktails. There’s a whole menu for veggies too, and a simple, wholesome kids’ menu if you’ve got little ones in tow.
This place tends to get quite busy, but if you can’t reserve a table, you should be able to grab a seat at the counter. Alternatively, you can leave your mobile number with the waiting staff, who will call you when your table is ready.
Another haven for meat-lovers (as the name suggests) is Prime Meats. Known for its great service, this restaurant serves up an enticing selection of meat and seafood dishes. They pride themselves on using local produce, and from the hand-crafted sausages to the dry-aged côte de boeuf, it’s clear that they’re real experts when it comes to meat.
The cocktails are also highly recommended, and the burgers are so good that no extra toppings are required. Prime Meats aims to make dishes that are simple but delicious, and class themselves as a “farm to table” restaurant. If you want real, honest food, this is where to find it.
The Good Fork
Located in the Red Hook neighbourhood of Brooklyn, The Good Fork features a range of tempting dishes. If you fancy dining out somewhere a little different, put your best fork forward…
Thanks to one of the chef’s Korean roots, there’s a definite Korean influence on the varied menu. If you’re there for lunch, try the “Bibimbob” – a twist on the signature Korean dish, bibimbap. All the components of this delicious mixed rice dish are there, with the addition of prime skirt steak. Alternatively, you can order a side of kimchee to add a Korean edge to your meal.
The cocktails are great at this distinctive restaurant too – there’s everything from the classic Bloody Mary to the rather unconventional Beergharita. Once you’ve enjoyed your meal, relax in the cosy surroundings with a tipple or two.
Vinegar Hill House
Vinegar Hill House is a little hidden away, but well worth the hunt. Located near St. Anne’s Warehouse Theater, it’s the perfect place to go for a post-show meal. Finely tailored dishes accompany delicious wines and spirits in calm, comfortable surroundings.
The service here is attentive without being imposing, and if the sun’s shining, you can choose to sit outside and sip a cocktail under the cherry tree. Bliss.
The Drink is a low key neighborhood bar owned by a group of sailors, builders, artists and musicians. Specialising in spiced punches – all made from fresh juices and syrups created in-house – this friendly bar has a nautical theme and hosts regular events.
The bar is located in the East Williamsburg area of Brooklyn, and there are regular food pop-ups, so be sure to check their schedule when you’re in town.
Eugene and Company
Serving a variety of hearty dishes, Eugene and Company is a relatively new addition to Brooklyn’s dining scene. With a whole “Late Night” section on the menu, it’s a great option if you’re hungry after the sun goes down.
There are several mouthwatering comfort food options too, from the milk and cookies to the meatloaf sandwich. If you feel like ordering something show-stopping, go for the cheeseboard.
Located in the affluent Forest Hills neighbourhood of Queens, Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchenpromises an elegant, sophisticated dining (and drinking) experience. With 80 wines available by the bottle and 20 by the glass, it’s ideal for wine connoisseurs. The wines hail from Italy, France and Spain.
Food-wise, there’s a great choice of both small and large plates, and the staff can help you choose something that complements your drink of choice. If you don’t feel like a full meal, you could opt for some cheese and cured meats.