Eating out in New York is a gourmet’s pleasure. Filled to the brim with Michelin-starred restaurants, the city serves up a plate full cuisine, ranging from the hearty to the rarefied. The diversity and history of New York is also reflected in its palate.
A pioneer in bringing sake culture to New York, Sakagura is one of the top sake bars in the United States. As much an authentic eatery as a bar, diners are enticed not only by the 200 kinds of carefully selected sakes, but also by the innovative tapas-style Japanese dishes on offer, as well as homemade desserts. With its big reputation but obscure location, this is a true hidden gem that transports guests straight to Tokyo from the streets of New York.
A dining experience like no other, Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-starred Per Se is generally considered one of the best restaurants in New York City. A synthesis of earthy tones, country house sophistication and a scintillating menu, it is famed for its signature “Oyster and Pearls” and unique nine-course tasting menus. The cherry on top is no doubt the breathtaking view of Central Park, which diners can take in while sampling the finest cuisine.
The new French restaurant from chef Daniel Boulud offers a luxurious dining experience, whether visitors are looking for sophisticated cocktails, fine dining, à la carte specialties or late night desserts. With a casually elegant atmosphere, the restaurant includes a lounge and bar, as well as private dining areas which are tailor-made for dinner parties.
With a market-driven menu that highlights New York State’s finest produce, Eleven Madison Park is all about utilizing the bountiful resources of the area. The brainchild of James Beard-Award-winning Chef Daniel Humm, the restaurant combines an eclectic menu with stunning views of Madison Square Park, as seen from the seclusion of its private dining rooms.
A Michelin-rated molecular gastronomy restaurant on the Lower East Side, wd~50 has been widely praised for its culinary vision and novel use of ingredients, as well as its warm and cozy interiors, designed by Dewey Dufresne and Louis Mueller. With multi-course menus on offer as well a fine wine selection, this gem of a restaurant offers the best in cutting-edge cuisine.
This farm-style Chinese restaurant puts a modern spin on classic dishes and dim sum, to tantalizing effect. Unlike other traditional Chinese restaurants on the scene, the emphasis is on fusion and modernization—the food is a welcome synthesis between East and West, and the interiors are bright, open and airy.
An umbrella of several restaurants serving modern Asian delicacies, including Momofuku Noodle Bar and Momofuku Ssäm Bar, the chain is guided by chef David Chang’s vision in updating Korean cuisine. From the casual to the casually elegant, the group has redefined the concept of “fast food” for a hip generation, offering not only Asian staples such as pork ramen, but also Korean “burritos” and their very own pork buns.
A keen advocate of the farm-to-table movement, Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten delivers a flavorful menu that is high on sustainability, eco-responsibility and local organic produce. The food is hearty and wholesome, and reminiscent of childhood meals cooked with love, but with the best available ingredients.
Famed for its lively murals of Jazz Age and 60s icons, the Monkey Bar is one of the most elegant and established bars and eateries in New York. Evoking an easy old-world charm, it offers delicacies, drinks and desserts, all equally scrumptious. Champagne dinner has never sounded so exciting.
Milk & Honey
A hidden speakeasy in the Flatiron District, this is a must for those looking for the New York beneath the gloss and landmarks. With a cocktail list that utilizes only the best ingredients–including hand-squeezed juices and hand-cut ice wedges - the experience is enlivened by heady music and an array of snacks and platters.
Part of the Momofuku restaurant group, Booker & Dax is a hip and happening bar committed to making good, strong drinks. In the spirit of innovation, they employ new techniques and technologies in rethinking traditional cocktails, coming up with drinks which are as surprising as they are delicious.
An atmospheric lounge in Soho that takes its cue from bygone days, this is a place where classic cocktail culture is kept alive. Skilled mixologists offer up a selection of New York’s finest, including its Famed Earl Gray martini, while patrons relax and unwind in comfort. Perfect for a pre-dinner drink or a quiet, conversational tipple.
Commanding panoramic views of Manhattan, the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar at the Met serves a variety of cocktails and light snacks in an informal, outdoor setting. It is a great way to combine an afternoon of exquisite art with a pre-dinner drink.
Please note that the Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar is typically open May through late fall, weather permitting.