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.
Overlooking Midtown's verdant Bryant Park, chef Gabriel Kreuther's eponymous restaurant offers a comfortably luxurious, Upscale French American cuisine with an Alsatian-inspired dining experience with a distinctly New York spirit.
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.
Located within the Ludlow Hotel in the Lower East Side, Dirty French recreates (with a twist) classic French bistro dishes using modern culinary techniques and bold flavors from regions heavily influenced by French culture, like New Orleans and Morocco.
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.
This speakeasy in Chelsea is named for an 1896 law meant to curb New Yorkers’ liquor consumption. Past a door buzzer and a discerning host is the windowless space, which just about nails a sumptuous twenties vibe (Chesterfield furniture, turn-of-the-century wall hangings, and a few bona fide antiques sprinkled in) despite the odd garish touch (the blinding tin ceiling; a wallpaper panel displaying a cheesy flapper-silhouette montage).
The cocktail list comes courtesy of Meaghan Dorman and is packed full of perfectly mixed numbers like the Pioneer Spirit (rye whiskey, apple brandy, orgeat, and angoustra bitters) and the Garden Paloma (tequila, jalapeno agave, celery bitters, club soda, and grapefruit and lime juice).
You’ll have to arrive early to land one of the private tables surrounded by velvet couches and black gauze curtains: each comes equipped with a wall buzzer to call your waitress.
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.
Every time you need a drink at Dear Irving, you can just press the buzzer at your table—every table has one connected to the bar. Your server will come, and behind the scenes someone has handcarved the ice cubes that will accompany your spirits.
The bar is inspired by Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris, with four rooms representing different historical eras.
While there are small bites available (croque-monsieur, chicken liver, lemon bars), this is a place to drink, and more specifically, it's a place to drink slowly. These cocktails are not for pounding, they're for savoring—bartender Meaghan Dorman has created new takes on old classics (try the Greenpoint, an herbal riff on the Manhattan). Each will cost you around $15—another reason to drink slowly.