The neon jungle of Times Square couldn’t be a sharper contrast to this minimalist omakase den a few steps away. An oasis for the senses, full of beautiful seafood sourced daily from Tsukiji Market. It’s a splurge regardless, but go for the shorter omakase menu before or after the theater ($130).
Boutique hotel with mid-century modern style. Have stayed a number of times on business - central location, usually reasonably priced. Blue Ribbon Sushi on the ground floor is also solid. Small rooms are definitely small though, worth a premium for the larger rooms on higher floors.
Truly one of the highlights of New York dining. Relaxed space, welcoming service, stunning cooking. There's something about Igancio Mattos' dishes which balance the soulful and creative like few can. You can never go wrong with the endive salad, mussels escabeche or arroz negro.
Enjoyed a fascinating tasting menu at the original Ko, as much for the counter service and direct rapport with the chefs as the bold (if not always successful) flavor combinations. Along with a similar service format, the new location brings more mature cooking, an extended tasting menu, and quite a wine selection. Worth a visit.
A 21st century hideout; casual cool izakaya that shares an entrance with Japan Premium Beef. Email them to introduce yourself, or get a reference from an existing customer; they want to share the experience with people who truly love food, rather than celebrities and their entourages. Want to go.
Imagine a small, French version of Eataly opened in Dubai; something is clearly manufactured about the experience, but it's the option you want in your back pocket when you're in the area. Cocktails and wine bar (with requisite downtown oyster happy hour), fish, meat and cheese markets, cafe and patisserie in front.
Why oh why did i discover this on my last night in New York!!! This is by far, my favourite restaurant in New York!!! The people, the atmosphere, the interieur,... Everything was perfec!! The food, well...we kept ordering more even after our main course we went for 2 more mains just because i wanted to taste it all!!! I.want.to.go.back!!!!
Beautiful food, inventive cocktails, attentive service, overall a great reflection on Daniel Humm and team. Still can't believe the same kitchen provides room service to the Nomad (one of the true highlights of staying upstairs). Don't forget the desserts. Everyone raves about the roast chicken, but honestly, I could miss it.
Great little Japanese speakeasy behind a non-descript door inside Village Yokocho restaurant. Besuited bartenders will be making your drinks with an intriguing (and massive) oil painting as backdrop, inspired by the name. Sometimes has live acoustic jazz, no parties larger than 4.
Casual resto on the northeast corner of McCarren Park that heralded the Williamsburg-isation of Greenpoint. Solid menu, distressed interior and cool salvaged furniture. Serves food until midnight, bar and coffee until 1am. Their outfit across the street, Nights and Weekends, has a (smaller) late night kitchen.
Inconsolable that opening chef Gabriel Kreuther and pastry chef Marc Aumont have left. But new chef Abram Bissell showing strong. Pastries had yet to turn over on my last visit. Also strains of being without general manager showed. Hoping they can tighten game before I return.
Wood-fired pizzas as memorable as the Bushwick scene around you. Huge garden out back, with planters made of shipping containers. Beer garden tent in the winter; Tiki Disco every other Sunday in summer. Reserve a table at Blanca (hidden in the back) for their 20+ course tasting menu.
Great lobby atmosphere, part Vermont ski lodge, part vintage public library (if the library served Manhattans). Startups and free wifi by day, scenesters and DJs by night. Kitchen serves a limited (but delicious) menu from The Breslin until 4am. Must try the burger or the house-made terrine. Rooms are a retro hipster chic take on summer camp in Portland. Very unique style and well executed for the most part, though many of the rooms have limited natural light.
Cocktail bar in a grand space above Grand Central Station, originally the private office of the industrialist John W. Campbell. Small plates as well. For the sneaker-less Connecticut commuter to start their journey home in style. Dress code is strictly enforced (no sneakers, no torn jeans, no t-shirts)