Celestine

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Overview:

Celestine is an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant located on the Dumbo waterfront. The space is situated just under the Manhattan Bridge and MY GOD what a view! You can see the entire Manhattan skyline and straight passed the Brooklyn Bridge. Patrons will come just for the view but luckily the food is worth staying for. The space is modern and sleek with floor to ceiling windows that flood the dining room with light. . The kitchen, led by Executive Chef Garett McMahan, serves seasonal, soulful fare that draws inspiration from Northern Africa, the Mediterranean coastline, and the Middle East. Graze on mezzes like taramasalata, baba ghannouj and fingerling skordalia. For an entrees check out the "for two" section featuring whole grilled fish with artichoke & couscous or the duo of lamb with kibbeh & saddle.

Information:

Address: 1 John St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:  (718) 522-5356

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$


 

Au Za'atar

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Overview:

You'll find Au Za'atar in a cozy corner spot of the East Village. Divided into three dining areas plus a handful of outdoor tables that run along Avenue A they offer plenty of seating. The décor is rustic with bare brick and wood-paneled walls. Named after Lebanon's signature spice mixture, the restaurant attempts to encompass the full range of typical food found in the region, calling itself an "Arabian French bistro." The food is fantastic and there is a seemingly endless list of hot & cold mezzes, dips, and grilled meats & fish to order. A range of spices and fresh vegetables go into satisfying plates perfect to share like familiar dishes of falafel and hummus or more adventurous offerings like fattet al-betenjane and mujadara. Mixed grill platters of grilled meats and sauces is fun & tasty to share. Comfortable neighborhood spot that is good for groups, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. 

Information:

Address: 188 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 254-5660

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$$


 

Villanelle

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Overview:

Villanelle was opened in February by novice restaurateur Catherine Manning. The relatively small space (44 seats plus a bar) is modern with a laid-back elegance that comes from natural materials like bare wood and white washed brick. Due to the restaurant's close proximity to the Union Square Green Market the food can focus on seasonality and local ingredients. The menu is concise with both a la carte and prix fix options. This is elevated cuisine with delicate plating, unlike some of the restaurants that dot the NYU campus area. Sample dishes include chicken liver mousse with chicharron, risotto with chanterelles and Colorado lamb with eggplant. You'll find a carefully curated wine list and imaginative cocktails to pair with the meal. 

Information:

Address:  15 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 989-2474

Neighborhood: Union Square

Price: $$$


 

The Osprey

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Overview:

The Osprey is a stunning restaurant in the swanky new 1 Hotel near Brooklyn Bridge Park. The hotel itself is incredibly chic and commands a restaurant to match. The venue features multiple dining rooms with waterfront views for all day dining and outdoor seating when weather permits. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in tons of natural light and you're surrounded by reclaimed wood and elegant string lights above. The kitchen offers a seasonal American menu with a local focus. Small plates include head-on prawns, squid with fregola, and steak tartare "caesar style." A major feature of the kitchen will be the Rotisol rotisserie where dishes like branzino, roast chicken & prime rib with horseradish cream and crushed potatoes will be spit roasted. A fantastic meal in a gorgeous space is what can be expected. 

Information:

Address: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:  (212) 869-4400

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$


 

Piggyback Bar

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Overview:

Piggyback Bar is a new, funky Jersey City restaurant from badass girl boss Leah Cohen. The space is a casual Asian American tavern with a whimsical menu and killer Manhattan views. The interior is very spacious and colorful with a massive patio out front directly facing the water. On the menu you'll find creative Southeast Asian bar bites and cocktails. Since this is mainly a bar, the food is extra crave worthy and pairs well with booze. You'll find mash-up dishes like a mapo chili dog, disco “phories” that include a pho gravy, Korean honey butter wings and a kimchi pulled pork sandwiches. 

Information:

Address  200 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

Phone:  (201) 345-7775

Neighborhood: Jersey City

Price: $$-$$$


 

Vini e Friti

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Overview:

Danny Meyer is on a roll opening new venues in 2017. His 3rd and newest space within The Redbury Hotel is Vini e Fritti. The concept is a Roman-style aperitivi bar, celebrating the marriage of bubbles and salty, crispy antipasti. Casual and unfussy small plates like fritto misto, housemade straciatella, and marinated vegetables - alongside Champagne, Italian wines, craft beers, refreshing spritzes, and cocktails.  Go to grab a quick drink and shared bite or have a more extensive evening with a full dinner.

Information:

Address 30 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 651-3800

Neighborhood: Nomad

Price: $$-$$$


 

2nd Ave Deli

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Overview:

2nd Ave Deli is one of the last hold outs in NYC of truly classic Jewish appetizing shops. It's actually not on Second Avenue anymore, but everything else will be the same. The long standing restaurant might not be as well known as Katz, but honestly this is a much more pleasant dining experience than being assaulted by 300 tourists and the food is fantastic. They specialize in overstuffed sandwiches & other kosher staples done the long, slow way like my Jewish grandmothers made. Sandwiches are stacked with chopped liver, pastrami, grilled salami & corned beef and can easily feed 2-3 people. Other traditional favorites include blintzes, pierogies, kreplach, potato pancakes & matzoh brei. Service is warm and while prices may look initially high keep in mind that portions are massive and meant to be shared. 

Information:

Address:   162 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

1442 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10021

Phone:  212-689-9000

Neighborhood: Upper East Side, Kips Bay

Price: $$


 

The Loyal

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Overview:

The Loyal is the newest addition to the John Fraser portfolio which includes NYC hits like Dovetail, Narcissa and Nix. The space is a bit of a departure from the other businesses on Bleecker which are mostly pizza, taco and sandwich shops (not that there's anything wrong with that). The vibe is semi casual, polished and reminiscent of a bistro. It could serve as a neighborhood date spot or special occasion venue. The food is seasonal American dishes and there are a TON of items to choose from. The menu is broken down into 6 ample sections including bar, snacks, appetizers and accessories. Pasta & grains include mushroom carbonara and polenta with truffles. Entrees are all over the map with duck, chicken, shrimp and steak. While variety is important, perhaps this needs to be edited down a bit. However, if the idea is to keep 'em coming back often, it's not a terrible strategy. 

Information:

Address:  289 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Phone: (212) 488-5800

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Old Rose

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Overview:

Old Rose is the newest restaurant occupying the dining space in The Jane Hotel. It is a morning-to-night establishment 7 days a week that recently launched brunch. .Just like every person who occupies the tables, the space is very posh. The walls are white washed and there's white & black marble everywhere. The team behind the ever popular The Smile has put together an Italian menu of seasonal dishes of seafood and pasta. Small dishes include burrata with grilled sourdough, crispy rice salad & pickled garden veggies. The pizza menu is great offering a vodka iteration, margherita & clam pie. Food here is solid and affordable with a fun vibe. 

Information:

Address:  113 Jane St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 255-4143

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Del Frisco's Grille

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Overview:

I love a steakhouse, and one that you can visit all over the country for consistency is Del Frisco's. The Grille is a slightly more casual version of it's sister restaurant, but still packed with red meat and business men in suits. The Manhattan location is expansive and energetic, consistently full due to its Rockefeller Center address. The menu has all the steakhouse classics - massive slabs of meat, caesar salad, raw bar and truffle mac. You'll find some really fun additions to a traditional steakhouse menu here like cheesesteak eggrolls, ahi tacos, lollipop chicken wings and artichoke beignets. Of course there is plenty of California cab to go around. 

Information:

Address50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

Phone:  (212) 767-0371

Neighborhood: Midtown

Price: $$$-$$$$


 

Don Angie

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Overview:

Husband and wife chef team Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito are bringing a fresh new concept to the West Village. The former restaurant space has been modernized, white-washed with marble floors and rich blue & gold accents. The menu is updated Italian, a genre the duo previously nailed at Quality Italian. You'll find reinvented Italian-American family favorites like spicy antipasti, bbq calimari and tonnato vitello. Their pastas are undoubtedly the star, specifically the lasanga for 2, sliced down and broiled so that every bite comes with a cheesy crust bite. 

Information:

Address103 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 889-8884

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

High Street on Hudson

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Overview:

High Street on Hudson is a Philly spinoff from a group that has garnered much attention in both its original city and NYC since opening in 2015. The venue has consistently been a critical darling of publications like NY Mag, NY Times and Eater.  The all day, modern/casual West Village restaurant offers coffee & pastries in the morning and the menu evolves throughout the day to become a bit higher-end in the evening. Recently they brought in a new chef, Sean McPaul, to helm the kitchen. He brings with him a range of flavors taking inspiration from Mexico, Morocco and American cooking. The kitchen excels at just about everything from sausage & egg biscuits for breakfast, pastrami on rye for lunch, and freshly made malfadine pasta with squid ink & smoked mussels for dinner. 

Information:

Address:   637 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Phone: (917) 388-3944

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Rossopomodoro

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Overview:

Rossopomodoro is a charming café on Greenwich St in the West Village. The interior is a clean, simple version of an upscale pizzeria. The space is deceptively large with two main dining rooms, a large bar and patio seating on 2 sides. Food is Neopolitan style with plenty of pastas and pizzas on the menu. For your pizza selection choose from sausage, porchetta, broccoli rabe, and spicy salami to name a few. There pasta list is equally long with gnocco, tagliatelle, and ravioli. You can also entirely avoid the carbs and opt for great seafood options like their expertly grilled octopus with silky cauliflower puree. For brunch, the place is a calm respite from the insanity that ensues in other West Village locations. 

Information:

Address:  118 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 242-2310

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

The Odeon

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Overview:

The Odeon is one of those tried & true Tribeca staples that has stood the test of time since being opened by Keith McNally in 1980. The space is a lively bistro with big chrome banquets, white table clothes and outdoor seating. It feels like old New York in the best way. The menu mainly consists of French bistro classics like oysters, steak frite, frisee salad and steak tartare. Breakfast and lunch are served daily with brasserie favorites like croque monsieur, moules frites and french onion soup. Great for a business lunch, group dinner or solo bar dining. 

Information:

Address145 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Phone:   (212) 233-0507

Neighborhood: Tribeca

Price: $$$


 

Pretty Southern

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Overview:

Pretty Southern is a cozy Greenpoint spot form the mind of chef Sam Talbot. The space is small and bright, with a colorful outdoor area complete with a large quirky mural. The menu is all southern comfort food - meaning it's all terrible for you - but done so extremely well that it is genuinely worth every calorie. Talbot has put a modern spin on a laundry list of dishes fit to cure any hangover. There is a grilled pimento cheese & tomato sandwich, flaky biscuits, and some of the greatest skillet mac & cheese ever created. Chicken comes fried or rotisserie style in all sizes. Southern style desserts like banana cream pudding and a full bar round out a visit. For picky eaters out there, you can actually find a good amount of vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options as well. 

Information:

Address14 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Phone:  (718) 349-2967

Neighborhood: Greenpoint

Price: $$-$$$


 

Vic's

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Overview:

Vic's is a go-to for all occasions in Noho from the Five Points team. The vibe is that of a comfortable neighborhood restaurant, just with exceptionally good looking people all around you. You'll find a spacious interior with several distinct dining areas, large tables, a skylight and semi-open kitchen. The menu is mainly Italian and chef Hillary Sterling does both farm-to-table cooking and pizza quite well. The antipasti and mercato sections have an excellent list of vegetables like delicata squash with walnut gremolata, puntarelle with anchovies, and crispy calamari with fennel and pine nuts. Choose from 5 Neapolitan pies or a long list of pastas like cacio e pepe and eggplant ravioli. It's really a restaurant good for many things - an intimate date, group brunch, or dinner with the parents. 

Information:

Address31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 253-5700

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$$


 

Babu Ji

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Overview:

The banner on the Babu Ji website exclaims "not your typical Indian joint" and that's pretty accurate. They have moved from their original space in the East Village and now take their home just south of Union Square. The new space is a bit nondescript - split level, casual, with bold photography on the walls. In terms of food, this Indian menu is special and a departure from the "sitting on your couch" cuisine. The presentation of the dishes is modern and vibrant; upscale while still comforting and packed with spices. There are more traditional offerings like coconut curry shrimp, yellow dhal and butter chicken all exuding deep, rich flavors. More creative options are available such as duck curry, colonel tso’s cauliflower and naan pizza . The tasting menu is an excellent option for $62 per person. 

Information:

Address22 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone(212) 951-1082

Neighborhood: Union Square

Price: $$$


 

Bubby's

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Overview:

Bubby's is a fantastic diner-style concept that started in 1990 as a pie company. They have since expanded to 2 Manhattan locations and several in Japan while remaining a Tribeca institution. The vibe is casual and comfortable with big wooden tables and huge windows. They serve food all day and the space is consistently packed for all meal periods. The food is slightly more sophisticated than your average diner plates but they do all the simple classics extremely well. Their scratch made American menu includes favorites like crispy chicken biscuits, huge market salads, and breakfast all day like fluffy stacked blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict & huevos rancheros. This is comfort food at its finest in a warm space that feels like home. 

Information:

Address120 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

73 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Phone  (212) 219-0666

Neighborhood: Tribeca & Meatpacking District

Price: $$-$$$


 

SUGARCANE raw bar grill

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Overview:

The Miami hit Sugarcane has arrived in NYC from the team that also brought you Sushi Samba. The restaurant takes it's home in the newly expanding Empire Store complex of Dumbo, Brooklyn. The massive space has bright colors and low lighting, with views of Manhattan’s skyline and the Brooklyn bridge. The menu is made up of globally inspired small plates coming from their kitchen which includes an open fire grill & raw bar.  Asian, Latin and American influences mix to create plates like bacon-wrapped dates, an array of crudos and ceviches, and more substantial dishes like chimichurri skirt steak and yakitori chicken. It's a fun place to bring a big group and share some interesting food. 

Information:

Address55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone (718) 473-9555

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$


 

Cookshop

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Overview:

Cookshop has been a neighborhood favorite for years and judging from the packed house for breakfast, lunch & dinner they show no signs of stopping. The restaurant comes from the team behind other hits like Rosie's, Vic's and the new Shuka (formerly Hundred Acres). The space is warm and homey while still being moderately upscale. The greenmarket-driven menu is mostly American and features grass-fed meat, locally caught fish, and sustainably raised poultry. You'll find crowd pleasers like seared scallops, Berkshire pork chops and tons of vegetables everywhere. Weekend brunch is especially popular with dishes like huevos rancheros and baked eggs. This place will surely be a beautiful neighborhood mainstay for years to come. 

Information:

Address: 156 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Phone: (212) 924-4440

Neighborhood: Chelsea

Price: $$$