Financial district

Harry's

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Overview:

Long-standing Wall Street institution.  Beneath the historic India House, with a classic steakhouse menu and expertly crafted wine list. 

Information:

Address:  1 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004

Phone: (212) 785-9200

Neighborhood: Financial District

Price: $$$-$$$$


 

Chikarashi

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Overview:

In a city painfully oversaturated with raw fish and poke places, Chikarashi rises far and above. The fast casual counter spot offers high end chirashi bowls for dine-in or take away. Chef MIchael Jong Lim is an alum of restaurants like Masa, Aldea & Neta so it's no surprise that the man knows what he is doing with fish. There are 11distinctive bowl options and weekly specials with the highest quality fish you can find like expertly sliced bluefin toro, hamachi and unagi. Creative options include Sichuan chili salmon with sansho mayonnaise, furikake, shoyu daikon & katsuo panko or negitoro don tartare with nigiri shoyu, avocado, nori & shiso. It is rare & exciting to find such quality in what is essentially a fast casual concept. Look for two more locations opening soon in Nomad & FiDi. 

Information:

Address: 227 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646) 649-5965

Neighborhood: Chinatown, Financial District, Nomad

Price: $$


 

Fuku


Overview

David Chang is expanding his empire and multiplying his fast casual concept, Fuku. The restaurant has outposts now in the East Village, Wall Street, MSG and Citi Field. The focus is chicken and there is certainly a fuck ton of it on the menu. Since expanding to Fidi, Chang also expanded his menu of chicken offerings. Items include a massive dark meat spicy fried chicken, sticky-sweet fuku fingers and a chicken dip with cucumbers & fiery sauce. The star is the amazing Chimek feast served with a whole fried chicken (1/2 habanero, 1/2 sweet & spicy), fries, pickled daikon, pickle chips, kimchi, all the sauces. Everything is super crave worthy, gluttonous and worth every calorie. 

Information:

Address  163 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

110 Wall St, New York, NY 10005

Neighborhood: East Village, Financial District 

Website: https://eatfuku.com/

Price: $


 

Industry Kitchen


Overview

The South Street Seaport has come a long way since being devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The area has been completely rebuilt and what is left is a beautiful, modern neighborhood full of dining options. Industry Kitchen is situated right on the water with panoramic views of the Brooklyn Bridge & passing boats. The floor to ceiling glass windows and massive patio make it the perfect chill spot on a sunny day. The menu is approachable and has a little something for everyone. There is a clear nod to dishes that are ultra sharable - shellfish platters, charcuterie, dips & 10 types of pizza. Here's a thing I don't say often - the salad selection was fantastic. Lots of interesting combinations of bright flavors and big portions. Service is fast and extremely hospitable. Looking forward to sipping more drinks there on the water. 

Information

Address:  70 South St, New York, NY 10005

Phone (212) 487-9600

Neighborhood: South Street Seaport

Website: http://industry-kitchen.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

Black Seed Bagel


Overview 

Black Seed is a Montreal style bagel concept from the team that brought you Mile End Deli. Since opening a few years ago they have gained a cult-like following in NYC and have expanded to three locations. Each bagel is hand rolled, boiled in honey water, and then baked off in a wood fired oven. The result is pretty phenomenal. They offer over 25 sandwich combos ranging from traditional bacon, egg & cheese to adventurous like smoked salmon with tobiko cream cheese. All the jewish breakfast favorites are available plus lunch combos like a banh mi, chicken salad with bacon, and buffalo cauliflower for my vegan peeps. Finally, they have pizza bagels which, if I'm being honest, is really the most important thing any bagel shop can do. 

Information

Address:  176 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Hudson Eats @ Brookfield Place
200 Vesey St, New York, NY 10080

Phone:  (646) 484-5718

Neighborhood: Nolita, East Village, Battery Park 

Website: https://www.blackseedbagels.com/

Price: $


 

Da Claudio


Overview 

Da Claudio feels like a casual neighborhood joint and yet it is set amongst the towering sky scrapers of lower Manhattan. The space is vast with a large bar and ample seating. The food is fine. It's not ‘call your mother and tell her about this amazing meal you just had’ good, but it's fine. It has all of the Italian staples one would expect – burrata, prosciutto, fritto misto, carpaccio. The pasta section is massive with every shape and sauce you could ever imagine. If you read reviews online every person without fail mentions the warm hospitality, which is undeniable. Prices are also reasonable so the check wont break the bank.

Information:

Address: 21 Ann St, New York, NY 10038

Phone:   (212) 285-2668

Neighborhood: Financial District

Website: http://www.daclaudionyc.com/about.html

Price: $$


 

Blue Smoke


Overview

The original location of this BBQ hot spot opened in 2002 and has since expanded to Battery Park City, Citi Field & the Washington Nationals stadium. The spaces are expansive, loud, and great whether you want a quick beer or a meal with a big group. It's eat with your hands messy food. The snacks are soulful comfort food like warm chips with blue cheese & bacon dip, deviled eggs, and pimento cheese fry bread (hell yes). The smoked meat takes inspiration from different parts of the south. Order up any combo with ribs, pulled pork, brisket, lamb, spare ribs or chicken. Definitely keep them in mind for private dining, catering, and a subterranean jazz club in the Flatiron location. 

Information:

Address   

116 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

255 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282

Phone: (212) 447-7733

Neighborhood: Flatiron, Battery Park City

Website: http://www.bluesmoke.com/

Price: $$$

Good for: bbq, beer, groups, birthdays, bar scene, catering, private events, live music


 

Amada

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PATATAS BRAVAS Spicy Potatoes

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GAMBAS AL AJILLO Garlic Shrimp

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MANCHEGO Truffle Honey, Apples

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SMOKED SALMON Caper Berries, Goat Cheese, Baby Greens

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REVUELTO Soft Scrambled Eggs, Pipérade, Lobster

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HUEVOS FLAMENCOS Tomato-Pepper Stew, Egg, Migas, Serrano Ham

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CALÇOTS Grilled Green Onions, Salbitxada

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CHURROS

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Address: 250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

Phone(212) 542-8947

http://newyork.amadarestaurant.com/

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Parm

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Major Food Group can execute the shit out of a restaurant. Now on their fourth location of their hit Italian restaurant Parm, they have come to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The sprawling space is a far cry from the tiny original location in Nolita. The restaurant has an expansive dining room plus a 22-seat bar and private dining space. The menu has all the Parm favorites a few newcomers to the menu. They have done what they do best, simple Italian food with few ingredients, executed well, without the fuss. You'll find a great list of appetizers including rich meatballs, oozing mozzarella sticks, and bubbling baked clams. For pasta try my personal favorite, the Rigatoni fra diavola, slightly spicy in a pink cream sauce. They also have a generous sandwich selection, king of which is the overflowing eggplant parm which may stop your heart but hey you're still eating a vegetable! It's the kind of food that makes you feel at home in a relaxed atmosphere suited to any event. Here's what we had: 

Italian Fries

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Fried calamari local squid, mulberry long hot peppers

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Meatballs mamma Carbone's recipe

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Mozz sticks

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Penne pomodoro

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Rigatoni fra diavola

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Eggplant Parm Sandwich

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Italian Combo Sandwich

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Veal Parm 

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Address: 162 N 4th St, Williamsburg, NY 11216

Phone: (718) 408-7240

www.parmnyc,.com

LOX

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I have always felt that Jewish food is underrepresented in the high end culinary scene. Just because something is typically seen as a comfort food doesn’t mean that it can’t be elevated and plated beautifully. Chef David Teyf is changing that at the newly opened LOX Café at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

You can find the museum on the water in Battery Park City, overlooking the Statue of Liberty.  The café has been open 7 weeks and offers elevated museum dining. The menu features updated versions of old world classics. You can dive into sprawling platters of borscht, blintz, and babka (oh my). The sandwiches are piled high and arrive on freshly baked bread. Try the Lower East Side made with pastrami lox, Russian dressing, slaw & mustard for an excellent take on the reuben.

As the name indicates, they have a plethora of lox. More specifically you may find hand sliced versions of lox done 5 ways: pastrami, double smoked, sake-ginger, dill & vodka, or grapefruit & gin. Each variety possesses a different texture in addition to their wildly different flavor. The presentation of the platter, as with many of their dishes, is as much of a piece of artwork as anything hanging on the walls around you. Chef Teyf plans to add more variations as the seasons change. The man really knows how to make my little Jew heart sing. It was a pleasure to listen to him speak with such experience and excitement for his craft. I have no doubt he will continue to amaze. Here’s what we had: 

LOX FIVE WAYS -A TASTING OF OUR DISTINCTIVE LOX SELECTIONS SERVED WITH WHIPPED CREAM CHEESE, SCALLION CREAM CHEESE, CUCUMBER, TOMATO, ONION & TOASTED BREADS

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HERRING (SILOTKA) IN A FUR COAT WITH BEETS, POTATOES, ONIONS & A DILL AIOLI

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CHALLAH & CAVIAR SANDWICH - SALMON ROE WITH BUTTER AND CUCUMBER ON CHALLAH, SERVED OPEN FACED

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GIDEON’S LOWER EAST SIDE SANDWICH - PASTRAMI LOX, RUSSIAN DRESSING, COLE SLAW, DELI MUSTARD & ONIONS ON SEEDED RYE BREAD

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WHITE FISH SALAD SANDWICH - ON AN ONION POCKET WITH TOMATOES & CUCUMBERS

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JEWISH BENTO - SCHMALTZ, MATJES & PICKELED HERRING IN CREAM SAUCE SERVED WITH GARLIC DILL POTATOES, COUNTRY SALAD, SHOT OF BORSCHT, A MATZO BABKA BITE, FRUIT COMPOTE & BORODINSKY BLACK BREAD, SERVED WITH 3 VODKA SHOTS

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CHOCOLATE OR PRUNE BABKA

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SIGNATURE RUSSIAN COFFEE CAKE

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Address: 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

Phone(646) 437-4202

www.mjhnyc.org/