Midtown East

Le Relais de Venise L'Entrecôte

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Overview:

Steak & fries in an addicting sauce are the only things on the menu (plus booze) at this famed, regal French spot.

Information:

Address:  40 Thompson St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (212) 334-2580

Neighborhood: Soho, Midtown East

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: $$


 

Mifune

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Overview:

Mifune is a sleek, bi-level eatery located in Midtown. The decor is minimalistic and simple, with a comfortable dining room and an eight-seat omakase bar. They specialize in intricate Japanese meals, including tasting menus. Presentation is elegant and dishes aren't overly fussy with too many ingredients. The food comes from two chefs with Michelin star experience and their menu is flush with opulent ingredients like truffle, caviar, foie gras and wagyu beef. Diners can choose between an $120, eight-course tasting meal or select from an a la carte menu. Dishes include king crab egg custard, broiled shrimp with caviar, smoked butterfish and of course expertly sliced sushi. 

Information:

Address245 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 986-2800

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Price: $$$


 

The Little Beet

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Overview:

In just four short years The Little Beet has opened 6 locations with more on the way soon. It is a fast casual concept that commands some serious lunch lines and they have recently added breakfast. The concept is to take local, seasonal & natural ingredients to create a menu patrons can feel good about eating. Offerings are all gluten free and there are many vegetarian friendly options. Make your own green or grain bowl and choose from a laundry list of veggies including bok choy, charred sweet potato, roasted mushrooms and white beans. Pick one of six proteins and top with sauces like tumeric tahini, salsa verde, or walnut red pepper spread. You get the gist. Breakfast offers parfaits, sandwiches, and bowls like fried egg, grilled avocado, sweet potato, bacon & salsa verde. Great place to fill up fast and feel healthy.  

Information:

Address:  1140 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121

320 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020

Phone:  (212) 682-0650

Neighborhood: Nomad, Midtown East, Midtown West

Price: $$


 

Blank Slate Coffee + Kitchen

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Overview:

Blank Slate is tucked away in an inconspicuous pocket of Madison Ave but that doesn't seem to stop hoards of people from finding this all day coffee shop. Patrons can grab-n-go with juices and coffee or stay & relax in the space that has 7 tables and several communal seating areas.  The cafe menu is excellent, offering large portions of all day breakfast, sandwiches and salads. Small plates include fun snacks like truffle popcorn, goat cheese dip and deviled eggs. Worth checking out for a lively afternoon of work or breakfast/lunch on the go. They have recently opened a gourmet market next door offering grocery items and a fun list of build your own avocado toast & Black Seed bagels

Information:

Address:  121 Madison Ave #5, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 683-7800

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Price: $$


 

The Smith


Information

Address:  55 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 420-9800

Neighborhood: East Village (multiple locations)

Website: http://thesmithrestaurant.com/

Price: $$

Overview

The Smith first opened its East Village doors in 2007 and has since expanded to 5 power house locations in 10 years. The concept is simple - have a casual sleek environment with a huge crowd pleasing menu, and they will come. Each location is consistently packed with large groups of beautiful young New Yorkers. Try to get a seat during happy hour or brunch, I dare you. The menu reads like a who's who of American comfort food classics served in large portions for a decent price. I'm talking hot potato chips smothered in blue cheese fonue, fried green tomatoes, and arguably the best mac & cheese in the city. If you want to be healthy for some reason, there is actually an ample salad selection. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served 7 days/week. This is not a place for a romantic date; re: VERY LOUD. Don't take your old Jewish dad here for a quiet brunch like I once did. It is however a lot of fun with a group and always hits the spot. 


 

Zuma


Information

Address: 261 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone:   (212) 544-9862

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Website: https://www.zumarestaurant.com/

Price: $$$

Overview

I wish that I could afford to eat at Zuma 5 times/week because I would. The restaurant has outposts all over the world in places like Dubai, Bangkok, and Miami. They take their NYC home in Midtown and it is a contemporary masterpiece. Every design element of the restaurant has clearly been carefully choreographed. The space is massive with multiple floors, two bars, 6 private dining rooms & open kitchens with seating throughout. You'll find a landscape of beautiful woman and business men in suits. The menu offers a wide range of Japanese dining options including expertly prepared sushi, tempura, robata grilled meats & assorted cold dishes. Everything is designed to share and it is genuinely all great. This meal will definitely set you back a few $ but it is well worth the splurge.


 

Empellon Midtown


Overview

Chef Alex Stupak has opened the fourth location of his Empellon empire. While each venue is unique, the new Midtown location is vastly different than the relaxed downtown iterations of his concept. In a very Midtown-esque fashion the restaurant is sleek, elegant, and grand. The crowd is a bit older, filled with men in business suits and tourists in the know. The menu is a largely upscale departure from Stupak's casual taquerias in the East & West Village. You'll see a wide selection of unique tacos with unexpected ingredients like pastrami and sweetbreads. Entrees are refined versions of comfort food like massive short ribs with olives and grapes or fideo with peas. I'd recommend making a meal out of the starters like the insanely creative crab & uni nachos or sticky rice duck tamales. Oh, and obviously don't skip the tequila. 

Information:

Address  510 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

Phone:  (212) 858-9365

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Website:  https://www.empellon.com/

Price: $$$

Good for: tequila, groups, somewhere finally decent to eat in midtown


 

'Wichcraft


Overview 

Tom Colicchio's fast-casual sandwich shop. They opened in 2003 and have since expanded like crazy to 9 locations. There is a careful eye on sourcing and preparation of ingredients. The sandwich combinations are ultra unique and they have frequent monthly specials. There is much to choose from including chicken, pork, turkey, and vegetarian options. A favorite is the chicken & cauliflower with roasted tomato jam, pickled peppers, arugula, and aioli on toasted ciabatta. In addition to sandwiches they offer a selection of breakfast, salads, grain bowls and snacks. Keep them in mind for deliver and catering options. 

Information:

Address   11 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone:   (917) 639-3262

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Website: http://www.wichcraft.com/location/flatiron/

Price: $$

Good for: sandwiches, breakfast, catering, takeout, delivery


 

BLT Steak

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photo: http://sideways.nyc/


Overview

I found the epicenter of suits and business meetings and men that will hopefully marry me and give me a mansion so that I don't have to work anymore. It resides at a steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan. There are actually 12 locations of BLT Steak today, showing that yes, the public has spoken and they want more. The dining room is elegant & decorated sparsely. The menu consists of big fat California cabs and good ol' American steakhouse classics. The obvious staples are available - crab cakes, wedge salad, raw bar, and tuna tartar. There is a definite focus on presentation and fresh ingredients. Steaks are USD Prime with many cuts to choose from and an excellent char. If steak isn't your thing (because you have bad taste) the chef has allotted space for fish, lamb, chicken, and a massive assortment of side dishes. Bring someone else's wallet if you can; this doesn't come cheap. 

Information:

Address 106 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022

Phone:  (212) 752-7470

Neighborhood: Midtown East   

Website : http://bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/new-york/

Price: $$$$

Good for: groups, meetings, work outings, special occasions, birthdays, meat so much meat


 

Coffeemania


Overview

Don't be fooled by the name - Coffeemania ain't no coffee shop. It is the answer to the age old question - where the fuck do I eat in midtown? The interior is large and elegant with beautiful soft lighting strung above you and ample seating. It's large enough for groups but still intimate enough for dates. The name does not do justice to the level of quality and presentation on the menu. You'll find high end ingredients like bone marrow, scallops, and a cauliflower soup that looks like Jean-Georges plated the dish. They also have casual staples like a lamb burger and lobster rolls. There is a bit of something for every palate - soups, salad, pasta, burgers, and composed entrees. Oh, and they have coffee too. 

Information:

Address5 Bryant Park, 1065 6th Ave, New York, NY 10018

Phone:  (212) 221-2510

Neighborhood: Midtown West   

Website :  https://www. coffeemanianyc.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: a great meal in midtown, groups, kids, bakery


 

Sarge's Delicatessen & Diner

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Overview:

Pastrami, matzo ball soup & other Jewish deli fare are found at this updated diner that's open 24/7

Information:

Address: 548 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone: (212) 679-0442

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Website: http://www.sargesdeli.com/

Price: $$

 


 

Sant Ambroeus

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TARTARE DI SALMONE -  organic salmon, avocado, peperoncino, mustard, salmon roe

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TARTARE DI TONNO - tuna tartare, black bean purée, pickled red onion, crispy rosemary

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Vitello Tonnato - classic Sant Ambroeus chilled and thinly sliced veal with a tuna sauce garnished with capers

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TROFIE AL RAGÙ DI AGNELLO- trofie with lamb ragù, fresh mint, pistachio, hint of harissa and

aged ricotta

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COTOLETTA ALLA MILANESE- traditional veal chop Milanese, served with arugula and tomatoes

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SPAGHETTI NERI ALLA CARBONARA - ink spaghetti with braised leeks, pancetta and poached egg

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GIANDUIA - gianduia mousse, hazelnut sponge, hazelnut wafer, hazelnut cream and milk chocolate glaze

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Address: 265 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Phone(212) 966-2770

http://www.santambroeus.com

Benoit

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Sea bass - avocado, celery

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 Potato Salad

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Charcuterie & pâtés selection -  cornichons & Dijon mustard

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Tarte flambée - Alsatian thin crust, onions & bacon

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Roasted Chicken

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Croque Monsieur/Madame - mixed greens

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Cheeseburger- pomme frites

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Salmon Eggs Benedict

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Proscuitto and Truffle Eggs Benedict

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French toast, fruit

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Yogurt & granola, fresh fruit

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Comté/black truffle coquillette pasta

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French Fries

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Viennoiserie basket -croissant, pain au chocolat, brioche pecan/praliné Kouign-amann, bread with house made jams

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Address: 60 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

Phone(646) 943-7373

benoitny.com

River Park

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CINNAMON DOUGHNUTS- CHOCOLATE SAUCE

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GRILLED BREAD & AVOCADO - extra virgin olive oil, sea salt

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House Smoked Arctic Salmon – whippedcreme fraiche, pickled red onions, cucumbers, rye croutons, hard boiled egg

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Chicken Biscuit Sliders – b&b pickles, spicy mayonnaise, cole slaw

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RIVERPARK BURGER - new york state cheddar, b&b pickles, charred red onions, house-made fries

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GRILLED FLAT-IRON STEAK - brussels sprouts, cipollini onions, sweet potatoes, mustard greens, fried egg

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Address: 450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone(212) 729-9790

http://www.riverparknyc.com/

Casa Lever

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HAWAIIAN AHI TUNA TARTARE - marinated anchovies, cipollini confit, aged red wine vinegar

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CALAMARI - soft polenta, tuscan kale, peperoncino, squid ink

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VONGOLE - cav. giuseppe cocco spaghetti, manila clams, peperoncino, garlic, parsley

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ANCHOVY CROSTONE marinated anchovies, paprika mayo, tomato, basil, toasted olive bread

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FRITTO MISTO crispy rock shrimp, cod, calamari, crab croquette, scallop, asparagus, zucchini _

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BEEF TARTARE capers, mayo, mustard seeds, horseradish

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WAGYU SHORT RIB SLIDERS jalapeño, red wine pickled onion, potato chips

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Address: 390 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

Phone(212) 888-2700

http://www.casalever.com/