Midtown West

Opry City Stage

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Overview:

An avenue away from Times Square you will find the new, massive Opry City Stage.  Inspired by the Grand Ole Opry, City Stage presents a broad range of great country music. Come for live shows and enjoy food provided by Blue Ribbon. The menu features southern classics and barbecue including Nashville hot chicken, pulled pork, gumbo, fried chicken and catfish. Great for a night out with a group. 

Information:

Address1604 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 388-5565

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$-$$$


 

The Lambs Club

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Overview:

The Lambs Club is Geoffrey Zakarian’s art deco New American restaurant in the Theater District. The swanky decor comes complete with huge red leather couches and a looming fireplace for an elevated throwback feel. Although the food is not cheap, it is brought to you with exceptionally polished service. You will find elegantly plated foie gras in pear bourbon reduction, tagliolini nero with jumbo lump crab and Colorado lamb with caramelized cauliflower. Upstairs you can enjoy a large lounge with a bar. 

Information:

Address: 132 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:  (212) 997-5262

Neighborhood: Midtown West

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: $$$-$$$$


 

Koi

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Overview:

Koi is not your average "let's order sushi and sit on the couch" type of Japanese food joint. This Bryant Park Hotel venue is a bit of a boug-fest. The midtown restaurant is large and dark with towering ceilings, loud music and a chic vibe. You will be surrounded by men in suits with expense accounts and the rest of the power lunch set. The high end Japanese menu is done very well, offering fish of superior freshness and quality. There is a long list of share plates like the Koi signature crispy rice, wagyu carpaccio, potstickers and foie gras on seared tuna. The fish is obviously the star and you can't go wrong with any choices from the long list of signature rolls and sushi. Great place for a group if you are looking to get loud and share food, or for a Midtown business lunch.

Information:

Address:  40 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Phone:  (212) 921-3330

Neighborhood: Midtown West

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: $$


 

Sushi By Bou


Overview:

What does a young Jewish guy from Boca Raton know about sushi? Apparently a whole lot. (Also $20 says every article about this guy starts with that sentence). David Boudhana trained in Japan and worked at Morimoto and Sushi Dojo before striking out on his own. He popularized the concept of a 30 minute omakase at Sushi on Jones before leaving to open Sushi by Bou. At both locations of his restaurant he offers an affordable12-piece, $50 omakase in under 30 minutes. The spaces are small (just 4 seats in Gansevoort market and 7 in midtown) and intimate. The chef chooses the menu which includes toro, uni, scallop, unagi, and wagu. The experience is unique and quick; definitely a nice way to treat yourself. 

Information:

Address: 353 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

Sanctuary Hotel 132 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:   (917) 870-1587

Neighborhood: Chelsea, Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Ortzi


Overview:

Ortzi is a new(ish) all day restaurant in the LUMA Hotel from Chef Jose Garces. The space is sleek and sparsely decorated with a large bar and an open kitchen. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of the Basque Country. You will find many options in the way of tapas and also cazuelas, Spain’s traditional clay cooking vessels. The crudos & conservas section offers 9 varieties including tuna belly, cockles, mussels, and sea trout. If you're hankering for something a la plancha check out the blood sausage or Spanish prawns. As with all tapas places, the food is great for sharing and the space can accommodate a group.

 Information:

Address: 120 W 41st St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:   (212) 730-8900

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Black Tap


Overview

The small, casual storefront that was the original Black Tap opened just a few years ago and has rapidly expanded to 4 NYC locations. Restaurants range in size but each is laid back with an impressive coating of graffiti artwork. If you don't know this place you've probably still seen their milkshakes, um, everywhere that media exists and their massive lines at each store. They have over the top, ultra Instagrammable shakes coated with every type of sweet. The real star of the menu, however, are the sandwiches. You can choose from over12 options of creative burger toppings, falafel burger, or an excellent fried chicken. The menu undisputedly offers one of best burgers in New York and the classic is absolutely perfect - juicy & flavorful, topped with perfectly melted cheese, crisp fresh lettuce/tomato, and special sauce. It is undoubtedly worth the wait, and I NEVER say that. 

Information:

Address  529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (917) 639-3089

Neighborhood: Soho, Lower East Side, Midtown, Meatpacking

Website: https://blacktapnyc.com

Price: $$


 

Gabriel Kreuther  


Overview

After years of wild success as the executive chef at The Modern, Gabriel Kreuther struck out on his own and opened his namesake in 2015 north of Bryant Park. The space is elegant with high ceilings & towering arrangements of flowers . A tiled walkway separates the white table clothed fine dining room from the more casual bar with leather banquets. The Alsatian-inspired menu is nothing short of luxurious, with impeccable service to match. The food is very sophisticated & beautifully plated with specks of foie gras, caviar and lobster everywhere. Although the bill is costly, the dining experience is truly a unique one. The popularity of the restaurant proves that fine dining is not dead and can be modernized. 

Information:

Address 41 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Phone:  (212) 257-5826

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Website: https://www.gknyc.com/

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. 


 

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


 

Breads Bakery


Overview

Breads Bakery is the carb epicenter that I always dreamed of as a child, and now a fat adult. This really has to be one of the greatest bakeries in American. There are several locations the largest of which is in Union Square. They bake everything on premise so that all the offerings are artisanal and hand-made with love.  You'll find every type of carb designed to satisfy your sweet and savory cravings. I'll go ahead and say they have the best rugelach and babka in America. On the savory side there are freshly baked breads, assorted rolls, and challah. You can order shakshuka bread, with an egg baked in it (just let that sink in). If you want to hang out for the day on your computer they have salad, soups, sandwiches, and the nicest staff passing out samples. Keep in mind that Breads offers fantastic options for catering, baking classes, delivery, and holiday specials of every variety. 

Information:

Address:    

18 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003

1890 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

41 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Phone:   (212) 633-2253

Neighborhood: Union Square

Website: https://www.breadsbakery.com/

Price: $$

Good for: bakeries, sweets, coffee shops, sandwiches, holiday specials


 

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


 

Russian Tea Room

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Information:

Address: 150 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 581-7100

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Website : http://www.russiantearoomnyc.com/

Price: $$$$

Attire: Semi dressy

Good for: cocktails, groups, private events, fancy stuff, showing visitors from out of town an over-the-top NYC dining experience, bachelor or bachelorette party dinners, birthdays

Overview

I might be a trash mouth girl from Pittsburgh who grew up drinking Mickey's Ice 40's, but you know what? I like fancy stuff. I like the pomp & circumstance of a waiter in a full suit serving me from a silver platter. Therefore, I love the RTR. This iconic venue has been a city institution for over 80 years. The property towers 4 stories high with 3 breathtaking floors of private dining spaces atop a mezmerizing main dining room ornately decorated. The experience doesn't come cheap, but they delivery on quality & portions are generous. To sample their finest, tuck into the caviar tasting atop buckwheat blinis or the vodka & dill house cured gravlax. Entrees are decadent versions of classics like chicken kiev & beef stroganoff. You aren't here to obey your diet. And, when in Rome...treat yourself to a vodka flight with even more caviar. You deserve it. 


 

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

American Whiskey

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Fried Brussels Sprouts - pickled mustard seed aioli, pomegranate

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Grilled Royal Trumpet Mushrooms - aged balsamic

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Roasted Cauliflower - horseradish, housemade farmer’s cheese

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Country Fried Sweetbreads - spiced honey

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French Fries, Tater Tots, Ranch Dressing

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Striped Bass - winter squash purée, various herbs and flowers

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Beer-Brined Half Chicken - natural jus

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Burger - fra’mani capicolo, bibb, tomato

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Smoked Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs - housemade bbq, slaw

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Address: 247 W 30th St, New York, NY 10001

Phone(212) 967-1070

http://www.americanwhiskeynyc.com/