Boqueria is a buzzing Flatiron tapas place that also has outlets in Soho & the Upper East side. All the spaces are cozy and sleek, packed with groups for lunch & dinner. The menu offers a non-stop parade of Spanish tapas options. You'll find tons of classics like bacon-wrapped dates, albóndigas (lamb meatballs), bacalao and pan con tomate served on huge charcuterie boards. Some heartier options include baby squid with white beans & squid ink, gambas with garlic & brandy, or hanger steak topped with chimichurri sauce. Service is good but the whole experience is totally enhanced by Toast Point of Sale, the tech platform powering their restaurant. Find out more on their site: here!
Scampi is new Flatiron locale that perfectly marries a chic, grand space with a homey vibe. The dining room has a mix of banquette and communal seating while the front of the restaurant features a large bar with dramatic oak arches and additional cocktail seating. Chef PJ Calapa emphasizes Southern Italian food in a menu of seafood and house made pastas. The style of the dishes can best be described as rustic elegance. From the crudo section, two excellent options are the razor clams with fennel, chive and prosciutto or sardines with raisins, anchovy and pinenuts. The rest of the menu is divided into vegetables, grilled, and pasta options in which the namesake dish arrives with malfadini pasta, shrimp, parsley butter and lemon. Great for a datenight spot, business dinner, or an evening with the parents.
Little Beet Table is the sit down version of it's fast-casual sister, Little Beet. The full service restaurant is casual, with comfortable decor and some great modern artwork in the cozy space. The menu is farm-to-table new American food with tons of options to satisfy those looking for healthy, vegetarian, or gluten free options. Many of the dishes are great for sharing like the cauliflower hummus, watercress guacamole, or crispy pearl rice with shishito peppers. Entrees are large and hearty, like the grilled grass fed angus strip on a vidalia onion puree. There is a ton of variety for vegetarians and carnivores alike. It's a great place for a quick lunch and the price point is set low enough that one could dine here often.
Ilili has been renowned as one of the better, if not best Lebanese restaurants in the city for years. The food is casual but you can have said food in a very chic setting. The interior is breathtakingly grand with dramatic high ceilings and warm lighting. The room is designed to look like as though you are sitting amongst the windows in the streets of Beirut. Because of it's large size, the space is ideal for big groups & celebrations. You will find classic Mediterranean mezze throughout the menu perfectly designed to split, allowing you to order many dishes. For smaller dishes graze on hommus, labne, chankleesh (feta) & grape leafs. The main dishes offer a huge variety of grilled proteins like lamb & beef. Such variety of vegetarian, fish, and meat options will allow you to return many times and never have the same meal twice.
Tel Aviv chef Meir Adoni has touched down in NYC on 20th street, which seems to be the new hottest place to be. He has opened his first restaurant outside of Israel which is a 60 seat cafe with an ample bar. The space feels casual but still upscale and trendy. The food is Middle Eastern with stunningly plated dishes full of color and vibrance. Bread is a big deal here; they bake fresh pita, Jerusalem sesame bagels, and kubaneh (similar to challah) in house and each comes with a flavorful array of dips. You'll find elevated takes on Mediterranean comfort food like smoked eggplant carpaccio and lamb pitas. A must have is the stew with tomato, poached fish, and mussels with a glass of Middle Eastern sourced wine.
43 e 20th street has been a bit of a cursed location for restaurants but Scott Conant (stud alert) may have just changed that. I could spend the rest of this review just talking about how I want to make out with him, but I guess you want to know about the food. The interior is long and narrow, sparsely decorated and upscale. The menu is relatively fancified Italian fare, a market that Conant has cornered expertly. Dishes are approachable enough to please a wide range of palates but highly elevated. There is a wide range of options with a heavy focus on seasonal fresh vegetables and fish. The fresh made pastas are the star of the show. Amongst all of the lovingly curated dishes, the seemingly simple spaghetti pomodoro is one of the best bites of pasta you will ever encounter. It doesn't come cheap but the meal will be worth every penny. If you see my boyfriend Scott tell him hello for me.
Truthfully I had never been here sober before. I have spent several long late nights drinking at Bounce, so I decided to check it out as a sober person in the day time. It has everything you want from a sports bar. Lots of tv's, wide open space, hot waitresses wearing next to nothing. If that isn't your thing, try the life size Connect Four and Jenga games. The food is craveable bar food. All the major players are represented- pigs in a blanket, mac n' cheese bites, wings, and nachos. If you are looking for something more substantial check out the burger or flatbread. The space is large so it is great for groups or meeting guys in suits just getting off of work (which is really my only real priority).
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.
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.
The Clocktower is old world elegance wrapped up in the modern Edition Hotel in Madison Square Park. The space encompasses the entire 2nd floor with 3 magnificent dining rooms lined with oak and floor-to-ceiling original photography of musicians, actors, and artists. There is a definite high-end posh feeling to everything going on around you. The dining room, where you will literally be served on silver platters, is run by restaurant powerhouse Stephen Starr. You'll find some English classics on the menu like fish & chips intermingled with American fare of mac n' cheese and Berkshire pork chops. Servers bring you everything you need, before you ever realize you need it and what they are bringing you is delicious. They are open for 3 services daily. If you can make it for brunch their phenomenal “Pignic Basket” with sausage roll, ham hock, eggs and soldiers, and piccalilli is an absolute must. It's not cheap, bring a date who will pay for you.
Address: 2418 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 620-0225
Website : https://www.futago25usa.com/
Good for: interactive dining, groups, trendy ambiance
Executive Chef Koji Hagihara's Japanese Brasserie ROKI Le Izakaya presenting authentic Japanese tapas, ramen & ramen nabe (hot pot style) in Flatiron District.
SEA TROUT TARTARE traditional accompaniments
“FORK & KNIFE” CAESAR lemon, parmesan
ASSORTED CHARCUTERIE PLATE
CRISPY CALAMARI, ranch
BEEF TARTARE, quail yolk, crackers
SPAGHETTI sweet shrimp, uni, chili, tomato
BABY OCTOPUS black garlic, fennel, confit lemon
Tuna & Avocado Tartare
Rib Eye Sandwich
Crispy Chicken Sandwich
New York Strip
Address: 1184 Broadway, New York, NY 10001