21 Club Rest entrance

21 Club logo

 

21 West 52nd Street (Between Fifth Avenue & Avenue of the Americas)
(212) 582 7200 // www.21club.com

Don't miss this serious New York Legend. You no longer need the necktie at lunch. and the country-club
classic menu is now modernized a bit. In winter, try the pan-seared foie gras with English peas and black
truffles or crispy black sea bass with champagne sauce. The tablecloths at this famous Prohibition-era speak
-easy are still red and white, toys still hang from the ceiling and Nixon's wine is still in the vaults! In spite of the
lunchtime dress code, the crowd here is fine with elegant neckties. There's a three-course, pre-fix Tues - Fri
for lunch and Mon - Sat for pre-theater dinner. Closed for three weeks, from mid-August through Labor Day.
Dress Code: Men must wear a jacket.No jeans or sneakers. Ghosts aside, it is, after all ... 21! 

21 Club  interior

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Arriba Arriba - Eat NYC

762 Ninth Avenue
(212) 489 0810
www.arribaarribawest.com

A Hell's Kitchen institution! These Mexican meals are very well prepared with some strong, sweet margaritas are a calling card.
This local landmark has weathered the neighborhood's gentrifications and continues to boast packed, fun-loving crowds, especially
on loud weekends. It's all homey and inviting but the noise factor is very high and makes it more suited for groups. An intimate evening it is
not. You'll love dinners with generous portions of house specialties: enchiladas suiza, with a rich, green pepper cream sauce, chicken mole,
and quesadillas (in spicy chorizo, chicken, shrimp and vegetarian varieties) and much more.
 Arriba! Arriba! hits the mark for food, fun and starved denizens who love tequila!

 

Asiate window view

80 Columbus Circle (Located in Mandarin Oriental Hotel at West 60th Street)
Tel: (212) 805 8881 / www.mandarinoriental.com 

A terrific view can take a restaurant only so far. Fortunately for the Mandarin Oriental’s Asiate, they do have that great
view (Central Park from the 35th floor and great food. Internationally trained chef Nori Sugie is rapidly earning a reputation
as one of  New York’s top new chefs. He offeres a unique and innovative seasonal French-Japanese fusion menu covering
everything from langoustine ravioli paired with leek fondue, bok choy and curry emulsion to an adventurous wild boar dish.

Avra Rest

141 East 48th Street (Near Lexington Avenue)
(212) 759 8550 / www.avrany.com

Avra Estiatorio has a spacious, cool feeling to it and just enough decor to suggest
a country tavern. Authentic Greek cuisine is a modest thing, and Avra serves it with
excellence. Spanakopita is a flawless layering of good feta cheese, firm spinach and
leeks with crackling-fresh leaves of phyllo dough. But fresh fish, barely touched, is a
strong selling point. The open kitchen has a ball of fire that blasts each side of a sea
bass or red snapper in a grilling basket with a splah of lemon, a drizzling of olive oil and a
sprinkling of herbs. It's an appealing formula, to which Avra brings its own brand of charm.
About 130 wines, most moderately priced; a quarter of the list is Greek. From the moment
you step through the doors, you feel you’ve been transported to a Villa in Greece.

Avra interior

B. Smith's Restaurant Row 

320 West 46th Street (Restaurant Row)
(212) 315 1100 / www.bsmiths.com

B. Smith's on Restaurant Row serves an American Menu with Southern influences. 
The bar is always bustling for happy hour with a hip multi-ethnic clientele including the
theater crowd, business and entertainment executives, tourists, and viewers familiar with
B. from her TV show and publications. This list also includes everyone from heads of state
and captains of industry to artists, celebrities and the guy and gal next door. Sunday Brunch,
served until 3 p.m., features a selection of gourmet omelets, Pan Scrambled Eggs, Sweet
Potato Pancakes, French Toasted Butter Crackle Brioche and Petrossian Smoked Salmon Platter.

Balthazar outside 2

80 Spring Street (Broadway & Crosby SoHo)
(212) 965 1414 / www.balthazarny.com

Balthazar serves traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night supper. Opened by Keith McNally in the
spring of 1997, Balthazar offers a French menu. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood
bar, and breads and pastries from Balthazar bakery. Balthazar is renowned for its exceptional design. The building
was converted from a warehouse to an airy space that can accommodate over 200 in the dining room and at the Zinc Bar.

 

 

Beamarchais

 409 West 13th Street (Between 9th & Washington Street)
(212) 675 2400 / http://www.brasseriebeaumarchais.com/

Simplicity meets sophistication in this brasserie. Beaumarchais offers superb dining that is alive with the conviviality and Parisian
charm of the French Renaissance man Pierre Beaumarchais, for whom this decadent eatery was named. Executive Chef, David E
Diaz offers a provencal menu with unexpected touches. French classics are enlivened with innovative flavor combinations and a lighter
approach that continues to delight guests while presenting the ultimate French dining experience.

Becco Rest 2

355 West 46th Street (Restaurant Row)
(212) 397 7597 / www.becco-nyc.com

The name Becco is derived from the Italian verb, beccare, which means to peck, nibble, or savor
something in a discriminating way. Famed TV chef Lidia Bastianich & son, Joe, opened Becco in 1993.
Since, it has been providing the New York dining community with outstanding service for over 18 years.
Located on New York’s famed Restaurant Row in the heart of the theater district, Becco is open 7 days a week
for lunch & dinner. Becco is most famous for its innovative pasta tasting menu & extensive $25 wine list.

Benoit - nysd

60 West 60th Street (At Sixth Avenue)
(646) 943 7373 / www.benoitny.com 

Just like a Parisienne cafe'.Benoit is Alain Ducasse’s latest chic Gotham restaurant.
After all, he is
the most decorated French chef in the world. This space, once also was
home to Jean-Jacques Rachou’s excellent brasserie (LCB,) and, before that, Rachou’s
fabled monument to haute cuisine, La Côte Basque. So here at last is a brasserie conceived
by Parisians for Parisians. Benoit is, at last, the real thing. And, it's all ce' magnifique.  

Bouley Restaurant

163 Duane Street (At Greenwich & Hudson Streets - TriBeCa
(212) 964 2525 // www.davidbouley.com

David Bouley's Sublime French-American cuisine at this notable restaurant at its new location. Beautiful
setting and perfect service at upscale prices. $55 dollar five-course prix fixe lunch for starters is worth it. It
recalls days of Lutece, Cafe Basque, LeBerardin, etc. Excellent dining experience in well-appointed setting
with fresh flowers that impress. Try to sit in the front room for definitive dining in a lush, romantic ambience.

Brasserie

100 East 53rd Street (The Seagram Bldg - between Park & Lexington Avenues)
(212) 751 4840 / www.patinagroup.com

The Brasserie is a stunning reincarnation of New York's original 1959 Brasserie, and showcases
award-winning designs of Diller and Scofidio and the gutsy modern brasserie fare of executive chef
Luc Dimnet. The menu demonstrates a bold use of flavor and unexpected taste to classic French
brasserie fare. Savor traditional dishes including Onion Soup Gratinèe and Maine Bouchot Mussels
Marinière or modern plates like Gougonettes of Cod and Long Island Duck Breast and Confit, superb
desserts (especially crème brûlée), and contemporary takes on traditional brasserie fare. The cozy and
lush booths are especially prized, but seats at the bar are perfect for being seen and watching the crowd.

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