The Plaza Palm Court 4

785 Fifth Avenue
(212) 759 3000 / www.theplaza.com

Romance, tradition and good food abound at this Manhattan icon.
From the moment the doors opened in 1907, The Plaza became an international icon of
splendor and luxury. With a heritage rich in history and history-making events, The Plaza is
unmatched. Long a part of Plaza tradition, the romantic and timeless Palm Court has served
as a setting for scenes in many popular novels and films, most notably, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s
"The Great Gatsby."Carved from within the great castle-like landmark, the authentic Palm Court has
been lovingly restored to its original grandeur following a $6.5 million dollar renovation. The spectacular
re-creation of the Palm Court’s luminous 1,800 square foot stained-glass lay light, like The Plaza itself,
continues to contribute to the life, vitality and culture of New York City.

The Polo Bar front

This hot new restaurant, owned by designer Ralph Lauren, has really caught on and packing them in nightly.  

Ralph Lauren's The Polo Bar, an American restaurant inspired by the designer's favorite dishes, is now open in the f
ormer Le Cote Basque space. This is the first NY restaurant for the designer, who already has outposts in Paris and Chicago 
as  well as Ralph's Coffee in the Big Apple. The space  has an old-New York feel and features a fireplace, hunter green walls,
aged leather  
banquettes and a brass-topped bar. The menu, like the brand, is classic American and includes selections
like the Polo Bar Burger, crispy kale salad, crab cakes, steaks and a corned beef sandwich. 
The dessert list will feature Ralph’s
Coffee Ice Cream, made with a custom coffee blend.  
Naturally, waitstaff  are clad in custom Ralph Lauren grey flannel trousers,
leather wingtips and silk repp ties.  
The restaurant is open for dinner only with lunch to come; the bar opens at 3PM.  

From: Zagat

The Polo Bar interior AThe Polo Bar room

RTR logo

 

Russian Tea Room doors

150 West 57th Street (next door to Carnegie Hall)
212 - 581 7100

 One of Manhattan's most recognizable restaurants. Today, The Russian Tea Room is not the way it once was in its celebrity
and society-driven heyday. However, this landmark still captures a splashy modernist Russian décor as a restaurant for
pleasant, albeit pricey, dining, high tea, vodka selections and is a handsome party venue. It was a Manhattan jewel for over 80
years defining some cultural moments. With new owners (since Werner LeRoy died,) it remains a fancy, well decorated museum
that attracts mostly a tourist crowd. Gone is the charmed cabaret and lively entertainment that added to the prestige.

Founded in 1927 by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet, The Russian Tea Room has, at times, been a second refuge for bold
names, headline grabbers and the intellectual elite - an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and executives
congregated to plan deals and celebrate their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances.
Once, a posh array of  guests from around
the globe waltzed through the antique revolving doors to glimpse the booth Dustin Hoffman sat filming "Tootsie;" or see the inspiration
that Woody Allen found for the movie "Manhattan;" to walk past the coat check where Madonna worked before she found fame;or to try
martinis like the cast of "Gossip Girl" recently did.
Today, while still quite beautiful, its more of a tourist haunt than a celebrity hangout.
Yet, The Russian Tea Room remains an impressive, memorable experience.  

The View logo 1

1535 Broadway at the Marriott Marquis
Tel: (212) 704 8900 / www.theviewnyc.com

A picturesque celebration of contemporary American cuisine. Their culinary skills fuse with breathtaking views
of many iconic landmarks to create a unique dining experience. Highlighted by fresh local ingredients, the prix-fixe,
pre-theater, brunch, buffet and seasonal tasting menus boast a great selection of regional produce, meats, and seafood.
* * * The View is New York’s only revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge. Express elevators whisk you 48 stories above New
York City. The revolving floor makes a 360° turn every hour, ensuring an ever-changing view of this pulsating city.

The View logo cityscape

 

The World Bar

845 United Nations Plaza (at East 47th Street)
(212) 935 9361

Luxury.Savor the back-lit marble bar and the bronze tables. It all  reeks of chic luxury
( as well as Trump) You can treat yourself to the World Cocktail (once known as the world's
most expensive cocktail.) This mix joins Remy XO, Pineau des Charentes, Veuve Clicquot
and other assorted ingredients mixed at your table on a shimmering silver tray. It's all crowned
with a slick pool  of 23-karat gold. And, more to enjoy. Maybe you'll glimpse Tower resident Derek
Jeter mixing with other celebs.

Wine glasses

 

Tribeca Grill logo

137 Greenwich Street
(at Franklin St,)
(212) 941 3900
www.tribecagrill.com

An instant TriBeCa standard since 1990 that helped put the entire area on the map. Co-owned by renowned restaurateur Drew Nieporent and actor Robert De Niro, some investors include the likes of: Mikhail Barysnikov, Bill Murray, Ed Harris, Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Attracts tourists and locals for the nice “new American”cooking. It's lost some charm over the years but still pleases the minions and draws a good crowd.

You’ll spot a bevy of out-of-towners, hoping to spot DeNiro or his celeb friends. Big paintings by De Niro’s dad line the brick walls.
The 1,800-bottle wine list is impressive. Food is good but not exceptional (llike some prices here.) A nice business lunch or dinner.
The green trim and trophy collection by the coat check room exude a country-club feel. 

UMBERTO'S CLAM HOUSE

Clams 2

132 Mulberry Street (Between Grand & Hester Streets)
(212) 431 7545 / www.umbertosclamhouse.com

There was a time in America when Umberto's ruled Little Italy. Mobsters mixed with movie stars, sports stars and politicians.
Forty years later, a tour bus is still often parked in front. The dining room sports splashy oars, life vests, netting, sea-style art, and
stuffed fish. And, those clams; best bites are littlenecks, top-necks, and cherrystones on half-shell. The sauce is very good. Late night
attracts a more uncuous group. Still, the biggest draw is the colorful and headlined  past - that help make it the legend it remains today. 

Union Square outside pic

21 East 16th Street (Between 5th Avenue & Union Sq. West)
Tel: 212) 243 4020 / www.unionsquarecafe.com

It's sure crowded. And, with good reason. Danny Meyer's hideously popular  flagship restaurant carries its own reputation
like a banner leading a parade. There are many keys to the success starting with consistency, good cheer and the right
amkbiance and service. It's one of a kind in a cookie-cutter city of fine restaurants that vie to outdo each other. Treats and
uncommon combos like wasabi mashed potatoes blend seamlessly into dishes with ease like no other. And, of all things in
a place famous for chicken and meat dishes, vegetarians have an ecstatic choice of delicious selections to choose  from.
The inviting bar is just great for a solo lunch. Try the banana tart with their honey vanilla ice cream. Heaven - as is this
special dining psot that has become a legend around the world.

 

Vic  Anthonys awning

233 Park Avenue South (Between 18th & 19th Streets)
Reservations: (212) 220 9200 / www.vicandanthonys.com

Popular steakhouse in NYC.Vic & Anthony's rates up there with the top steak emporiums in
town. Close to Union Square. Good for nice romantic dinner.   Service is terrific and attentive.
 Food is outstanding by most accounts. Some suggestions: Tomato & Mozzarella salad with remarkable
balsamic & fresh mozzarella. Pear & blue cheese salad, also outstanding!  Porterhouse steak for 2 is
great with grilled asparagus & incredible hash browns with bacon, sour cream, chives, cheese - the best!
  Try Nutella cake for dessert.

Vic  Anthonys Steakhouse interior

Subcategories

Page 9 of 9