New York's New Restaurant Row
Published: December 2009
By Michael Gross
Who says midtown Manhattan has no culinary edge? Something is cooking along Gotham’s new restaurant row.
The latest extension of the Blue Ribbon brand, at 6 Columbus hotel, attracts a happy-hour crowd eager for Yuzu-Hi cocktails, made with Japanese shochu liquor, and sunomonu oysters on the half shell. Dinner for two $90.
The narrow, cream-colored space takes a backseat to the inventive Austro-German fusion menu. Regional cuisine like Wiener schnitzel and slow-cooked Tafelspitz are perfectly executed and pair well with a daring list of Austrian Weins. Dinner for two $98.
Tucked inside the iconic Plaza Hotel, Vienna’s legendary tea, coffee, and candy emporium has a classic selection of desserts like Sacher torte and Wiener Apfelstrudel studded with walnuts. Pastries and coffee for two $25.
Beneath 20-foot acacia trees, sample more than 200 wines by the glass, matched with small plates of fava-bean crostini and duck pinchos with harissa, at the Four Seasons Hotel’s wine bar, set to debut next month. Dinner for two $90.
Donatella Arpaia and Michael Psilakis of New York’s perennially packed Kefi restaurant are behind this informal Italian kitchen. Not to be missed—Psilakis’s signature gnudi with crispy prosciutto and truffle butter. Dinner for two $100.