New York

Restaurants in New York

With their big-name chefs and dizzying array of options, New York restaurants lead the cusp of food trends. You can dine on the porch of a Finger Lakes restaurant, (nonchalantly) spot celebrities in Soho cafes, or grab a bite in hipster Brooklyn eateries. Here are just a few highlights among New York restaurants:

Vinegar Hill House is a DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Underpass) restaurant offers creative American cuisine such as sunny duck egg and cast iron chicken, finished off with Guinness chocolate cake for dessert. Armani Ristorante is a hidden gem, tucked in the Fifth Avenue Armani store, that offers divine takes on Italian such as Lasgnetta, a decadent stack of eggplant slices and marinara. Peekamoose Restaurant is a New York restaurant and taproom in the Catskills run by chefs who left the Big Apple for the country; its offers huge portions, using lots of produce from local farmers, in a quaint setting. Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a renowned restaurant, in New York’s Pocantico Hills, located in a barn that used to belong to the Rockefellers. It now offers “farmers feats” highlighting the best local produce, poultry, and beef selections. Just bring your appetite: the changing selections include five-course, eight-course or a twelve-course dinners.

The Sant Ambroeus Upper Eastside location seems as though it was designed from top-to-bottom to answer one question: "What do you get when you carve out a slice of Milan and import it on Madison Avenue?" Rich, warm colors reflect in the crystal chandeliers hanging over the wood-paneled banquette—

Just west of Williamsburg’s main hipster drag of Bedford Avenue, this L-shaped bar and music venue blends left-bank Parisian and New York Bohemian sensibilities in a dark-yet-glittery interior that sports globe-shaped lamps suspended from an antique, tin ceiling; album-cover mosaics; multiple mir

What Great New York Noodle Town in Chinatown lacks in decor, it makes up for in cheap, but good food and speedy service. Hanging meats and chopping blocks take up the front part of this Chinese restaurant and no-frills tables fills the rest.

Even those not in the neighborhood don't mind the trek over to the East Village for the ultra-thin crust of Gruppo’s pies. A simple red awning with the restaurant’s name beckons those off Ave. B into the low-lit dining room with exposed brick walls and wooden tables, typical of a pizzeria.

In a homey West Village setting, I had delicious crabmeat with tiny gnocchi in a silky turmeric-onion sauce.

The Burgers: The Big Apple’s best burgers are being served up a few blocks from each other in the East Village. At the gritty, no-attitude Black Iron Burger Shop, the house special, the Iron Horse, is made with two patties topped with grilled onions and horseradish cheddar.

When you want a meal consisting of comfort food like mom used to cook, head over to the Kitchenette Uptown in Morningside Heights. The diner has a cottage feel, with pink polka dot wainscoting, a black and white tiled floor, and tables made with salvaged doors.

Serving weet pick-me-ups, the Treats Truck is a mobile bakery owned by Kim Ima. Desserts are priced around $3 a piece and range from butter pecan bars to caramel crème sandwiches, even Mexican chocolate brownies. Ima’s signature treat though is sugar dots, petite sugar cookies are draped in icing

Tarallucci e Vino famously operates under the philosophy that "generally, appetizers and desserts are the most interesting items on the menu," and to that effect they warmly welcome patrons seeking no more than a stellar glass of wine and a plate of artisanal cheeses.

Whether you're dining beneath the trees on the stone patio or amidst the interior's clapboard ceiling and white walls carrying maps of the Atlantic, you may forget that you're in the East Village and not a New England fish shack.