Restaurants in New York
Warm and rustic, this Irish-style gastropub stands out among the many characterless bars lining the Upper East Side. Cocktails are well-crafted, and the deep whiskey list includes such treasures as Pappy Van Winkle, a hard-to-find and highly sought-after bourbon.
British ex-pats can settle in for a pint and a taste of home at this Upper East Side gastropub, which serves classic dishes like bangers and mash and cottage pies (not to mention an entire menu dedicated to toast, on which you'll find Welsh rarebit and a Scotch egg–topped option).
You have to walk under a bridge and down a winding stone staircase to reach this casual, open-air café and bar on the Hudson, and it feels like a true escape.
Named for the thin slip of water that separates Brooklyn from Governor's Island, over which dairy farmers used to sail to sell their milk in Manhattan markets, Buttermilk Channel serves exactly the type of comforting, homey food that it's name conveys.
Inspired by the culinary culture of Vietnam's open-air markets, chef Robert Newton serves ever-so-slightly reinterpreted versions of classic dishes that offer hints of his Southern U.S. upbringing.
A neighborhood seafood temple and bar run by a group of Brooklyn restaurateur standouts.
This casual, wooden booth–lined eatery already had a cult following when renowned chef Tadashi Ono revamped the menu; now the modern Japanese joint is even more popular than ever.
Raclette is the name of both a traditional Swiss cheese and a dish made by spooning lightly melted cheese over roasted potatoes, vegetables, and charcuterie. At this affordable neighborhood boîte it's served with an arugula salad, cornichons, and pickled onions.
This gorgeous restaurant adds a much-desired element of casual finesse to the East Village. Nestled underneath hotelier Andre Balaz's the Standard East Village, Narcissa is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate, with its beautiful wooden tables and vaulted ceilings.
There's no shortage of good Szechuan cuisine in New York City, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't explore your options. Hot Kitchen serves up the classics without much fuss; this is definitely a casual dining experience, but it's an unforgettable one.
Acclaimed chef Andrew Carmellini's Bar Primi is an ode to fresh pasta and it doesn't disappoint. Keep an eye out for seasonal specials, like rigatoni with eggplant, tomato, and basil.
Head to this cozy Theater District spot for some pre-show snacks and wine (there are 45 available by the glass). Simple wood tables set the stage for classic Italian dishes like linguine with clams and pork scaloppine piccata.
Whether you're just looking for a burger or in the mood for something more complicated (charred baby octopus with cannellini beans and anchovy vinaigrette, perhaps?), Sunshine Co. has got you covered.
Chef/owner Lev Gewirtzman prepares delicious, seasonal fare with an emphasis on seafood (think rock shrimp risotto with asparagus and Tasso ham). Come early for the $1 oysters at happy hour, seven days a week.
Inspired by New Orleans, Catfish serves up Cajun dishes like jambalaya and crawfish etouffée accompanied by a wide selection of beers and whiskeys (not to mention hot sauces, of course). Diners can sit in the rustic dining room or, when the weather is nice, out on the backyard garden patio.