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.

This loud and dark stylized place with its ornate cocktails, Rat Pack-style red leather booths, and electronica soundtrack might look like yet another faux-Asian downtown boîte. Then you tuck into the dim sum and realize that you haven’t eaten like this since your last trip to Hong Kong.

Patience grasshopper, there are some restaurants where experience trumps food. In the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, you’ll be transported up the escalators to an ethereal realm where chef Masa creates one of the premier dining experiences in the world.

Popular with locals, the taproom section has dependable pub fare like ribs, brisket, chicken, and burgers.

Super-sized pricing and exquisite décor mark this subterranean Japanese restaurant high end for the East Village.

Annisa, located in the West Village, is an expression of celebrity chef Anita Lo’s Chinese-American roots and French culinary training.

This rustic-yet-urbane cozy local favorite serves fabulous Italian food. Try the homemade cavatelli in sage brown butter with slices of spicy sausage. Then take home a can of their custom-blended spicy olive oil imported from Sicily.

The relaunch in 2010, following a 15-month hiatus, aims to make the Palm Court more friendly and modern, dropping the jacket requirement and silencing the live harp.

A Union Jack is displayed with stately pride in the front window of this traditional British restaurant, located along Park Slope's busy Fifth Avenue.

Created with the help of chef Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York, Prime Tavern serves up dry-aged steaks and buttery lobster rolls accompanied by a beer list curated by Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver.