New York

Restaurants in New York

A tasting menu for two at superchef Thomas Keller's plushly impersonal 16-table dining room overlooking Columbus Circle will last three hours and set you back a cool 500 clams (and that’s not counting drinks). So why are reservations harder to come by than courtside seats for the Knicks?

One block from the ocean, Runaways is the spot for just-caught seafood, such as flounder stuffed with lump crab.

Elegant French bistro

Bombay Talkie, in Chelsea, focuses on two delights from Indian culture: street food and Bollywood. The clean lines of teak wood and black leather and the gallery-style white walls allow for a great display of Bollywood-inspired canvases; one huge mural shows an Indian street dance scene.

Now in residence at the St Regis Hotel, Chef Alain Ducasse's latest foray into the New York restaurant scene is a French wine restaurant.

True to its name, this restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel on East 57th Street offers a garden-like setting where tables are shaded by four tall acacia trees. Beneath the trees' slender, twisting branches are polished hardwood tables and chairs with soft, cream-colored cushions.

Few chefs have racked up as many accolades as Babbo’s Mario Batali.

 

Bring a bottle of rosé to Duryea’s Lobster Deck, set on a rocky Montauk outcropping and renowned for its well-priced lobster. Just be prepared for a long wait.

The Ukrainian couple Wolodymyr and Olha Darmochawal traveled to New York to escape war in their own country, and inspired by fellow immigrants in the East Village, they opened a candy and newsstand in 1954 that eventually became the famous Veselka.

Smell the roses while lunching on scallop-laden bruschetta in the magnificent Tuscan-inspired garden.

An homage to classic New York butcher shops, Quality Meats serves prime beef from two locally renowned butchers—Milton Abeles and Strassburger Meats.