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.

You know an ethnic restaurant is good when its tables are filled with natives. When it comes to Ethiopian food, Awash in New York’s Upper West Side is something of a gold standard.

For some food that is "real good, real simple", head over to Craft in the Flatiron district. Chef-owner Tom Colicchio, of Bravo's Top Chef fame, focuses on the beautiful simplicity of fresh, single ingredients purchased from the local market and nearby farms.

The after-beach crowd spills out of this sun-dappled bar situated on a long stretch of road in Amagansett with the Long Island Railroad running through its backyard.

For a light dinner, try tender littleneck clams with a gorgeous view of the harbor.

In the heart of NYC’s Greenwich Village sits this neighborhood favorite. Established in 1977, Knickerbocker Bar & Grill features wood-paneled walls filled with memorabilia like original caricatures by Al Hirschfield and copies of the Saturday Evening Post.

This inviting Chelsea eatery, owned by Marc Meyer, Chris Paraskevaides, and Vicki Freeman, serves a menu of American- and Mediterranean-influenced comfort food. The dishes are reflective of chef Meyer’s appreciation of sustainable ingredients, local produce, and humanely-raised meats.

Located in Chelsea, Tia Pol serves hearty tapas and Spanish cuisine. Wide front doors open into the small, brick-walled bar and restaurant; above the bar, there is a selection of Spanish wines.

Spanning three stories in the heart of Times Square, this lively Midtown destination for the pre- and post-theater crowds is a great spot for celebrity watching.

Inoteca, located on a bustling corner in the lower East Side, offers an extensive wine selection, small-plate Italian dining, and (perhaps best of all) top notch people-watching.

The hearty restaurant is run by Brooklyn-born chef Devin Mills, who trained at New York's Le Bernardin and Gramercy Tavern. Wood-grilled steaks and 35 beers on tap draw a lively crowd.

The latest from the burgeoning Momofuku restaurant empire, fiercely gifted executive chef Tien Ho offers French-Vietnamese cuisine in Midtown Manhattan.