We bought a Groupon on a whim for this place for 2 regular rolls and 2 of the chef's special rolls. When we got there it was pretty dead, but that can be a relief in crowded NYC. The staff was super nice and the sushi was on par. I'll definitely come back here if I'm ever in the Upper West Side again.
Located in Hell's Kitchen, we try not to miss it when we stay in mid Manhattan. It's tiny and often has people waiting outside. The food is always fresh, interesting and delicious. It's cash only and BYOB. Don't forget to bring a favorite bottle of wine or beer. If we go for brunch we bring our homemade bloody marys! Price range marked is for lunch or brunch - higher for dinner.
Favorite Dish: Omelettes, quiche, mushroom soup, smoked salmon, steak, pork all delicious. Love their house salad dressing, too.
Located on Lenox Av. close to popular Sylvia's and The Red Rooster. The Corner Social has a spacious corner spot with a welcoming bar and a spacious seating area. The décor is attractive and interesting and servers were attentive. Many beer and wine choices and the food was fresh, delicious with many unique dishes.
Favorite Dish: We arrived for a late lunch and shared a shrimp appetizer where shrimp were a good size and perfectly done. Sandwiches, including meatloaf were delicious and lots of nice salad options as well. I look forward to returning for dinner!
Raffles Bistro is located at the Lexington Hotel. We walked past it quite a few times on the way to our hotel and thought it looked nice, so on the last day, when we only had a couple hours left to grab lunch before heading to the airport, we decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was very nice and semi-causal, almost like a family restaurant except that most patrons seemed to be workers and travellers. Prices were a little high, but since this was our last lunch, we didn't really mind. I got an egg white omelette with salad and it was really good, though I'm not sure it was worth the $20 I paid for it. On the plus side, portions are fairly large so you'll most likely be satisfied with your meal. Our waitress was very friendly and made us feel very welcome, so all in all we were glad we chose this place for our last lunch in the city.
We had to find a place where we could meet with our friend and grab dinner before our night at the opera so I did a quick Google search and found the Indie Food and Wine cafe. Located at Lincoln Center, this small, homey place offers casual, yet excellent food. The menu mostly features different types of salads and sandwiches, so clearly it's not the place to go if your stomach is screaming for a large New York-style steak. However, if you're looking for fresh light fares, then clearly this is a great spot. I had the aragula grapefruit salad with chicken, and it was delicious! As the name says, there was a nice list of wine by the glass, so I ordered a rose that went incredibly well with my main course. Our waitress was efficient and very friendly, which only added to the very enjoyable atmosphere of the place. It turned out to be an excellent choice!
We spotted the Stagecoach Tavern on our way to Carnegie Deli and thought it looked kinda nice, so when we saw the long line-up stretching in front of the deli, we quickly turned around and went to the tavern instead. I guess I'd describe the ambience as a cross between an Irish and an English Pub, but the food has more of an American twist. There were quite a few dishes on the menu I was tempted to order, but in the end I went for the roasted pear and goat cheese salad. It was delicious! My friends decided to order something off the bar menu, and they were also very happy with their choice (grilled cheese and corned beef sandwich). My only complaint about the place would be that the music got increasingly loud as the evening went on, and I thought Kesha and Pitbull didn't quite fit with the atmosphere of the place. Other than that, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place.
My daughter is in New York for the Video Music Awards 2013. She is in public relations for a prominent cosmetic company who is providing a lounge for the entertainers. Her first night in NY they dined here. The website describes the food as French brasserie meets American Tavern. She called me while dining at the restaurant and could not stop raving about how amazing the food was. They wanted to try the baked Alaska for dessert but they explained it ran out. My daughter was disappointed. The staff felt bad and said if she was willing to wait, they would make it for her. As you can see in the photo, she must have waited.
In a city always on the move, this is a sophisticated, restless place.
It is always in transition: menus, decoration change with every season
It is never the same place as....last winter, spring, summer, autumn...!
Favorite Dish: Well, there is no really a point at mentioning this because it will probably not be there the next season...!
It was winter and snowy in New York City and I had a spicy vegetable soup for starter that really burnt and warmed my insides out!
The food is excellent, inspired and the service polite and friendly.
Jamaican meals in New York City - of course, where else?!
It is cool, playfull, uplifting, you know...Jamaican...!
The food is tastefull and exotic
and the place cheerfull colorful and sunny to boost every hour of your day !
Favorite Dish: The USAIN BOLT IMMUNE BOOSTER from Melvin's Juice Box
Extra health, extra energy, extra life juice to keep going in NYC...!
I practically had the lovely restaurant to myself, on a wintry March afternoon. The New Leaf is a quaint little bistro in the middle of forested Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan. It really seems a long way from Times Square! I am sure this place is usually packed, but at the same time it does also seem like an oasis of calm in the middle of the city.
I had a superb cream of leek soup, followed by rich toasted ravioli with freshly grated parmesan.
One of the wonderful things about Manhattan is that, in spite all of the high-end expensiveness of it all, there are still amazing "dive bars and diners" in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in the world. (sorry, I don't think you'll find many drive-in's in midtown, though I may be wrong)
I could tell I was going to like Scotty's as soon as I walked in. It feels like the kind of place that hasn't changed much in 50 years. Except now there's no smoking, which is all for the best. Yay!
My three-egg breakfast - complete with breakfast potatoes and toast, and served with bottomless coffee - still cost me comfortably less than $10. Let's hope the much talked about "hyper-developments" planned for this neighborhood don't chase Scotty's and places like it away.
My friend who lives on the Upper East Side says that this is one of his "go-to" restaurants in his neighborhood - modestly unassuming but very reliable and affordable. Prices were not "Upper East Side" - only a very little bit higher than at my favorite Thai restaurant in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
At 1558 Third Avenue, between 87th and 88th Streets.
Thursday May 2, 2013
As we only had an hour for lunch, before we had to get back on the bus, we looked for something quick, but good. Then we spotted all the Food Trucks lined up along 50th Street. I had a craving for a Phily Steak and Cheese and to my delight, I saw the Truck OLD STYLE PHILY CHEESE STEAKS. It was lunchtime and the lines were already getting long, so I hurried up and got into line. There was only about 4 people in front of me, but one guy was ordering a bunch of sandwiches for the people he worked with. When it was finally my turn, I ordered the mushroom Phily Steak Combo, which was $10.00 and included a beverage and small fries.
Hans and I shared the huge sandwich and it was absolutely delicious. A generous helping of steak and cheese, that just melted in your mouth. YUM!
Other Food Trucks there included the Ziad Halal Food, Thai Street Food and the Food Network Truck which was giving out goodies and goodie bags.
Over the past three decades, New York has emerged on the international scene as one of the culinary capitals of the world. It now rivals cities such as Paris, Barcelona, London (also a recent newcomer) and Beirut for the variety and quality of the cuisine. It is often said that one could eat at a different restaurant in New York each day and never repeat a single one. While this may be true, naturally, not all of these places are worthy of our patronage as New York has its big share of restaurants that are a nuisance to our refined palates, probably far more than at the other aforementioned culinary capitals.
Below is a list of only a few favourite restaurants. I will expand the list and describe the restaurants in more detail over time.
Spanish/Catalan: Casa Mono (17th St & Irving Place)
Lebanese: ilili (Fifth Ave & 27th St)
Middle Eastern/Mediterranean: Taboon (52nd St & 10th Ave)
Steakhouse: Strip House (12th St & Fifth Ave)
American/International: Gotham (12th St & Fifth Ave)
Italian high end: Da Umberto (17th St & 6th Ave)
Italian casual: Zampa (13th St & 8th Ave)
French Bistro: Balthazar (Spring St & Broadway)
French high end: Nougatine (at Jean George - 59th & Central Park West)
Greek casual: Snack Taverna (63 Bedford St & Morton St)
Greek high end: Ammos Estiatorio (Vanderbuilt Ave & 45th St - late Friday night is best!)
Mas (la grillade), meaning More (the Farmhouse), is the latest offering from chef Galen Zamarra. This well-tended, well-appointed restaurant is a most pleasant dining experience.
The menu can be described as American/Local/Organic with French influences.
Do not let the simple, even industrial-looking, exterior fool you; this is a beautifully-designed and comfortable restaurant. The service is excellent.
This is a Hotel /Bed and Breakfast. It is a oasis in the middle of Times Square. It is quiet inside...more
If your pocketbook can afford it, the Sherry-Netherland is one of New York's poshest luxury hotels....more
The Library is a good little hotel but the frustration is it could be a great hotel. Great concept...more