NYC Restaurants

Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern Bistro | Greenwich Village

113 MacDougal Street (bet. Bleecker & W 3rd St)

(212) 475-3850

Notes: The Black Label Burger = the best burger anywhere. Period. Hands-down. And please, no cheese, no ketchup. You’ll spoil the ridiculously splendid dry-aged flavor. The caramelized onions are all you need. If you’re a fan of roasted bone marrow, don’t miss the hors d’oeuvre portion served with toasted baguette slices and shallot confit. Casual, fun atmosphere, tough reservation. The steaks are renowned, and don’t leave without digging your spoon into a chocolate soufflé. Ethereal, yet powerful depth of chocolate flavor, which are usually mutually exclusive.  


Pastis French Bistro | Meatpacking 

9 9th Avenue


Notes: Classic bistro fare, with good Onion Soup, Steak Frites and Moules Frites.

La Mangeoire

La Mangeoire Rustic French | Midtown East

1008 2nd Ave (bet 53rd & 54th)



JoJo French | Midtown East

160 E 64th St (bet Lex & 3rd)


DB Bistro Moderne

DB Bistro Moderne French | Midtown West

55 W 44th Street (bet 5th & 6th)


Carnegie Deli

Carnegie Deli Deli | Midtown West

854 7th Ave (at 55th St)


Notes: Mouthwatering hot pastrami and corned beef piled ridiculously high on rye, perfect deli mustard, absurdly sour pickles (or half-sours if you prefer) and a Dr. Brown’s cream soda. Nothing better. Always entertaining. Cash only.

Bouchon Bakery Café

Bouchon Bakery Café French Columbus Circle

10 Columbus Circle (Time-Warner Center)


Notes: Great for a casual lunch. Delicious salads and sandwiches.

Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke BBQ | Murray Hill

116 E 27th St (bet Park & Lex)



Bar Boulud

Bar Boulud French | Lincoln Center

1900 Broadway (bet 63rd & 64th St)


Notes: Right across from Lincoln Center, great for pre- or post-performance meal.

Momofuku Ssam Bar

Momofuku Ssam Bar New American | East Village

207 E 2nd Ave (at 13th St)


Notes: Asian-influenced, creative fare in a casual atmosphere. You can make online reservations ahead for the bo ssam (whole roasted pork) or rotisserie duck meal. Great pork buns.