NYC Restaurants

Union Square Cafe

Union Square Cafe New American | Union Square

21 E 16th St (bet 5th & Union Sq W)


Notes: Warm service, consistently good greenmarket-inspired menu.

Sushi Yasuda

Sushi Yasuda Sushi | Midtown East

204 E 43rd St (bet 2nd & 3rd)


Notes: Among the very best quality sushi in the city with some of the freshest, most pristine fish. Not a place for those who like wacky rolls and giant slabs of fish. Be on time for your reservation, and don’t be surprised to be asked to leave when your time is up so the next diners can be seated.

Shun Lee Palace

Shun Lee Palace Chinese | Midtown East

155 E 55th St (bet Lex & 3rd)


Notes: High-end Chinese food in a lovely atmosphere with refined service. We often drive an hour into the city on a Sunday evening for the superb Peking duck carved table-side, and we’re always warmly welcomed by name at the door. It’s a family tradition we’re happily passing on to the third generation. 


Scarpetta Modern Italian | Chelsea

355 W 14th St (bet 8th & 9th)


Notes: Outstanding pastas! 

Scalini Fedeli

Scalini Fedeli Northern Italian | TriBeCa

165 Duane Street


Notes: Exceptional Italian food made with love and served in an elegant, romantic setting. Warm, gracious service.

Per Se

Per Se French | Columbus Circle

10 Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center)


Notes: Exquisite food, lavish room, impeccable service for memorable special occasions. A highly sophisticated prix fixe dining experience.

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.

Momofuku Ko

Momofuku Ko New American | East Village

163 1st Ave (bet 10th & 11th St)


Notes: Counter-seating only, set multi-course menu showcasing highly-inventive Asian-influenced small dishes. Reservations accepted online only, opening at 10:00 a.m. each day. Read my full review of a birthday lunch here: Restaurant Review – Momofuku Ko


Marea Modern Italian | Midtown West

240 Central Park S (bet B’way & 7th)




Lincoln Modern Italian | Lincoln Center

142 W 65th St (bet Amst & B’way)


Notes: Modern Italian cuisine with a magnificent view of Lincoln Center. Top-notch pastas.