NYC Restaurants


Fives American | Midtown West 

700 5th Avenue (55th St-Peninsula Hotel)


Notes: Very pretty room in the Peninsula Hotel, tastefully furnished. Beautiful views of Fifth Avenue. Excellent breakfast, brunch and lunch.


Michael’s American | Midtown West

24 W 55th St (bet 5th & 6th)


Notes: I really wanted to like this place, with its perfect location and swanky, devoted lunch crowd. It’s an institution. Instead, I felt like I was eating at the clubhouse of a chintzy South Florida retirement village back in the 1980s. Snotty, inattentive service paired with sub-mediocre food and nauseating decor and furnishings make this a place I can’t recommend. 


Eataly Italian | Flatiron

200 5th Ave (bet 23rd & 24th St)


Notes: Mario Batali’s massive Italian food hall and market houses an extensive array of stations where you can munch on, among other things: bread, cheese, seafood, pizza, prepared foods, wine, coffee and gelato. It’s always pretty crowded, but grab a table where you can stand and enjoy a tasty meal or a snack. 

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.