NYC Restaurants


Atera New American | TriBeCa

77 Worth Street


Notes: Diners are served a progression of wildly imaginative small plates at a counter that frames an open kitchen. While the technique and thought that goes into each dish is more than admirable, the food was not as tasty or memorable as the visual artistry.

Jean Georges

Jean Georges French | Columbus Circle

1 Central Park West (Trump Int’l Hotel)


Il Mulino

Il Mulino Italian | Greenwich Village

86 W 3rd St


Notes: Scrumptious and copious complimentary snacks welcome you the moment you are seated, and it only gets better from there. Top-quality traditional pastas, meats and shellfish with lusty sauces that make you want to lick the plate. 


Masa Sushi | Columbus Circle

10 Columbus Circle (Time Warner Center)


Notes: Thoroughly breathtaking multi-course prix fixe experience with a legendary sushi chef/artist, fit for only the most special of occasions and the most eccentric budget.

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 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

The Modern

The Modern Modern French | Midtown West

9 W 53rd St (bet 5th & 6th) at the Museum of Modern Art


Notes: Sleek, spectacular formal dining room overlooking MOMA’s sculpture garden offering a prix fixe menu, and a less formal bar room up front with a menu of small plates. Impeccable service and lovely food. 


Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin Seafood | Midtown West

155 W 51st Street (bet 6th & 7th)




Daniel French | Upper East Side

60 E 65th St (bet Madison & Park)


Notes: Lavish perfection for special occasions. Breathtaking formal dining room. The same flawless food and impeccable service is available in the lounge, although the lounge tables are uncomfortable.