NYC Restaurants


WD-50 New American | Lower East Side

50 Clinton Street


Notes: Chef Wylie Dufresne uses cutting-edge culinary techniques in his science lab-like kitchen to prepare dishes that not only make you think, but often boggle the mind by creating dissonance between sight and taste/texture. I’m not a huge fan of this style of food, so for me the presentation was more spectacular than the food itself. But if you appreciate the artistic and technical aspect of culinary science, by all means experience the thrilling, thoughtful skill of WD-50.


Telepan New American | Upper West Side

72 W 69th St (bet Columbus & CPW)



Tao Asian | Midtown East

42 E 58th St (bet Madison & Park)


Notes: The food is good, but more impressive is the cool ambiance, great club-like music, and the towering golden Buddha floating over the koi pond.

Stanton Social

Stanton Social New American | Lower East Side

99 Stanton St


Notes: Loud and lively. Eclectic small plates and fun cocktails. Don’t miss the Kobe sliders, the French Onion Soup Dumplings and the Potato & Goat Cheese Pierogies.

Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano Mexican | Lincoln Center

61 Columbus Ave (62nd St)


Notes: Awesome tableside guacamole and great margaritas.

Red Cat

Red Cat New American | Chelsea

227 10th Ave (bet 23rd & 24 St)



Picholine French | Lincoln Center

35 W 64th Street (bet B’way & CPW)



Pastis French Bistro | Meatpacking 

9 9th Avenue


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

Park Avenue…

Park Avenue… New American | Midtown East

100 E 63rd St (bet Lex & Park)


Notes: The menu, the decor and the name completely transform with the season. The restaurant closes briefly at the end of each season to prepare for the next.


Nobu Japanese/Sushi | TriBeCa

105 Hudson Street


Notes: Innovative fusion cuisine. Stick to the signature dishes like Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Rock Shrimp Tempura and Black Cod with Miso.