One of my favorite reasons to travel to New York is the food. The City that Never Sleeps not only offers the possibility of eating at any time, but also you can find authentic food from any corner of the planet. There are many types of restaurants. I want to share my favourite and those that you have to book in advance and that for one reason or another, we have found that they had a different charm.
Located in the heart of Soho, on West Broadway near Broome Street, this more casual version of Harry Cipriani offers Harry’s Bar classics and Italian specialties. Beautifully designed and showcasing various art pieces, the restaurant offers outdoor dining when the weather is agreeable, serving lunch and dinner seven days a week in a party-like atmosphere.
2. RALPH LAUREN
Inspired by classic New York establishments and Ralph Lauren’s love of gathering around the table with family and friends, The Polo Bar offers a casual yet refined setting for food and drink in the heart of NYC. From the Henry Koehler polo match –inspired mural on the exterior to the saddle leather and equestrian art inside, the restaurant pays homage to the distinguished sporting lifestyle long synonymous with the Ralph Lauren brand.
The Polo Bar’s American cuisine is inspired by Ralph Lauren’s personal favorites. Seasonal dishes range from a crispy kale salad and crabcakes to a corned beef sandwich, steaks and the signature Polo Bar Burger. Beef from Ralph Lauren’s Double RL ranch in Colorado will be offered at select times throughout the year. The star of the dessert list is Ralph’s Coffee Ice Cream, homemade with Ralph’s custom coffee blend.
To drink, guests can choose from classic cocktails and a diverse selection of wines and other fine spirits. The Polo Bar waitstaff is outfitted in custom Ralph Lauren grey flannel trousers, leather wingtips and silk repp ties.
The Polo Bar is Ralph Lauren’s third restaurant, joining RL Restaurant, which opened in 1999 in Chicago, and Ralph’s, which opened in 2010 in Paris.
Balthazar serves traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night supper. Opened by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by chef de cuisine Shane McBride. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads and pastries from Balthazar bakery.
Nobu New York, the flagship restaurant of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, has been a pioneer for Japanese cuisine since its opening in 1994. Nobu partnered with restaurateur Drew Nieporent, Meir Teper, and Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro to bring his modern Japanese to Tribeca. Nobu draws upon his classical training at sushi bars in Tokyo and his life abroad in Peru, Argentina, and around the world to create a whole new trend in Japanese cuisine. The resulting dishes, including Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, Tiradito Nobu Style, Lobster with Wasabi Pepper Sauce, and Black Cod Miso, make Nobu the innovator of new style Japanese food.
Nobu New York’s design by architect David Rockwell evokes the beauty of the Japanese countryside with its natural textures, birch trees, wood floors and a wall made of river stones. Energy and excitement pulse through the room, creating a surreal effect. The restaurant received three stars from the New York Times and a Michelin star. The restaurant’s perennial popularity and devoted following are a tribute to Nobu putting his own spin on traditional Japanese cooking.
5. CATCH NYC
CATCH NYC, SEAFOOD RESTAURANT A globally influenced seafood-restaurant, set in a landmark building at the heart of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, CATCH New York features contemporary renditions of classic seafood preparations, successfully fusing great food, service and an exceptional scene as it appeals to the tastes of today’s modern diner. Serving up dishes that are both sophisticated and approachable, CATCH’s streaming, sharable style of dining continues to achieve success as it resonates with the owners’ original vision of marrying deliciously simple yet elegant seafood with excellent service and a superior, interactive atmosphere. The 400 seat, tri-level restaurant offers a variety of unique dining experiences to its diverse clientele, boasting an open kitchen and communal dining options that further augment the warm, inviting atmosphere. This combination, with the extension of CATCH Roof and its al fresco dining, has created a complete and memorable set of experiences for CATCH’s devoted patrons who return time and again to enjoy signature dishes including the CATCH Roll, Salmon Belly Carpaccio, Bourbon-Miso Black Cod Lettuce “Wraps”, Cantonese Lobster and the Crispy Whole Red Snapper for two.