NYC Restaurant Guide
Yeah Shanghai Deluxe
65 Bayard St.
Delicious, beautifully presented dumplings make this year-old newcomer worth
the trip, but the talented kitchen also serves up wonderful takes on typical
Shanghai dishes such as crispy turnip cakes and pork shoulder in honey-soy
New Green Bo
66 Bayard St. (Elizabeth-Matt Sts.)
Tasty Shanghai cuisine at absurdly low prices distinguishes this
small Chinatown place.
35 E. Broadway (Catherine-Market Sts.)
Well known for its dim sum menu, although other Cantonese dishes
are also available. Good for groups.
22 Mott St. (Bayard-Pell Sts.)
Exotic seafood dishes star at this large, noisy, festive spot where
the fish is fresh from the tanks out front.
76 Matt St. (Canal St.)
Sample an array of dishes - prices are low and the menu is interesting.
20 Mott St. (Chatham Sq.-Pell St.) 212-964-0380
Slightly more upscale than its sibling up the street, devotees of this Chinatown
favorite love the made-to-order dim sum.
Flor De Sol
361 Greenwich St. (Franklin-Harrison Sts.)
Brick walls, wrought iron and candles add loads of atmosphere to the tapas
experience. The menu also otters entrees, but it's fun to share sangria and
plates of delicious tapas with a group.
355 Greenwich St. (Harrison St.)
A neighborhood place with a difference - the American/Mediterranean menu is
comforting but creative, the decor is upscale rustic and the atmosphere homey
and welcoming. (Not to mention what have been called the best French fries
in New York.)
Thai House Cafe
151 Hudson St. (Hubert St.)
Flavorful Thai dishes shine in this friendly corner place.
385 Greenwich St. (N. Moore St.)
This family-run, casual bistro offers delicious seafood,
meat, poultry and pasta dishes at surprisingly reasonable prices. With Mayor
Bloomberg's new law, the only quibble with this very enjoyable place - smoke
from the bar - is not an issue.
110 Reade St. (West Broadway)
This nouvelle Vietnamese, while not cheap, is surprisingly reasonable
for such delectable, unusual fare in a trendy neighborhood. Make a meal of
appetizers or try the crispy chili-lime red snapper, followed by one of the
exotic but comforting desserts.
Broome Street Bar
363 West Broadway (Broome St.)
This no-frills, old-time saloon is a refreshingly nontrendy fixture in SoHo.
Great for burgers.
45 Mercer St. (Broome-Grand Sts.)
Exciting, imaginative Filipino dishes - perhaps the original Asian-Latin
fusion cuisine - star in this delightful place. Try one of the many delicious
seafood creations or roasted meats and sip on one of the exotic Asian teas.
Cupping Room Cafe
359 West Broadway (Broome-Grand Sts.)
Quintessentially SoHo, this comfortable spot has been serving up
fresh and tasty standards for thirty years. On Monday and Wednesday evenings
patrons can enjoy live Brazilian and Mediterranean music.
105 Thompson St, (Prince-Spring Sts.)
The owners of this tiny five-table taverna are looking for a second,
larger location, Until they do, come early or late (or take out) to experience
fresh and delicious traditional Greek home cooking, Flavorful and comforting
choices include meze, Iamb stifado, vegetarian souvlaki or pastitsio.
Lower East Side
49 Clinton St, 212-979-6096
With most dishes $8 or less, this multicultural snack shop
features sophisticated tapas, an eclectic wine list and a relaxed ambience,
76 Clinton St.
Creative comfort food is offered in this small, hip Lower
East Side newcomer.
128 East 4th St, (1st-2nd Aves)
Intriguingly spiced food and sweet Indonesian drinks make this Lower Eastsider
an unusual but satisfying choice.
Lil' Frankie's Pizza
19 First Avenue (1st-2nd Sts.)
Delicious pizzas join other brick oven specialties (eggplants, lasagnas
and whole fish) in this offshoot of Frank, a tiny but popular East Village
211 East 4th Street (Aves. A-B)
Middle Eastern (E)
An exotic atmosphere and a delicious, full-flavored
six-course prix fixe menu ($30) can
be booked for either the 7 or 9 p.m. seating. The menu changes daily and is
followed by dessert and mint tea.
31 Second Ave. (1st-2nd Sts.)
The creative daily menu of this tiny place serves up Greenmarket-fresh
soups and pastas to accompany free-range pork and veal or fresh fish dishes.
The satisfying moderately-priced entrees showcase the first-rate ingredients.
Rai Rai Ken
214 East 10th St. East Village
212-477-7030 Japanese (I)
Ramen noodies in huge bowls of fragrant and flavorful broth, topped with all
sorts of delicacies (perhaps fish cakes, roast pork or crispy garlic) are the
main offering, although from May to September some cold noodle dishes are also
on the menu.
156 East 2nd St. (Aves. A-B)
Northern Italian (M)
Much larger than its East Village siblings Frank and Lii'
Frankie's, Supper consists of a lively front room/bar/open kitchen and a quieter
back room. Despite the serious wine list and wonderfully fresh ingredients,
the downright bargain prices (veal milanese, $12.95 or panzanella, $5.95, for
instance) keep this spot packed most evenings.
181 West 4th St. (Barrow-Jones Sts.)
Another French-Caribbean-inspired menu, presented by the
former chef to the Japanese Ambassador to the West Indies. (Think spicy tuna
roll with fried bananas.)
BB Sandwich Bar
120 West 3rd St. (MacDougal-6th Ave.)
Only one item on offer here - an untraditional Philly-style cheese steak served
on a Kaiser roll dressed with caramelized onions and red pepper relish.
240 W. 14th st. (7th - 8th Aves.)
A newcomer to bustling 14th St., this appealing place entices with
ample portions of wellcooked Italian soups, salads, house-made pastas
and meat or seafood entrees.
43 Carmine St. (Bedford - Bleecker Sts.)
American comfort food tweaked In a delicious manner (cheeseburgers
with roasted tomato and chipotle mayo, grilled shrimp and avocado salad)
is served in this reasonably priced new restaurant.
69 Gansevoort St. (Greenwich-Washington Sts.)
French Bistro (M)
This Meatpacking District bistro is renowned as a late-night,
early-morning breakfast spot.
However, from Thursday to Saturday It's open 24 hours (and only slightly less
the other days) so you can sample their bistro favorites pretty much any time.
140 W. 13th St. (6th - 7th Aves.)
The atypically soaring space of this West Village spot contrasts
wonderfully with the robust and rustic Italian food. Try one of the chef's
signature grilled pizzas.
7 Seventh Avenue South (Charles-lOth Sts.)
Middle Eastern (/)
An Israeli vegetarian feast of low-priced vibrant Middle
Eastern dishes. Not a lot of atmosphere, but filling and tasty specialties
which include delicious hummus and baba ganoush served with flaky, fresh breads.
9 Jones St. (Bleecker-W. 4th Sts.)
Not yet well-known, Anne Rosenzweig's (Arcadia, Lobster Club) Village
bistro may soon become so. The market-fresh ingredients and reasonable prices
for both the inventive bar food and seasonal comfort food assure that the secret
will soon be out.
The Kat! Roll Company
99 MacDougal St.
For $5 or less, you can fill up on these skewers of marinated chicken,
beef, or cheese and pepper rolled up in paratha (similar to wraps).
357 Sixth Ave. (Washington PI.-w. 4th St.)
Customize your own steaming pot of "ramen" (Japanese-style
soup) at this noodle-parlor, where you can choose the broth and toppings to
accompany your noodles. If it's too hot for soup, try the sushi or cold soba
31 Cornelia St. (Bleecker-W. 4th Sts.)
Although celebrity chef Mario Batali is no longer the owner, Po
still attracts crowds who appreciate the affordable and tempting Italian food.
7 Ninth Ave. (Little 12th St.)
Pass by the fancy bars in the area and instead sample the sangria,
tapas and paellas of this neighborhood tapas bar. Prices are down-to-earth,
so is the decor (described by some as "divey") but the food is fun,
filling and authentically garlicky.
60 University Place (10th St.)
One of a trio of "nouveau Thai" places featuring techno music
and a retro-modern decor, Spice is very popular due to the tasty and well-seasoned
versions of Thai classics such as curries, noodles, salads and fresh seafood.
24 Fifth Ave. (9th St.)
New American (VE)
Perhaps the original New York "celebrity chef",
Jonathan Waxman is back with a sophisticated, deceptively simple California
menu based on seasonal ingredients.
Flatiron / Union Square
The City Bakery
3 West 18th St. (5th-6th Aves,)
A sprawling bakery/cafe bringing together Maury Rubin's
tarts and Ilene Rosen's playful and wide-ranging take on soups, salads and
47 E. 19th St. (Broadway - Park Ave. South)
New American/Mediterranean (E)
The more casual, next-door sister to the highly-lauded
Craft offers a traditional menu and kinder prices for simpler but still delectable
meals. The no-reservations policy can result
in a long wait.
43 E. 19th St. (Broadway - Park Ave. South)
New American/Mediterranean (VE)
The success and popularity of this two-year-old
creation of Gramercy Tavern' s Tom Colicchio remains undiminished. The twist
to the seasonal. Fresh menu is that you "craft" the perfect meal
from the lists of Ingredients (fish, meat, vegetables, sides), all of which
can be prepared in a variety of cooking methods.
Union Square Cafe
21 E. 16th St. (5th Ave,-Union Sq. W)
If you didn't reserve your table in May, it's probably too late
to dine here now. But take a late afternoon break from the Intriguing shops
in the revitalized Union Square Area and sit in the bar for a while. Enjoy
an interesting glass of wine accompanied by the addictive warm, spiced mixed
nuts, dispensed with the staff's legendary hospitality.
240 Park Ave. South (19th St.)
Tortellini in brodo, tortelloni stuffed with spinach and ricotta,
pumpkin, or chicken and wild mushrooms, and calzagatti (stuffed polenta) are
some of the delicacies from Emilia-Romagna featured at this comfortable
258 W. 44th (Broadway-8th Ave.)
A showbiz hangout a la Joe Allen, this is a fun place to see and
be seen. Since investors include original Producers stars Nathan Lane and Matthew
Broderick, it's entirely possible to spot some familiar faces dining at a nearby
355 W. 46th St. (8th-9th Aves.)
Pair the amazingly-priced $21.95 prix fixe, all-you-can-eat pasta
dinner (Caesar salad or antipasto accompany a trio of pasta dishes) with a
bottle of affordable Italian wine and you will enjoy one of the Theater District's
perennial favorites at a reasonable cost. However, it's no secret, so reserve
for pre-theater or go after 8 p.m.
125 W. 43rd St. (6th Ave.-Broadway)
Fresh market picks guide the menu at this Times Square bistro.
Bread is baked twice daily and all dishes are made to order. They make their
own sauces and desserts. All this, and takeout too!
200 W. 44th St, (Broadway-8th Ave.)
Copious amounts of Southern Italian standards are served family-style
in this popular, crowded eatery. Not for quiet twosomes, but fun for a group.
414 W. 42nd St. (9th-10th Aves.)
Owned by Jean-Claude Baker, the adopted son of flamboyant performer
Josephine Baker, this French bistro harks back to the scandalous 20s and 30s
of her Parisian heyday. The decadent and over-the-top decor almost overshadows
the food, but the house specials and desserts are excellent.
316 W. 49th St. (8th-9th Aves.)
Meat eaters, rejoice! It's all you can eat of the deliciously
prepared and seasoned meat and poultry at this popular Brazilian. The enormous,
imaginative salad bar could provide a whole meal, but carnivores should take
care not to fill up before the main course.
127 W. 43rd St, (Broadway-6th Ave.)
Bustling bar scene cum steakhouse could describe this Times Square incarnation
of a popular brewpub. There's another West Side location on Sixth Avenue at
326 W. 46th st. (8th-9th Aves.)
A Broadway tradition which is fun for visitors on the lookout for celebrities.
Standard American fare is decent but beside the point when a celeb is spotted
(and it does happen).
260 W. 44th St. (Broadway-8th Ave.)
Deliciously thin-crusted pizzas are arguably New York's best. Certainly
John's has figured at the top of many lists over the years.
403 W. 43rd st. (9th-1Otn--Aves.)
Try to snag a table in the glass-covered patio and enjoy the friendly
service and attractive surroundings in this longtime Theater District favorite.
They are skilled in getting diners out in time for curtain, but go later for
a more relaxed meal.
630 Ninth Ave. (44th st.)
A standard brasserie this is not - the Mediterranean-rim
fusion food utilizes elements of French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Tunisian
(and other) cuisines.
468 West 47th St. (9th-lOth Aves.)
Ethiopian cuisine presented traditionally (read: no silverware),
with spicy meat or vegetarian stews the shareable mainstays. Convivial atmosphere.
excellent value. Full bar.
1540 Broadway (45th St,)
Though past its prime, this is still a convenient choice for a
quick beer and a snack with
598 Ninth Ave, (43rd st,)
American Regional (M/E)
Zuni is comfortable and colorfully decorated, with a
menu inspired by (but not limited to) the American Southwest, Hearty portions
and reasonable tabs add appeal.
240 W. 56th St, (Broadway-8th Ave,)
With some ten locations around the city, this friendly place emphasizes
fresh, weli-prepared North Indian fare.
25 W. 56th st. (5th-6th Aves,)
An open kitchen and wood-burning oven set the scene in this attractive,
multi-level space. Top chef Waldy Malouf pleases with his simple yet hearty
and full-flavored creations, most of which emerge from the brick oven.
Brooklyn Diner USA
212 W. 57th St, (7th Ave,-Broadway)
Like an old-time New York diner - but way more so, Outsize portions
of classic comfort foods, imaginatively prepared and presented, please both
tourists and locals,
854 Seventh Ave. (55th St.)
Enormous sandwiches stuffed with deli favorites could feed two
(or more) - share the sandwich to leave room for their divine cheesecake. A
fixture for close to 70 years, it's a classic New York delicatessen.
63 W. 54th St. (5th-6th Aves.)
This charming Italian restaurant, located in the Warwick Hotel,
offers good value for this pricey location.
120 W. 51st St. (6th-7th Aves.)
These siblings owned by the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant
Group offer a traditional steakhouse menu in elegant Art Deco surroundings.
Cite Grill is more casual and a little less expensive - but Cite does
offer a $60 prix fixe with all the wine you can drink (after 8 p.m.)
1633 Broadway (51 st St.)
Their bread (baked on the premises in wood-burning ovens)
is the draw here. Choose your own fillings for a quick sandwich lunch.
798 Ninth Ave. (53rd St.)
All kinds of comfort foods (from various cuisines) are
served in this stylish Hell's Kitchen favorite.
Ellen's Stardust Diner
1650 Broadway (51st St.)
Retro 50s kitsch abounds in this diner where the waitstaff occasionally
889 1Oth Ave. (57th-58th Sts.)
An extensive menu of delicious Greek favorites, along with friendly
service and low prices, draws patrons to this Hell's Kitchen restaurant. Great
La Bonne Soupe
48 W. 55th St. (5th-6th Aves.)
This French bistro has been here for 30 years, serving up tasty,
light French fare such as quiche, omelets, and (of course) delicious soups.
Although prices are eminently reasonable, the prix fixe is a real bargain.
1301 Sixth Ave. (53rd St.)
Choices abound at Lou's Cafe, from fresh baked goods to delicious
soups, salads, sandwiches and many other Mediterranean-accented dishes
both hot and cold. Eat in or take out.
810 Seventh Ave. (53rd St.)
A buzzing bar scene and indoor patio seating are draws,
as are (surprise) the martinis.
871 7th Ave. (54th St.)
Upscale Greek taverna serving vibrant yet refined versions of such
Greek favorites as
moussaka, white bean stew, and fresh grilled fish, along with tender beef and
Iamb dishes. The large dining room is good for groups and traditional Greek
hospitality makes for lively
and well-fed restaurantgoers.
250 W. 50th St. (Broadway-8th Ave.)
This popular steakhouse is an offshoot of the venerable Palm (Second
Ave.) and is justly famous for its gigantic steaks and lobsters.
Pret A Manger
1360 Sixth Ave. (56th St.)
Fresh-made pre-packaged sandwiches in a variety of flavorful
combinations, along with a changing roster of soups make for a delicious takeout
lunch. The chain was imported from the UK a couple of years back and is popping
up all over the city.
Pump Energy Food
40 W. 55th St. (5th-6th Aves.)
Lowfat and nonfat reign in this healthy choice for a quick lunch.
Take it out because seating is minimal, especially at lunchtime.
859 Ninth Ave. (56th st.)
This trattoria offers delicious and affordable Italian classics
in a friendly, spacious setting. Fresh pasta is made right there on the premises.
Red Eye Grill
890 Seventh Ave. (56th St.)
Fresh seafood prepared in a multitude of methods is featured in
this large, bustling favorite for both business and leisure diners.
145 w'53rd St. (6th-7th Aves.)
Quite simply one of the best - the breezy, elegant space is a perfect
setting for the wonderful Venetian cuisine (seafood a specialty).
Rue 57 Brasserie
60 W. 57th St. (6th Ave.)
There's something for everyone at this lively two-floor brasserie:
French classics, burgers, Italian standards, and a nifty sushi menu.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
148 W, 51st. St. (6th-7th Aves.)
Meat eaters will dine here quite happily in this traditionally
elegant steakhouse. The menu,
while beef-centric, offers alternatives in the form of poultry, seafood and
Shelly's New York
1O4W.57th St. (6th-7th Aves.)
Everything is big here: four floors of dining, a huge raw bar,
single portions fit for a crowd, and a menu covering all the bases.
16 W. 51st St. (5th-6th Aves.)
The restaurant serves well-prepared, authentic Northern Italian dishes in
a Tuscan-inspired space. Downstairs, the Marketplace cafe and bakery offers
self-serve and takeout breakfast and lunches during the week.
Victor's Cafe 52
236 W. 52nd St. (Broadway-8th Ave.)
A perennial Theater District favorite where you can dine on creative
renditions of traditional Cuban dishes. Enjoy the spicy gazpacho, seafood casserole
or roast pork with their excellent sangria or have a drink in the friendly, "Old
1900 Broadway (63rd-64th Sts.)
New American (E)
Inventive California-style (fresh, organic, light) dishes make
this a perennial Lincoln Center favorite. Popular for their pre-performance
prix fixe and brunch.
154 West 70th st.
Appealing and very European, Cafe Mozart offers all sorts of dishes
in the Viennese cafe tradition. From breakfast to late at night enjoy coffees,
fresh pastries, light cuisine and a vast array of sinful desserts. Live classical
music each evening adds to the charm.
414 Amsterdam Ave. (79th-80th Sts.)
Friendly, welcoming staff serve a variety of French dishes in this
Upper West Side neighborhood place. The prix fixe is a steal, but it's not
offered every night (call first).
947 Columbus Ave. (1O6th - 1O7th Sts.)
Named after the "A" train, this tiny BYOB on
the Upper West Side near Columbia University serves inexpensive small plates
511 West 181st. St.
If you're uptown visiting the Cloisters, this would be an adventurous
choice for very Inexpensive, tasty and filling South American fare.
Murray Hill/East 30s
116 E. 27th St. (Lexington-Park Aves.)
Danny Meyer (of Union Square Cafe et al.) presents down-home barbecue
at his newest venture, already a difficult reservation. There's a jazz club
-163 East 33rd St.
212-889-5489 French (E)
This charming bistro gives the feeling of a warm and
welcoming family restaurant somewhere in the French countryside. Reasonably
priced bistro classics are served by an appealing staff.
La Petite Auberge
116 Lexington Ave. (27th-28th Sts.)
Steadily popular for over 25 years, this pretty place still serves
all of the old French bistro favorites. Their prix fixe is very reasonable.
Lemon Grass Grill
138 E. 34th St. (Lexington-3rd Aves.)
This casual Thai chain has six locations (one in Brooklyn) and offers
speedy service, good prices and takeout.
Oyster Bar At Grand Central Station
Grand Central (42nd St.-Vanderbilt Ave.)
Have a look around at historic Grand Central, recently given a total
refurbishment, then head to the landmark Oyster Bar for awesomely fresh fish
and shellfish. Chowders and bisques, along with (of course) oysters, are a
nostalgic and delicious favorite.
249 East 45th St. (2nd-3rd Aves.)
Delicious Vietnamese home cooking prepared with family pride
makes this cozy coffee shop a sweet surprise in this East 40s neighborhood.
9 E. 53rd St. (5th-Madison Aves.)
Standard coffee-shop fare but fresh ingredients and excellent
burgers take it a step beyond. Good for lunch (though very busy at noon) or
an early breakfast. No dinner.
106 E. 57th St, (Lexington - Park Aves.)
Mediterranean/New American (VE)
A stylish but tranquil atmosphere with a North
African feel complements the Spanish/Moorish-accented menu.
953 Second Ave. (50th-51st St.)
Chef Zarela Martinez pays homage to the ingredients and techniques
rooted in Mexican culture, Try the red snapper hash or polio borracho, and
watch out for the delicious but lethal margaritas. Both decor and crowd are
135 East 62nd St. (Lexington-Park Aves.)
Upper East Side .
French Bistro/Eclectic (I)
This bargain-priced bistro (nothing over $20) looks
more like a high-priced restaurant in its sedate townhouse setting. However,
Ruggerio offers affordable French cooking (along with Itailan and Asian touches)
and the "chef's wine list" of very affordable bottles.
1431 Third Ave. (81st St.)
A tantalizing selection of meze at low prices allows for sampling a
multitude of Turkish dishes. Make a meal out of these small plates or
leave room for the only entree, Iamb or beef doner kebab.
La Fonda Boricua
169 East 106th St, (Lexington-3rd Aves.)
Puerto Rican (I)
Recently renovated two-room restaurant serving up large portions
of hearty, well-spiced Puerto Rican fare in a lively Latino setting.