perks for your palate.
Reviews of the restaurants we love.
Cuisine: American, Latin American, New American
Neighborhood: Union Square, Union Square
ABC Kitchen, 35 E. 18th St. New York, NY 10003 212-475-5829
ABC Cocina, 38 E. 19th St. New York, NY 10003 212-475-5829
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina share the same distinctive, whimsical-meets-chic aesthetic, seasonal market inspiration, and thoughtful, just-a-bit quirky ethos.
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Neighborhood: Midtown East
213 E. 45th St. New York, NY 10017 212-867-5454
Spring has sprung in New York, and Aburiya Kinnosuke has created a special BBE tasting menu. From cold to hot, and from fresh and light to rich and punchy—the five courses carry with them a sense of adventure.
Cuisine: Bar, Eclectic, Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
123 Allen St. New York, NY 10002 212-432-5000
Antler is a throwback to a vanishing era when downtown bars doubled as informal living rooms—and to accompany the imbibing, New Mexico native Cecelia Bye has curated a menu of kicked-up small plates.
Antonucci Café $$$
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
170 E. 81st St. New York, NY 10028 212-570-5100
On an impossibly picturesque street on the UES sits Antonucci Café, a gem that wouldn't be out of place on the streets of Milan. Eclectic artwork graces the walls while faucet handles come straight from Italy. White jacketed waiters serve up classically simple Italian fare featuring homemade pastas. If the outdoor dining gods allow it, snag a street-side table and drink it all in.
Cuisine: New American, Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen
510 W. 52nd St. New York, NY 10019 212-247-9191
Ardesia, a lively wine bar on the fringe of the theater district, must have been designed with New York night owls in mind. The house-cured, house-smoked pastrami sandwich or the bánh mì make a nice little meal, especially if you kick it off with some artichoke-and-crab dip. Nobody’s in a rush here.
Aurora SoHo $$$
Neighborhood: South Village
510 Broome St. New York, NY 10013 212-334-9020
The three co-owners (one's the chef, another designed the place) who keep this restaurant in perfect yin-yang shape: It’s hopping but not too hopping, with a pure Tuscan farmhouse ambience. Even the waiter plays his role to a tee. “I’m from Verona,” he says, with barely a trace of an accent. “You know, Northern Italy.” Just like Aurora.