GUIDE: New York

Friday Night Out

  •  

    American Cut Midtown

    109 E. 56th St., at The Lombardy Hotel

    Midtown East

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$$

    At American Cut, celebrity chef Marc Forgione—the mohawked man who won Season Three of The Next Iron Chef and in 2010 was the youngest American to win a Michelin star—plays with his food in ways you just won’t find at other midtown meat emporiums. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Bagatelle New York

    1 Little West 12th St.

    Meatpacking District

    Cuisine: French

    $$$$

    Art on the walls radiates a Saint-Tropez luxe street art vibe, while a warm breeze blows in through the open terrace—past the palm trees and the party crowd—to your table, where Chef Nicolas Frézal’s menu is filled with a series of can’t-go-wrong dishes. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Brooklyn Cider House

    1100 Flushing Ave.

    Bushwick

    Cuisine: Spanish

    The dinner experience at Brooklyn Cider House in Bushwick transports you to Spain. In between courses, guests take trips to the gorgeous, huge European Chestnut barrels, where the cider expert will talk you through the deliciousness that shoots from the spouts. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Cipriani Wall Street

    55 Wall St.

    Financial District

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$$

    Cipriani Wall Street is quite an eyeful, and while dining under the gilded ceiling and Wedgwood dome, you can be pretty sure the menu is a match for all the visual majesty. Salty prosciutto from Parma, with syrupy cantaloupe, is a classic, and speck from Alto Adige with regional Asiago is a heartier alpine variation on the theme. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Distilled NY

    211 West Broadway

    Tribeca

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    If you’ve ever wondered how fine-dining chefs might interpret bar staples (not to mention brunch), this is the place to feast and find out. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Epistrophy

    200 Mott St.

    Nolita

    $$

    Whether you were just stopping in solo for breakfast, doing a healthy lunch with coworkers, or looking for a place to grab drinks with friends or bring a date after work, this small slice of Sardinia feels welcoming at any time of day. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Fonda

    40 Avenue B

    East Village

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $$

    While it's never been easy to find great Mexican food in New York, Mexico City–born, Paris-trained chef Roberto Santibañez of Fonda works it out. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Le Coq Rico

    30 E. 20th St.

    Flatiron

    Cuisine: French

    $$

    To say chef Antoine Westermann has a pedigree is something of an understatement: He earned three coveted Michelin stars for his Le Buerehiesel in Stasbourg and now helms a mini-empire of restaurants in Paris. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Ofrenda

    113 Seventh Ave. South

    West Village

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $$

    At this warm West Village haunt, owner Jorge Guzman and chef Mario Hernandez make good on the promise of a “gift” inherent in the restaurant’s name. Here, the classic flavors of Mexican cuisine are focused through a lens of refined elegance without losing any of the fiery spice and rustic comfort. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Osteria Morini

    218 Lafayette St.

    Soho

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    When you serve food this good and wrap it in the country finery of a Tuscan farmhouse, you have what some might call an award-winning formula. READ REVIEW


x