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Step­ping into The VNYL, or Vintage New York Life­style, is like tak­ing a step back in time. The ’70s-in­spired club­stau­rant, fea­tur­ing high ceil­ings and huge homages to rock­ers and ac­tors on the walls, has a laid-back and groovy vibe (think wood pan­el­ing, gold rail­ings, Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern fur­ni­ture, and retro light­ing) with­out over­sat­u­rat­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence with kitsch. On the main floor, the res­tau­rant serves up share­able bites, such as bacon quinoa sushi, and per­fectly light drinks, like the Diddy Levine, a vodka cock­tail with cu­cum­ber purée and mint. Take a drink to the up­stairs lounge over­look­ing the din­ing area, or steal into one of sev­eral al­coves for a more in­ti­mate mo­ment. 100 Third Ave., 917-675-7725;


From his first spot, Odeon, Keith Mcnally’s hot­ter-than-hot French restaurants have be­come New York land­marks with near-im­pos­si­ble-toscore reser­va­tions, so it makes sense that his lat­est—which has opened at the Beek­man Ho­tel—is the boîte-tobe-at for French clas­sics and an in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive wine list. 5 Beek­man St., 212-375-0010; au­gusti­


Angie Mar’s reimag­ined ver­sion of this West Vil­lage eatery has de­vel­oped an al­most som­me­lier-like ap­proach to the cuts of meat it of­fers. Tak­ing the reins from Gray­don Carter and main­tain­ing an im­pos­si­bly cool crowd have been a breeze for Mar, who has kept the of­ten-hard-to-find spot packed night af­ter night. 285 W. 12th St., 212-675-2808; the­beat­ri­


A dose of Mediter­ranean cui­sine was deeply needed in the city, and Café Medi serves it up with both small and large plates in a space with Aegeanin­spired mu­rals and a cav­ernous sky­light, giv­ing this Lower East Side res­tau­rant a truly coastal vibe. 107 Riv­ing­ton St.;


The or­ga­niz­ing prin­ci­ple be­hind this resto keeps it in a con­stant state of buzz: Celebrity chefs sub­mit dishes to a menu that changes sea­son­ally, so din­ers can taste Bryce Shu­man’s radic­chio tar­divo, Cur­tis Stone’s charred oc­to­pus, and Eric Ripert’s croque mon­sieur in one sit­ting. The in­dus­trial-chic set­ting was de­signed by Rock­well Group, with a mas­sive, eye-catch­ing rock of salt sus­pended from the ceil­ing. 275 Mul­berry St., 212-941-1100; chef­s­club­


Wolf­gang Puck is off to a stel­lar start with his first res­tau­rant in New York City, housed in­side the hot new Robert A.M. Stern-de­signed Four Sea­sons Down­town. Each cut of meat is pre­sented ta­ble­side, from porter­house to Wagyu, and you’ll find guest af­ter guest snap­ping the pre­sen­ta­tion for In­sta­gram. IN­SIDER TIP: It’s worth ar­riv­ing early to take a look at the ho­tel’s gilded chan­de­liers and photo-wor­thy stair­case. 99 Church St., 646-880-1995; wolf­gang­


The sec­ond it­er­a­tion of the Flat­iron mar­ket and din­ing es­tab­lish­ment, the Fidi lo­ca­tion of­fers plenty of au­then­tic and de­li­cious ex­am­ples of Ital­ian cui­sine, from fresh pasta to oys­ters on the half shell—per­fect for mid­day power lunches and af­ter-work glasses of wine. 101 Lib­erty St., 212-8972895;


Lo­cated in­side the Met Breuer, this seafood-fo­cused res­tau­rant from the team be­hind Estela is as hot as the art on the walls. Its sub­ter­ranean feel makes for the per­fect mod­ern meal af­ter a tour of one of the premier mod­ern art col­lec­tions in New York. 945 Madi­son Ave., 646-558-5383;


Tucked into the Beek­man Ho­tel, Tom Colic­chio’s lat­est res­tau­rant fea­tures a breath­tak­ing stained-glass wall and an Amer­i­can-lean­ing menu. IN­SIDER TIP: Spend the night at the ho­tel up­stairs and have your meal de­liv­ered right to your room! 5 Beek­man St., 212-658-1848;


Trend­ing in New York right now are stylish restaurants in­side ho­tels. This Ital­ian eatery in the ho­tel Inn­side New York of­fers pas­tas and pas­tries in per­fect har­mony from a menu built by world-renowned chef Scott Conant. The ragù is so good—and so in-de­mand—that it’s on the brunch menu, too. 132 W. 27th St., 917-4095171; im­per­orestau­


This bright and airy down­town eatery is new, hot, and hard to get into! The brain­child of two alums of Lon­don’s famed River Café, the res­tau­rant at­tracts a su­per-cool crowd with a seafood-based menu that changes daily and fea­tures rus­tic dishes. 18 King St., 917-825-1618; kingrestau­


The Batali & Bas­tianich team con­tin­ues to drive the pos­si­bil­i­ties of Ital­ian cui­sine in new di­rec­tions. This Miche­lin-starred spot checks a lot of boxes: a myr­iad of pas­tas, a su­per­star wine pro­gram, a last­ing choco­late cop­petta, and the most gor­geous bal­cony over­look­ing Mepa. 88 Ninth Ave., 212-977-6096;


Com­ing off mul­ti­ple rave re­views, Le Coucou has be­come the hottest ticket in town. Re­fined French cui­sine has never been more in vogue than at this Lit­tle Italy out­post from Stephen Starr and Daniel Rose. IN­SIDER TIP: If you can score a post-din­ner ta­ble at the ad­ja­cent club, The Blond, then ku­dos to you! 138 Lafayette St., 212-2714252;


This chic French res­tau­rant on the Lower East Side has be­come a haven for celebri­ties and so­cialites. Taavo Somer of Freemans and Carlos Quirarte of The Smile com­bined forces for the first time, and only ac­co­lades have fol­lowed. IN­SIDER TIP: Although healthy and veg-cen­tric op­tions dot the menu, stay tuned for the swine-and-wine din­ners, which prom­ise to be rowdy and rich! 177 Chrystie St., 646-918-7189; letur­


The reign­ing king of farm-to-ta­ble din­ing, Dan Kluger has fi­nally opened his new res­tau­rant, fea­tur­ing a veg-for­ward menu and cus­tom aprons by friend Todd Sny­der. Kluger’s love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for or­ganic lo­cal fare comes from his days as ex­ec­u­tive chef at ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina. 21 W. Eighth St., 212-3881831; lor­ing­pla­


This sexy French boîte may be mi­nus­cule, but the closely packed ta­bles let you shop your fel­low din­ers’ plates (there is lots of oohing and aahing), and the stylish staff is happy to walk you through the deca­dent and in­no­va­tive bistro menu. The lob­ster with es­car­got but­ter is ev­ery­thing. IN­SIDER TIP: In or­der to give the kitchen time to pre­pare the souf­flé—which is ex­cel­lent, Btw—you have to or­der it at the start of the meal. 185 Sul­li­van St., 212-418-1260;


This In­dian-in­spired, veg­gie-heavy spot was the sleeper hit of 2016, with cre­ative dishes like av­o­cado, mint, and curry dip and rib­bons of ji­cama with Fresno chili and blood or­anges. It’s no sur­prise that the crowd is su­per chic given that the res­tau­rant’s pri­mary in­vestor is Condé Nast alum James Tru­man. 72 Univer­sity Pl., 212-498-9393;


A prom­i­nent stop on the nightlife cir­cuit, Av­enue at­tracts celebs and scen­esters with a sexy set­ting that com­bines over-the-top glam­our (think tufted black-leather ban­quettes and elec­tric can­de­labras) with mas­cu­line wood wain­scot­ing. 116 10th Ave., 212-337-0054; av­enu­e­


This swanky Up­per East Side spot within the Car­lyle Ho­tel fea­tures jazz bands and singers through­out the week (in­clud­ing Woody Allen on the clar­inet!), clas­sic cock­tails mixed with pro pol­ish, and orig­i­nal Made­line wall­pa­per il­lus­tra­tions by the bar’s name­sake. 35 E. 76th St., 212-7441600; rose­wood­ho­


With sub­tle gold and bronze ac­cents that glint al­lur­ingly in the low light, this glam­orous spot in Aby Rosen’s 11 Howard ho­tel quickly emerged last year as the choice for pri­vate events by the likes of Jimmy Choo and the Cin­ema So­ci­ety. 11 Howard St., 212-235-1111;


This West Vil­lage speakeasy was pol­ished up be­fore re­open­ing, and the new gas­tro-chic sur­round­ings get a menu to match from chef Vic­to­ria Blamey. Did New York City need an­other $25 burger? Or­di­nar­ily, we’d say no, but af­ter try­ing Blamey’s mas­ter­piece (topped with bone mar­row and served with a side of twice-blanched French fries), the an­swer is a re­sound­ing yes. 86 Bed­ford St.; chum­


Housed in­side the Edi­tion Ho­tel, the 24k-gold-leaf bar on the sec­ond floor sets the stage for a per­fectly cu­rated craft-cock­tail menu. The cut-crys­tal bar­ware glim­mers along­side a su­per­chic Flat­iron crowd. IN­SIDER TIP: Make a reser­va­tion be­fore or af­ter cock­tails at chef Ja­son Ather­ton’s Bri­tish res­tau­rant in­side the ho­tel and take in the pho­tog­ra­phy-cov­ered ma­hogany walls. 5 Madi­son Ave., 212413-4300; the­clock­tow­


Turn­ing the cor­ner on its 10th birthday, this quiet, darkly lit lounge has grad­u­ated from cool new­comer to stan­dard-bearer of the New York cock­tail re­nais­sance. The ex­pert bar­tenders serve up some of the most exquisitely crafted drinks in the city, and there are just enough de­li­cious snacks on the menu to keep you lin­ger­ing all night long. IN­SIDER TIP: Let the bar­keeps sug­gest a tip­ple from the ex­ten­sive menu based on your pref­er­ences—they won’t steer you wrong. 433 E. Sixth St., 212-3880882; deathand­com­


A leg­end of New York’s high-so­ci­ety king­pins, the King Cole Bar, within the St. Regis ho­tel, of­fers guests lux­ury din­ing and cock­tails. We rec­om­mend the Bloody Mary, or “Red Snap­per”— af­ter all, the bar in­vented this brunch main­stay in the 1930s. 2 E. 55th St., 212-339-6857; streg­is­


Just east of Madi­son Square Park, far away from the din of the nightlife district, Squares takes a cheeky ap­proach to the idea of old so­ci­ety clubs. Tra­di­tional dé­cor, such as stag heads and tro­phies, are flat­tened and pix­e­lated like a throw­back Nin­tendo game, and even the cock­tail bites have been cut into, well, squares. 360 Park Ave. South, 212-481-0187;


This Meat­pack­ing District gamechanger has not one but two nightlife des­ti­na­tions, both with semi-haughty gate­keep­ers at the door. Le Bain is the rooftop bar and club, and the Top of the Stan­dard (for­merly the Boom Boom Room) is the gold-dusted lounge that spe­cial­izes in beau­ti­fully bal­anced retro and mod­ern cock­tails in a set­ting that likes its glam with a side of glitz. IN­SIDER TIP: The Top of the Stan­dard closes to the pub­lic at 9 PM each night (or mid­night from Sun­day through Tues­day), but even early-evening revel­ers should book in ad­vance to get a ta­ble with views of Lower Man­hat­tan and One World Trade Cen­ter. 848 Wash­ing­ton St., 212-645-7600; stan­dard­ho­


This trendy down­town res­tau­rant pairs street art with street food in an el­e­vated set­ting. The tapas-style menu keeps the place buzzy and fun; din­ers snack on New York hot pret­zel steak tartare, banh mi slid­ers, and chicken katsu and waf­fles while tak­ing in eye-pop­ping mu­rals by street artists Hush, Shep­ard Fairey, and Tris­tan Ea­ton. Din­ers can get into mis­chief of their own in the down­stairs lounge. 199 Bow­ery, 212-400-0199; van­dal­

The dé­cor at The VNYL is an homage to the 1970s, but the drinks and bites are ut­terly of-the­mo­ment. aƛoưe ƫight: The Ros­alie is a mez­cal and tequila cock­tail with thyme and rose­mary ac­cents. ƛeƥoư ƫight: The Cookie Dough Spring Rolls get a dust­ing of conf

At Au­gus­tine, Keith Mcnally sticks to bistro fare like duck à l’orange.

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