THEATER DISTRICT+ HELL’S KITCHEN
Contemporary American. An eclectic food menu— chicken livers with black pepper mayo; fried green bananas; Carolina white shrimp on a stick—in a 1970s-themed lounge with a raw bar and burlesque performances. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). 511 Ninth Ave., btw W. 38th & W. 39th sts., 212.967.1985.
PATSY’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Italian. Open since 1944, this friendly family-run restaurant, a favorite of the late Frank Sinatra, specializes in authentic Neapolitan cuisine. L & D (daily). 236 W. 56th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.247.3491.
Russian. Inside a charming banquette-lined main room hosting regular live piano music during dinner service, diners take in traditional comfort food—borscht with sour cream, pelmeni—and the hideaway’s famed flavored vodkas. Keep your eyes peeled for pro Russian hockey player sightings. L ( Tu-Sa), D (nightly). 256 W. 52nd St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.757.0168.
Japanese. More than 20 cuts of raw fish—at the bar as part of a mini or full omakase, or during dinner service. D (MSa). 365 W. 46th St., btw Eighth & Ninth aves., 212.262.8880; and two other NYC locations.