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Italian. Authentic Milanesestyle dishes, such as homemade pappardelle, osso buco with saffron yellow risotto and grilled Mediterranean sea bass, are served in an inviting space with floor-to- ceiling windows and a comfortable outdoor space. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$ 1350 Sixth Ave., at W. 55th St., 212.757.2600. RAVAGH PERSIAN GRILL Persian. Hummus, baba ghanoush and sizable kabobs spice up the menu at this Iranian grill that also offers Mediterranean favorites like dolmeh (grape leaves stuffed with rice). L& D (daily). $$ 11 E. 30th St., btw Madison & Fifth aves., 212.696.0300; 1135 First Ave., btw E. 62nd & E. 63rd sts., 212.861.7900; 125 First Ave., btw E. 7th & E. 8th sts., 212.335.0207. THE WATER CLUB American. Spectacular views of the East River provide a ro-
mantic atmosphere in which to dine on North American hard-shell lobster, grilled branzino, filet mignon and rack of lamb, among other savory dishes. D ( Tu-Su), Brunch (Su). $$$ 500 E. 30th St., at the East River., 212.683.3333. MIDTOWN EAST+MADISON SQUARE PARK AGERN Danish/ Dutch. This restaurant uses Nordic techniques and flavors in dishes featuring wild and farmed ingredients from New York. Specialties include sablefish, salt and ash baked beetroot and frozen pine soufflé. B& L (M- F), D (nightly). $$$$ Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., btw Park & Vanderbilt aves., 646.568.4018. DAVIO’S Steak House. Since the original location opened in Boston in 1985, this restaurant has set up shop throughout the East Coast, serving Northern Italian dishes from handmade pastas to steak and seafood. B& D (daily), L (M- F). $$$ 447 Lexington Ave., btw E. 44th & E. 45th sts., 212.661.4810. PERSHING SQUARE
American. Nestled underneath the overpass directly across from Grand Central Terminal, this bustling café and bar is known for all- day breakfast (Belgian waffles) and brasserie fare (steamed mussels with Dijon mustard). B,L & D (daily), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 90 E. 42nd St., at Park Ave., 212.286.9600. SOHO+NOLITA BA’AL CAFE AND FALAFEL Middle Eastern. This café makes Middle Eastern fare fresh daily using local and organic ingredients whenever possible. The Ba’al sandwich (hard-boiled egg, hummus, fried eggplant and zucchini, shepherd, salad, tahini) highlights the menu. L& D (M-Sa). $ 71 Sullivan St., btw Broome & Spring sts., 646.368.9957.
ED’S LOBSTER BAR
Seafood. Traditional American seafood dishes such as homemade New England clam chowder are served. The emphasis, of course, is on lobster, which comes in many variations such as lobster meatballs, lobster mac ’n’ cheese, lobster potpie and classic whole lobster. L& D (daily). $$ 222 Lafayette St., at Spring St., 212.343.3236. LADURÉE French. Guests can pick up macarons from the retail counter or indulge in tea service and French- inflected fare in this ornately decorated Parisian-style café. B,L & D (daily). $$$ 398 W. Broadway, btw Broome & Spring sts., 646.392.7868. THEATER DISTRICT+ HELL’S KITCHEN GLASS HOUSE TAVERN American. Dishes such as monkfish piccata and lamb bolognese are popular with theatergoers, while threecourse prix-fixe deals are available during dinner, lunch and brunch. A lively bar scene is assured before evening curtains. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$ 252 W. 47th St., btw 7th & 8th aves., 212.730.4800. GUY’S AMERICAN KITCHEN & BAR American. The bold flavors of TV icon Guy Fieri are on a menu that includes such dishes as buttermilk-brined chicken tenders coated in crunchy, crushed pretzels and creamy mac ‘n’ cheese with chicken, crumbled bacon and scallions. L& D (daily). $$ 220 W. 44th St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 646.532.4897. HB BURGER American. Diners enjoy nine specialty burgers, fries, Southern fried dill pickle spears, house-made sodas, and “the world’s smallest hot fudge sundae.” B& L (daily). $$ 127 W. 43rd St., btw Sixth Ave. & Broadway, 212.575.5848.
HEARTLAND BREWERY & CHOPHOUSE American. Handcrafted beers, house-made sodas and a hearty steakhouse menu, including lobster and shrimp ravioli and free-range mini bison burgers. L& D (daily). $$ 127 W. 43rd St., btw Broadway & Sixth Ave., 646.366.0235; 350 Fifth Ave., at 34th St., 212.563.3433; 625 Eighth Ave., at W. 41st St., 646.214.1000. HOOTERS
American. It’s not just about eats at this casual nationwide chain—it’s about the high-spirited staff. Hooters Girls, known for their cheery personalities, serve up comfort food (chicken wings, ribs, burgers), in a wood-paneled space with a bar and bigscreen TVs. L& D (daily). $$ 155 W. 33rd St., btw Sixth and Seventh aves., 212.695.9580. 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. An all- day menu includes linguine puttanesca and a trio of ravioli. L& D (daily). $$ 236 W. 56th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.247.3491. UTSAV INDIAN BAR & GRILL Indian. There is a cozy bar and outdoor seating on the lower level and, on the upper level, elegant decor and floorto- ceiling windows, where you can enjoy Chef Hari Nayak’s savory Indian flavors with his signature New York twist. L& D (daily). $$$ 1185 Sixth Ave., entrance on W. 46th St., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 212.575.2525. VICTOR’S CAFÉ Cuban. Island classics—ropa vieja (shredded Black Angus steak in a bed of plantains), adobo-marinated prime beef tenderloin over fire-roasted pepper and Creole jumbo shrimp—in a colorful dining room with palm trees. L& D
(daily),236 W. 52nd Brunch St., (Sa btw & BroadwaySu). $$$ & Eighth Ave., 212.586.7714. BÂTARD TRIBECA New taurant American.serves up This inventivefine resModernan elegant European setting. cuisineL(F), D (M-in Sa).N. Moore$$$$ 239St., 212.219.2777.W. Broadway, at Austrian/German.BLAUE GANS Robust hauptspeisen (entrées) from the Danube region include various schnitzels (pork wiener, pork jäger and beef sirloin) and a Viennese beef goulash. L& D (daily). $$$ 139 Duane St., at Hudson St., 212.571.8880. JUNG SIK Modern Korean. French and Spanish influences shape the cutting- edge cooking techniques of Seoul-born Chef Yim Jung Sik. D (M-Sa). $$$$ 2 Harrison St., at Hudson St., 212.219.0900. NOBU NEW YORK Japanese. Renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s crown jewel. Celebrated dishes include yellowtail with jalapeño and black cod with miso in a dining room designed by American architect David Rockwell. L (M- F), D (nightly). $$$ 105 Hudson St., at Franklin St., 212.219.0500. TRIBECA GRILL Contemporary American. This Robert De Niro/Drew Nieporent collaboration offers robust Italian fare. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Su). $$$ 375 Greenwich St., at Franklin St., 212.941.3900 . SAZON
Latin American. At this two-level restaurant, Chef Frank Maldonaldo offers zesty Puerto Rican and Caribbean cuisine, such as beef-stuffed sweet plantains, lobster stew and stuffed roasted Cornish hen with guava sauce. L& D (daily), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$
105 Reade St., btw Church St. & W. Broadway, 212.406.1900. UPPER EAST SIDE+ UPPER WEST SIDE CAFE FIORELLO Italian. Antipasti selections, signature thin- crust pizzas and daily caught seafood are served in a pretty, wood- walled dining room. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$ 1900 Broadway, btw W. 63rd & W. 64th sts., 212.595.5330. LAND THAI KITCHEN Thai. Chef David Bank offers creative, eccentric Thai flavors in an upscale space with reasonable prices. Specialties include jungle curry with steamed tofu and chicken curry puff. Level of heat is denoted by asterisk. L & D ( W- M). $$ 450 Amsterdam Ave., btw W. 81st & W. 82nd sts., 212.501.8121. SUGAR FACTORY Contemporary American. Diners mix savory and sweet at Sugar Factory, where chocolate- covered popcorn waffle cone ice cream shakes can be paired with housemade monster burgers. A sweet cocktail from the huge drinks menu has got to be tried to be believed. B,L & D (daily), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 1991 Broadway, btw. W. 67th & W. 68th sts., 212.414.8700; 835 Washington St., btw Little W. 12th & W. 13th sts., 212.414.8700; 700 Eighth Ave., btw W. 44th & W. 45th sts., 646.954.5411. THE BOROUGHS CHEF’S TABLE AT BROOKLYN FARE Various. Chef Cesar Ramirez presents a new, 20- course tasting menu daily at an intimate, 18-seat counter at this three- Michelin-starred restaurant. Reservations (parties of two or four only) taken at least six weeks in advance. D ( TuesSat); $$$$ 200 Schermerhorn St., btw Hoyt & Bond sts., Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, 718.243.0050.
American. JUNIOR’S The legendary cheesecakemore than 10 bakery creamy offers varieties, sandwiches,as well barbecueas deli and more. B,L & D (daily). $$ 386 Flatbush Ave. Ext., at DeKalb Ave., Downtown Brooklyn, 718.852.5257; W. 45th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212.302.2000. KEUKA KAFE: A WINE BAR Contemporary American. NYC’s only Finger Lakesbased wine bar offers more than 50 wines by the glass. The food menu offers housemade specialties like crab and avocado dip and grilled watermelon salad. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (SaSu). $$ 112- 04 Queens Blvd., at 75th Rd., Forest Hills, Queens, 718.880.1478. MAISON PREMIERE American/Seafood. This old-fashioned oyster bar serves Creole-inspired dishes and is furnished with an absinthe fountain, reminiscent of turn- of-the-last- century New Orleans. D (nightly). 298 Bedford Ave., btw S. 1st & Grand sts., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 347.335.0446. THE RIVER CAFÉ
American. This Michelinstarred DUMBO fixture offers breathtaking panoramic views of the NYC skyline. Wagyu steak tartare and poached Nova Scotia lobster highlight the menu. Jackets required after 4 pm; ties preferred. B (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$$ 1 Water St., at Old Fulton St., DUMBO, Brooklyn. 718.522.5200. VESTA Italian. Special dishes vary on a daily basis, complementing a menu offering meatballs braised in serrano chili- sparked tomato sauce and beef and veal lasagna. D (nightly), brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 21- 02 30th Ave., btw 21st & 23rd sts., Astoria, Queens. 718.545.5550.