Contemporary American. It’s not just about the eats at this casual national chain—it’s about the high-spirited staff. Hooters Girls, known for their cheery personalities, serve up comfort food (several varieties of chicken wings, ribs and burgers), in a wood-paneled space with a bar and bigscreen TVs. L& D (daily). $$ 155 W. 33rd St., btw Sixth and Seventh aves., 212.695.9580.
American. House-baked pastries are offered alongside deviled eggs and griddled Berkshire pork terrine Benedict for breakfast and brunch, while Jams chicken— Executive Chef Jonathan Wexler’s signature dish—is served for dinner, among other specialties like house-
made lamb sausage. A short but serious beverage menu offers French and American wines by the glass. B& L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$ 1414 Sixth Ave., btw W. 57th & W. 58th sts., 212.703.2007. LA BONNE SOUP French.
Classic French cuisine offerings, such as quiche with ham and cheese, escargot de Bourgogne and a chef’s salad that includes ham, turkey, Swiss cheese, eggs and black olives. An entirely Burgundybased wine list offers reds and whites by the bottle, as well as a sparkling brut by the glass. L& D (M- F), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 48 W. 55th St., btw Fifth and Sixth aves., 212.586.7650.