FOOD AND DRINK
Which New York Restaurants Give You the Greatest Wow Factor?
Here's how to enjoy the finest of New York's dining.
Sometimes money is no object. Whether the goal is to make a major impression or the occasion calls for the sublime, breaking the bank in the name of a true dining experience is sometimes worth it. So when looking to go big, these – the inimitably finest, and exceedingly delicious, of fine dining restaurants – will fit the bill.
Situated in the heart of Midtown, Le Bernadin is among the most highly rated restaurant in all of New York, holding four stars from the New York Times since 1986 and three Michelin stars. Such accolades are on account of the fish, of course. Under the direction of executive chef Eric Ripert (and Anthony Bourdain’s regular on-screen chef companion), who has led the kitchen of this 28-year-old restaurant for the past 18 years, perfect seafood is the house’s mainstay. A recent renovation has traded some of the room’s classic Frenchness for New York swank, but the food remains impeccable. Standout dishes from the the $120 prix-fixe include sautéed black bass with pomegranate, lime and black garlic, and steamed halibut with beet sauce and crème fraîche. Ripert’s signature tuna-and-foie-gras is always a winner, as is his truffled lobster en brioche – dubbed by some as the most decadently delicious lobster roll in the city.
155 West 51st Street, 212-554-1515
With a global 27-restaurant empire (12 of those in New York alone) Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of the world’s most famous chefs, known for as much for his inventiveness as his ability to craft enduring dishes. And it’s at his luxe, eponymous dining room that he shows off this skill to the highest degree. Tasting menus range from $128 to $208 (the latter for the Jean-Georges menu) and include longstanding delights such as sea urchin, or the lobster tartine seasoned with fenugreek and lemongrass, or the scallops with caramelized cauliflower. Served in a pristine room with grand windows, pillowy chairs and a view of Columbus Circle, the experience of Jean-Georges is that of unparalleled elegance.
1 Central Park West, 212-299-3900
Amid neoclassical colonnade frames and under perfectly dim lighting, chef Daniel Boulud has been treating New York diners to a first-class experience for 20 years. Seasonal, contemporary French dishes such as the duck terrine, black sea bass, squab and duo of beef delight and are available through a three-course dinner ($108), or six- or eight-course tasting menus ($195 and $220, respectively). For a more informal experience, try the Bar & Lounge for à la carte dining, late-night desserts, and fantastic cocktails.
60 East 65th Street, 212-288-0033
Nobu Fifty Seven
In a grand dining room covered by wavelike chandeliers, touched by gnarled-wood accents, and with architectural elements evoking a distinct aquatic vibe, chef Nobu Matsuhisa serves some of the city’s best sushi at Nobu 57. An outpost of his longstanding TriBeCa home, Nobu, the 57th St location is among the city’s best places to eat, one of only six New York establishments bearing three Michelin stars. Among the go to dishes: Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño; lobster ceviche; rock shrimp tempura in spicy mayonnaise; grilled baby squid; black cod; tuna collar with wasabi pepper sauce; soft shell crab roll; and a white peach purée with peanut crumble for dessert.
40 W. 57th St., 212-757-3000