It’s time to get back to the good stuff: eating, of course. Let’s come together and grab seats around the dinner table. Your top ten (plus one bonus) is up, because you are where you eat.
Because Keith McNally is certainly bringing it with his newest NYC restaurant. This brasserie-style spot – open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – has a menu of French classics and lighter style dishes, with a special focus on the Rotisserie and Grillades section of meats, fish and poultry. // Financial District. (347) 705-8100.
2/Sunday in Brooklyn
Because Sunday serves up fine dining in a casual setting. Expect garden dining, an in-house bread and pastry operation, and a marketplace (coming soon). Three-floors plus a low-waste ethos equals an ambitious Brooklyn project. Must try’s are the fried sourdough and the smoked chocolate sorbet with peanut butter ice cream. // Williamsburg. Book now at Sunday in Brooklyn.
Because this neighborhood corner digs serves up seasonal, simple food with Southern French and Italian influences. The menu changes daily, but the meal is always the same: comfortable and seasonal plates for every day indulgence. // SoHo. Book now at King.
Because go and celebrate regional bites from Northern Italy and Southern France. It’s new; it’s hot; and you need to order the mortadella, Becker’s Lane Organic pork chops, and the Ile Flottante. // Flatiron. Book now at Italienne.
Because you have been waiting for this West Coast omakase situation to finally make its way to NYC. Self-described as a “different kind of sushi dining experience,” Sugarfish serves only the highest quality of traditional sushi, Chef Nozawa style. // Flatiron. (347) 705-8100.
Because comfort food is always needed, and here’s your go-to in Tribeca. Craving New England clam chowder? Yves is serving theirs with potato gnocchi, littleneck clams, bacon planquette, celery fondue, whole clams, and black pepper. // Tribeca. Book now a Yves.
Because Chef Floyd Cardoz continues to rock Spring Street in a good way. And that Kulfi? Pao. // SoHo. Book now at Paowalla.
Because Chumley’s is back, and it’s still not easy to find. Redeemed as “safe” and “usable” (formerly deemed “unsafe” and “unusable”) this building is open, and so is this speakeasy. Get your bone marrow burger here. // West Village. (646) 895-9813.
9/Cannibal Liquor House
Because Chef Francis Derby’s Cannibal Beer & Butcher spinoff focuses on cocktails and spirits. As the name suggests, it’s a liquor house, so expect a cocktail lounge with bar snacks. Say hello to rib steak with Caesar salad. // Murray Hill. Book now at Cannibal Liquor House.
Because walk down the stairs at the Met Breuer museum and find delicious coffee, to-go salads, and a lot of raw options. Or, go for the potato croquettes: comfort wrapped up in a warm, crispy on the outside, smooth on the inside ball. // UES. Book now at Flora Bar.
Because low-key Nordic eats in the East Village. Chef Gabriel Hedlund serves up dishes like rehydrated beets with blackberry, pine, and cottage cheese, and lamb tartar with buckwheat, chives, and capers. // East Village. Book now at N’eat.