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Named for the exclusive “40/40 club” in baseball – a subset of players who hit 40 runs and steal 40 bases in a season – this famed Flatiron hotspot plays host to sports fans wishing to replicate the excitement of courtside seats, with the added benefit of great company, delicious food, and an opulent lounge setting. Book now at 40/40 Club.
Aria West Village
With James Beard Award-winning chef Roberto Passon at the helm, Aria is a local taverna that serves rustic Italian fare to perfection – and boasts an extensive wine list to match. Book now at Aria.
Baz Bagel & Restaurant
Enjoy hand-rolled bagels, homemade cream cheese, and lox at this quaint Little Italy cafe. More than just a grab-and-go breakfast spot, Baz tempts you to stick around for the milkshakes, Challah grilled cheese, and matzoh ball soup. Book now at Baz Bagel & Restaurant.
After stints at Daniel, Per Se, and, most recently, Rotisserie Georgette, Chef Chad Brauze uses his career-long relationships with farmers and artisans to create a truly seasonal menu at Bevy. With a focus on grilled fish, meats, and fresh vegetables, the menu is rustic, yet refined, and puts the ingredients front and center. Order items off the “roots, shoots and leaves” menu to share. Book now at Bevy.
At this farm-to-table West Village eatery, ingredients are “grown to order” with food sourced fresh from the restaurant’s Catskills farm. The cauliflower cacio e pepe is an indulgence you don’t even have to feel bad about. Book now at Blenheim.
Corkbuzz Wine Studio
Recently nominated for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program, this quaint wine bar caters to the wine novice–with recreational wine classes–as well as wine lovers, sommeliers, and diners. Enjoy tintos and tapas with friends, or a romantic dinner for two with wine pairings by a master sommelier. Book now at Corkbuzz Wine Studio.
Her Name is Han
Creating a “home away from home” for Koreans living in New York City, this Murray Hill outpost proudly prepares its “Korean soul food” using only traditional recipes and ingredients. Book now at Her Name is Han.
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The joint venture of Henry Rich and Argentinean chef Norberto Piattoni (of San Francisco’s Bar Tartine), brings storied Argentine methods of open-fire cooking to Fort Greene, Brooklyn. The spacious dining room also accommodates a 7-seat chef’s counter, for those wishing to witness the char-grilling magic up close. Book now at Metta.
From the team behind the beloved Chelsea eatery, The Commons, Motel Morris is a stylish, retro-inspired neighborhood restaurant on the same block. Chef Bill McDaniel, formerly of Red Cat and Mermaid Inn, is at the helm, serving up fun interpretations of American comfort food. Try the chicken fried pork chop and lobster pierogies, and be sure to nab an artisanal cocktail and onion ring-topped burger. Book now at Motel Morris.
Olmsted’s backyard garden. Photo Credit: Evan Sung for The New York Times
In Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, Olmsted– a joint venture of two former Blue Hill and Atera alums – is a culinary darling. The exquisite menu features local and seasonal ingredients (some of which are grown on-site); the innovative space boasts a backyard garden, where guests can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and post-dinner desserts. The latter is not to be missed – the s’mores and frozen yogurt with lavender are bona fide sensations. Book now at Olmsted.
Nab authentic Chinese comfort food in the heart of SoHo. With an all-star lineup that includes Charlie Chen, a former executive chef at Din Tai Fung, and general manager and wine director, Miguel De Leon, formerly of Chez Panisse, Per Se, and Momofuku, this seasoned team leaves little to be desired. Soup dumplings are the specialty; try them all. Book now at Pinch Chinese.
This Williamsburg gem is set in the charming first level of the Wythe Hotel. Enjoy a daily, locally sourced, seasonal menu with house-butchered meats and dishes prepared on the wood burning grill. Book now at Reynard.
The Brooklyn neighborhood staple – which has built up a loyal following of revelers willing to queue for its daily Italian menu – now accepts reservations. With an extensive list of spirits and wines to choose from, you can’t go wrong with indulging in a delicious aperitivo or dinner. Book now at Roman’s.
Billed as a “sustainable fine dining” restaurant, Rouge Tomate’s new Chelsea location is a redux of its original UES location (delicious food and extensive wine list intact). The menu is vegetable-forward and seasonal, while the expansive wine list includes 1,500 varieties of wine from around the world, the majority of which are organic or biodynamic. Book now at Rouge Tomate.
Smorgas Chef Park Ave
In a tribute to the hallmarks of Scandinavian cooking – food is sourced locally (and sustainably) and prepared with all-natural ingredients – Smorgas receives its food fresh from its Catskills farm. Thanks to the open kitchen format, diners can watch the exquisite menu preparations come to life. Don’t miss the Swedish meatballs, a combination of grass-fed beef and pork, and served with lingonberries and mashed potatoes. Book now at Smorgas Chef Park Ave.
Located on Hoboken’s historic Washington Street, Sorellina boasts a seasonal, family-style menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. The original 1930’s bar is the centerpiece of this wine bar & restaurant, where traditional preparations are infused with modern accents. Stop in for an aperitivo and a craft cocktail, or a hearty dinner paired with a dynamic Italian wine. Book now at Sorellina.
The Wooly Public
Step back in time at this swanky and eclectic FiDi stomping ground, located in the iconic Woolworth Building. Artwork adorns the walls, and tabletops are printed with vintage board games. Nosh on Peking duck tots and order a drink off the “Old Souls” menu – a collection of lesser-known classics developed by a Death & Co. veteran. Book now at The Wooly Public.
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You haven’t tasted Thai food until you’ve tried the offerings at Michelin-starred Thai eatery, Kin Khao. In lieu of pad thai and chicken skewers, this Union Square staple presents creative and artful dishes like Yaowaraj noodles, Bangkok Chinatown stir-fried rice noodles, and Khao mun gai–chicken fat rice. Book now at Kin Khao.
Tuck into the Wayfare Tavern’s newly-minted sky view bar for cocktails and light bites. The grand space includes cocktail and food menus, complete with a raw bar, burger, and famed fried chicken– perfectly moist and crisp, it was voted some of the best in America by Food & Wine. Book now at The Sequoia.
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The accolades at this cherished fine dining establishment need no introduction: two James Beard nominations and a longstanding Grand Award by Wine Spectator. But that’s not all. The contemporary space – which features sprawling views of Seattle – invites diners to enjoy a 4-course tasting menu in the dining room, and delicious cocktails and light bites –accompanied by live piano – in the bar area. Food is sourced locally and responsibly, putting the best possible ingredients on full display in each dish. Book now at Canlis.
This gastro eatery exquisitely combines French cooking techniques with Japanese ingredients for a harmonious (and delicious!) culinary mash-up. Among the menu highlights, the pièce de résistance is Iconiq’s foie gras risotto. Arrive early and grab a drink at the bar– it boasts a lovely view of downtown Seattle and the Puget Sound. Book now at Iconiq.
Consider this spot your neighborhood hideaway turned up a notch. Enjoy a lively atmosphere and delicious food that rivals the craft brew offerings – a selection of Trappist ales, ciders, and craft cocktails, as well as 16 beers on tap. For dinner, don’t miss the roasted bone marrow, fish and chips, or steak frites. Book now at Quinn’s Pub.
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Enjoy refined lowcountry cuisine at a Victorian mansion in Charleston’s historic King Street neighborhood. Pull up a porch seat and relax with a glass of wine and crab toast with caviar(!), or opt for a romantic dinner in the dining room of this charming Queen Street outpost. Book now at Poogan’s Porch.
Sorghum & Salt
Equipped with a chef’s counter and a 40-seat dining room, the former Two Boroughs Larder space has been revamped with Chef Tres Jackson’s latest eatery. The vegetable-forward menu includes delightful combinations, like the root vegetable bolognese, which is served with ricotta gnocchi and crème fraîche. Best of all, the menu changes almost daily. Book now at Sorghum & Salt.
Chef Brannon Florie imparts a lowcountry twist on his New American eatery, The Granary. Southern staples, like smoked barbecue-spiced pork chop, and Shem Creek shrimp and grits, are sourced with local, seasonal ingredients– and always done right. Book now at The Granary.
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This diner-style French bistro is Philip Speer’s answer to well-prepared everyday cooking. Among the highlights–which are bound to be sensations–are the pommes rosti (topped with scrambled eggs and bacon, or crème fraîche and caviar) and banana split profiteroles. Book now at Bonhomie.
Salt & Time Butcher Shop
There’s something for everyone at this artisanal butcher shop, salumeria, and full-service restaurant (read: a meat-lover’s dream). Best of all? Try the unique preparations on-site and then get the goods to go. Book now at Salt & Time.
Say hello to a neighborhood restaurant that dishes out mouth-watering Southwestern bites, like iron skillet jalapeño cornbread and house-roasted rotisserie chicken. Complete the meal with a Marg for good measure. Book now at Bandera Brentwood.
North Pacific oysters are shucked to order and fish is served fresh at this seafood mecca. Looking to sweeten the deal with a surf-and-turf? Opt for “The Duke” – a USDA Prime Filet Mignon. Book now at Gulfstream Newport.
The Local Peasant Woodland Hills and Sherman Oaks
Two locations, one amazing American bistro & pub. The Local Peasant is the brainchild of the team behind Black Market Liquor Bar and Scopa Italian Roots. Enjoy comfort food specialties, craft beers, wine, and cocktails. And don’t miss the Buffalo chicken fries. Book now at The Local Peasant Woodland Hills and Sherman Oaks.
As the name suggests, Arson’s char-grilled preparations pack a flavorful punch, bringing the storied methods of Spain and Latin America to Miami. Go ahead – devour a steak that’s prepared on their Josper Grill (with natural wood charcoals). Book now at Arson.
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R+D Kitchen Yountville
Take advantage of the picturesque Napa scene, and retreat to the outdoor seating area – equipped with Adirondack chairs and a cozy fire pit, for snacks and light bites. Inside, enjoy an array of nouveau American staples, including roasted chicken, flat iron steak, an array of salads, and fresh sushi. Book now at R+D Kitchen Yountville.
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Bar Deco, a hotspot inspired by the Art Deco period, serves next-level food and drink by mixing traditional preparation with globally-inspired flavors. Retreat to the rooftop on starry nights – or anytime, really. Book now at Bar Deco.
Civil Cigar Lounge
This one-of-a-kind cigar lounge and small-plate eatery pairs artisanal beverages with coveted cigars from around the world. Brought to you by the team behind W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist, Civil Lounge is located in the Chevy Chase Pavilion. Book now at Civil Cigar Lounge.
In the spirit of Old World Jewish kitchens and the District Grocery Stores of yesteryear, DGS Delicatessen brines, cures, smokes, and pickles everything that’s served in-house. Looking for an eight-day house-cured pastrami or duck fat matzoh balls? You’re in luck– Chef Brian Robinson shows what DGS’s are all about. Book now at DGS Delicatessen.
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