Upscale Dining

New York has world-famous restaurants. Splurge and enjoy yourself!

All restaurant information is taken from citysearch.com, zagats.com, and hipguide.com. These are all 4 star, $$$-$$$$ (pricing ranges from moderate to very expensive) rated establishments. It is HIGHLY recommended that you make restaurant reservations well in advance.

Buddakan
75 9th Ave
Chelsea
Phone: (212) 989-6699
Directions: A, C, E; 1,2,3 at 14th St; L at 8th Ave
Features an impressive modern Asian menu that plays second fiddle to the glitzy setting, replete with incredible chandeliers and soaring ceilings; it's a NY must for the young and hip. buddakannyc.com

Craft
43 E 19th St
Flat Iron District
Phone: (212) 780-0880
Directions: N, R, W, Q, L or 4,5,6 to 14th St / Union Square
A minimalist star in the NYC firmament, Top Chef Tom Colicchio's upscale, not uptight, Flatiron New American proffers pure, clean flavors via build-your-own menus crafted with impeccable ingredients accompanied with smooth service. craftrestaurant.com

Del Posto
85 10th Ave
Chelsea
Phone: (212) 497-8090
Directions: A, C, E at 14th St; L at 8th Ave
A large-scale sensory experience from the Batali-Bastianich team, this Way West Chelsea haute Italian wows with delectable cuisine and an off-the-charts wine list presented in a lavish, marble-and-mahogany room recalling a majestic palazzo. delposto.com

Garage Restaurant and Café
99 7th Ave S
East Village
Phone: (212) 645-0600
Directions: 1, 9 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.
What used to be a garage in the '20s is now a casual American restaurant famous for its live free jazz and late night meals. Out-of-towners and locals alike dive into the a la carte dinners and weekend prix fixes while watching the show. garagerest.com

Lupa
170 Thompson St.
Greenwich Village
Phone: (212) 982-5089
Directions: 1, 2 at Houston St; N, R at Prince St "Could eat here every day" gush the legions of fans who love this casual, quartino-size Village member of the Batali-Bastianich-Denton empire offering its stunning rustic Roman fare and fantastic wines at tremendous-value prices. luparestaurant.com

Pastis
9 9th Ave
Meatpacking District
Phone: (212) 929-4844
Directions: A, C, E; L at 14th St-8th Ave
Worth all the fanfare, Keith McNally's buzzing Meatpacking District bistro is still the place to be for delish French food and a front-row seat at a fabulous, all-hours scene. For a Parisian fix, nobody does it better. pastisny.com

Per Se
10 Columbus Cir, 4th Fl
West 60's
Phone: (212) 823-9335
Directions: 1, 2, 3; A, C; B, D at 59th St-Columbus Cir
Voted No. 1 for Food and Service in NYC—Thomas Keller's French-New American paragon presents an unforgettable experience via prix fixe spreads in world-class surroundings with majestic Central Park and Columbus Circle views; you're in for the treat of your life. Jacket required. perseny.com

Serendipity
225 E 60th Street
Upper East Side
Phone: (212) 838-3531
Directions: 4, 5, 6 at 59th St; N, R, W at Lexington Ave-59th St
The restaurant is primarily a dessert spot, but the food, which is served in portions as generous as the desserts, is simple and tasty, from soups, salads, crepes and pasta to hot dogs and burgers. The real star remains dessert--sublime, sinful and massive. serendipity3.com

Son Cubano
405 W 14th St
Meatpacking District
Phone: (212) 366-1640
Directions: A, C, E; L at 14th St-8th Ave
At this happening Meatpacking District location, you feel like you're in 1940s Havana as you down incredible drinks and authentic fare; it's always a good time, though it's hard to comprende your companions when the live music cranks up.

 

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