Mission Chinese Food
Mission Chinese was a critic darling after a crazy popular first restaurant in Portland, Oregon. It came to New York and had some let’s just say hiccups with the health inspector. Don’t let that turn you off though, it’s moved locations, revamped itself and includes an awesome wood-fired pizza oven. The décor is classy Chinese from the 1950s and the menu is unique, Schezuan and just really delicious. When you go, don’t forget to get the salt-cod fried rice or the thrice-cooked bacon. Make sure you can handle some spice; chances are you won’t be able to feel your lips when you leave.
Walking through the crowds in Soho past the shops on Broadway you can’t miss the red awning. This restaurant is always packed, usually full of tourists and the occasional celebrity sighting. While you wait for your name to be called you can go next door to their bakery and grab a delicious pastry. Steak frites and classic French dishes in a big open room will mirror glass instantly transports you to the 3rd arrondissement. Maybe try to make a reservation first.
Another Soho spot, Lure Fishbar is relatively new but always on the list of “hottest” places to eat. You walk down into what looks like the inside of a boat. Wood paneled floors, ceilings and nautical circular windows line the walls. They also have an insane raw bar and seafood tower that might make you cringe when you get the bill but it’s perfect to split with friends. The restaurant serves classic American dishes like steak, lobster rolls and burgers, it’s worth a visit.
This new French bistrot in an open, airy setting downtown is one of the hardest reservation to get in New York. Opening a few months ago to a lot of buzz and praise, it’s a place that the “Sex and The City” foursome would talk about. Old-school French dishes like veal tongue, sweetbreads and foie gras can be sampled underneath stunning chandeliers, if you can even get in.
This place has long been a must-visit restaurant in New York. Its menu is full of farm-to-table, recipes like pork loin and flounder. While it’s not exactly in my price-range, the wooden beams and romantic lighting make for a perfect anniversary dinner or a fancy night out with the girls.
If you’re looking for old school New York Italian in Manhattan this is the place to go. Booked up a month in advance, it’s worth it for the mozzarella and prosciutto alone. Did I mention the lobster ravioli yet? The narrow dining room, tiled floors and waiters in bow ties just add to the authentic experience. Again, a perfect, intimate spot for a dinner for two.
Anywhere President Obama goes to eat, is probably a safe bet. This all day Italian eatery has everything from pizza to pasta to meats and vegetables. It’s wrap around booths, glass jars lining the walls and three story bar make the space a total stunner. Plus, their extensive wine list makes it a perfect place to go for pre-club cocktails.
Le Coq Rico
They say there are more French restaurants in New York than Paris. Maybe that was just a Snapple fact. Le Coq Rico’s sleek white dining room with the occasional bird painting serves delicious French food. Known as a bistrot of beautiful birds, this restaurant certainly highlights the chicken. From rotisseries to foies and terrines, it’s rich, saucy and delicious.
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