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1. Eli's Table1413 3rd Ave, New York
2. Bara58 E 1st St, New York
3. Via Carota51 Grove St, New York
4. Le Fond105 Norman Ave, Brooklyn
5. Cafe Clover10 Downing St, New York
6. Bowery Meat Company9 E 1st St, New York
7. Park Avenue Autumn/Winter/Spring/Summer360 Park Ave S, New York
8. The Upsider1004 2nd Ave, New York
9. North End Grill104 N End Ave, New York
10. King Bee424 E 9th St, New York
You’ll probably need a date to enjoy the ribeye at this quiet, much-needed Upper East Side joint from culinary patriarch, Eli Zabar. Here, Chef John Carr works with meat sourced right from Eli’s Market next door, and also serves up addictive, hand-cut pommes frites.
Noodles and duck meatballs, sushi and steak, and sake and wine all come together in this Japanese/French, izakaya/wine bar mashup in the East Village.
This bustling spot from Rita Sodi and Jody Williams is stocked with a grip of top-notch Italian eats, including meats and cheeses, crostini topped with salt cod or white truffle butter, gnocchi, and a fried rabbit with rosemary and garlic.
Cozy and decked out in wood, Chef/owner Jake Eberle’s modern French bistro hits all the right rustic notes (like his duck/pork belly/garlic sausage cassoulet), but the Creekstone Farms hanger steak -- with cubes of potatoes, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, and wilted spinach -- hits all of the right rustic and NOT-rustic notes , too.
Focused on health and ALSO being delicious, this corner joint worked with a nutritionist to create dishes like cauliflower “steak” with romesco and veggie chutney, roasted oyster with truffle and pickled shallot, and actual, no-air-quotes-necessary steak, with Brussels sprouts and olive oil potato puree.
From Chef Josh Capon and the group behind Lure, Burger & Barrel, and El Toro Blanco, this glitzy modern steakhouse in the East Village takes traditional steak and chops up a notch. The menu offers a nice mix of usual steakhouse mains (the meat comes from butcher Pat LaFrieda) and next-level starters and sides (patatas bravas, crispy polenta, salmon sashimi, to name a few), with pasta dishes and oysters rounding out the sophisticated menu.
No two dining experiences at Park Avenue are ever alike, because the menu and interior change with every season. Locals enjoy stopping by throughout the year to taste inspiring new breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch dishes in a redesigned space, but the main draw is the California-style burger (served two to an order!), which is thankfully available all year.
With a large quartz bar, bright-blue accents, leather bar stools, and plenty of light, this ‘60s-inspired bar is Instagram gold. On weekdays it caters to an after-work crowd and there's a 40-seat street patio for weekend brunch. With top-notch American fare and a selection of reasonably-priced bar snacks, it's a great place to take your cocktails to a table and settle in for a while.
At this largely pescatarian bar & grill, the walls & bar are covered in rough, black-stained fence wood from Wisco, tightly packed rows of giant, saucer-like fixtures hang from a pipe-lined ceiling, stools line the chef's counter overlooking the open kitchen, and the dining room is accessed via a walkway lined with prep stations for pastries, coffee, and fish.
This rustic, homey, Acadian-inspired spot is flexing its Louisiana French Canadian muscles with eats like pork cracklings with cane caramel and malt vinegar powder, Gulf shrimp barbecue, and a ribeye with beef vinaigrette and fried garlic potatoes.