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Favorite New York Restaurants

New York guidebooks list so many restaurants it's almost impossible to know where to begin. I've been to many restaurants in New York, but listed only my top ten favorites below - the places I feel compelled to visit time after time because the food is so good and the scene is great. 

Updated December 2005


Daniel: 60 East 65th St (Midtown)
One of the fanciest restaurants in town serving modern French food.  Both the service and food are impeccable.  Daniel sells his own Caviar and Smoked Salmon.  One of the finest wine cellars in town.

Danube: 30 Hudson St @ Duane (Tribeca)
Austrian and modern seasonal fare.  Order the slow smoked salmon 24 hours in advance.  Wine parings, especially with the tasting menus are excellent.

Asiate:  80 Columbus Circle @ 60th (Midtown)
Asiate is the hottest table in town right now.  If you're lucky enough to score a reservation (call one month in advance), you'll travel up to the 35th floor where you'll enjoy a spectacular view and food that's both new and deeply respectful of it's Japanese roots.  Duck Confit in Peking Duck broth was especially delicious.


Honmura An: 170 Mercer Street (212) 334-5253  (Soho)
A Japanese oasis in the middle of NY specializing in homemade soba noodles and also offering a small selection of sushi.

Blue Ribbon: 97 Sullivan St (212) 334-5253  (Soho)
Simple good food.  Chef's hangout after midnight!  The Raw bar is a special feature, but everything is delicious.  Open to 4am

Balthazar: 80 Spring St (212) 965-1414 (Soho)
Beautiful brunches and dinners in a relaxed environment that seems to draw everyone who is anyone in NY.  The food is comforting French bistro style fare with every dish executed perfectly.  For a quick bite, the bakery next door is a great stop.  Star sightings


Barney Greengrass: 541 Amsterdam Ave (212) 724-4707  (Upper West Side)
Worth the trek up to the upper west side. Possibly the best smoked salmon you will ever taste.  Bagels are among the best in the city.

Tia Pol 205 Tenth Ave. (Chelsea) between 22nd and 23rd Sts
Hands down the best tapas this side of the Atlantic.  This small Chelsea restaurant is a great place to stop in for a bite while you're browsing the galleries.  Don't be afraid to try the chorizo with chocolate... it's magical.  This is a great place to stop in if you need a bite before catching your cruise boat.
Totonnos (Coney Island)
: 1524 Neptune Avenue (Coney Island)
By far the best pizza in NY - a recipe perfected over generations

Katz Deli: 205 E Houston St (212) 254-2246  (Lower East Side)
Skip Carnegie and Stage - and head to LES for the real thing.  The pastrami glistens when cut.

City Bakery: 3 W 18th St (212) 366-1414 (Midtown)
A perfect place to grab breakfast, lunch or a snack.  Creative sandwiches, salads and cookies. Everything is self serve.  which makes it quick and easy to grab a bite.

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Questions and Answers

How close is Greewich Village to Park Central NY Hotel?

It's a 15-minute cab ride (assuming no traffic) or a 20 minute subway ride.

Does Robert de Niro own Layla Restaurant and is this still open? If not does anyone know what restuarant he does own or where I would be most likely to spot him on a trip to New York? Thanks.

Layla has closed. A popular Robert de Niro owned restaurant is Nobu. The Tribeca Grill serves as a permanent gallery for the artwork of Robert de Niro's father.

We have tickets to a matinee on Broadway on Christmas Eve for 5 children and 4 adults. We would like to go out for dinner after the play. Any suggestions for something different? Anyone having a special dinner that would be enjoyed by families? Thank you!!

You don\'t say how old your children are, but if they\'d enjoy a fancy restaurant, you could try DB. They have a very famous hamburger & the best french fries ever. For more family friendly recommendations, visit

We have 2 Adult tickets to a matinee on Broadway on Dec 16th. We would like to see Rockerfellar Center then go on to the play. Any suggestions for a resturant to have lunch?

DB is close to theatres and delicious.

Wich is the best japanese restaurante for japanese in west side? Some place near 78th St,and Columbus Ave?

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