Downtown Financial District
New York is a city of rich history, and its districts are no exception. Situated in the iconic and historic Financial District of Lower Manhattan, Harry’s flagship has provided Wall Street a trusted venue since 1972.
The elegant space welcomes guests with furnishings clothed in royal red velvet, sleek floors, and a neon element that serves as a feature in the space. The entire room screams gold and opulence, like somewhere you would expect to see Gatsby dining. Harry’s is often replete with business men and women partaking in work meeting over a hearty steak or colleagues enjoying an after-work drink.
Dinner features intricate appetizers such as blue point oysters, little neck clams, salmon tartar, foie gras terrine, and hand-cut steak tartare. For the main course, enjoy a filet mignon or filet on the bone from the steak and chops section or pastas from squid ink linguine or rigatoni. Entrees include roasted chicken, curried lamb stew, Kobe burger, king salmon or wild striped bass with sesame broccolini.
As an establishment held at a high standard, the drinks are no exception. Seasonal cocktails include the classics like a gin and tonic or Paloma Royal, while the beer selection represents everything from IPA to lagers from all over the world. The wine selection spans further with Chandon from France, Malbec from Argentina and whites from California to Germany.
1 Hanover Square NYC, (212) 785-9200
Sugar Momma NYC
Housed inside a coffee shop called Hole in the Wall, Sugar Momma is FiDi’s newest secret dining and cocktail destination. After work is the new after hours at Sugar Momma, which embodies New York’s work-hard, play-hard mentality. The glow of red lights and classic movies projected on the walls, create the tone for this intimate “reverse-speakeasy,” which is cheeky, irreverent, and playful. The ambiance, paired with the food and drink options, creates an all-inclusive experience for the senses. Australian and Southeast Asian-inspired dishes showcase Sugar Momma’s versatility, bringing something to the table for everyone, while the soundtrack to the sexy space is 90’s Hip Hop.
Executive Chef Brent Hudson’s menu includes small plates like Crispy Pork (soy caramel, sourapple, pickled herbs & cashews), a Shrimp and Crab Cracker, Burrata with shaved melon and prosciutto and East Coast Oysters. Larger dishes bring an eclectic mix of flavors, from a signature Truffle Beef and ‘Shroom Burger, to Grass-Fed Wagyu Rib Eye and Satay Curry Chicken. You’ll even have the option to Roll Your Own Brisket Tacos, which are slow-braised in a spicy Adobo sauce, served with corn & black bean salsa, smashed avocado, and cultured cream.
Lead mixologist Ryan Byrnes is responsible for ‘The Good Stuff’ portion of the menu, with 11 signature cocktails to choose from like the Smoke’n (Mezcal, grapefruit syrup, lime, simple syrup, hot sauce and soda) and the Sweet n’ Sour (whiskey, maple syrup, lemon and egg white). If you’re feeling adventurous, a must order is the Momma’s Martini (Vodka, Passionfruit, Raspberries & Prosecco), which comes with a sugar cube soaked in Passoa that gets lit on fire right before heading to your table. Sugar Momma also has wines by the glass and bottle, in addition to Brooklyn Lager and an Oyster Bay IPA.
Freds at Barneys Downtown
Fashion and fine dining converge at the lofty Freds at Barneys Downtown. The chic minimalist dining room that pays homage to the arts, anchored by a colorful mural along the back wall with cool post modern furnishings and plush banquettes. Set on the third floor diners can enjoy a meal in solitude away from the bustle of the street with tree height views over Chelsea. At the helm of Barneys iconic restaurant is Chef Mark Strausman who has created innovative Italian inspired and modern American dishes in addition to some of the favorite dishes from the uptown location. Highlights of the menu include a hearty and spicy spaghetti and Lobster Fra Diavolo made with a 2 lb lobster, lamb chops served Jewish style with fried artichokes, thin crusted pizzas, Mediterranean style octopus and cuttlefish in a spicy garlic, lemon and white wine sauce, and a mixed seafood ceviche pescatore style.
And for a limited time fashion designers are getting into the culinary world. From now until June 15, for $28 you can order the designer Rick Owens burger features locally sourced, grass-fed, non-GMO, Animal Welfare–approved beef and cheese, an edible ribbon on the burger and fries, a branded bun with a Rick Owens logo and branded linen napkin. Rick Owens was inspired by his childhood, in which Rick ate cheeseburgers almost every night at the cafe next to his home in Paris and has thus created his designer burger.
Freds Downtown at Barneys 101 7th Ave, NYC 646 264 4602
Enjoy the warm summer weather in a secret overgrown garden rooftop above the storied McKittrick Hotel in West Chelsea. Outfitted as a as a Scottish train station hidden amidst lush greenery, the verdant trellised rooftop filled with plants and flowers offers a magical atmosphere to enjoy brunch or dinner paired with a creative cocktail menu. On weekends enjoy a bountiful buffet brunch with live music, craft cocktails and an extensive hot and cold buffet.
Executive Chef Pascal Le Seac’h has created a delicious season menu comprised of small plates, share plates and wood fired pizzas originally developed by Frenchette’s Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr.
For dinner try a delectable artisanal wood fired pizza offering everything from the classic Margherita to exotic toppings such as cauliflower with za’atar, tahini and chili with lobster rolls, grilled octopus with romesco, saffron laced swordfish and steak skewers to round out the mains. Elevated small plates include steak tartare, tuna crudo, kale Caesar and calamari with fried chees curds to whet the appetite.
Gallow Green’s mixologists take their cocktailing seriously and have created unique elixirs with fresh and vibrant flavors. Try the colorful “Sleep No More” made with vodka, elderflower, pea flower, and rose cider. The potent “White Widow” will surely wake you up with a blend of tequila, mate soda, almond liqueur and grapefruit. This garden oasis is a perfect spot to savor the joys of an alfresco summer evening with gorgeous views over Hudson River. By Hillary Latos
Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel 542 West 27 St, NYC 212 564 1622
Clinton Hall, a staple in the craft beer and food community, recently opened its fourth location inside the Pod 51 Hotel in Midtown East. With 20 seasonal supercraft draught beers and ciders on rotation, Clinton Hall brings a unique, eclectic and exciting ale adventure that is always served precisely to each Brew Masters specs, thanks to an on-site Flux Capacitor.
A recent addition to Clinton Hall’s kitchen is Executive Chef, Eric Rentz, who was formerly the Executive Sous Chef of Lilia in Brooklyn. Rentz has developed an exciting new brunch menu, with items such as Spicy Duck Chorizo Hash with a sunny side up egg and tater tots, Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffles, which includes a hot-fry chicken breast, malt-vanilla waffle and clover honey, and last but not least, a Steak & Egg Sandwich with hanger steak, an “egg in a basket” bun, sundried tomato, Mesclun greens, horseradish cream and fries. And for those who like to go big, you can enjoy all of those Clinton Hall favorites like the Fondue Burger, Doughnut Grilled Cheese, CH Burger, and over-the-top W.T.F Waffles – all available for lunch, brunch and dinner.
And what would brunch be without a Bloody Mary? How about a Bloody Bull? This vodka and tomato juice cocktail gets an extra kick from beef bouillon, Old Bay seasoning, and house pickled vegetables. Can’t decide between beer and liquor? Try the Tricky Ricky – it’s a 50/50 mix of the Clinton Hall house margarita and a Pilsner beer. With summer right around the corner, freshen things up with Shandy’s Passion, a fiery blend of Passion Fruit Guppy APA, Pama pomegranate, Fireball, Luxardo, lemon juice and bitters.
Clinton Hall 51’s new brunch will be served from 11am-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and all four Clinton Hall locations will offer up the most important meal of the week moving forward.
230 East 51 St NYC 212 758 8519
Crave Fishbar Upper West Side
For some of the freshest dock to table seafood in NYC head to Crave Fishbar on the Upper West Side which is known for their creative seafood dishes with bold flavors. The airy dining room exudes a relaxed New England seafaring vibe that complements the fresh menu. Owner Brian Owens has an enduring love for seafood and is leading the charge in sustainability, eco-consciousness and accountability and is designated as a certified B corporation. They were the first NYC partner of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, a national leader in ocean sustainability and is also a charter member of the James Beard Foundation’s Smart Catch Program and charitable partner of the Billion Oyster Project, donating shucked shells to further the natural oyster restoration efforts in the NY Harbor.
Executive Chef Todd Mitgang brings over a decade of culinary experience to Crave and has created an innovative globally inspired menu that changes seasonally. The spring dinner menu is best initiated with a crudo; Barramundi Ceviche with charred spring onion, asparagus, corn and piquin chile broth; Yellowfin Tuna Poke with Persian cucumber, enoki mushroom, spicy dumpling sauce and toasted macadamia; or the Rice Dusted Point Judith Calamari with Thai miso sauce, mung bean sprouts and Aleppo chili. Notable entrees are the Lobster Curry—a 1¼ lb. Maine lobster in a spicy chu chee curry with charred red onion, Japanese eggplant, Thai apple eggplant and fresh bamboo shoots, and the Handmade Spicy Squid Ink Spaghetti with chopped shrimp, leeks, Fresno chile and clam stock. The creative cocktail menu was created by Jason Steinthal with some unique standouts like the spicy Staycation made with spicy tequila, mango syrup and fresh lime juice with an Aleppo salt rim and torched Serrano garnish. Their extensive raw bar is one of the top rated in the city. During the #oystergram Happy Hour, all available in-house oysters—16 different East and West coast varieties—are only $1 each. For dessert, Chef Mitgang’s homemade chocolate chip cookie is a must-try. Praised by Dominique Ansel, it’s crisp on the outer edges and impossibly gooey inside, topped with vanilla ice cream.
Crave Fishbar 428 Amsterdam Ave, NYC 646 494 2750
Founded by Sardinian friends fell in love with New York City and decided to build a charming Italian restaurant in Nolita, with an emphasis on friends and family, hence Epistrophy was born in 2005.
Guests will be swept off their feet in a whimsical romance wooed by white-painted brick walls and large windows illuminating the rustic space. The restaurant resembles that of a café you would find in Rome, with aged wooden furnishings, bright teal statement doors and unique industrial light fittings. Guests will enjoy the air in the warmer months, as the large windows open up to convert to alfresco seating, perfect for Sunday brunch with loved ones.
Love is in the air, but also in the food. This Italian café in Nolita spreads love to guests through their charming dishes offering a delight to both the eyes and the taste buds. Breakfast includes a healthy serving of zucchini bread, yogurt and granola and 7 grain avocado toast. For those with a sweet tooth, don’t worry, they also have lemon ricotta pancakes topped with blueberry, strawberry, banana, whipped ricotta and drizzled with maple syrup. As for the night, dinner includes delectable dishes like Burrata, house made pastas, Creek Stone Farm hanger steak or thin sliced pan fried Chicken Milanese. Epistrophy also boasts an extensive wine collection, a selection of hand crafted cocktails and alternative liquors.
200 Mott Street, NYC 212 966 0904
With locations in Soho, Brooklyn, Flatiron, and the Upper East Side, Boqueria, a revered Spanish tapas bar and restaurant opens its fifth NYC location by Times Square. Helmed by restaurateur Yann de Rochefort and Executive Chef Marc Vidal they have recreated their signature, classic Spanish tapas menu and added a large rotisserie for spit-roasting whole meats to turn out succulent new dishes such as Pollo al’Ast: slow rotisserie-roasted free range organic chicken, roasted potatoes, root vegetables and salsa verde; and Cochinillo al Horno, a whole roasted suckling pig. Other time-honored favorites include Pulpo a la Plancha: grilled octopus with fennel, smoked pimentón and Picual olive oil mashed potatoes; and Paella de Mariscos: bomba rice, monkfish, sepia, squid, shrimp, clams, mussels, saffron and salsa verde. Classic authentic Catalan dishes include patatas bravas, shrimp with brandy, garlic and Guindilla pepper, calamari with Calabrian chili and creamy croquettes, and grilled pork belly. To complement the food, there is a rotating list of Boqueria’s signature seasonal and traditional sangrías, Spanish wines, and potent cocktails with a twist like the Shisito Margarita.
The warm and contemporary space was designed by Alireza Razavi and features soaring 27′ tall windows that connect an expansive bar area to the 20-seat outdoor patio that is perfect for alfresco dining over the summer months. Nestled between the bar and the airy open kitchen is the intimate, 85-seat dining room, lined with cozy banquette seating and large tables for group gatherings. The open kitchen is bordered on 3 sides by a 24-seat marble dining counter to provide guests with a perfect view of the culinary action. There is also a 16-seat private dining room along the left edge of the kitchen counter, allowing interaction between the diners and chefs for demonstrations, cooking classes and counter-seat dining, as well as private seated dinners and cocktail receptions.
Boqueria West 40th Street 260 West 40 St, NYC