New York is rightly nicknamed ‘The Melting Pot’, owing to the wide variety of ethnicities and language groups it accommodates. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were called ‘The Brewing Pot’, owing to the fit-for-the-gods food life the city offers. From street food and casual dining to fine dining and fusion, the city’s food life offers an array of heavenly experiences.
Below are 6 restaurants offering you the best experience for luxury dining and drinking in New York.
- Eleven Madison Park (Cuisine: New American, Location: Flatiron District)
Three Michelin stars, a ranking of number 4 in the world and number 1 in North America, Eleven Madison Park doesn’t cease to amaze its guests. It has a sweet and unpretentious ambience which complements the restaurant’s Swiss born Chef Daniel Humm’s demeanour. The USP of this restaurant is its tasting menu, wherein, the guests are given a grid of 16 ingredients to choose from. The chef then prepares a customized 11 course tasting menu based on these choices. Another fun part of this restaurant is the chocolate milk-matching game.
- Le Bernardin (Cuisine: French and Seafood, Location: Theatre District)
This Michelin-starred restaurant will tingle your taste buds with its polished seafood and an extensive wine list. The luxurious décor lends a sophisticated aura to the intricately-plated food. The Chef Eric Ripert is a well-known TV celebrity with five cookbooks up his sleeve.
- Victor’s Café (Cuisine: Cuban, Location: Theatre District)
Victor’s Café has a rightful tagline of ‘The Revolution of Cuban Cuisine’ and is often referred to as ‘granddaddy’. This restaurant has been a host to many celebrities like Barbara Streisand, Bill Cosby, John Lennon, Mohammad Ali; and the more recent, Beyoncé, Pitbull and Brett Ratner. The restaurant’s most popular dishes include Victor’s famous black bean soup, shredded beef (“Ropa Vieja”), and roast suckling pig (“Lechon”).
- Al Di Là Trattoria (Cuisine: Italian, Location: Park Slope)
With its Old World charm and soothing opera-esque music Al Di Là Trattoria tugs at your heart. The Chef Anna Klinger offers you a menu rooted in the traditions of northern Italian cuisine. The décor is humble and thus makes a place in your heart. Risotto Col Nero and Tagliatelle Al Ragu are the signature dishes.
- Morimoto (Cuisine: Japanese and Sushi, Location: Chelsea)
Morimoto serves a menu which is authentically Japanese. The menu is elegantly prepared by the Chef Masahru Morimoto, nicknamed ‘The Iron Chef Morimoto’. The décor is refreshingly and artistically modern. The Oyster Foie Gras and Toro Tartar are the Chef’s signature dishes.
- Junoon (Cuisine: Indian, Location: Chelsea)
This Michelin-starred restaurant is the flagship outlet of celebrity-chef Vikas Khanna. The bar has its own version of India-infused cocktails such as Tandoori Tequila and Sparkling Saffron. The décor is an interesting blend of colour and elegance and exudes sophistication. The menu is a fusion of modern and traditional Indian cuisine. Bhut Jalokia Murg Tikka and Akhrot Murgh Kofta are the chef’s signature dishes. The restaurant has a unique Spice Room which is known for its distinctive blend of fresh spices that is used in the marinades and sauces for the day.