Architectural Digest Home Design Show (AD Show), one of the biggest design events of the world is approaching. From 21st to 24th March, New York City will be invaded with the best designs of the world and exclusive limited edition pieces that we will be featuring here at the blog! Stay stuned! Meanwhile, here is a list of the top ten best restaurants in NYC where you must experience an unforgettable meal.
Perfect execution; constant evolution. These twin traits help define Per Se, Thomas Keller’s superb restaurant where New York’s moneyed élite dine in plush modernity overlooking Central Park. Every dish, while faultless in delivery, comes under constant scrutiny and development within the kitchen to ensure the daily-changing menu edges ever forward. The service, wine list and unshowy luxury of the space all conform to rigorously high standards, matching food that is as deeply considered as you’ll find anywhere.
Chef Daniel Humm and general manager Will Guidara now co-own Eleven Madison Park, which has not only leapt from having one Michelin star to three in a single bound, but can now celebrate entry into the world’s top 10. The pair have charted each step of its journey together, including creating a menu format where diners choose one core ingredient for each of four courses. A relaxed but dynamic dining experience that’s deeply rooted in New York.
Is this the world’s greatest seafood restaurant? Quite possibly. Using the freshest specimens of sustainable species from the waters off the East Coast, chef Eric Ripert often barely cooks the fish, preferring it ‘almost raw’ or ‘barely touched’. But that doesn’t inhibit his creativity or imagination: dishes include lacquered grouper with chayote squash and sofrito broth, and caviar and shellfish medley with yuzu-scented custard and smoked bonito broth.
Standards are everything at this supremely slick and consistently packed Manhattan operation. Daniel Boulud’s international focus is on informal café, bistro and bar concepts, but the food at Daniel is envelope-pushing – rooted in the cooking of the French chef’s native Lyon, yet refined, balanced and playful where appropriate. Refurbished by the design agency behind New York’s Per Se, the opulent dining room balances the contemporary with the building’s neoclassical roots.
Gutsy, impactful, informal and laced with genius – David Chang’s dishes reflect the man himself. The Korean-American chef turned restaurateur may have long handed over the kitchen reins to chef de cuisine Ryan Miller, but his presence is unmistakable. Momofuku serves brilliantly unpretentious high-impact food, with a duck-dominated lunch menu and a dinner offer that includes crab claws with harissa mayo, fuji apple kimchi. And we haven’t even mentioned the steamed pork buns…
Bouley is a stunning French restaurant that serves flawless cuisine. It offers an affordable prix fixe lunch worth $55 that serves up five courses. The restaurant has a great wine list and it also makes use of natural and organic ingredients. While there, try out Bouley’s porcini flan.
#7 Jean Georges
Jean Georges is Jean Georges Vongerichten, a chef known for his New French cuisine that is served with Asian influences. The restaurant has a private room available and offers its customers a great wine list to choose from. It also offers a bargain prix fixe lunch worth only $32. While there, try out Jean Georges’ signature dishes, including the yellowfin tuna robins, avocado, spicy radish and ginger marinade; and the Halibut steamed with Kaffir lime, herbal lemongrass sauce and white asparagus.
#8 Sushi Yasuda
Located in the Grand Central area, this Japanese restaurant serves sushi that is cut only from the freshest fish. It features a very serene ambiance, as if you are in the middle of an island and not in the heart of a bustling city. Their signature dishes are, of course, sushi and sashimi. They may be quite expensive, to be honest, but the restaurant does offer a prix fixe for the affordable price of only $23.
Annisa is billed as a restaurant for grown ups. Located in the West Village, the restaurant features new American cuisine with a distinct influence from the Orient. It has an impressive wine list, and the minimalist design that is complemented by a gracious staff means that you can actually concentrate on your food. The restaurant makes use of natural and organic ingredients. Some of its signature dishes include foie gras soup dumplings and sable marinated in miso. This restaurant is simply perfect for the special occasion.
#10 La Grenouille
Located in E. 52nd Street, this restaurant by Charles Masson is considered the torchbearer of luxurious restaurants in the midtown area. Often called the last of the great classic French restaurants, La Grenouille serves top of the line cuisine, featuring its signature dishes of Le Canard and grilled dover sole. They have a private room available and the service is of the highest quality. The restaurant also features a nice ambiance highlighted with fine floral displays. It has been around for the past 50 years, meaning it has certainly stood the test of time. Oh, by the way, jackets are required in La Grenouille. And if you are on a budget, the room on top of the stairs offers affordable lunch at a relatively bargain price of only $36.