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New York City travel guide: Eat, drink and go out

Author: Elle Canada

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New York City travel guide: Eat, drink and go out

New York City is a major cultural destination in the world. ELLE US editors help narrow down your choices for where to eat, drink and go out for a night on the town in this travel guide.

• Robbie Myers – Editor in Chief of ELLE US

• Joe Zee – Creative Director of ELLE US

• Anne Slowey – Fashion News Directror of ELLE US

• Emily Dougherty – Beauty & Fitness Director of ELLE US

• Joann Pailey – Market Director of ELLE US

RESTAURANTS

BAR AMERICAIN
152 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
1 (212) 265 9700
baramericain.com
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The Bar Americain is a very chic and classic American style restaurant located in midtown. A great spot to have a taste of excellent local food for brunch, lunch or dinner.

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BAR PITTI
268 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014
1 (212) 982 3300
€€
A lovely little Italian restaurant where everything is traditional, with a slight twist. And a must for when you need a change of scene.
JZ:“I've been going there for the past 22 years before it was a trendy, popular restaurant. Best time is spring and fall when you can sit outside and people watch over veal meatballs and spinach.”

CRAFT
43 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003
1 (212) 780 0880
craftrestaurant.com
€€v A wonderful restaurant where all the products used in the kitchen are incredibly fresh. The menu is original, and the atmosphere relaxed. A perfect place to have a great evening.

DEL POSTO
85 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
1 (212) 497 8090
delposto.com
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Del Posto is the ultimate Italian experience when you go to New York! The main room is impressive but wait until you see downstairs, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by wine bottles. Charmingly elegant.
ED: “I dream about the 100 layer lasagne.”

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EDI AND THE WOLF
102 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
1 (212) 598 1040
ediandthewolf.com
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Have you ever eaten in the jungle? Well, thanks to this restaurant you will be able to. The food is Austrian and simply delicious, another great reason to go.
AS: “I love dry Rieslings and the food is delicious. But the best reason to go here is the decoration, designed by set designer Philipp Haemmerle.”

FREEMANS
8 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002
1 (212) 420 0012
freemansrestaurant.com
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This restaurant is hidden at the end of an alley, discreet and quiet at first. But the memorable decor will charm you, not to mention the incredible menu. You won't regret trying it out, even for just a cocktail!
JP: “This cosy little restaurant is tucked away at the end of an alley. But if you can find it and are willing to wait for a table (they do not take reservations) it is well worth it. You can enjoy old-fashioned New York cocktails that were popular in the Prohibition Era. Also, the hot artichoke dip is fantastic.”
JZ: “Because who doesn't love good wine and artichoke dip?”

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The interior of Izakaya Ten

IZAKAYA TEN
207 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
1 (212) 627 7777
izakayaten.com

This small Japanese restaurant has a charmingly local façade: you will feel as if you are in Japan! Go for the Teriyaki or the spiced cucumber.
ED: “The unofficial ELLE US hangout.”
JZ: “A small hidden away Japanese tapas place with the best food.”

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LA ESQUINA
114 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012
1 (646) 613 7100
esquinanyc.com
€-€€
To all Mexican food lovers: this is one of THE best spots in town to savour a delicious Mexican meal, if you can find your way inside the coveted and discreet side of this restaurant.
JP: “This restaurant is fabulous for several reasons. For one, I am a huge fan of Mexican food. But what makes La Esquina truly fun is its secret entrance. When you first arrive it appears to be a simple taco stand (which is delicious as well!) but if you know to go down the steps through the "Employee Only" entrance, and are bold enough to walk through the kitchen, then a fabulously decorated gourmet Mexican restaurant awaits. I have seen everyone from Kristen Dunst to Ralph Lauren accompanied by his family enjoy this hot spot.”

LE BERNARDIN
155 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019
1 (212) 554-1515
le-bernardin.com
€€€
An upscale yet classic French restaurant frequented by the French - and those that love them - Le Bernardin focuses on fresh seafood and fish. Just a few steps away from the luxurious 5th Avenue, it’s a truly chic place.

SALTIES

378 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
1 (718) 387-4777
saltieny.com

A lovely sandwich and pastry shop in Brooklyn, with simple yet delicious recipes. Ideal for when you are on the go but still want something good to eat.
ED: “Their Ships Biscuit sandwich: best way to start a Saturday.”

WALLSE
344 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014
1 (212) 352-2300
kg-ny.com/wallse/
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Go to Wallse if you’re looking to enjoy impeccable Austrian cuisine in a beautiful decor inside, or eat outside under the sun on lovely white draped tables on the sidewalk and take in some people watching.
AS: “Another Austrian restaurant! There is a small bar scene that makes for great conversation, but sitting outside for summer sunsets is the real luxury.”

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FOR BREAKFAST

CAFÉ CLUNY
284 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
1 (212) 255 6900
cafecluny.com
€€
Brunch: weekends: 9am - 4pm
One of the cutest places in town, this tiny restaurant is so cosy it looks like it just came out of a fairytale. The simple but warm decoration makes it an intimate place, perfect for family brunches or with your friends after a long night out.
JP: “They have the best brunch menu and the restaurant is always packed. It is definitely a place to spot celebrities, usually at the table right next to you...and looking just as sleepy as you from a late Saturday night out! They have an excellent cheeseburger.”

COOKSHOP
156 Tenth Avenue (at 20th Street), New York, NY 10011
1(212) 924 4440
cookshopny.com
€€
The breakfast menu is so complete you won't even know what to choose between the fruit salads, desserts and the typical American breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausages.
ED: “Chelsea's best work-week breakfast.”
JZ: “The view.”

MELVIN’S JUICE BOX
132 West Houston Street (at Sullivan Street) New York, NY 10012
(646) 588-5375
misslilysnyc.com/melvins
Green is the new black, especially in Manhattan these days - green juice that is. At Melvin's Juice Box, an offshoot of the hip Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily's, the famous Melvin himself will set you up with one of the healthiest drinks in town. Mixing fresh veggies and fruits for the ultimate in green juices, or with his delicious blends of protein shakes and smoothies (try the Peanut Butter & Blueberry!), you'll be sure to walk out of there glowing.

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Inside the Standard Hotel

FOR LUNCH

AMARANTH
21 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021
1 (212) 980 6700
amaranthrestaurant.com
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Located between Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue, this restaurant is perfect for a lunch break after a shopping spree. Amaranth mixes Italian and French cuisine : pure pleasure.
JP: “This little restaurant is conveniently located right across the street from the Hermès boutique and on the same street as my old apartment. Their lentil salad is not to miss and it's the best place to sit outside with friends sipping wine.”

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BAR AMERICAIN
152 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
1 (212) 265 9700
baramericain.com
€€
The Bar Americain is a very chic and classic American style restaurant located in midtown. A great spot to have a taste of excellent local food for brunch, lunch or dinner.

BASTA PASTA
37 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
1 (212) 366 0888
bastapastanyc.com
€€
The chef is Japanese but the cuisine is Italian. If you are craving pasta of any kind with a hint of refinement, you will be in good hands here.
ED: “Italian cuisine through a Japanese filter. So precise and delicious.”

FRED’S at BARNEYS
660 Madison Avenue New York NY 10065
1 (212) 826 8900
barneys.com
€€€
A truly typical Manhattan restaurant located on the ninth floor of Barney’s, a perfect place to go for a salad, a plate of pasta or other delights after a shopping spree.
JZ: “Best salads around.”

THE STANDARD HOTEL
848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
1 (212) 645 4646
standardhotels.com/new-york-city/
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This very trendy hotel houses a great restaurant where you can choose from numerous dishes and enjoy the beautiful decor, not to mention the floor covered in pennies.
JZ: “It feels like home cooking.”

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FOR BREAD & PASTRIES

BILLY’S BAKERY
184 9th Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Street), New York, NY 1001
1 (212) 647 9956
billysbakerynyc.com

Everything looks yummy in this little bakery. When you step in, the smell of chocolate will make you instantly want to taste one of the moist and delicious cupcakes!
ED: “Try the banana cake: it’s the ultimate comfort food.”
JZ: “They have a great Ice Box cake that we've watched them make over the counter and gone home to replicate.”


LADY M CONFECTIONS

41 East 78th Street, New York, NY 10021
1 (212) 452-2222
ladym.com

A luxurious small bakery where you might have have to literally hold yourself back from ordering everything...
JP: “They have the best tarts and the lightest mille-feuilles!”

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Melvin's Juicebox

FOR COFFEE & TEA TIME

DUNKIN DONUTS
All over New York City
dunkindonuts.com

The iconic American donut chain: just try and eat only one! Glazed, covered with chocolate or filled with jam, you will surely find your dream donut.
JZ: “Simple and easy.”

GRUMPY’S CAFÉ
224 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
1 (212) 255 5511
cafegrumpy.com

In the heart of Chelsea, Grumpy’s Café has gone beyond just a neighborhood classic. Decorated in a very simple way with an adorable garden, the pastries are home-made every day and the (excellent) coffee is brewed by the cup.
ED: “Takes coffee to a new level. These guys are artists.”

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THE FOUR SEASONS
57 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022
1 (212) 893 6802
fourseasons.com/newyork/
€€
This palace is one of the prettiest hotels in town. Go for a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge, comfortably cuddled up on a sofa next to the fireplace.

THE PENINSULA

700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
1 (212) 956 2888
peninsula.com
€€
The Peninsula Hotel has a beautiful rooftop terrace where you can relax at the Ning Salon for a drink. With a beautiful view on 5th avenue, the place is really worth the trip.
ED: “The ELLE Beauty department goes here when we want to celebrate something. So old-school!"

VIA QUADRONNO
25 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021
1 (212) 650-9880
viaquadronno.com/

If you want to have a taste of Italian coffee in the heart of New York City, just go to Via Quadronno. Everything looks so typically Italian in this coffee shop, you’ll think you had been transported.
JP: “This amazing Italian coffee shop is just 2 blocks away from my apartment. It's cosy in the wintertime, in the spring and summer they open all the windows in front. I can be seen here most mornings (before I head off to the office or appointments with designers!) answering emails on my BlackBerry while sipping a double espresso. I love that I am such a regular customer that I don't even have to order anymore! I just sit down and they bring me my "usual."

FOR HAPPY HOUR

MOBAR
80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023
1 (212) 805 8800
mandarinoriental.com/newyork/
€€
This bar is absolutely exceptional. Located on the 35th floor, you can sip your drink while you enjoy the incredible view over Central Park.

THE WAYLAND
700 E 9th Street (corner of Avenue C), Manhattan, NY 10009
1 (212) 7777022
thewaylandnyc.com

The Wayland is a cosy and welcoming bar in the East Village. Go for their interesting cocktails, and be sure to give the tapas a try.
ED: “Kale in your cocktail!”

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A table at ACME

CLUBS

THE BOOM BOOM ROOM
The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
1 (877) 550 4646
standardhotels.com/new-york-city/

The very trendy Boom Boom Room bar is located on the 18th floor of The Standard Hotel. An unforgettable place for a drink, where you can enjoy the amazing view of NYC through the floor to ceiling windows, and of course, the crowd is not so shabby either!
JP: “It is always a total scene! Also, it has some of the best views of both Manhattan and the Hudson River.”

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THE SOHO HOUSE
29-35 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10014
1 (212) 627 9800
sohohouseny.com

The Soho House is one of the most exclusive and trendy places in New York. The rooftop, where you can dance the night away by the pool, was once featured in Sex & The City as being THE place to be. But be careful, once you step in, you won't want to leave!

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ACME

9 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
1 (212) 203 2121
acmenyc.com
€€€
Don't be fooled by the façade. Acme is no longer a cajun restaurant, but has turned Nordic. Go there for tasty Norwegian food without leaving the city in a chic and cool atmosphere.
JP: “This is one of the hardest reservations to get in the City. It definitely is the go to restaurant right now for the Fashion Flock.”

THE BOOM BOOM ROOM
The Standard Hotel, 848 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014
1 (877) 5504646
standardhotels.com/new-york-city/
€€
The very trendy Boom Boom Room bar is located on the 18th floor of The Standard Hotel. An unforgettable place for a drink, where you can enjoy the amazing view of NYC through the floor to ceiling windows, and of course, the crowd is not so shabby either!

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DISHES NOT TO MISS

MOMOFUKU PORK BUN at MOMOFUKU SSAM BAR
207 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
momofuku.com/restaurants/ssam-bar/
€€
Nestled in the heart of Greenwich Village, Momofuku is the best place to go for authentic Asian Food. If you’re not hungry, just go for a drink. The pleasant atmosphere will relax you.
ED: “Started the pork bun craze.”

LASAGNA at BOTTINO
248 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
1 (212) 206 6766
bottinonyc.com

Bottino is one of those places you just love because you know the atmosphere will be calm and the food delicious. And the lasagna is iconic!

A MILE’S END SANDWICH

53 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012
1 (212) 529 2990

One of the best deli-style places to get a sandwich in New York. But we’re not talking about simple bread sandwiches here. It’s about real inventive masterpieces.
AS: “The best egg sandwiches in the city.”

A “MANHATTAN” COCKTAIL at BEMELMANS BAR
35 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021 (in the Carlyle Hotel)
1 (212) 744 1600
rosewoodhotels.com/en/carlyle/dining/bemelmans_bar/

Located on Madison Avenue, The Carlyle is a luxurious hotel, and this bar reflects the real definition of what it is to “lounge” in New York.
JP: “One of the most charming "Old New York" places to go to for cocktails. They make a mean "Manhattan" so be careful with more than one!”

VEAL MEATBALLS at BAR PITTI
268 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014
1 (212) 982 3300
€€
A lovely little Italian restaurant where everything is traditional, with a slight twist (the veal meatballs are just incredible!). And a must for when you need a change of scene.
JZ: “Love them.”

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