After several stays, I can finally share with you a proper list of restaurants to do.
Daniel, the two Michelin star restaurant of Daniel Boulud, star chef from Lyon in the United States, offers delicious contemporary cuisine in a beautiful historic setting. Chef Daniel takes care of his guests like a host would his guests and that makes the experience even more exclusive.
Le Pavillon is his new gourmet restaurant that is a must do if you come to New York. It is not yet starred but the atmosphere is casual-chic. A decoration with Brazilian influences that blends perfectly with the New York view and the French cuisine of the chef.
The River Café, a Michelin starred American cuisine to enjoy the view on Brooklyn. Certainly, a tourist restaurant but not at all touristy. The service is really pleasant, the food is very good and there is a pianist who makes this experience unique. You can dine here with friends or as a couple for a very romantic atmosphere.
Gallaghers, a steakhouse very well known on Broadway where the meat is ultra-melting. It’s been a long time since I’ve had such a good Angus filet mignon.
Cipriani Downtown or the one on 5th Avenue are always good alternatives, if like us, you book at the last minute.
Another address I liked if you’re walking in Central Park, you can go for lunch at Marea restaurant which is an upscale Italian seafood restaurant.
And for a nice rooftop (covered of course) with a very nice vegetal decoration and a simple and good food, I recommend you the RH Rooftop. I had a burger and a salad and I was not disappointed.
During my second stay, in November 2018, I had loved dining at the Mandarin Oriental restaurant “Asiate” it was absolutely exquisite!
With its Asian decor and panoramic view of Columbus Circle and Central Park, the cuisine was both subtle and reinterpreted by French chef Cyril Renaud. But unfortunately, they haven’t reopened their restaurant since the Covid, so for now you can just go there for a drink or some very simple food.
The excursions to do are not the subject of this article but I highly recommend you to do the Summit, which is the new spot that offers a 360° view at the top of the iconic monument, One Vanderbilt. It’s just sublime! You can also have a drink there to enjoy the view as long as possible.
As far as hotels are concerned, my favorite remains the Baccarat hotel (decorated by architects Gilles and Boissier), I had the chance to stay there in January 2016 and for me it’s the true charm of luxury à la française. Chic, elegant, refined and prestigious!
The great thing about this hotel is that it’s across the street from the MoMa museum, so if you’re in the mood for tea, or even lunch, I recommend going to the Grand Salon at the Baccarat Hotel, the iconic decor is unparalleled in its beauty!
Their spa has a huge pool and the treatments are by La Mer.
We just did the Peninsula Hotel, it is very well located but the decoration is still really outdated. Nevertheless, the food at the restaurant Clement is very refined. Even a salad or a tuna tataki will delight your taste buds. You can have lunch or dinner there without staying at the hotel.
Other restaurants that were recommended to me and are on my list for my next time in New York:
- Le Bernardin ***
- Brooklyn Fare
- Eleven Madison Park
- Aquavit (Nordic restaurant)
- Le Coucou
- Jungsik (Modern Korean)
- Thursday Kitchen (tapas, international cuisine)
- Kochi (Korean)
- Jua (Korean)
– And more casual restaurants:
- Fette Sau Brooklyn
- Lombardi (For the best pizzas)
- Peter Luger (Steakhouse)
- Atoboy (Asian, Korean)
- Little Mad (American/Asian)
- La Grande Boucherie
- Mena (Peruvian)
- Via Carota
- Torien (Japanese)
- Momofuku Ko
- Fette Sau Brooklyn
- Hutch and Waldo
- Rubirosa in Nolita
- Jack Wife Freda
- Temple court
- Clinton St Baking
- Horny Ram
- Lysée The new pastry shop of the chef Eunji
- R Lounge Renaissance for the appetizer at 7pm on Times Square
- Le Gratin
28 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, États-Unis