Recently voted the best restaurant in America, Eleven Madison Park is the crème de la crème of New York luxury. Purchased from Danny Meyer in 2011 by James Beard award-winning chef Daniel Humm and restauranteur Will Guidara, the contemporary upscale restaurant boasts three Michelin stars and serves up an elaborate multi-course tasting menu utilizing the best of New York agricultural. With a $225 fixed price and three-hour serving time, this may not be the most accessible spot in Manhattan but it’s where the elite go to dine in leisure.
The first New York restaurant from Mexican chef Enrique Olvera is easily one of Flatiron’s best, and coolest, new additions. The roomy and beautifully designed space feels modern yet relaxed, thanks to architect Alonso de Garay and interior designer Micaela De Bernardi. Knock back mezcals and tequilas paired to compliment their sophisticated menu, including favorites like duck carnitas, Black garlic rubbed NY strip tacos, and their crispy octopus with hazelnut mole potatoes.
The less formal and more eclectic cousin of Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad is like stepping inside a game of Clue. With a series of elaborate rooms all centered around a glass-enclosed atrium, the Flatiron favorite comes from James Beard award-winning chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. Sip on refreshing gin cocktails like The Gilsey in their Elephant bar, enjoy the French-accented fare in their richly decorated Parlour, nibble on an ice cream-filled ball of chocolate ganache in the Atrium for dessert, and top off the night with something strong beside their French chateau-imported fireplace.
At what other restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef can you order Macaroni and Cheese? As the first New York restaurant from internationally-lauded British chef Jason Atherton and Stephen Starr, The Clocktower highlights upscale contemporary British cuisine like the prime côte de boeuf, but doesn’t skimp on universal classics either. Housed on the 2nd floor of the Metropolitan Life Building in the Edition Hotel, the space’s stunning three dinning rooms, classic billiard room, and sleek front of house bar make it not only one of the most enticing new restaurants in town but also one of the most inviting.
Chef Jesse Schenker follows up his buzzy West Village restaurant Recette with a casual companion, The Gander. The startlingly spacious spot boasts his innovative and upscale New American cuisine but offers a more traditional fare this time around. Come for favorites like the Beef Tortellini and Rotisserie Chicken and stay for the extensive wine collection and desserts like the saffron and cinnamon Banana Parfait and Almond Semolina Cake.
The opposite of most anywhere else, Flatiron bistro Almond feels more special in the daylight than it does at night. The simple and elegant French-focused spot serves up a market-fresh menu from brunch until dessert, specializing in seafood favorites like the Chilled 1/2 lobster and the Steamed Black Mussels. Take your time sipping on cocktails like the Pisco Disco Shoes and Mamma’s Purse in their handsome European-style billiards room where rustic meets romantic.
With a chic diner vibe and upscale New American menu, Sara Beth’s is a power lunch and post-work cocktails scene on the weekdays and a famed brunch spot on the weekend. With specialities like their lemon & ricotta pancakes, braised short rib hash, and their delectable scones, the weekend clientele ranges from neighborhood regulars to diehard customers who travel in from the suburbs just to get a taste. Come for Wednesday night jazz and dinner options like the bone-in pork chop milanese, baked mac & cheese, or firecracker shrimp stone oven pizza.
Disappear into a more glamourous and seductive past life inside this lush speakeasy. Enter the dimly-lit subterranean spot, only visible to the trained eye, by ringing the buzzer and charming your way past the host. Once inside, ring for your waiter to order one of their stiff vintage drinks, like the gin-soaked Arsenic & New Lace or a glamourous bubbly Ritz Champagne Cocktail before sinking into one of their plush velvet armchairs for the evening.
From the folks behind swanky speakeasy The Raines Law Room, this intimate cocktail parlor allows you to live out your own Midnight in Paris. With themed rooms inspired by historical figures of the past, spend your night traveling between the JFK Room, which drops you into the swinging 60s, the champagne-soaked 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald Room, or the world of gilded 18th century royalty in the Marie Antoinette Room. Sip on delicious cocktails, like the Godfather Part 2 or the Screaming Viking and nibble on Bloody Mary Jumbo Lump Crab and Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait.