New York Journals

New York City

A travel journal to New York by Alias Girl

Smith & Wollensky Photo, New York, New York More Photos
Quote: I am a native New Yorker, so I have lots of tips for things to do and see here. I also have tons of restaranut reviews!

Serendipity 3

Restaurant | "Serendipity"

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Of course, eveyone talks about the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate...because it's a must!

I just visited and it was delicious! (August 2004) The wait to get in may be long at times, especially Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, but it's well worth it! Not only are the desserts delicious to the mouth and tummy, but the decor is pretty to the eye as well.

It's a fun place for a girls' night out, a family evening of chaos or even a great date night. Visitors are also very welcome.

Don't forget a stop at the store for a NYC Serendipity souvenir!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Serendipity 3
225 East 60th Street
New York, New York 10022
(212) 838-3531

'21' Club

Restaurant | "21 Club"

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This place has a very historic feel. Once you enter the small courtyard from the NYC sidewalk, you are transported back into an old 'speakeasy'. The first thing you'll notice is the 32 (yep, not 21) jockeys decorating the front facade and adorning the stairs and the balcony. This will intrigue you, once you enter the legendary Bar Room you will enjoy the comfort and imagine what is was like back in the early days when the likes of Humphrey Bogart frequented often. The walls are full of pictures and the ceiling is full of model planes. You won't know where to direct your eyes. Take in the 21 Club and all its rich legacy! Don't forget to take really cool matches that sport a bi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

'21' Club
21 West 52nd St
New York, New York 10019
+1 212 582 7200

Ellen's Stardust Diner

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Restaurant

Ellen's Stardust Diner Photo, New York, New York
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This diner is pretty cool even by New York City standards. It is located on the most visited street in New York, Broadway. It has simple American fare, but its location is key. It has many amusing attributes: singing waiters and waitresses, a 50's diner look, and a train set that is mounted high in the double ceiling. If you get to sit on the second floor you can look down to see the train moving around. I actually prefer to sit on the first floor. The best things to order are of course, the quintessential 50's diner fare: cheeseburger with fries and a black and white milkshake. The milkshake is awesome! Other favorites include: fried mozzarella, quesadillas, nachos, buffalo ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Ellen's Stardust Diner
1650 Broadway
New York, New York 10019
(212) 956-5151

Churrascaria Plataforma

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Restaurant | "Churrascaria Plataforma NY"

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The style of this restaurant is elegant. Its patrons are mostly after-work dinner crowds and tourists. We had my sister's bachelorette party here! It was perfect. You may find a pianist and live music on certain days, adding to the ambience! Churrascaria serves Brazilian specialties, like rodizio (all sorts of grilled meats) and a salad bar with appetizers, shrimp, sushi, and all sorts of side dishes that you serve yourself. Each patron is given a disk with a green side for go and a red side for stop. The waiters come around with the grilled meats and, if you have the green side flipped up, then they will ask you if you want to try the meat. This system is beautiful - it allows time to rest betw...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Churrascaria Plataforma
316 West 49th St, Belvedere Hotel
New York, New York 10019
+1 212 245 0505

Ipanema

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Restaurant

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This is another favorite Brazilian restaurant of mine. This is not like Churrascaria Plataforma (see my review for this restaurant); it is a small restaurant located on 'Little Brazil' 46th Street. It is quaint and very personable. The host (very good looking) makes sure he greets you and checks in with you a few times during your meal. The restaurant itself is small, long and narrow. There are a few tables and a bar up front, it is never too crowded. (Except for when soccer is on!) I have been here for lunch many times and also frequented for dinner a few times. I even took some food home as take-out. All in all I must have been here like 15 times. I have never been disappointed! The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Ipanema
13 West 46th St
New York, New York 10036
+1 212 730 5848

Django

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Restaurant

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This restaurant is sort of a fusion of Mediterranean and American fare. Once you walk in, the hostess will greet you and promptly check her reservations book. Make sure you pre-arranged, word has gotten out how great this place is. It’s located on Lexington Avenue in the center of major financial institutions, it gets very busy for lunch. I have never visited for dinner. The first floor has a great looking bar, but as I mentioned, I'm not sure it’s a happening spot, as it is frequented more for lunch. I imagine hours are short on the weekends, if it is at all open. This area doesn't really have crowds on the weekends. The bar is old-fashioned, with red velvet chairs and comfy leather sofas. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Django
480 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10167
(212) 871-6600

Smith & Wollensky

Restaurant | "Smith & Wollensky Steak House"

Smith & Wollensky Photo, New York, New York
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This restaurant is everything you would imagine a steak house to be in New York City. Decor is nice, waiters are helpful, tables are big, food is delicious and its super expensive.

We had a great time with a bunch of our friends filing up on steaks grilled to perfection, not too greasy steak fries, and a multitude of al la carte side dishes like creamed spinach and onion rings. Fantastic wine selection, but I'm sure you're not surprised.

Desserts were nice too, all types and sinfully delicious.

But too many visits here and it will certainly break the bank. Too rich for my blood.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Smith & Wollensky
797 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10022
+1 212 753 1530

Virgil's Real BBQ

Restaurant

Virgil's Real BBQ Photo, New York, New York
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I just love this place - we used to go here all the time. It's located right in the theatre district. The menu has all types of delicious barbeque dishes and pulled po' boys. The biscuits WERE my favorite with the apple butter spread on top. Except that my last visit there left me a lasting impression, and I just can't go back. My biscuit had an extra that wasn't on the menu --wink, wink. Needless to say, I haven't gone back. This probably happens all the time in all the restaurants in NYC and everywhere else for that matter. It just happened to be my time to experience something like that. If you don't have fear, try this restaurant. How fair am I? I still gave t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Virgil's Real BBQ
152 W 44th St
New York, New York 10036
(212) 921-9494

Mangia E Bevi

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Restaurant

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This restaurant located in the Theatre District caters to the theatre crowd. It’s a loud Italian place that keeps to its namesake ' Mangia E Bevi' - Eat and Drink! The staff ushers you in and promptly gets your party situated in ordering meals and drinks. Then while you are waiting the show starts - the waiters bring out tambourines and maracas and other noisy instruments to get the crowd riled up. Well folks - it works. By the time your food and drinks arrived you've already laughed a million times. You may be required to sing a song or two, brush up on your O Sole Mio and That's Amore! You may also be required to dance around, etc. You should be upbeat and in good spirits for this...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Mangia E Bevi
800 Ninth Ave
New York, New York 10019
+1 212 956 3976

Gonzalez y Gonzalez

Restaurant

Gonzalez y Gonzalez Photo, New York, New York
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Visit this cool, funky place for dinner and drinks. The ambience is wonderful, live Latin music complete with lanterns and pinatas!

It has great Mexican Fare all the traditional - burritos, fajitas, carne ranchera, tamales, chimichangas, empanadas, taquitos, and tacos, etc. Drinks include anything from frozen margaritas to the tequila bar.

You won't be disappointed with this experience!

Favorite Dish:
My favorite entree: Fajitas! (Chicken and Beef)

My favorite drink: Gonzalez Rita
(Tequila, triple sec, lime juice and a splash of orange juice. Served up or on the rocks.)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Gonzalez y Gonzalez
625 Broadway
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 473 8787

Barolo

Restaurant | "Ristorante Barolo"

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This ristorante is typical NYC Italian food. It’s very, very good and the atmosphere is relaxed. It’s out of the way on West Broadway and is almost a place where you just stumble upon. When you do, go in for a visit.

We had great food, wait staff, wonderful presentation, and the best - a table outside in the courtyard.

Very pleasant and a nice relaxing dinner. Not pretentious at all!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Barolo
398 West Broadway
New York, New York 10012
+1 212 226 1102

Keens Chophouse

Restaurant

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This place is good for a visit if you have a mature group. It is not a family place - no fun for the kids. In other words, it’s a classic New York steakhouse.

It is very uptight and is exactly what the blue suits in NYC want; upscale bar with impeccable service and English fare. Their specialties include legendary mutton chops and dry aged prime steaks.

I would recommend this steakhouse for the classic person.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Keens Chophouse
72 West 36th Street
New York, New York 10018
(212) 947-3636

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Restaurant | "Ruth's Chris Steakhouse"

Ruth's Chris Steak House Photo, New York, New York
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You can find this steakhouse chain across the US and even in Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Taiwan!

This steakhouse chain serves quality food, has a great presentation and very pleasant staff. We visited at least two locations: New York and San Francisco. Both times were excellent.

I like the portions; not too big- just right sizes for little me (petite) and my husband's big appetite.

Favorite Dish:
Petite Filet
A smaller, but equally tender filet.

Fresh Spinach
Creamed, Au Gratin

Fresh Asparagus
with Hollandaise

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Ruth's Chris Steak House
148 West 51st St
New York, New York 10019
+1 212 245 9600

Il Cortile

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Restaurant

Il Cortile Photo, New York, New York
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This restaurant is a staple in 'Little Italy'. If I had time to visit only one ristorante in this area, it would be this one! Il Cortile has fantastic Italian food, you can ask to have appetizers brought out in family-style plates. At this place, everyone should get an appetizer but you should share! All dishes are yummy! Its always busy, (summer, winter anytime!) hence the wait and lines, but you'll need to make reservations if you have any hope of getting in! You will find a diverse crowd- a family gathering, goombas, an after-work social, friends, couples and girls’ night out. This place is fast paced, so you may have to flag down the waiter. It’s very good service though...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Il Cortile
125 Mulberry St
New York, New York 10013
+1 212 226 6060

Sevilla

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Restaurant

Sevilla Photo, New York, New York
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Ahhhh…Sevilla…truly one of my all-time favorites! It's this little restaurant located in a charming neighborhood (off the beaten path) in Greenwich Village. This corner restaurant looks small from the outside, the inside is just a room with an open bar and probably 10 - 15 tables. This only adds to the charm of the place. The inside decor could use an upgrade but I hope they never do! The waiters are these cute little Spanish men who are so friendly and playful. The menu is elaborate for a such a small place - the best dish is the shrimps in Ajillo sauce (green sauce)! The mariscada is awesome too - mix of all types of seafood in a red or green sauce. The portions are very big and bec...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Sevilla
62 Charles Street
New York, New York 10014
(212) 243-9513

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This trendy French bistro is the epitome of a NYC restaurant - beautiful people, beautiful food, and beautiful decor. It is a loud and vibrant place - perfect for a celebratory evening, a get together, a place for people -watching, NYC’s #1 activity. Next to eating and drinking, of course. This trendy place will be more than you expected and you will leave very satisfied. The menu offers oysters and sushi in an amazing display. The entrees are wonderful as well, we enjoyed the sea bass and the fettuccini with mild mushrooms. The wine selection is superb! They even have their own bakery next door - Tres Bon! Favorite Dish: The salads, especially with warm goat cheese. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Balthazar Restaurant
80 Spring St
New York 10012
(212) 966-7402

Palm Restaurant

Restaurant | "Palm Restaurants (The Palm & Palm Too)"

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These restaurants are wonderful. You can't go wrong while visiting any of these (Palm or Palm Too). Celebrities are always frequenting these locales. The restaurants are not pretentious!

The decor is cartoonish, literally. You will notice its unusual décor. You’ll see that the walls of the Palm Restaurants are covered with hundreds of caricatures of celebrities, politicians, and loyal customers. The background story is as interesting as the pictures. Take a look around and have fun!

Favorite Dish:
This restaurant is synonymous with prime steaks and outrageously outsized lobsters! Surf and Turf it is!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Palm Restaurant
837 Second Avenue
New York City, New York 10017
+1 212 687 2953

Picholine

Restaurant

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Picholine was an amazing place to spend a few hours. It was a business dinner with a group of five. I was the client and was being wooed by the vendor. So, no expense was spared. First of all, we were seated in an exclusive wine cellar room. The surround was 360 degrees of wine from top to bottom. Very cool atmosphere. We were treated with top-notch service. They brought out a cheese cart that has a wonderful selection. Try them all!! We were served only the best appetizers, red wine, and entrees. Dessert was brought on a platter with various pastries and cakes. To die for! Favorite Dish: Pasta with white-truffle sauce was my pick and it was beyond delicious. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Picholine
35 West 64th St
New York, New York 10023
+1 212 724 8585

Carmine's Theater District

Restaurant | "Carmine's"

Carmine's Theater District Photo, New York, New York
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I'm sure there are hundreds of Carmine's recommendations on this website, so I'll keep mine short and hopefully not repetitive. This family-style restaurant caters to groups of three or more…anything less and it’s not worth going. You'll spend too much and have too much food left over. Not a quiet and romantic place for two! Make reservations...very important! The food is great and portions are large. Wine is also very good. It’s fast paced and vibrant. There are two that I know of: one off 44th Street (which is purely touristy) and the one on Broadway all the way up near Central Park - 90th & 91st Streets. My recommendation is to go up to the 90/91 Streets loca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Carmine's Theater District
200 West 44th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 221-3800

Via Brasil Restaurant Photo, New York, New York
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This restaurant is located on "Little Brasil Way" on 46th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

This restaurant offers all the traditional dishes: feijoada, carne, pesces (rice and beans, meats, and fish dishes). It is delicious! Caipirinhas too, a drink not to be missed!

They have live music by piano and the restaurant is decorated in an upscale fashion. Service is impeccable and friendly! If you are in the mood to try Brazilian cuisine--I would definitely recommend it!

See my other reviews on Churrascaria Plataforma and Ipanema.

Favorite Dish:
Feijoada!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Via Brasil Restaurant
34 West 46th Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 997-1158

Four Seasons

Restaurant | "The Four Seasons"

Four Seasons Photo, New York, New York
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This restaurant is symbolic of American cuisine in New York City. Designed by legendary architects Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, it is an understated elegance. There are several rooms: The Grill Room, The Pool Room and several Private Dining Areas. We were seated in the Pool Room, it has a very classic and prestigious feel. You can see the 'pool structure' located in the middle of the floor plan surrounded by square tables and half moon booths. It is definitely a quiet location where business is discussed over FOIE GRAS and CARPACCIO. We were celebrating my birthday and it was a lovely lunch. I don't remember what I had, but I'm sure you won't have any trouble finding something on the m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Four Seasons
99 East 52nd St, Four Seasons Hotel
New York, New York 10022
+1 212 754 9494

Pershing Square

Restaurant

Pershing Square Photo, New York, New York
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This restaurant is elegantly decorated with rich colors. It is very spacious (to be built under a bridge) and has an open bar with big windows, allowing the light to enter. The menu has many interesting choices: lamb, veal chop, salmon, tuna and pasta. All the items are very, very good. I've been here a number of times and each time has been excellent! Service is good, but try to go in the evening rather than lunch. It gets hectic with business lunches and you won't get a table unless you have a reservation. One of my favorite things to do is have a cool drink at the BUZZ BAR and chat with my friends, co-workers and the bartender- who is oh so friendly! (Buzz Bar is named fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Pershing Square
90 East 42nd St
New York, New York 10017
+1 212 286 9600

Water Club

Restaurant | "The Water Club"

Water Club Photo, New York, New York
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This restaurant is located on the East Side of Manhattan. The dining room in the evening is breathtaking--the tables are all small perfect for two, very cozy. All the tables are lit up with candles/lamps. And to top it off, you have fantastic views of the river from every table. What a perfect evening!

The food is so delicious! Really! The seafood is fresh and prepared to excellent standards. The quality of the staff is also top notch!

What are you waiting for—go, go, go...

Favorite Dish:
The crab cakes and the sauteed sea scallops are so delicious!! I remember that I also had a bit of the special--lobster-filled ravioli--which was really utterly fantastic.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Water Club
500 East 30th St
New York, New York 10016
+1 212 683 3333

Asia de Cuba

Restaurant

Asia de Cuba Photo, New York, New York
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When Asia de Cuba first opened a few years back, my friends and I would frequent the bar and the lounge areas often. We sat for dinner a few times as well.

The decor is exotic and very beautiful. The realistic waterfall is calming and somehow it works perfectly with the hustle and bustle of this place.

I have to tell you the last time I went I was disappointed; the ambience was totally off and the staff and menu lacked luster.

I could think of at least ten more places with the same mixed fusion cuisine and style that are much better!

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Asia de Cuba
237 Madison Ave, Morgans Hotel
New York, New York 10016
+1 212 726 7755

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This restaurant is called "Pontes" for short amongst us New Yorkers. It is located in a very out of the way locale--Desbrosses Street. Even though I have been there numerous times, I couldn't tell you how to get there. Mapquest it! It’s a huge dining hall with various separate rooms…we enjoyed the lounge for awhile and started on a few drinks and some really good olives. The soft Italian opera music in the background adds to the ambience! Once seated, you are immediately brought bread with good OO (olive oil) and some other delicious treats like sausages. We ordered a platter of great antipasti items like prosciutto, aged cheeses, roasted red peppers and olives. Wine selection is wond...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Filli Ponte Ristorante
39 Desbrosses Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 226-4621

Coffee Shop

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Restaurant | "Coffee Shop Bar"

Coffee Shop Photo, New York, New York
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Don't let the name fool you, this isn't just a coffee shop in NY. It’s so much more--their menu says, "A classic original American diner with a Brazilian twist." This restaurant is part of the Gotham City Restaurant Group, which owns many formidable restaurants around New York. From the outside this corner locale looks like a small place to grab a bite to eat in the Union Square District. Upon entering you can see the bar scene, not crazy but full of NYUers and a flurry of Union Square passersby. We were one of the passersby (Aug 2004); I read on the net that this place is past its prime. My friend remembered that this place was where a few models got their start in the business. And n...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2004

Coffee Shop
29 Union Square West
New York, New York 10003
+1 212 243 7969

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant"

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This local seafood restaurant is home to many New Yorkers, especially in the winter. Since it is centrally located in Manhattan in Grand Central it is a very busy spot for lunch. You will find a variety of groups enjoying this seafood fare; business luncheons, friendly lunch get-togethers, commuters and of course clever tourists. There is nothing special about the decor, you don't come here for the elegant ambience- you come here for the delicious yet elegant looking food. There are actually two parts to this restaurant; the red and white checkered tables and the quick lunch counters. Depending on your time and casualness you choose your location. We have spent time at both locales. Both are equ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 27, 2004

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant
Grand Central Station, Lower Level
New York City, New York 10017
+1 212 490 6650

Osso Buco

Restaurant

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There is good news and bad news about this place. What do you want first…okay, good news first. Here is the good news: a) This place serves Italian family-style portions. They are very generous, in fact, so don't overdo it by ordering too much. b) It’s never overly crowded, so you can usually be seated right away. And if you visit before 6pm without a reservation, again, you will likely be seated right away. c) Its a nice place to gather with a large group of family or friends, people with whom you are very casual with. You can also hear the conversation. d) The prices are reasonable. Here is the bad news: a) The food tastes good, but noth...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 27, 2004

Osso Buco
88 University Place
New York, New York 10003
+1 212 645 4525

Tony's Di Napoli

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Restaurant

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My new favorite restaurant! Well, new to Times Square Area - there is another location that has been wooing restaurant-goers for along time on the Upper East Side (2nd Avenue and 83rd Street). This family style gem is quickly becoming one of New Yorkers' favorite restaurants. I have been there at least a dozen times and I can't wait to go back a dozen more. It’s the perfect spot for either a romantic dinner or for a group of friends/family. Tony's is richly decorated with deep red walls and gold and black finishes. There is a substantial bit of art on the walls and of course, the quintessential 'wise guys' of New York, the cast of Sopranos. At some point all have visited Tony's, alth...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 27, 2004

Tony's Di Napoli
147 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036
(212) 221-0100

Jekyll and Hyde Club

Restaurant | "Jekyll & Hyde Club"

Quote:
Social Club for Eccentric Explorers and Mad Scientists

Actually, that is their logo, "A restaurant and social club for eccentric explorers and mad scientists."

It is a themed restaurant that serves typical American-themed fare - fajitas, nachos, buffalo wings, burgers, pasta dishes, and all kinds of ghoulish drinks.

Its a fun place to visit anytime for a drink at the bar or a quick bite. Big tourist spot, but we would visit for Halloween to grab a drink or two with some appetizers.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2004

Jekyll and Hyde Club
1409 Sixth Avenue
New York, New York 10019
(212) 541-9505

Brooklyn Diner

Restaurant | "Brooklyn Diner USA"

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Brooklyn Diner USA is a nostalgic throwback to the old Brooklyn days, but updated with an upscale urban twist. This smallish restaurant/diner is located off the main drag on 57th Street. The only thing it has in common with its competitors is being located on 57th, its food and decor is much better by any standards. So, what will you find here? Classic Brooklyn staples like pot roast, chicken soup, meat loaf (better than your grandma's), a 15-bite hot dog, matzah ball soup, macaroni and cheese, egg creams, and scrumptous desserts - with portions so large that you will never get to dessert unless it's shared by a group. The last time I visited the diner with my husband, a piece of chocoloate cake...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2004

Brooklyn Diner
212 West 57th St (between Broadway and Seventh Avenue)
New York, New York 10019
(212) 581-8900

ESPN Sports Zone

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Restaurant | "ESPN Zone"

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I've been to ESPN Zone for an annual holiday party given by a friend of ours every year for the past five years. It is a fun place to stop in and grab a bite to eat while watching the game..whichever it may be at the time..basketball, hockey, football, baseball, soccer, etc. The entire theme is sports related of course. Huge TV screens everywhere, loud and screaming fans, sports related souvenir store, and you can even find TVs in the bathroom stalls! There is also an arcade room that uses a point system and plastic card to keep track of your games. There are all types of games: high tech sports games and basketball shooting games and racing games. I never spent more than 5 minutes in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2004

ESPN Sports Zone

New York, New York 10036

Cosi Sandwich Bar

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Restaurant

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Cosi Sandwich Bars are popping up all over Manhattan and even in the suburbs! I was *lucky* to find one close to where I live. Cosi has an upscale decor with vibrant, orange, Tuscan-colored walls with mirrors, tasteful artwork, and plants. Each location has a cafe feel with a loungy atmosphere. It's a take on Starbucks' concept, except that they offer full breakfast, lunch, and dessert menus. I guess they cater to an "anytime crowd." When you walk into Cosi, there is usually a drink bar that makes gourmet shakes and coffee drinks. Right after that you can find the brick oven and the deli-style counter for ordering your food choice. Each Cosi that I have visited is very similar in desig...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2004

Cosi Sandwich Bar
11 West 42nd Street
New York, New York
212-588-0888

Junior's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Junior's (Downtown Brooklyn)"

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For great deli sandwiches, pastrami piled high on rye, or corned beef sandwiches and a deliciously creamy piece of cheescake, head to the original Junior's Restaurant in Brooklyn. It's a classic, 1950s diner with great food and low, low prices. Also, visit Junior's at Grand Central Station in the Lower Concourse and at the Retail Bakery in the Main Concourse near Track 36. Things to order: Burgers are great too!! Reuban Sandwich Pastrami on Rye Corned Beef Hot Open Roast Beef Sandwich Black & White Milkshake And of course, cheesecake -- plain or Brownie Marble Swirl (They have nine different flavors). You can also order c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2004

Junior's Restaurant
386 Flatbush Ave (at Dekalb Avenue)
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 852-5257

Krispy Kreme

Restaurant

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If New York had to designate an official New York doughnut, it would be Krispy Kremes!! Krispy Kreme doughnuts are the best around, even better than doube Ds, Dunkin Donuts. They have all types of flavors -- original, glazed, chocolate, iced glazed, maple iced glazed, sugar, and the rest...follow this link for pictures: http://www.krispykreme.com/varieties.html. Here's a few N.Y.C. stops where you can find KKs: New York 1497 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10028 US Phone: 212/879-9111 141 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023 US Phone: 212/724-1100 30 Rockefeller Center Plaza New York, NY 10112 US Phone...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2004

Krispy Kreme
1497 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 879-9111

Dunkin Donuts

Restaurant | "Dunkin' Donuts"

Quote:
I just did a tip for Krispy Kremes, so I felt I should mention Dunkin Donuts, a long time favorite of New Yorkers. Actually, I can't get KKs near where I live, so we always stop in and grab a snack at Double Ds.

Double Ds has great coffee, that should be their claim to fame -- their vanilla-flavored coffee is awesome. Regular coffee is pretty good too. I usually buy a bag of their grinded coffee beans to keep on hand - the only problem is that it doesn't last too long!

Their donuts are good too; they seem to be larger in size than KK but have a different taste. KKs melt in your mouth. But my true favorite is Double Ds' marble-frosted donut!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2004

Dunkin Donuts

New York, New York

Two Boots

Restaurant

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Two Boots comes from combining culinary dishes from Louisiana and Italy. This pizza place has the best thin-crust pizzas in town. The crust is very unusual, not a traditional pizza dough, but made with cornmeal. The décor is a mix of Italian and Cajun - when you walk in there is a big mural of a boot on the wall! You'll hear a fun mix of music. The tablecloths are white-checkered, the walls are decorated with old photos, and beer is served in boot mugs while wine is served in juice glasses! Two boots is a fun place to meet with a group celebrating or getting together for a meet-n-greet! The place is fun, lively, and very casual. We’ve tried the BBQ chicken, mushroom, sausage, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2004

Two Boots
37 Avenue A
New York, New York 10009
(212) 505-2276