EL VEZ serves up fresh takes on Mexican favorites. The restaurant’s vibrant colors, eclectic cantina decor and large, lively bar create a fun, bustling atmosphere. Wine, beer and several mezcal-focused cocktails are offered.
MORIMOTO is an upscale Japanese spot from restaurateur Stephen Starr and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto that serves a chef’s special omakase menu — to be enjoyed traditionally with your shoes off — as well as sushi and other Asian dishes. The sleek bi-level space transports guests to the future with its sparkly white decor and illuminated staircase. An extensive international wine list and aged sake selections are available. Adam Platt, esteemed NY Magazine food critic writes, “[Chef] Morimoto is an Iron Chef for good reason. He trained originally as a sushi chef and is a master of the sophisticated Japanese …
BUDDAKAN is restaurateur Stephen Starr’s spacious, stylish cocktail lounge and Asian restaurant. The bustling, energetic crowd and expansive wine, sake and cocktail list make Buddakan the perfect spot for a fun night out.
UPLAND serves hearty California cuisine with an Italian twist. The dining room — lined with copper details, wood benches and shelves full of preserved lemon jars — strikes the perfect balance between a warm, inviting home and a hip, trendy scene. The smart, approachable wine is worth exploring.
THE CLOCKTOWER — Stephen Starr’s chic new hot spot located in the New York Edition Hotel — serves sophisticated British fare from award-winning chef Jason Atherton and a great cocktail and wine list. The space is welcoming and old-school, featuring walls lined with vintage photos, a purple felt pool table and Venetian plastered ceiling.
NO NAME is an exclusive restaurant and lounge serving delicious New American fare. Dim lighting, comfortable couches and live music create a chic, chill atmosphere in the unmarked space. The creative cocktails should not be missed.
AGERN offers Nordic-inspired a la carte dishes and tasting menus using local ingredients and traditional Scandinavian techniques from acclaimed Danish chef and restaurateur Claus Meyer in Grand Central Terminal. Light wood, modern black chairs and brass pendant light fixtures define the chic, Nordic-meets-NYC space. A strong all-American wine list is available.
PASTORAL dishes out Neapolitan pizzas, handcrafted pastas — which can be prepared gluten-free — and other Italian fare. The bustling, relaxed vibe is made modern by the rustic-industrial decor, featuring concrete floors, brick walls and garage doors. A mostly Italian wine list, plus creative cocktails and draft beers, are offered.
DANDAN serves dan dan noodles (a spicy Chinese Sichuan specialty), vegetable dishes and other Asian-inspired small and large plates. An oversized mural of hanging noodles and a few decorative lanterns outfit the otherwise minimalist, industrial space. Six beers and a smart cocktail list are served from the ground floor bar.
STRIP HOUSE MIDTOWN offers fabulous cuts of red meat, a raw bar and impeccable side dishes. The crimson leather decor, dark wood and vintage photos of burlesque dancers on the walls create an energetic vibe. Strong wines, cocktails and beers are available.