Danny Meyer is gracing the front line as one of NYC's most sought-after restaurateurs. He owns Shake Shack, Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard and the Gramercy Tavern, and his 1985 culinary pride — Union Square Café continues to deliver succulent Italian-American cuisine in a clean, relaxed setting just west of Union Square.
People often associate two things with the Big Apple: the Yankees, and an authentic New York steak. In a collision of the city's staples, an American steakhouse was born.
NYY Steak had its grand opening party last night in Midtown, Manhattan. Owned by Hard Rock International and Yankee Global Enterprises, the restaurant held a Blue Carpet event true to its NYC style. Guests included television personalities like Kris Jenner and James Lipton; Hard Rock big wigs like Hamish Dodds (President and CEO) and James F. Allen (Chairman, and CEO of Gaming Operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida); and of course, the Yankees.
Helmed by the proprietors of Trattoria Dopo Teatro in Times Square, Dopo East in the Upper East Side is a townhouse fashioned into a modern Italian restaurant with a rustic charm. It’s easy to forget that you’re dining at a restaurant until the waiter comes over with the menu. “Would you like sparkling or distilled water?” he asks politely. And then he hands you the wine menu, where the list ends at the bottom of the second page.
The wine is curated from various sections of the globe, and a popular one is the Prosecco Abati Regali, a sparkling Italian wine that goes very well with most dishes, especially pasta and seafood.
Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” plays gently in the background as the waiters shuffle around the townhouse in their crisp black and white uniform, lowering platters of colorful Italian cuisine in front of customers. This would be ideal for a romantic date night.
Entering Vice Lounge is an experience in and of itself. You are first met with the view of a moderately sized bar, lined with the finest liquors, but just pass the black curtain-covered doors towards the back and you find yourself meeting a completely different scene. The black and red, sexy, chandeliered, vampiresque décor strikes you immediately and lets you know that this isn’t an ordinary restaurant. As you walk through the central dance floor, and onto the upstairs lounge, you will notice that each table is placed on its own individual cow skin rug. The crystal and silver themed tables match perfectly against the lavish night scene of the rest of the establishment.
I recently went out with a group of friends to this charming restaurant in Old Town Alexandria and immediately thought it’d be the perfect place for a dinner date.
Overwood is a rustic wood-fired American kitchen with a pleasant and warm atmosphere. Walking in you are immediately filled with the sense that you are walking into a cozy colonial cabin. The restaurant has hardwood floors, wooden booths and glowing candles on each table. The booths have tall backs, making for a very nice and private dining experience, perfect for a dinner for two.
Michael Mina has opened a new Steakhouse in San Francisco called Bourbon Steak. Slide into a plush Pullman-style booth and check out the menu of deluxe steaks and strong cocktails.
Try the Prather Ranch Lamb Chops (coriander yogurt, Muscat grape and panisse, isot chile gastrique) or Chef Min’s Falafel Burger (tahini sauce, tomato and cucumber relish). Not looking for meat, Bourbon Steak has Butter-Poached Main Lobster (sweet corn crepe, thai curry, citrus, basil).
Open for reservation, this hot spot is only open for dinner or the bar. The bar/lounge opens nightly at 5pm. Dinner is Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm – 10pm and Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm.
at the Westin St. Francis
355 Powell St
San Francisco, CA 94102