restaurants

Manhattan, Midtown East, Restaurants

All photos of Cornelius courtesy of City Winery

Cornelius, a new high-end restaurant by City Winery, opened in Grand Central Terminal last week. The 75-seat restaurant offers patrons farm-to-table fare inspired by Gilded Age menus and created by Chef Zach Bondy. The restaurant joins two other concepts from City Winery, including a signature experience with tasting bars and City Jams, which has a first-of-its-kind wine-to-go program and an all-day menu.  Find out more

Midtown, Restaurants

The Mermaid Inn opens expansive new location in Times Square

By Aaron Ginsburg, Tue, December 13, 2022

All images courtesy of Alex Staniloff

The Mermaid Oyster Bar, a new outpost of the beloved Manhattan seafood restaurant family The Mermaid Inn, opened in Times Square on Tuesday. Located at 127 West 43rd Street, the restaurant is the Mermaid’s largest location yet, three times larger than any of its other Manhattan branches. Owners Danny Abrams and Cindy Smiths have opened the new location alongside restaurateur Jeffrey Bank, CEO of Alicart Restaurant Group.

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Features, holidays, NYC Guides, Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Pig Beach BBQ

You can spend more time with friends and family and less time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving by ordering in. There are many New York City restaurants offering Turkey Day meals for takeout and delivery, from a traditional feast with all of the fixings at Bubby’s to a Middle Eastern-inspired meal from Edy’s Grocer. And don’t forget the pie!

Thankful for takeout

City Living, Lower East Side, Restaurants

This Lower East Side bar was ranked best in the U.S.

By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, October 6, 2022

Double Chicken Please, image courtesy of World’s 50 Best Bars

On this year’s list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, announced during a ceremony in Barcelona this week, New York City leads with six bars, more than any other city in the world, including two making the top 10. The Lower East Side’s Double Chicken Please ranked sixth in the world, and the best in North America, and was given the highest new entry award. Katana Kitten, which serves Japanese-inspired drinks and fare in the West Village, came ninth.

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Manhattan, Midtown, Restaurants

Photo courtesy of City Winery

Picking up a bottle of wine for dinner on the way home from work will soon get easier. City Winery’s newest location in Grand Central Terminal, opening on November 1, will debut a reusable bottle program, allowing guests to take wine to go, return the bottle to be washed, and receive a $5 credit toward the next one. Located on the west end of Vanderbilt Hall, the new City Winery includes three dining concepts: a signature experience with tasting bars, a grab-and-go all-day menu at City Jams, and a high-end restaurant, Cornelius.

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Manhattan, Restaurants, Upper West Side 

Popular UWS restaurant Mermaid Inn to close after 15 years

By Aaron Ginsburg, Mon, September 26, 2022

Streetview of the Mermaid Inn on the UWS © 2022 Google

The Mermaid Inn, an Upper West Side gem known for its daily happy hour and affordable oyster deal, is closing its doors on October 16 after 15 years. But longtime patrons will be happy to hear that owners Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith are planning to open a new location on the Upper West Side next year, in addition to a new restaurant in Times Square. “We’re looking at two or three spots to move on the Upper West Side, and we hope to be in one by late spring or early summer,” Abrams told the New York Post.

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Design, Hotels, Nomad, Restaurants

Photo courtesy of Björn Wallander

José Andrés opened a new cocktail bar on the rooftop of The Ritz-Carlton New York, Nomad last week. Described as a “glittering jewel box,” Nubeluz, (the name is a mash-up of the Spanish words “nube” for cloud and “luz” for light), sits 500 feet above Nomad, becoming a part of the skyline while also boasting 270-degree views of it.

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Design, Features, Interviews, Midtown West

All photos courtesy of Alejandro Ramos

An over-the-top dining experience bursting at the seams with color, patterns, and nostalgia opened in Times Square this summer. Peachy Keen is a sprawling restaurant with exaggerated 1970s-inspired interiors, decked out in a vibrant color scheme of coral, turquoise, orange, and pink with design elements like white ceramic tiles with pink grout and neon signs. The team behind the delightfully retro restaurant’s design is Wid Chapman Architects, the hospitality experts who designed New York City hot spots like Dhamaka and the restaurant inside 70 Pine Street. Serving up inventive comfort food and funky cocktails, the all-day eatery is massive with a little over 140 seats, but pockets of tucked-away seating and banquettes provide space for private moments, too. Ahead, hear from architect Wid Chapman on how Peachy Keen’s colorful menu inspired the restaurant’s technicolor vibe, as well as the firm’s design process and his favorite thing to order from the new restaurant.

A Times Square throwback

Hotels, Nomad, Restaurants

Photo credit: Jason Varney

José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup on Tuesday opened Zaytinya, a new restaurant and hotel in-room dining option at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Nomad. The restaurant features a mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines in a 140-seat street-level restaurant with a mod-meets Mediterranean interior design courtesy of David Rockwell’s Rockwell Group. The Nomad location will be the second for Zaytinya, which first opened in 2002 in Washington, DC.

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Restaurants, Transportation

Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim on Flickr

New Yorkers may seem to need no encouragement to visit the city’s bounty of local restaurants, but independent eateries could use a boost after Covid restrictions kept everyone at home. DineAWAY is a joint effort by the MTA and the James Beard Foundation to get residents and visitors to explore New York City’s local restaurants and neighborhoods via subways, buses, and commuter rails. DineAWAY sweepstakes offer fabulous foodie prizes like dinner at favorite restaurants and VIP tickets to food festivals.

Delicious details, this way

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