Tuesday, 26 July 2011

10 iconic restaurants in New York, New York

10 Sylvia's

328 Lenox Ave New York, NY 10027 Tel: (212) 996-0660 Fax: (212) 427-6389

Soul food plays a large part in the culinary kitchen of New York and by far the most popular soul food restaurant is in Harlem and is called Sylvia's. Sylvia Woods, the "Queen of Soul food," is the founder and owner of the world famous Sylvia's Restaurant, located in the historical village of Harlem, since 1962. On a hot balmy night sitting on the pavement watching the characters of the neighbourhood go by is sheer theater, making it one of the most popular shows in town.

9 Carnegie Deli ( I want what she's having )

         • 854 7th Avenue at 55th Street, New York, New York, 10019 • Phone: 212-757-2245

Founded in 1937, the world famous Carnegie Deli is a true New York City landmark situated in Midtown on 7th Avenue at 55th Street. All of their meats are smoked and cured in their own plant. They are family owned and operated and also bake their world famous cheesecake and desserts here. Their walls of fame are filled with pictures of celebrities, dignitaries, athletes.
They are known for their pastrami, corned beef, brisket and many other sandwiches, including their famous "Broadway Danny Rose."  All of their gargantuan sandwiches are overstuffed with at least one pound of meat. They also specialise in old world favorites such as: knishes, matzoh ball soup, stuffed cabbage, and of course our pickles.

8 The Russian Tea Room

150 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
(between 6th & 7th Ave)

For over eighty years, New York’s defining cultural moments have taken place at Russian Tea Room. Ever since members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the restaurant in 1927, it has been a second home for boldface names and the intellectual elite—an exclusive enclave where actors, writers, politicians, and businessmen planned their next deals and feted their friends’ latest Carnegie Hall performances. The lively tradition and legacy of the Russian Tea Room is alive and well!

7 Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Rated New York No. 1 Steakhouse

Peter Luger's is possibly the New York's finest steakhouse, drawing happy carnivores to its tavern like, old New York premises since 1887. Each perfect, butter-tender prime beef steak is hand-picked and dry-aged on site, then prepared to perfection and served by amiable waiters who aren't half as gruff as the guidebooks claim.

6 Balthazar Bakery

80 Spring Street, New York  - (212) 965-1785

Since 1997, Balthazar Bakery has created breads and pastries for customers who want to enjoy a taste of Balthazar at home or at work. The bakery’s philosophy is simple: They use fine ingredients and traditional methods to produce exceptional soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts.

5  21 Club

Perfectly positioned in midtown Manhattan, '21' is in the center of it all. A short walk from the Broadway theater district, many of NYC's leading hotels, and top sights, this iconic Orient-Express restaurant offers superb American cuisine, a Grand Award-winning wine list, and attentive service in a setting that is sophisticated yet fun.

Experience authentic New York at its finest when you dine in either of our two restaurants, the famous Bar Room or romantic Upstairs at '21' - a renowned spot for marriage proposals.

'21' also offers ten private banquet rooms, including the legendary Prohibition-era wine cellar, ideal for family celebrations, wedding receptions and corporate events. Let us create memories that will last a lifetime.

4 Sardi's

234 West 44th St # 3
New York, NY 10036, United States
(212) 221-8440

Sardi's was the birthplace of the Tony Award . After the death of Antoinette Perry  in 1946, her partner, theatrical producer and director, Brock Pemberton  was eating lunch at Sardi's when he came up with the idea of a theater award to be given in Perry's honor. For many years Sardi’s was the location of the announcement of the Tony Award nominations. Vincent Sardi, Sr. received a special Tony Award in 1947, the first year of the awards, for "providing a transient home and comfort station for theatre folk at Sardi's for 20 years.

3 Babbo

110 Waverly Place
New York, NY 10011
Reservation: +1.212.777.0303

Babbo opened in the summer of 1998 in an effort to emulate the best of the great Italian tradition of hospitality and quality at the table and in the glass. The philosophy is easy as it is straight forward - use the best local ingredients as simply as possible and serve them with flourish and joy. As a Tuscan cooks in Chianti, as a Neapolitan cooks on the Amalfi coast, as a Sicilian cooks in Pantelleria, at Babbo they cook as an Italian might in the Mid-Atlantic/Hudson Valley region.

2 Aquavit

65 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022-3219, United States
(212) 307-7311

At Aquavit, you can sample our New York Times three-star award-winning Scandinavian cuisine any day of the week. Restaurant Aquavit offers an a la carte menu for lunch and prix fixe and tasting menus for both lunch and dinner in the dining room. On Sundays at Aquavit, they serve a Scandinavian smorgasbord brunch in their dining room from noon to 2.30pm.
If you prefer a more casual setting, then Aquavit's Bistro, a Scandinavian-style bistro, where they serve an a la carte menu of such traditional Scandinavian favorites such as Swedish meatballs, Gravlax and Toast Skagen.
Aquavit's bar and lounge offers signature cocktails and light fare, perfect for a date, casual meeting or an after-work gathering.

1 The Waverly Inn

16 Bank St., New York, NY 10014 40.73702 -74.002173
at Wavery Pl.

 Owned by Graydon Carter the editor of Vanity Fair. This has the reputation of being one of the hardest restaurants to get into in the world. The rooms are decorated like a kind of modest, English dining society, with low-wattage lighting and lots of raggedly debonair little piles of tattered books, old photos of the ’49 Brooklyn Dodgers that look like they’ve been gathered from some long-ago Vanity Fair photo shoot.
 And what about the food? For a semi-private club, it’s not bad. For a public restaurant, it could be better, although if you’re Graydon Carter and a place like this opened a few doors down from your own townhouse, you wouldn’t be too upset. In accordance with the fashions of the day, it is stressed that “local and organic” ingredients are used whenever possible at the Waverly Inn, and that the restaurant’s water is filtered through “reverse osmosis,” whatever that is. But don’t let these little flourishes fool you. This connect-the-dots bistro menu isn’t designed to win any culinary awards. It’s designed to feed patrons in a familiar, semi-competent way, without distracting from the real business at hand, which is to have a drink or two and bask in the reflected glow of each other’s glorious presence.

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