36 "See And Be Seen" restaurants in New York.
Despite the wait times, we wholeheartedly recommend having a fun, seafood-dominated meal at Cervo’s on the Lower East Side.
Mission Ceviche is a fun Peruvian restaurant on the Upper East Side where you should bring a group.
The East Pole is a restaurant where you should meet a friend for a martini in the east 60s.
Lola Taverna is a very nice-looking restaurant in Soho with decent, overpriced Greek food.
Elio’s is an old-school Italian restaurant on the UES that’s great for a birthday party or a night of martinis and veal parm with a friend.
The Tribeca restaurant is less of the celebrity scene it once was, but still makes very good Italian food.
A great spot in Central Park to sunbathe, play frisbee, or meet someone new.
Frenchette is an upscale French bistro in Tribeca. Think of it as an updated version of The Odeon or Balthazar.
The rooftop bar at the Public Hotel on the LES has a great view and a big outdoor patio. You just might have to wait in line to get in here.
La Mercerie is a cafe and luxury design store in SoHo. It has expensive pastries and expensive furniture, and it’s a great spot for a daytime meeting.
Magic Hour is an outrageous indoor/outdoor rooftop bar in Midtown where you can meet your cousins after they finish touring Times Square.
Emilio’s Ballato is an old-school Italian place in Soho that doesn’t take reservations, serves great food, and feels kind of like a clubhouse.
Top of The Standard is pricey, but you’ve probably seen this cocktail bar in a movie or two, and the 18th-story view is one of the best in the city.
Brooklyn Heights Social Club is an upscale cocktail bar at the top of 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.
The Lobster Club is the brightly colored Japanese restaurant in the Seagram building in Midtown, from the same people behind The Grill and The Pool.