This is an upscale steakhouse just a block from Grand Central, and it’s the sort of spot where you can eat some quality red meat with a client or a few members of your extended family. It has high ceilings, a casual bar area up front, and servers who all wear bow ties. The food is pretty straightforward, and if you’re looking for a wedge salad followed by a thick, perfectly cooked slab of filet mignon, you’ll be happy here. On the way out, stop in the entryway and stare at photos of celebrities who have eaten here before you (Warren Sapp and Fountains of Wayne, for example).
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Toloache ain’t cheap, but in an area where dropping dollars on grub is a given, it’s a breath of fresh air when the food is legitimately awesome.
Radiance Tea House
Radiance Tea House is a great little place to get some grub, drink a pot of tea, and maybe peruse a text about Buddhism. We find ourselves in here from time to time to do exactly that – except for the Buddhism part.
All observations about the clientele aside, Nobu 57 is still a pretty damn good meal. It’s hard not to love those classic dishes, as long as you can swallow the hefty price tag.
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Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is a counter-service spot in the East Village that serves some of the best fried chicken in the city.
Lighthouse is our go-to spot in Williamsburg for a casual, kind of healthy, but still impressive meal.
No, it’s not a bowling alley in Times Square. It’s the 25-year-old Keith McNally restaurant that’s way more fun than Balthazar.
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Peter Luger Steak House
Peter Luger is a New York City steakhouse institution, and eating here is an experience unlike any other in the city.
Even though it's in Midtown, this multi-level meat market serves up one of our favorite steaks in town, and it's not what you might expect from a steakhouse in the area.
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