Il Fiorista sells flowers, offers classes like bouquet making and edible flowers 101, and serves dishes that include chrysanthemums and geraniums. But unless you come to this Nomad spot with all that in mind, you’ll just think it’s another attractive, all-day restaurant near Madison Square Park. Many of the Mediterranean dishes do include flowers, but hibiscus harissa doesn’t add much to the spot prawns and flowering marjoram does little to the very normal strip steak. Besides some excellent sweet potato sourdough, you don’t need to come here for the food, but you should keep the seating at the long bar in mind for casual dates or after-work drinks and snacks around Flatiron.
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I once saw a man at Shake Shack, dressed in a suit and setting a formal table. On the small metal table he placed a white tablecloth, fine silverware, a candle, and some flowers. For a moment, I was overcome with joy at the beautiful event that was about to unfold before me...this man was about to propose to a burger.
We’re not exactly sure that New York City was in desperate need of an Armenian/Lebanese restaurant, but this stateside opening of Almayass, a Beirut-based establishment with locations across the Middle East, is very exciting for at least three or four of us here.
LPQ Party Roof
LPQ Party Roof is what we call the rooftop on top of the Le Pain Quotidien in Flatiron, and it’s unironically a great place to drink outside.
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Lighthouse is our go-to spot in Williamsburg for a casual, kind of healthy, but still impressive meal.
Loosie’s Cafe is the daytime cafe verison of Loosie Rouge, the bar/restaurant/hot French people hangout in Williamsburg.
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Union Square Cafe
Union Square Cafe is a classic New York City restaurant having its second life in a new space. The good news? It’s still as good as ever.
Balthazar, you had a good 16-year run, but it’s time to step aside. Lafayette is now the quintessential French bistro of bustling downtown NYC.
Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Park Roman Italian restaurant is better than we initially thought, especially for a date or an upscale brunch.
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