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Chef Michael Gershkovich’s story is a familiar one: a young man strays from tradition to forge his own path, discovers his true passion, and returns home to reconcile his past with his new way of life. With a future of strict religious study expected of him, the young Chef Michael left his Orthodox Jewish community to attend the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Diving head first into the culinary world, he followed the scent of fine foods to kitchens as far as Napa Valley and Hawaii, all the while weaving the cooking techniques he learned into a culinary style entirely his own. When he realized that his methods were perfectly compatible with kosher dietary laws, he returned home and founded Mike’s Bistro, where he creates elegant dishes under the traditional glatt kosher laws of food preparation.

The result is a cuisine that’s equal parts tradition and innovation. Braised boneless short ribs arrive at the table dressed in sun-dried-tomato barbecue glaze, and white-truffle oil and duck jus adorn handmade gnocchi. Chef Michael visits as many tables as he can during the night, whether it’s to recommend a wine pairing, to discuss his favorite menu items, or simply to tag someone because he’s tired of being It.

228 West 72nd Street
New York,
NY
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Anyone craning their neck to gaze at the Museum of Arts and Design at night will find a shocking pop of color bursting forth from the 9th floor windows of the otherwise stark, grey. It’s coming from what could be considered the museum’s most interactive exhibit: its restaurant, dubbed “Robert” in tribute to legendary New York event planner Robert Isabell. There, guests dine upon plush, curved sofas or neon pink chairs, their artfully plated diver scallops and codfish croquettes set aglow by yellow lighting that somehow manages to stay moody, despite its almost radioactive hue. Around them, video-art installations virtually guarantee that there will be no lulls in dinner conversation, as does the sight of the “communal table”, split into two halves by a sculpture mimicking the shape of a sound wave. Still, the most dazzling feature of this lavishly designed eatery may be its address, as a glance out the window procures views of Columbus Circle, Broadway, and Central Park West.

2 Columbus Circle
New York,
NY
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For an eatery whose branches stretch as far as Dubai and Kuwait City, Shake Shack hails from undeniably humble roots. Namely, a hot-dog stand in New York’s Madison Square Park where cooks doled out burgers to support the park conservancy’s first art installation. The temporary eats drew a following so ravenous that the stand was able to disengage its wheels and hunker down permanently in a sleek, tree-flanked kiosk at the park. The burgers landed in CBS New York’s Best Burgers of New York list, in large part because of the 100% Angus beef patties loaded with toppings such as special ShakeSauce, strips of applewood-smoked bacon, and melted muenster cheese. A side of crinkle-cut Yukon fries and a frozen custard milk shake fill in the portrait of classic hamburger joint with a few inventive culinary brushstrokes.

366 Columbus Avenue
New York,
NY
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Ayurveda Cafe’s prix fixe meals consist of 10 rotating vegetarian menu items that span the six Sattvic tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and pungent. Drinks such as the mango banana lassi are less concerned with balance, favoring sweetness above all else.

706 Amsterdam Avenue
New York,
NY
US

Couples cultivate their relationship while also restoring and maintaining New York City parks and community gardens. Surrounded by forest, New Leaf provides a countryside feel inside the city and a menu of American fare made from locally grown ingredients and inspired by New York’s Community gardens.

1 Margaret Corbin Drive
New York,
NY
US

Despite being internationally renowned for his French-based haute cuisine, Jean-Georges Vongerichten swears his favorite food comes from the street carts of Thailand. The Alsace-born chef trained throughout France, but further honed his skills in Asia, slicing and dicing at luxury hotels in Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong. He eventually crafted a signature French-fusion style, swapping out the heavy creams and stocks of traditional European cooking for the lighter juices, essences, and broths of Asian dishes. His inventiveness has launched a legendary career: he owns or collaborates on 35 restaurants around the world, has won two James Beard Awards, and was profiled on the Sundance Channel television show Iconoclasts. Described as the jewel of his empire, Jean-Georges’s eponymous restaurant glitters with the distinction of a four-star rating from the New York Times and three Michelin stars. Though it has risen to lofty ranks, the eatery stays grounded by shopping at local farmers’ markets for its seasonal menu. Dishes have included steamed flounder with roasted pumpkin seeds, spaghetti squash, and soy-yuzu broth, as well as Japanese snapper carpaccio with ginger, white radish, and olive oil. As the signature restaurant of the Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, Jean-Georges boasts a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of Central Park, Columbus Circle, and the city’s most affluent pigeons.

1 Central Park West
New York,
NY
US

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