Guests could dine at Park Avenue Bar & Grill multiple times, and yet leave each visit feeling as though they'd never been there before. Behind the restaurant's historic façade of red brick and arched windows await six distinct areas, each welcoming diners into a different experience. Downstairs, bartenders mix drinks at a traditional wooden bar, and upstairs, a modern lounge fills glasses amid tomato-red walls and zebra-patterned tile. After they dine on white tablecloths in the refined second-floor dining room, patrons can wander out to the private courtyard for drinks, or head up to the rooftop to watch New York's mayor give the skyline its nightly spit shine.
To match the atmosphere of each space, chef Todd Villani prepares fusion cuisine that combines Latin and New American traditions. Meticulously prepared entrees cater to guests seeking evenings of fine dining, and lighter fare, such as tapas and empanadas, facilitates socializing.
Situated in Manhattan and Forest Hills, the pair of urbane steak houses known as (aged.) pair their modern culinary innovations with a classic look, hanging repurposed European-oak-barrel chandeliers over plates filled with all-American Black Angus beef from Creekstone Farms. Blueprinted by renowned interior designer Lesly Zamor, both environs emanate an aura of elegant rusticity with antique oak bistro seating and a 20-foot repurposed wood rafter spattered with lit candles like a giant redwood's birthday cake. Authentic ales from Trappist monasteries mingle with West Coast craft brews behind the bar, and fresh seafood is imported directly from Atlantis each morning. Three-course prix fixe lunches tempt tongues every Monday–Friday, and chefs meld meals into brunch every Saturday and Sunday.
When Bruno Selimaj shuttered his Northern Italian restaurant in 2007, it marked the end of a three-decade run as a hot spot for Midtown's politicians and mobsters. However, with the opening of Club A Steakhouse, Bruno reprises his recipe for dry-aged strips—the very ones enjoyed by Donald, Rudy, and the Gottis—and rebrands the venue as an elegant niche for modern American cuisine.
In addition to searing prime dry-aged rib eyes, chefs braise pinot noir short ribs, roast lemon-thyme chicken, and assemble littleneck clams on the half shell. They diversify flavor profiles with seven sauces (hollandaise, bordelaise, and a house steak sauce, among others) and fill out plates with robust, starch-based sides. Servers dispatch these dishes to linen-topped tables in a crimson dining room that's decorated with black-and-white snapshots of famous patrons. A wine cellar and piano room branch off the main hall, furnishing dimly lit corners and upholstered banquettes in which to sip wine or play spin the bottle.
At its simplest, a cheesesteak only requires three ingredients: steak, cheese, and bread. But the grill masters at Philly Cheesesteak House aren't interested in supplying just the basics. Nineteen toppings, from cooked onions and sweet peppers to Cheez Whiz, can flavor the 6- and 10-inch subs.
The sandwiches are part of the House's all-day lunch menu, whose cheesesteak alternatives include veggie burgers and chicken fingers paired with honey mustard. The breakfast menu's omelets are also available from open to close, and an extensive dinner menu ends each day with entrees such as pasta platters and seafood paella for two.
During New York's golden age, when big-band music filled the streets and Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie reigned supreme in regal zoot suits, Ellsworth Statler held court at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Known as much for its delicious food as it was for its swanky shows, the hotel became the standard of swingin' cool by which all others were measured. Today, the same spirit that propelled Ellsworth Statler to greatness inhabits his namesake: the Statler Grill. Using classic midcentury charm and more than four decades of experience in the restaurant business, the owners of Statler Grill reanimate the New York of decades past, time-warping diners as they sit at tables cloaked in white linens amid muted lighting. Artwork festoons the walls, adding warm hues and a jubilant air while frosted glass and earth-toned walls segment the dining room for more romantic dining and more covert fantasy baseball meetings. An adjoining bar serves up a similar sophistication, with a menu of light fare appropriate for an after-work snack, or after a game, being located across the street from Madison Square Garden.
For dinner, the kitchen lines classic new york prime sirloins and porterhouses with the marks of the char grill. Seafood arrives fresh daily to offer the best flavors of the deep blue, including Prince Edward Island mussels, Long Island clams, and fried calamari. The chefs' traditional and inventive American fare complements every meal of the day, from eggs benedict for brunch to filet mignon for supper and Maryland crab cakes for late night sleep eating. All of this fancy fare doesn't get in the way of friendly service, though; the restaurant's friendly waitstaff and knowledgable bartenders earned glowing praise from the foodies at Midtown Lunch.
Just as the surrounding Theater District transports audiences to faraway places, Brazil Grill's dining room immerses guests in the rich culinary traditions of Brazil. Though it boasts a substantial selection of entrees, the eatery's specialty is radizio, a traditional Brazilian dining style where passadores, or meat servers, present diners with an endless rotation of skewered morsels. Patrons can nosh to their hearts' content on beef, pork, lamb, duck, and the other meats that continually appear tableside during the course of the night. To complement the authentic dishes, servers can also recommend options from the restaurant's selection of wines culled from Chile, Italy, and New Zealand. Most nights, guests eat as they absorb the sounds of live Brazilian music, the play-by-play of Brazilian League soccer matches, or napkins practicing their Portuguese accents.