From its glass-enclosed-rooftop vantage point, Terrace in the Sky sides executive chef Jason Potanovich's gourmet bistro fare with striking views of Manhattan. Four hundred varieties of wine complement 10 seasonally adjusted dinner appetizers for a practically endless number of opening ensembles, like sequined jumpsuits at an ABBA revival tour. Spiced spoked octopus a la plancha places white nectarines and squid-ink balsamic vinaigrette within tentacles' grasp ($17) before carnaroli risotto steamrolls duck confit, acorn squash, wild mushrooms, and porcini oil across tongue pavement ($31). Lunchers can feast on organic chicken breast with bacon lardons, cipollini onions, braised kale, and ultra-creamy potato purée ($22), and brunchers can choose any two entrees to hybridize a fixed-price meal ($35).
Crepes on Columbus fills its namesake dish—thin, made-to-order pancakes—with sweet and savory ingredients, imbuing each bite with Franco-Spanish flavors. The quaint café’s crepes adapt to any appetite, brimming with rich infusions such as nutella and strawberries or roasted chicken and ratatouille, and serve as emergency head coverings during freak downpours of jams and preserves. The friendly wait staff serves both breakfast and dinner all day, comingling omelets, juicy cuts of meat, and seafood on tabletops, sided with desserts and smoothies.
Chez Lucienne greets diners with a quietly refined meal in a space that's at once welcoming and intimate. Moving between the restaurant's quaint interior and beautiful outdoor terrace, a friendly and accommodating staff circles about white-linen tabletops and powder-blue banquettes while patrons mull over the inspired fare of Head Chef Thomas Obaton, whose affinity for innovative simplicity goes into every dish. Brunch crowds can indulge in the uncommon post-noon sensibilities of Tartare de Thon, a tuna tartare with wasabi caviar and sesame oil ($11.95), and savory crêpes de poulet au sauce champagne, a blanket of crêpe wrapped about chicken, sautéed spinach, mushrooms, roasted peppers, toasted peanuts, and gooey brie ($14.95).
A Café's skilled chefs weave Caribbean flavors into favorite French dishes, creating an intercontinental feast of organic goodies that has earned them a four-leaf rating from Greenopia. Begin a jaunt down the menu with flavorful tastes from the baked scottish-pheasant pâtée, served with truffle oil and cognac on a brie crust ($12), or jump straight into the roast duck-leg confit, covered in jerk spices and a citrus jus reduction ($20). Herbivores and big-city rabbits can pillage garden fare such as the wild-mushroom ragout with tofu, caribbean beans, and alfalfa sprouts ($15), and those with wolf-like tendencies can munch on a free-range smoked chicken breast ($17). A Café's intimate insides are BYOB friendly and free of cork fees, letting satisfied munchers rest in their seats with a gateau au chocolat fondant ($9), a satiated smirk, and stomachs full of miniature umbrellas. Reservations are strongly encouraged on Fridays.