Cornelius Gallagher earned accolades as the executive chef for Oceana, but after he left, a trip to Vietnam, Thailand, and China sparked his passion for Asian flavors and inspired him to open DragonflyNY, according to the New York Post. Now, Chef Scott Gery has taken his place at the helm and continues to deliver a unique take on intricate Asian dishes. Gery and his team whip up elegant dishes such as crispy Vietnamese snapper nestled in rice pearls and dished with an apricot-tamarind sauce, and tater tots that gush with melted gruyere cheese and memories of Idaho.
Though the dishes are sophisticated, the restaurant keeps its vibe casual. Asian statuettes overlook the modern, warmly lit dining room’s booths and wooden tables. At the long, wooden bar, bartenders mix signature cocktails, including a green-tea martini with green-tea vodka, honey water, and fresh lemon.
Alberto Gonzalez, dissatisfied with New York City’s culinary offerings, spent a year questioning New Yorkers on the streets about what they wanted in an organic restaurant. Only after carefully considering his findings did he launch GustOrganics, a USDA-certified organic restaurant and bar that uses only 100% organic ingredients. Those natural building blocks, from fresh ginger, grass-fed beef, rice flour, and locally produced mozzarella wind up in a wide range of dishes, including vegetarian and gluten-free offerings. In the bustling kitchen, the chefs pinch together house-made ravioli and toss fajitas into sizzling pans.
The employees at the certified Green Restaurant also care for the health of the environment. In addition to working with local organic farmers and never dropping pennies into scenic geysers, the staffers care for the natural world by composting, recycling, and enlisting only wind and solar energy.
Taking its name from a romantic epic poem from Russia’s most celebrated poet, Onegin enchants its guests with plush finery and cuisine reminiscent of the passionate poetry, stately imperial balls, and voluminous sideburns of Pushkin’s St. Petersburg. Portraits of Russian nobility grace the ceilings, forming backdrops for crystal chandeliers that cast light upon tables decorated with verse in gold leaf. Birch trees lining walls and bar tops call to mind the restaurant’s Slavic heritage, and meals of Caspian Sea caviar, blini, wild-caught trout and chicken Kiev prepared by Ukrainian head chef Ilze Ritina awaken the palate to the rich fare of Czarist-era noblemen and ladies. As diners sup on tender veal cutlets or traditional meals of brick-oven rye bread and pickled herring, they relish in the revelry of romantic karaoke ballads and occasional burlesque-performance revues.
It could be said that B.A.D. Burger's dining room operates outside the conventional boundaries of time: their grill is hot 24 hours a day and the entire menu, be it burgers or breakfast, is fair game no matter the time on the clock. Cooks fill the crispy grids of buttermilk waffles with syrup before pairing them with pieces of fried chicken and plate omelets with helpings of home fries, grits, or french fries. Fresh-baked buns envelop 8-ounce patties of beef, black beans, or garden veggies that are slathered in toppings such as guacamole, eggs, and marinara. Not a page of the menu is complete without a bevy of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, including vegan cheese and grass-fed tofu. Additionally, the diner's in-house sweet-makers Bad Girls Bakery, wrest pans of vegan and gluten-free brownies, cookies, and cheesecakes from the oven.
Garnering praise from the Wall Street Journal for delicacies and decor and from the Wine Enthusiast for libations, the sister-run kitchen of DUO Restaurant & Lounge delicately fashions contemporary American dishes. Fava beans cuddle up to dried-fruit chutney and thyme-enriched madeira jus atop the organic, free-range chicken breast, which may inspire spontaneous crowing. Pearl onions and pearl couscous lie in savory strings across bordeaux-braised short ribs, and moist slices of red velvet cake come decadently slathered with cream cheese icing.
Ever meticulous, DUO's owners hand-placed each Swarovski crystal upon the walls to create the perfect ratio of sparkle to glitter. Massive paintings of sultry-eyed subjects gaze over the dining room as patrons sink into the silvery upholstery of the plush banquettes.
East of Eighth takes diners on a tour of New York City’s diverse cultural heritage with a selection of authentically prepared dishes representing more than 10 distinct communities, including the French, Cajun, and Spanish. Binding the disparate culinary traditions together is a focus on contemporary bistro fare, from matzo-ball soup to pâté-topped breads to chorizo quesadillas. After dinner, the delectable oral history continues with crème caramel and strawberry shortcake that compete for diners' attention with the restaurant’s bounty of eye candy—an illuminated fountain, an aqua garden teeming with multi-colored foliage, and the always lively West 23rd Street in Chelsea bustling below wall-size windows. Theatergoers on their way to catch a show or impersonate an understudy can feed their inner critics by selecting dishes from a special pre-theater menu.