Few people would imagine a turn-of-the-century horse stable as an epicenter of opulence, but when two nightlife impresarios teamed up, that’s exactly what they achieved. They transformed their Manhattan space into a glitzy indoor and outdoor venue for parties and happy hours. The venue spans multiple rooms and spaces, including a nightclub-like, 5000-square-foot salon supported by wooden beams reclaimed from vintage vessels, and a terrace strewn with greenery and plush benches. The open-air rooftop epitomizes decadence with its temperature-regulated mahogany flooring, fireplace, and party playlists streaming through surround sound from the DJ booth. The rooftop’s glass-enclosed, curtained cabanas have individually controlled heating and cooling units, as well as customizable hologram celebrity guests. The venue has even drawn the eye of high-profile partiers, including the cast of The Jersey Shore and The Today Show.
Founded in 1927, Fine & Schapiro stocks its fridge with kosher meats and Ashkenazi delicacies, all prepared under the rabbinical guidance of Israel Mayer Steinberg. Bosom buddies or two people fused together with a chinese finger trap can delve into a menu of traditional sandwich selections, such as the pastrami, tongue, and turkey ($17.27) or the whitefish salad ($9.95). Sandwiches come piled high with meats and toppings, keeping noshers from growing hungry an hour after eating or being too protein deficient to bench-press a tourist. Soup up the spirit with traditional matzo ball ($5.25) or borscht ($4.50) broths before concluding meals with a healthy dessert of fruit salad.
From dealing with high rents to competing with new business fads, New York institutions can be hard to come by these days. Murray’s Sturgeon Shop, however, curbs that trend and keeps to an old-school tradition of devoted customer service and attention to detail in its artfully plated deli spreads. Since 1946, the Zagat-rated eatery—which also garnered nods from New York Magazine—has stocked products made from its namesake fish, such as smoked sturgeon or caviar. Alaskan salmon, whitefish, and lox complement kosher deli meats such as corned beef and pastrami. To cater parties or Tamagotchi-addiction interventions, the shop delivers ready-to-eat soups, salads, imported cheeses, and indulgent desserts such as old-fashioned crumb cake and rugelach by the pound.
Krik Krak’s soul-warming, spice-saturated dishes hearken back to pre-Columbus Haiti and overflow with rich stews, fresh seafood, and marinated poultry. Also influenced by French, Spanish, African, and Caribbean native cuisines, the menu delivers meals across a spectrum of flavors, from spicy sautéed shrimp to hearty cuts of goat simmered in creole sauce. Haitian sodas, puddings, cakes, and creams ensure that diners leave their Caribbean feasts feeling sweeter than a stay-at-home honeybee.
In 2002, entrepreneur Jeremy Merrin teamed with fellow restaurant mogul Arlene Spiegel and head chef Stanley Licairac to establish Havana Central, a family-friendly enterprise based on lively Latin music and the rich flavors of Cuban cuisine. The food of Cuba draws from disparate influences across the globe⎯Spanish, French, African, Chinese, and indigenous cultures⎯manifesting into tender skirt-steak ropa vieja, empanadas stuffed with savory meats and goat cheese, and salmon, chicken, and shrimp marinated in tangy citrus juices.
Though the restaurant's leafy palms and tropical cocktails hint at the freewheeling good times of 1950s Havana, the staff pairs their joie de vivre with social responsibility, specifically by donating to local charities and taking on numerous green initiatives. As guests sip mojitos and sangria and sup upon slow-roasted meats and chicken sofrito, a lineup of live entertainment keeps feet moving in rhythm. Interactive events include salsa-dance lessons, charanga bands, and reenactments of the charge up San Juan Hill.
Deluxe on Broadway's cooks craft homespun diner fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, skillfully blending milk shakes and whisking together house-made quiche. Outdoor seating allows diners to sip coffee without taking a break from sunbathing or snowball fighting, and other guests can take refuge behind booths or on stools before the counter. Between bites, diners can take advantage of the WiFi service or peruse the framed pictures and frame-worthy thumbtacks that adorn the Tuscan yellow walls.
Boasting more than 20 years of experience, the accommodating staff at Cowgirl Catering supplies meetings and special events with gourmet hors d’oeuvres, entrees, and desserts. Morning business conferences and town meetings convened to ensure that the sun wakes up call for assorted breakfast sandwiches and bagels slathered with chive, vegetable, and lox cream-cheese spreads. Cowgirl Catering also delivers lunch and dinner spreads to hungry groups, rolling out feasts of hearty sandwiches, sushi rolls, large salads crowned with fresh vegetables, and hot entrees such as filet mignon and three-cheese lasagna.