You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.
Grand Central Oyster BarHot spot at the railway stationThe Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful railway station restaurants in the world. This venerable dining establishment opened its doors in the basement of the Grand Central Station in 1913. The Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino, who brought the Catalonian style to America, designed the gorgeous white-tiled vaulted ceiling of the oyster bar. Seep into the ambiance, shoulder-to-shoulder with New York businesspeople seated on bar stools as you work your way through the incredible oyster menu or spoon up your Manhattan clam chowder in peace.89 East 42nd Street
New York 10017
+1 212 490 6650
A VoceItalianForget everything you think you know about Italian food. The chef, Missy Robbins, lovingly nicknamed the «pasta wizard» because of her fantastic pasta creations like trofie with black olives or corzetti with walnuts and golden beets, bowls diners over with her contemporary interpretations of Italian cuisine. And who’s ever tasted a panna cotta with olive oil and fresh basil? Precisely. The Italian restaurant A Voce on Columbus Circle is a spin-off of the original one at Madison Square Park. The dining area looks like a fashionable showroom. Guests sit on designer chairs admiring the view of Central Park through the floor-to-ceiling windows.10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor
New York 10023
+1 212 823 2523
Momofuku KoTop restaurantDavid Chang is one of the hottest chefs in the US at present. His crossover cuisine could hardly be better suited for representing the melting pot of New York. He blends elements of French, Italian, Korean and Japanese cuisine with such virtuosity that gourmet fans and critics are left with nothing to do but ooh and aah. He has four restaurants in New York for your dining pleasure: in addition to the award-winning Momofuku Ssäm and Ma pêche, noodle fans should not miss the Momofuku Noodle Bar. Gourmands will be in epicurean heaven at Momofuku Ko. though note that you must make reservations online and you only have a short window of opportunity. The tables book out in a jiffy.163 1st Avenue, between 10th and 11th Street
New York 10003
+1 212 228 7293
DinerModern AmericanThis charming diner in Williamsburg dating back to 1927 unfortunately has long lines out front. This gives you time to order a drink at the bar and admire the art deco mosaic floor or consider the Williamsburg hipster crowd while you wait. Later, after the waitress has jauntily written the menu on the paper tablecloth and served up a modern interpretation of American cuisine, you’ll get it: this place isn’t hip for hipness’ sake but because the food, the atmosphere and the cool, friendly service blend to perfection.85 Broadway
New York 10006
+1 718 486 3077
BuddakanStylishHidden within a black, nondescript building in the Meatpacking District is one of the hippest restaurants in New York. The ambiance is a mixture of Baroque and Asian influence with a spectacular lighting concept. This is where Carrie and her friends dined in the first Sex and the City film, and this is where you'll see Louboutins and the like. The highlight is the descent from the cocktail lounge into the dining area: long tables ablaze with golden light from enormous lamps. And they save the best for last: an exciting menu of mouthwatering Asian fusion cuisine.75 9th Avenue
New York 10011
+1 212 989 6699
Russ & DaughtersWorld-famous bagelsYou will get probably the best lox bagel (salt-cured salmon and cream cheese) here that you've ever eaten! For the ultimate experience, you should head straight to the shop, rather than the café. The shop sells an absolutely astounding array of cream cheese, including soya-based cream cheese for those with a lactose intolerance. And you're even allowed to sample the fresh salmon!Shop/Café
179 East Houston Street/127 Orchard Street
10002 New York
+1 212 475 4880
Shake ShackBest burgerThe legendary «roadside» burger stand right inside Madison Square Park definitely serves up the juiciest burger in the world. Each burger is made of 100% Black Angus beef, with no hormones or antibiotics, naturally. They go down easily with a generous portion of fries and a homemade lemonade. Afterwards, plop yourself down on a park bench and enjoy the view of the Flat Iron Building and the comical activities of New York’s legendarily cheeky squirrels. That’s New York in a nutshell. And for vegetarians there’s the Shroom Burger. The restaurant has multiple stands throughout New York.Madison Square Park
New York 10010
+1 212 889 6600
Peter Luger SteakhouseFavourite steaks and burgersSteak at its best! Anyone who wants to eat here is advised to make a reservation, otherwise there's virtually no chance of getting a table. Don't let the prices put you off – the food is delicious! Order the Steak for Two if you're dining tête-à-tête, or try the juicy burger.178 Broadway
+1 718 387 7400
Yuji RamenCrazy about noodlesIn the evenings the authentic Japanese restaurant Okonomi goes by the name of Yuji Ramen. It’s then when they serve modern variations of ramen (jap. noodles) floating in seafood-based broths, as well as Mazemen – a brothless style of ramen. The dishes are enriched with local seafood such as the Boston mackerel and seasonal vegetables. On weekends it’s time for “Omakase”, which means that you get a special chefs choice – but only with reservations!
One of Flight Attendant Michael Berchtel's favorite restaurants. Watch how he spent his day in New York #FollowMyDay.150 Ainslie Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
+1 718-302 0598
The Grey DogTake your pickThe story behind The Grey Dog sounds like the American dream: you can achieve everything you want to if you have the right idea. In the year 1996 the brothers Dave & Pete obviously had the right one and opened up their small restaurant in West Village which they named after their dogs Goose Lane and Moose. Meanwhile they are present at four locations across New York – all with a great choice of sandwiches, burgers, salads and breakfast-classics. The ambience is stylish and their placemats are sea charts that can be printed and taken home.
One of Flight Attendant Michael Berchtel's favorite café. Watch how he spent his day in New York #FollowMyDay.244 Mulberry St.
New York, NY 10012
Little CollinsBreakfast down underThis small café is done up in an industrial-chic style and is very popular for its Australian coffee and snacks like the avocado smash toast with egg and bacon. It’s named after the bustling street in Melbourne and pays homage to the Australian lifestyle by maintaining a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
One of Flight Attendant Michael Berchtel's favorite Café. Watch how he spent his day in New York #FollowMyDay.667 Lexington Ave
New York 10022
+1 212 308 1969
Magnolia BakeryMost famous cupcakesA trip to New York without devouring a cupcake? Unthinkable. It’s a must to take the pilgrimage to the mecca of these colossal sweets – to Magnolia Bakery After being featured in the TV series «Sex and the City», they may be so popular that waiting in line is pretty much guaranteed, but once one of these pastel-coloured sugary dreams hits your palate, you’ll realise how worth the wait they are. The original business is on Bleeker Street, but there are branches at Bloomingdale’s, Grand Central Terminal, Rockefeller Center and on Columbus Avenue.401 Bleecker Street
New York 10014
+1 212 462 2572
EpistrophyCelebrity watchingStars like Scarlett Johansson like to stop in here and have a coffee. But whether you’re a celebrity watcher or not, Epistrophy offers a laid back atmosphere in the middle of SoHo where you can enjoy a real Italian coffee or a tasty panino and relax after shopping your feet off.200 Mott Street
New York 10012
+1 212 966 0904
Employees onlyArt deco pubAs is becoming pretty typical for New York «in» places, there’s nothing on the door to indicate that there’s a great bar inside. The only thing crackling in the window is the glowing neon «psychic» sign. But those who dare to enter are whisked back to the 1920s. Behind the art deco bar you’ll find five moustachioed men who look like they come directly out of the series «Boardwalk Empire» mixing up their well known ginger smash. If you’re still in the bar at 4 a.m., there’s a little surprise waiting for you.510 Hudson Street, between Christopher und West 10th Street
New York 10014
+1 212 242 3021
The Ides BarSundowner with a viewRooftop bar sounds very well but this outdoor terrace on the Wythe Hotels sixth floor outshines most of the others. It offers sweeping views of the East River and Manhattan and gets truly spectacular when the skyscrapers start to sparkle. The location is perfect to end a day with a cocktail or a glass of wine in the hand. Although the prices aren’t really low-cost the astonishing view is included.
One of Flight Attendant Michael Berchtel's favorite bars. Watch how he spent his day in New York #FollowMyDay.80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Macao Trading CompanyWelcome to ancient ChinaThose who come to the Macao will go back in time to Portuguese colonial times. While polished wood dominates the upper floor, the cellar bar feels like an opium den. In the kitchen Portuguese and Chinese classics like pork chops with Szechuan pepper, dumplings or Macanese style halibut meet. For night owls there is a special menu and a large choice of cocktails and long drinks.
One of Flight Attendant Michael Berchtel's favorite bars. Watch how he spent his day in New York #FollowMyDay.311 Church St.
New York, NY 10013
Schiller’s Liquor BarIridescentIn the heart of the Lower East Side, you’ll see the glowing «Schiller’s» sign in front of white tiled walls from a distance away. Simply go in and enjoy a cocktail. Inside music blares from the loudspeakers. The bar is always well filled by 7 p.m. But the racket still remains wonderfully laid back. And if you get the midnight munchies, they serve up some hearty dishes: steak & fries, a grilled chicken club or fish & chips.131 Rivington Street
New York 10002
+1 212 260 4555
Le Bain & Top of the Standard Aka Boom Boom RoomOn the TopLe Bain is a bar and club in one – on the roof of the Standard Hotel. Inside patrons lounge comfortably on designer wicker chairs and admire the most spectacular view of the Hudson River, Midtown and the Financial District. If you’re in the mood to dance, wait until later in the evening and go up one floor, where you can dance until deep into the night or leap into the Le Bain club pool with the same overwhelming view. If you like your evening more tranquil, then the no less incredible Top of the Standard bar one door further down is just the right place. The bar is only open to everyone until 10 p.m. After that, the Boom Boom Room belongs to New York’s A list crowd.848 Washington Street
New York 10014
+1 212 645 4646
Maison PremiereThe good old timesEntering this inconspicuous bar, you are sent back to the 1920s. Maison Premiere is located in the hip Williamsburg and lures with a down to the last detail harmonized Interior finish. It has an enchanted little garden and a swell raw bar.298 Bedford Ave
+1 347 335 0446