Junoon likes to bill itself as a restaurant with “French service, in the family, Indian style.” At least that’s how one waiter described it when a local critic recently visited the new outlet in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. The city doesn’t lack for Indian eateries, but Junoon aims for the upscale.
Victor’s Café, a Manhattan landmark, has reached an impressive milestone. The restaurant celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. No small feat given New York City’s highly competitive restaurant business. But it’s still the place to go for upscale Cuban cuisine.
After 15 years, Owner-Chef Bernard Ros has developed a loyal clientele among local residents and a reputation for good, moderately priced fare that draws visitors from the 12 hotels that surround Meli Melo his French-Mediterranean restaurant on Madison Avenue in Murray Hill.
One of the best things about New York is the wide variety of restaurants and bars in practically every neighborhood. But the restaurant business is notoriously tough, and if you don’t deliver on quality food at good prices, you won’t stay open long. One place that has the formula down is the Half King Bar & Restaurant in Manhattan. It offers bar fare that easily matches the quality of entrees found in higher end restaurants, but at reasonable prices.
The Clam Bar in Amagansett is a classic Hamptons seaside snack bar. The “catch of the day” is the order of the day. The restaurant strives to offer the freshest seafood on the South fork, served up with the ocean as a backdrop.
Blue Sky Mediterranean Lounge in Sag Harbor will open in May at the former site of Spinnakers. Executive Chef and Managing Partner Giuseppe “Beppe” Desiderio teams up with owner Jerry Wawryk to serve reasonably priced Mediterranean cuisine.