Victor's: Nuevo Cuban Café in Midtown Hits Golden Milestone

Victor’s Restaurant has become a landmark in Manhattan.

Victor’s Café, a Manhattan landmark, has reached an impressive milestone. The restaurant recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. No small feat given New York City’s highly competitive restaurant business. But it’s still the place to go for upscale Cuban cuisine.


Loreley, a Lower East Side Biergarten Straight Out of Cologne

Loreley' famous tray of bratwurst and beer marinated Ssauerkraut.

Loreley’ famous tray of bratwurst and beer marinated Ssauerkraut.

Loreley on increasingly trendy Rivington St. on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, is a German-style Biergarten and restaurant that understands the hospitality basics. Once a staple of New York City socializing, this rare open-air picnic-table retreat echoes Cologne’s “Brauhaus.”


Meli Melo: A Restaurant That Fits the Times in Murray Hill

Meli Melo provides distinctive, well-proportioned dishes at moderate prices.

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.


Beekman Bar & Books: James Bond Would Love English Theme

Old English DecorPicture James Bond – not Daniel Craig, but Sean Connery – pulling up to the curb in his Aston Martin and climbing out in his Antony Sinclair Savile Row suit with ascot neatly tufted in his shirt. He would glance to each side before walking into Beekman Bar and Books on First Ave. and 50th Street.


Palm West: Steaks A La Grande in Mid-Town Theater District

George Clooney, always surrounded by a bevy of women, is among dozens of celebrities who have sampled Palm West's fare.

George Clooney, always surrounded by a bevy of women, is among dozens of celebrities who have sampled Palm West's fare.

The Palm West crowd includes theater cast members, pre- and post-theater diners and lots and lots of carnivorous, loud and jovial celebrities; Yes even George Clooney has paid a visit, thanks to it’s killer location in New York City’s Theater District.


Sebastian Junger's The Half King: Bar Fare That's a Cut Above

This bar doesn’t offer your average comfort food. Executive Chef Gregory Baumel elevates simple bar fare to a new level of elegance.

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 eateries won’t stay open long if they don’t deliver on quality food at good prices. Half King Bar & Restaurant in Manhattan has the formula down.


Village Prime, Creative, Yet Not Pretentious Steak & Seafood

Village Prime has opened in the West Village, specializing in steak and seafood. (Photo: Village Prime)

Village Prime has opened its doors on Bleecker St. in Manhattan’s trendy Greenwich Village on a bet that downtown hipsters and tourists alike will find its “creative yet non-pretentious” steak and seafood menu a welcome alternative.


Dirt Candy: Manhattan's Veggie Experts All About Grits and Beans

Executive Chef Amanda Cohen presides over Dirt Candy’s Vegan Menu.

Dirt Candy, also known as vegetables, is the name of this East Village restaurant that celebrates the miracle of transforming rain, soil and sunshine into delicious, healthy food. Executive Chef Amanda Cohen opened in October, 2008 and the fact that she’s survived in a tough economy means she must be doing something right. And, since she’s the chef that means cooking.


East River Cafe: New York Style Dining, at a Moderate Price

The East River Cafe is a neighborhood staple on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

It’s always a welcome sight when the owner of a restaurant greets patrons as they enter. At the East River Café on the corner of First Ave. and 61st St. at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge, Sam Morcos is usually sitting at the end of the well-known copper bar just inside the door.


Pescatore: A Neighborhood Hit With Good Food, Moderate Prices

Pescatore is another one of those rare Upper East Side gems that draw steady crowds from the neighborhood.

Charles Devigne took over Pescatore at Second Ave and 50th St. in Manhattan three years ago, but he’s no rookie in the restaurant business. He worked his way up at the restaurant from waiter to general manager and knows every facet of the operation.


Rayuela: A New Take on Latin America, Spanish Dishes

Rayuela offers a new take on Latin American dining.

Rayuela (ra-yue-la), Spanish for hopscotch, illustrates the gourmet Latin American and Spanish menu at this Lower East Side restaurant. The menu hops among the best recipes from a dozen Spanish-speaking countries—effectively erasing their boundaries.


Mike Mammoliti's SoHo Restaurant, Mamo, Is All About French Provençal

Fall Menu 30 Seasonal Italian/French Dishes

Restaurateur Mike Mamo” Mammoliti has brought the spirit and Provencal flavors of his family’s Antibes, France restaurant to SoHo in Manhattan. (Photo: Mamo Restaurant/Instagram)

When patrons include Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Beyonce and Jay Z, SoHo restaurateur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti must be doing something right. Michelin-starred Executive Chef Massimo Sola probably has a lot to do with it as well.


Il Punto: Italian Tradition in Trendy Hell's Kitchen

Ilpunto offers traditional Italian fare in Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan.

Il Punto Ristorante occupies a central spot on the corner of 9th Avenue and 38th Street, and reflects both Hell’s Kitchen’s past as well as its future. It blends the best of Old World, family-style Italian cooking with the elegance of a trendy white-table-cloth restaurant in one of Manhattan’s hottest neighborhoods.


Junoon: Indian Cusine Fit for Raja in Manhattan's Flatiron District

An Indian restaurant with family style French service.

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.


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