Northeast USA Restaurants $$$

    Aureole, New York State
  34 E. 61st Street - (Park Madison-Aves.) - New York, NY             
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Charlie Palmer's unabashed, energetic signature Progressive American cuisine first took root in the original townhouse location of Aureole, where the chef made an early commitment to farm over factory food. Today, Aureole shines at the spectacular Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the most environmentally advanced skyscraper in the world.
    Eleven Madison Park, New York State
  11 Madison Ave. - New York, NY            
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Eleven Madison Park expresses the spirit of grand New York dining with a contemporary accent. Designed by architects Bentel & Bentel, with soaring 30-foot ceilings and windows overlooking beautiful Madison Square Park, the restaurant embodies an urbane sophistication that is at once relaxed and bustling. And the cuisine smartly follows suit. Executive chef Kerry Heffernan masterfully prepares French-inspired seasonal American food. Among his updated classics are Sweet Pea Flan, Tuna Cru, Prime-Aged Roast Beef for Two, Maine Lobster Pot au Feu, Terrine of Beef Shank and Foie Gras, Artic Char with Pea Shoots and Vinaigrette, and Seared Loin and Almond Crusted Shank of Lamb with Basquaise Peppers. Pastry chef Nicole Kaplan provides a sumptuous end to the meal with irresistible desserts such as her signature chocolate soufflé, chocolate dome, and an exquisite selection of cookies and confections. The award-winning, eclectic wine list offers 36 wines by the glass, available at your table or in the cozy wine bar set beneath a gold-leaded Art Deco ceiling. The bar also boasts a world-class selection of Calvados and an extensive array of cocktails. Opened in October 1998, the restaurant promptly earned a James Beard nomination as Best New Restaurant in America, and won a coveted spot in Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurants. More recently, Eleven Madison Park won the 2004 James Beard Award for Outstanding Service in America.
    Riverdale Garden, The, New York State
  4576 Manhattan College Parkway - Bronx, NY            
The Riverdale Garden welcomes you with a comfortable fine dining experience in the tree-lined Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. The restaurant features no-nonsense seasonal cuisine in a casual and elegant atmosphere, including a flower garden (for dining al fresco), terrace and a wood burning stove.
    Pigalle, New York State
  790 Eighth Ave. - (48th Street) - New York, NY           
Gastronomically, you are in an area where goose and duck dominate, often cooked over wood smoke, where fresh river salmon and trout grace the tables of the open air café culture. Dishes from South West France that make use of ingredients which the region has in abundance, such as wild mushrooms, truffles, duck, foie gras, walnuts, chestnuts, hams, cheeses and wines and armagnac. These delicious meals are complemented by a wide range of excellent wines, from the famous Bordeaux reds to the less celebrated wines such as Côtes de Duras from the Lot et Garonne or from the vineyards around Cahors and Gaillac. If all this sounds too good to be missed head to Pigalle and head for dishes such as "Cassoulet" and "Duck Confit.
    Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, New York State
  9 Penn Plaza - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY           
Voted "one of the Top 10 best steakhouses in New York City," Nick & Stef's is a masterful blend of ultra-stylish contemporary design and time-honored culinary artistry. Directly adjacent to Madison Square Garden on West 33rd St., it's the place to eat before and after concerts and games for succulent steaks, the freshest seafood and signature side dishes.
    Broadway Joe Steak House, New York State
  315 West 46th Street - New York, NY           
Just 3 blocks from the "core" of the "Big Apple" — Times Square — the center of it all! Near the David Letterman Show, Rosie O'Donnell Show & other popular TV talk/variety programs. BROADWAY JOE STEAKHOUSE has catered to every type of celebrity from the stars of Broadway, Movies & Television to New York Sports Teams like the Knicks, Yankees, Mets and Rangers. Most recently we were promoted as a dinner "give-away" on the Rosie O'Donnell Show and the Late Show with David Letterman.
    Only if by Land, Two if by Sea, New York State
  17 Barrow St. - New York, NY            
One if by Land, Two if by Sea is recognized as one of the city’s most romantic restaurants. Chef Gary Volkov’s American seasonal cuisine takes stage amid the delightful blend of cozy fireplaces, candlelit tables, fresh flowers and live piano music. From Tart of Wild Mushroom to Rack of Australian Lamb to Foie Gras and Braised Duck Terrine, Executive Chef Volkov woos diners with the fresh flavors and palate pleasing textures. With its history never far from reach, today’s diner can select a romantic red from the wine cellar housed deep within the building’s historic tunnels.
    Blue Water Grill, New York State
  31 Union Square West - New York, NY            
Voted 11th Most Popular Restaurant in New York in the 2008 Zagat Survey and applauded as a restaurant that is "perfect for dates" and "never disappoints," Blue Water Grill is a dining destination in the heart of Union Square. Loyal guests and curious visitors are drawn to the former Metropolitan Bank space that features sexy, dimly-lit red chandeliers illuminating the intimate dining room, a spacious people-watching outdoor café and a cozy subterranean lounge featuring live jazz music.
    Austin's Steakhouse, New York State
  8915 5th Ave - Brooklyn, NY           
Brooklyn's premier eclectic fine dining steakhouse, specializes in classic hearty fare of generous USDA Prime 21 day aged beef as well as fish, lobster, veal chops, lamb chops, pork chops, chicken and a 42 ounce porterhouse which is the house specialty for two people. The Menu is complemented by a wine list of 130 selections from California, Italy and Australia. We are "Professionals serving Professionals" with a commitment to excellence.
    Lure Fishbar, New York State
  142 Mercer Street - New York, NY           
American style sliced, marinated and perfectly prepared seafood and other cooked classics. Well crafted 250 bottle wine list.
    Acappella Restaurant, New York State
  1 Hudson Street - (Chambers Street) - New York, NY             
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Acappella Restaurant, home of the finest Northern Italian Cuisine on the planet. Not because we say so but because you say so. Acappella, home of the First Soprano's episode.
The food, the service and the ambiance make you feel like you are in a scene from the Godfather. "We will make you a dish you can't refuse!" Our unique Northern Italian Cuisine, atmosphere and impeccable service will make your dinning experience in NYC second to none.
Sixteen foot high beamed ceilings, oversize colums, brick walls, Italian tapestries, sixty foot windows overlooking Tribeca dressed with Italian sheer and tapestry draperies. The oversized painting of Duke Federico da Montefebre of Urbino, and just the right lighting create a feeling of being in Rome, Tuscany or Milan - but don't forget you are in New York City - Tribeca.
    Craft, New York State
  43 E. 19th Street - (Park Ave. South-Broad-Way) - New York, NY            
Tom Colicchio's Craft received the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant nationwide in 2002, and has since spawned a host of imitators for its unique marriage of the finest ingredients, haute cuisine and family-style service.
Against the award-winning architectural design of Bentel and Bentel, and under the glow of filament bulbs, diners share from dishes that celebrate 'single' ingredients, expertly and simply prepared. "Simple doesn't mean simplistic," Tom says in his book, Think Like a Chef, and the food at Craft - under the execution of Chef Damon Wise - serves as proof. Favorites include Pan Roasted Day boat Scallops, Roasted Foie Gras, Braised Short Ribs of Beef, the famous Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms, and what many diners describe as the finest Porterhouse Steak in New York City.
    Murals on 54, New York State
  65 West 54th Street - New York, NY           
Murals on 54 boasts a warm and elegant interior where fine art and history unfolds. Designed by Pierre Court, the concept of the dining room was to accentuate the historic murals painted by Dean Cornwell in 1937. The colours in the murals are radiant against the light background and natural light enters the room from the opening of the large, existing street-side windows, which creates the feel of an open terrace or a sun deck on an ocean liner.
    Riverview Restaurant, New York State
  2-01 50th Avenue - Long Island City, NY           
Riverview Restaurant commands the most spectacular views of New York City's skyline. Directly facing the United Nation with Citicorp Center, Trumps International Hotel and the Queensboro Bridge to the north and the Chrysler and Empire State Building to the south, Riverview is unmistakably, " A Room with a View".
    Ruth's Chris Steak House, New York State
  148 West 51st Street - New York, NY           
What to expect at Ruth's Chris Steak House? First and foremost, an enthusiastic welcome. Then, the distinctive sizzle of tender, custom-aged U.S. prime beef, broiled to a turn and presented at your table with a flourish. You can expect to take your time and be perfectly pampered. After an unforgettable Ruth's Chris experience, the word "sizzle" will take on a new and delectable meaning.
    Ouest Restaurant, New York State
  2315 Broadway - New York, NY           
Ouest is a contemporary American Bistro, highly regarded on the Upper West Side and citywide. Partners Tom Valenti and Godfrey Polistina have created an Oasis of fine dining and fine wines in a casual but sophisticated environment.
    Grand Tier Restaurant, New York State
  Metropolitan Opera House - Lincoln Center - New York, NY           
Set within one the most spectacular cultural destinations in the world, The Grand Tier at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House is a shrine to elegance and artistry. Enjoy sumptuous contemporary cuisine by chef Jeff Raider, pre-curtain or during intermission, served in an atmosphere highlighted by spectacular chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall. An evening at the Grand Tier is truly an experience to treasure forever.
    Citarella The Restaurant, New York State
  1240 Sixth Ave. - (49th Street) - New York, NY           
"Citarella has been a part of New York for over 80 years. Our name is synonymous with freshness, quality and value. We have evolved from a small, neighborhood market to a top food destination in New York City and the Hamptons.
In a city that offers overwhelming variety, we proudly offer the largest selection of fresh seafood & aged prime meats along with prepared foods and gourmet groceries. While growing we have maintained our commitment to providing the best quality, value and service."
    Le Perigord, New York State
  405 East 52nd Street - (1st Ave.) - New York, NY           
Le Périgord's fine appetizer display has lost none of its zip. A splendid plateful holds tangy terrines, various fish and shellfish and small salads--almost a meal.
The new kitchen team is as consistent as a Swiss watch, deft in meats as in seafood, and quickly developing a new dessert identity with pastry chef Serge Decrauzat. His light but lingering fruit-based specials augment Le Périgord's familiar and friendly trolley of tarts, mousses and floating islands. - Crain's New York
    Water Club, The, New York State
  East River - Between 28th and 32nd Street - New York, NY            
The Water Club serves wonderful classic American cuisine in a beautiful waterside setting against sweeping river views. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, lunch Tuesday through Saturday and an exceptional brunch on Sunday. A seasonal rooftop bar, The Crow’s Nest, sits atop the main dining room and features a moderately priced menu and refreshing drinks from mid-May through late September. The Water Club also has three private party rooms, a lounge with a wood burning fireplace, and piano music nightly in the dining room. The restaurant has complimentary valet parking in the private lot and the first floor is handicapped accessible.
    Daniel Boulud Restaurant, New York State
  20 East 76th St. - New York, NY            
The restaurant offers a menu and ambiance combining the best of French food and design in a casually elegant style. Named for the local cafe Daniel Boulud's family ran on their farm outside Lyon, France at the turn of the century, Cafe Boulud reflects the same spirit of conviviality that made the original spot a regular village meeting place.
    L'Absinthe Brasserie-Restaurant, New York State
  227 E. 67th Street - (2nd-3rd Aves.) - New York, NY           
L’Absinthe Brasserie-Restaurant, nestled in the heart of Manhattan’s Upper East Side is a world outside of the every day.  Chef-Proprietaire, Jean-Michel Bergougnoux’s classic and nouvelle French cuisine merges harmoniously with the timeless and traditional Parisian Brasserie décor and attentive, friendly service.
    The River Cafe, New York State
  1 Water Street - (under the Brooklyn Bridge) - Brooklyn, NY            
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What began as the singular vision of Mr. O’Keeffe for an elegant waterfront restaurant took many years of lengthy negotiation with The City of New York before permission was granted to start construction. At the time, the notion of building a restaurant amid what was such an isolated and neglected part of New York seemed like a great risk. Since opening in May of 1977, however, The River Café has been the recipient of numerous awards including selection as one of the five best restaurants in New York by the French culinary guide “Gault Millau”. The restaurant will forever hold the distinction of being at the forefront of what has become the re-birth of the Brooklyn waterfront.
    BLT Fish Bistro, New York State
  21 West 17th Street - New York, NY           
BLT Fish commemorates renowned Chef Laurent Tourondel's return to the sea, and the second in the BLT series of signature modern bistros. At BLT Fish he re-immerses himself in the deep blue waters of the Pacific and the Atlantic and brings to the surface of a Flatiron townhouse a New England-style fish shack on the first floor and a sophisticated third floor dining room designed to showcase sublime seafood.
The first floor is a relaxing seafood shack with exposed brick walls, white wainscoting, a staged raw bar, black and white photographs of seafarers and a blackboard at the helm highlighting seasonal raw bar specials and homemade pies. BLT Fish's third floor dining room is a much airier palette, taken from the interior of a shell. This is reflected in Walnut wood tables, muted suede covered walls, delicate bone china, royal blue and white Belle Cuisine pots of all sizes and a retractable glass rooftop giving way to the stars.
    Onieals Soho, New York State
  174 Grand Street - New York, NY           
Onieal's is well known for "Sex and the City." When Miranda's once and future boy-toy Steve partners up with Carrie’s ex Aidan to open the bar ‘SCOUT’, it is Onieal’s Grand Street in downtown NYC that serves as the backdrop for the casually hip New York bar.
The bar itself is directly opposite the old Police Headquarters and its former occupants, as a brothel, speakeasy and gambling parlor would seem diametrically opposed to the purpose of the Police Department. But see, that’s the corruption part. So endemic was this corruption (we’re talking the heyday of Tammany) that when the Police Headquarters was built in 1909, a tunnel was dug connecting the buildings.
    Gramercy Tavern, New York State
  422 West 20th Street - New York, NY            
A revival and renewal of the classic American tavern, Gramercy Tavern offers refined, seasonal American cuisine, warm hospitality and unparalleled service.
    L'Ecole Restaurant, New York State
  462 Broadway - (Grand Street) - New York, NY             
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L'Ecole guests are always impressed by the scope and creativity of our menu selections. Their surprise turns to amazement, however, when they discover that every one of our spectacular dishes is prepared not by top New York chefs, but by our students. In a city where excellence is a price of entry, even the savviest diners have trouble believing that students could perform at such a high level. Dishes are contemporary French, and spiced with an array of ethnic influences that make each one especially memorable. Bon-appetit!
    Barolo Restaurant, New York State
  398 West Broadway - New York, NY           
Walking down West Broadway, the main Avenue of New York's fashionable Soho district, among the fine boutiques and art galleries, you will notice the spacious front of Ristorante Barolo. Etablished in 1990, Barolo has crafted a reputation of excellence among a fashionable and discerning clientele, both locally and internationally. Ristorante Barolo is well known for some of the most exquisite and authentic Northern Italian cuisine, complemented by a prize winning wine list of over 1,200 selections.
    Lincoln Ristorante, New York State
  142 West 65th Street - New York, NY            
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The latest incarnation of famed restaurateur (and longtime Patina Restaurant Group CEO) Nick Valenti's commitment to bringing the ultimate in culinary experiences to the nation's leading cultural institutions. Lincoln combines high-concept design with the impeccable contemporary Italian cuisine of Chef Jonathan Benno. Valenti worked closely with the architectural firm of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro to create Lincoln's unique design featuring glass walls, signature sloping lawn roof and a spectacular view of the reflecting pool and the Henry Moore sculpture. The restaurant's environment is both comfortable and refined – with an open kitchen, bar, lounge, two dining rooms and private dining accommodations.
    Peter Luger Steak House, New York State
  178 Broadway - Brooklyn, NY            
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Serving the finest steaks since 1887. The finest USDA PRIME meat available. The selection process is crucial and therefore is done only by members of the family who visit the wholesale markets on a daily basis. It begins with fresh sides of beef that usually come from the Midwest. The section of beef used is called the short loin. Only those cattle graded PRIME by the United States Agriculture Department are even considered. It is then important to examine the color, fat conformation and bones.