Restaurant Series: Right Now in NYC

As career-driven women, we don’t always have time to cook and serve a fabulous meal. In fact, we love to eat out almost as much as we love to entertain, which is why we bring you our Restaurant Series – where we share up to 10 restaurants we’re lusting over for one reason or another. For this first post of the series, we’d like to catch up with our favorite current NYC restaurants.

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There are so many great new(ish) spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn to choose from, but we’ve curated the below list because they all share one thing in common – a pleasurable mix of food and ambiance. In no particular order, here’s the list:

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Le Coucou – 138 Lafayette St

Best For: Date night and an impressive interior.

Le Coucou is Stephen Starr’s newest restaurant, located in SoHo’s 11 Howard hotel. Here, chef Daniel Rose – who was born in Chicago but rose to culinary fame in Paris – delivers french cuisine focusing on super high-quality ingredients. While the Roman and Williams designed interior alone would have us coming back repeatedly, the food is just as – if not more – memorable.

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Blenehim Hill – 183 W 12 Street

Best For: A truly farm-to-table experience.

Husband wife duo Morten Sohlberg and Min Ye named their Michelin rated restaurant after their 150-acre farm in the Catskills, where they sustainably raise and grow the food they serve. Plus, the eye-catching and serene interior is designed by the pair themselves, with elements of the farm and barn appearing throughout the restaurant and private dining area, aptly named “The Tool Shed”.

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Amada Brookfield Place – 200 Vesey Street

Best For: Tapas and people watching.

A household name in Philadelphia for almost 10 years, Amada restaurant has finally made its way to New York City. Serving up some of the best tapas and sharing plates, this 248 seat restaurant is located at Battery Park City’s Brookfield Place, next to the new luxury shopping mall – making it a social butterfly’s dream come true.

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Le Turtle – 177 Chrystie Street

Best For: Feeling like you’re in the Twilight Zone. But trendy.

Their website is the most confusing thing in the world (screen shot above – the restaurant does not allow interior photography), but despite this, Le Turtle truly delivers on food and atmosphere. Frequented by celebs and the fashion crowd, this small, trendy restaurant serves up french cuisine with a modern twist. Try the chicken.
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Lilia – 567 Union Ave (Williamsburg)

Best For: That Italian itch.

While compiling this list, we tried really hard not to name 10 Italian restaurants. Sorry, but it’s our weakness. That said, am absolute stand-out is Williamsburg’s Lilia. It’s no wonder, since the chef is Missy Robbins, previously of Spaggio (Chicago) and A Voce (NYC). “Wood fired seafood, hand crafted pastas, classic Italian cocktails” – need we say more? OK. Rigatoni Diavola.

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The Lucky Bee – 252 Broome Street

Best For: Dining for a good (delicious) cause.

Frequented by the fashion crowd, the Lucky Bee is a farm-to-table Asian restaurant with one of the funnest, pinkest interiors we’ve seen in a while. The food is no joke, and $1 from every “Karma Cocktail” is donated to the New York Beekeepers Association.

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Narcissa – 25 Cooper Square

Best For: The chillest backyard dining ever.

Although this restaurant is not brand new, its’ summertime and we are suckers for a restaurant with a good backyard and even better food. Located in André Balazs’ The Standard East Village, Narcissa is name after the retired dairy cow living at the hotelier’s farm, Locusts On Hudson – which helps to inspire the eclectic menu prepared by Dovetail’s John Fraser. Like at Dovetail, the menu is very veggie-focused (although there are plenty of meat options). Our favorite difference – we can enjoy it al fresco.

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Seamores – 390 Broome Street

Best For: Simply delicious seafood.

The guys that brought us the beloved Meatball shop have ventured into a seafood-centric restaurant, and despite some speculation, they knocked it out of the park. First of all, the mint-green chairs. Well maybe not first of all, but we can’t lie – they caught our eyes. But a key selling point here for dinner is the Reel Deal – your choice of a sustainably caught fish, one of five yummy sauces and 3 sides. It couldn’t get any simpler than that. Oh and bagel stacks for brunch.
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Two Hands – 251 Church Street

Best For: A healthy night (or day) out.

If you like simple ingredients and flavorful food, and/or have been a fan of Two Hands cafe in Tribeca, you’ll love Two Hands’ new full-service restaurant. Here, the fresh, healthy menu is prepared by check Frankie Cox, and cocktails are concocted by head bartender Aaron Shuttleworth. (Image c/o Time Out New York.)

 

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Emily – 919 Fulton Street (Clinton Hill)

Best For: Still good pizza, and a “rare” burger.

Another veteran on our list is Emily – because we had to include a pizza restaurant, and this one is it. Emily’s coal-oven pizza varieties are local and seasonal. And unlike the typical red and white pizza menu, they have a few “pink” (vodka sauce) options, which we love. Also the Emmy burger is phenomenal – if you’re into that kind of thing. But they only sell a limited number each night (why it’s so good?).

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Sushi Zo – 88 W 3rd Street

Best For: West Coast quality omakase.

Sushi may be our favorite food, and we are really excited about Sushi Zo. Once only located in LA, the restaurant team has expanded to New York City to bring us some of the freshest fish on the planet. Right now, they only offer a chef’s choice omakase, and it’s an experience that’s not to be missed. (Image c/o The Sushi Legend.)

 

What are your favorite “Right Now” NYC eats? Let us know in the comments section below.

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