Not sure where to head after a day at the Fair? Don’t want to travel too far but want a drink or nibble, perhaps with a colleague or a client or a loved one meeting you at the end of the day, Fromagical brings you recommendations for each and every occasion.
RESTAURANTS / BARS -
44 at the Royalton, 44 West 44th Street, (212) 869-4400 – Looking for an old fashioned yet chic and sleek hotel bar with surprisingly affordable cocktails near Times Square with live jazz to boot?
The Lambs Club, 132 West 44th Street, (212) 997-5262 – Needing to impress that big spender of a client? Drinks at their swank upstairs cocktail lounge would be an excellent choice.
Marseille, 630 9th Avenue, (212) 333-2323 – French bistro calling your name?
Caselulla, 401 West 52nd Street, (212) 247-8137 – The most extensive cheese selection in Hell’s Kitchen – a great spot to enjoy some cheese and wine.
Ardesia, 510 West 52nd Street, (212) 247-9191 – Open and airy wine bar, probably the closest spot to the piers so watch for over crowding, but if you can get a seat, it’s worth it. Order their pretzels, you won’t be disappointed, I guarantee.
Medi , 811 9th Avenue, (212) 586-1201 – Looking for that small production Croatian wine? Look no further than here.
The Pony Bar, 637 10th Avenue, (212) 586-2707 – Craft beer lover? Then Pony is your choice.
The Library Bar at the Hudson Hotel , 356 West 58th Street, (212) 554-6000 – chic, swank, leather club chairs, need I say more.
Print / Press, 653 11th Avenue, (212) 757-2224 – Local ingredient driven food at the modern ground floor restaurant. Stunning views and excellent cocktails more than a few stories up at Press.
Riposo 46, 667 9th Avenue, (212) 247-8018 – Classic wine bar environment – go for the flatbread pizzas, my personal favorite is their Wild Mushroom.
Xai Xai , 365 West 51st Street , (212) 541-9241– South African wines galore at this sensually lit wine bar.
Pier 9, 802 9th Avenue , (212) 262-1299– Nautically themed. Half priced wines and cocktails at happy hour. Laid back and casual.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Six, 308 West 58th Street , (212) 397-0404– Downtown hip meets Uptown dressed up at this excellent sushi joint.
Robert, 2 Columbus Avenue, (212) 299-7730 – Located far above the hustle and bustle of Columbus Circle, this American artisanal restaurant in the Museum of Arts and Design has a view that extends all the way up Central Park West.
Avoce, 10 Columbus Circle, 3rd of the Time Warner Building, (212) 823-2523 – Chic Italian overlooking Columbus Circle and Central Park – buzzing and excellent vibe at the bar.
Danji, 346 West 52nd Street, (212) 586-2880 – Korean in Hell’s Kitchen? Small plates casual meets upscale dining at this modern Korean joint.
Taboon, 773 10th Avenue, (212) 713-0271 – Middleterranean cuisine, yes you heard right. That would be fusion Middle Eastern and Mediterranean in a rustic loft space with soft lighting.
Stone Rose, 10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, (212) 823-9769 – High rise swank meets cocktail chic at this lounge on the 4th floor of the Time Warner Center.
Epicerie Boulud, 1900 Broadway , (212) 595-9606– Daniel Boulud’s first take-out joint where you can cozy up into the small bar area and enjoy fresh oysters and a glass of wine or perhaps indulge in some of their fabulous cheese selections curated by Saxelby Cheesemongers or simply grab some of their fantastic homemade bread seen featured in his many restaurants around town. It’s actually a little corner dedicated to Daniel Boulud -- right next door are both Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud, each excellent choices.
Lincoln, 142 West 65th Street, (212) 359-6500 – Jonathan Benno’s upscale Italian highly modernist chic restaurant in the renovated Lincoln Center – great people watching, solid and delish food, gorgeous design and a nice wine list.