Eating at home
Balducchi's, 6th avenue and 9th Street (1) (212) 673 2600
One of the best places in Manhattan for buying things to cook at home and ready-made meals.
Bouley Bakery, 161 Duane Street (1) (212) 964 2525
Internationally renowned chef, David Bouley, closed his restaurant last year to the great regret of many. He is now back in Manhattan with a plan to open a vast culinary complex comprising a restaurant, a cookery school and this bakery which sells products from all over the world.
Acapella, 1 Hudson Street (1) (212) 240 0163
Excellent Italian restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.
Baluchi's, 193 Spring Street between Thompson and Sully (1) (212) 759 8000
Indian cuisine at moderate prices; modern and cool decoration. In Soho.
Bolo, 23 East 22nd near to Madison Avenue
Excellent and refined, Spanish-inspired cuisine.
Le Colonial, 149 East 57th between Lexington and Madison Avenue (1) (212) 752 0808
Asian cuisine in a fabulous décor. Nice bar, reasonable prices.
Fraunces Tavern, Pearl and Broad Street (1) (212) 425 1778
Better known as the place where General Washington bade his last farewells to his troops, this historic 'monument' also serves good, traditional American food.
Peter Luger Steak House, 178 Broadway in Brooklyn (1) (718) 935 4511
Traditional steakhouse. Special attention is given to the quality of the meat and to the size of the portions.
Mitsukoshi, 465 Park avenue, 57th Street (1) (212) 935 6444
Excellent Japanese restaurant, even if the heavy power-lunch atmosphere is a bit much at times!
Le Salon, 995 Fifth Avenue, 81st Street (1) (212) 255 58000
Enjoy a meal on the terrace opposite the Metropolitan or take tea in the indoor garden of the Stanhope Hotel.
Ye waverly Inn, 16 Bank Street near to Greenwich Avenue (1) (212) 929 4377
A historical site, traditional but refined American cuisine; magnificent open fires. For dinner or Sunday brunch.