10 Beautiful New York Restaurants That Your Camera Roll Will Adore

06 January 2020
Smart phones eat first after all

The big apple is the place to take a bite under the most iconic and visually appealing restaurants in the world. Whether that’s using artistic masterpieces, urban forestation, or simply the best views in town, these are the ten eats - ranging from smart-casual to fine dining - that will wow both your date and your smart phone.

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Delmonico’s Restaurant

Delmonico's was America’s first formal restaurant, established in 1837 and today is one of the most recognised and photographed in the world. Over centuries the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Dickens have dined under its grandeur fine art, and the venue is hailed as the birthplace of the Delmonico Streak, Eggs Benedict and Baked Alaska. The outside is as photogenic as the culinary museum inside.

Gallow Green

A lush oasis in the heart of Manhattan? You heard that right. Gallow Green sits on top of the McKittrick Hotel, which is home to iconic the immersive theatre experience, Sleep No More. Theatrics are echoed here on this escapist rooftop, with enchanting greenery, blooms and twinkle lights against a soundtrack of live music. The atmosphere is relaxed, food affordable and natural decor utterly gorgeous year round.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

You haven’t eaten steak till you’ve eaten at CUT. The FiDi (Financial District) branch within the Four Seasons’ downtown property is the work of French designer Jacques Garcia, who fuses together modern Paris with splashes of Gotham City. Expect intricate Versailles parquet, romantic velvet chairs, golden drapes over giant windows, and of course the best Waygu you’ll ever see and taste.

Sushi Ginza Onodera

Sushi Ginza Onodera is a high end omakase restaurant that understatedly houses the city’s most lavish table – a sixteen seater made out of a single 100-year-old Hinoki cypress tree, with the softest finish and feel we’ve ever come across. The restaurant’s minimalist design creates a calming atmosphere, and you’ll use Edo Kiriko cut glass sake cups, Arita-yaki porcelain and Kutani-yaki pottery. Be warned, prices are extortionate as the sushi is flown in from Tokyo.

The Grill

The Grill is old time New York charm at its very best, and the focal point is a remarkable Richard Lippold sculpture hanging over the bar. The bronze rods reflect vintage Manhattan’s skyline, dazzling diners against walnut coloured walls and beaded curtains. The Grill is joined with sister hangouts The Pool and The Lobster Club under the Seagram Building in case you want to make a night of it.

ONE DINE

There are a lot of restaurants with incredible views, but you’d be hard pressed to beat this for height and notoriety. On floor 101 of the One World Trade Center sits ONE DINE, the highest restaurant in the Western Hemisphere. Expect a birds-eye view of Manhattan and beyond as you dine on a seasonally inspired a la carte menu. The building is home to Condé Nast America’s headquarters, meaning you’re basically dining under the same roof as GQ.

Chinese Tuxedo

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When you think of Chinatown, this probably isn’t what you imagine. Located in the district’s historic Doyers Street in a former opera house, Chinese Tuxedo offers modern twists on Chinese cuisine including mouth-watering dim sum brunch, whole lobster noodles and chilli crab fried rice. A popular NYFW destination, you’ll dine with a chic crowd under palms and candlelight.

Restaurant DANIEL

Michelin two-star Upper East Side restaurant DANIEL is a bucket list eat for many a New Yorker. The multi-award winning establishment from renowned chef Daniel Boulud resembles a French palace, with a soaring coffered ceiling, refined neoclassical architecture, Bernadaud chandeliers and art by Manolo Valdés. Tip: treat yourself to the glamorous cheese trolley during your meal, it’s seriously good.

Zuma New York

One thing Zuma New York has in common with its London flagship is A-List glamor. The Manhattan offering has a unique city energy that mirrors its swanky Midtown location, designed with dim golden glow lighting, steel booths, and luxurious monkeypod wood furnishing. You’ll also find over two floors of dining a sleek bar and hidden lounge area. Come during sakura (cherry blossom) season for a pink floral feast for the eyes.

Knave

Knave at the Parker New York is an all day kind of hang out that has a unique atmosphere whereby low key meets night at the opera. Whether you stop by for a casual coffee and pastry in the day, or get cosy with a cocktail and locally harvested dinner in the evening, the venue brings an air of elegance and calm as subtle jazz music bounces within the dramatic Western Church-like space.