24 5th Avenue
The folks at Claudette deserve applause for having given fresh life to a frequently shuttered address; transforming it into a light filled, airy space with French country accents.
Russ & Daughters Cafe
127 Orchard St.
For the first time in a century, smoked salmon hounds can sit down and enjoy their R&D lox at one of the luncheonette-style counter stools.
Brooklyn - 298 Bedford Ave
Maison Premiere is worth a trip to Williamsburg just for the old-world charm of this perfect date night spot.
142 Mercer St
A Soho seafood mecca for those with glamorous looks and good taste.
145 Duane Street
This is one of our most favorite spots for great sushi at way more relaxed prices than some of its more self-serious sushi neighbors.
14 Orchard St
The Leadbelly has hung its hat on the never-ending list of oyster houses that have sprung up on the LES.
59 Grand St., New York, NY
A décor replete with these and other ornate touches is where American Continental and French food are served to SoHo scenesters and industry insiders.
235 Mulberry St. New York, NY
A rustic, photogenic atmosphere includes a long, grand bar, antique art, wallpaper from your Italian grandmother’s house and ‘50s tunes bouncing from the speakers.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St., New York, NY
The unofficial after-hours hangout for chefs, waiters, bartenders and other restaurant industry insiders in search of first-rate fare.