Midtown West | Italian & French
A fine dining destination by chef and restaurateur Michael White, this restaurant, nestled inside the Setai Fifth Avenue hotel, has wide windows that face tony Fifth Avenue. Ai Fiori, meaning "among the flowers" is ideal for adventurous fashionistas with taste for offal and seafood dishes that are inspired by southwest French and northwest Italian cuisine.
UES | Mediterranean
This adorable bistro with cafe-style street-side seating is favored by Euro ex-pats. Featuring organic ingredients perfect for the health-conscious fashion set and located in the middle of the UES shopping district, Amaranth is a great restaurant to stop at in between shows. They are known for their lighter fare, such as the baby artichoke salad and the octopus salad.
Auerole's Bar Room
Midtown West | New American
Flagship of Charlie Palmer's restaurant empire, Auerole's casual, high-ceilinged front room is dominated by a wall of wine. Offering late-night dining on Fridays and Saturdays until 11 pm, the bar room at Auerole is conveniently located close to the nearby Condé Nast Publications. Cuisine includes asian-inspired dishes such as caramelized sea scallops in miso and fennel tofu puree and shrimp with coconut, lemongrass and asian pear, but also offers standards such as a roasted free-range chicken and a burger.
Union Square | Spanish - Tapas
Tapas at Casa Mono are an ideal meal for diners who view dining out as a social venture as much as a gastronomic adventure. Sampling a variety of dishes while sipping wines and chatting with friends and neighbors, Casa Mona is perfect for grazers who don't want to commit to a multi-course dining experience. For the offal lovers, this restaurant does not shy away from offering the "variety cuts," with sweetbreads, oxtail, beef tongue, foie gras, bone marrow, cod cheeks all currently represented on the menu.
Be aware, sitting at the bar to watch the food cooked “à la plancha,” will result in a smoke bath.
Midtown East | Italian - Milanese
Simplicity at it's best. Sometimes what pleases the palate the most is a well-executed dish made with excellent ingredients, sans the bells-and-whistles of nouveau cuisine. Casa Lever, situated on the ground floor of Lever House on Park Avenue appeals to the Don Draper types with expense accounts and a taste for traditional Italian cuisine. Honeycomb booths separated by wine racks appeals to those with an eye for design.
Want to enjoy the last of the warm summer evenings? The outdoor lounge features couches and Prosecco cocktails.
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