It has been said about the Big Apple that it is the place in the world with the largest concentration of the best restaurants per square kilometer. Even if you are stuck in business meetings all day and have to contend with tight schedules, you’ll really have to find some time to eat out at some of these top-class dining places- chances are there are probably two or more great restaurants a stone’s throw away from your New York conference rooms.
While you may not have sufficient spare time on your business trip to visit all of the great dining places in the ‘City That Never Sleeps’, do take the time to go out and visit some. Here are just a few of the best this city has to offer.
Le Bernardin – 155 W. 51st St.
If you’re a food and restaurant enthusiast, or at least watch the television show Top Chef, the names of this famed seafood restaurant and its chef Eric Ripert will be familiar to you. This restaurant received four stars soon after it opened in 1986, and that was just the beginning. Many great things have been said about this high-end restaurant, and the good news is that they are all true! Here, cooking the sea’s bounty is a continuously evolving art form, but you’ll have to see (and taste!) These masterpieces for yourself. Try the progressive tasting of Kuramoto oysters (included on both its lunch and dinner menus), and dishes such as the crispy bass in hoisin-plum sauce or the octopus in ink miso. They’re definitely something to look forward to after spending all day in your New York conference rooms!
Daniel – 60 E.65th St.
Chef Daniel Boulud is another one of those names whispered in awe by many food enthusiasts, top chefs and top chef wannabes. Daniel, his restaurant, is revered with the same awe, and for good reason: it’s one of the last remaining places in New York where you can experience the type of food that characterizes French haute cuisine, which is slowly disappearing. Make plans to take an early mark from your New York conference rooms and make your way to Daniel, where you’ll usually find Chef Boulud himself in the kitchen, balancing classic French techniques with new culinary influences.
Per Se – Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Center 4th Floor
Chef Thomas Keller describes Per Se as the “urban interpretation of The French Laundry” (famous for its months-long waiting lists and near-obsessive perfectionism). Its décor and set-up does hint at its Napa Valley roots, but with a distinctly New York twist. Like The Legendary French Laundry, reservations are also harder to come by, but if you are sufficient enough to manage to get one in time for your business meeting, you may want to splurge on the tasting menu. The seven to nine courses of small portions of its signature meals spread over an afternoon, will be four unforgettable hours away from your New York conference rooms that will definitely be well spent!