How to Dine Out: The Restaurants
How to Eat at a Steakhouse: Porter House New York
At Porter House, diners can expect the highest-quality ingredients, sourced from American farms and served in true American fashion: in large portions. The restaurant offers a satisfying mix of traditional steakhouse and modern culinary experience, led by Chef Michael Lomonaco. Located in the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, Porter House also serves up remarkable views of Central Park.
The Shops at Columbus Circle, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, (212) 823-9500
How to Eat Sushi: Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya
Part of the Blue Ribbon Restaurant Group — started and run by brothers, chefs, and restaurateurs Bruce and Eric Bromberg — this Lower East Side Japanese-style tavern boasts some of the best seafood in Manhattan, served in a sprawling yet comfortable setting inside the trendy Thompson LES Hotel. The freshest raw fish offerings can be found on the daily specials menu, and the regular menu is full of standout sushi, small plates, sake and cocktails.
187 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, (212) 466-0404
How to Eat Ramen: HinoMaru Ramen
Ramen is Japanese soul food, and you'd be hard-pressed to find another restaurant serving up soul better than HinoMaru in Astoria, Queens. Japanese native Koji Miyamoto offers a menu that appears simple, but is full of rich and complex flavors. Guests can choose from eight different soups and a selection of 10 fresh toppings.
33-18 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, NY 11105, (718) 777-0228
How to Eat Dim Sum: Jing Fong
High-quality ingredients and balance guide executive dim sum chef Jin and his team at Jing Fong, and those principles have led them to become one of NYC’s top destinations for dim sum. Jing Fong is more banquet hall than traditional restaurant, and here guests choose their dishes from carts passing by, as the tantalizing scents and sights of pork buns, pan-fried noodles, and BBQ roast ribs demand to be tasted.
20 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10013, (212) 964-5256
How to Eat Tacos: Chavela's
Located on Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights' recently bolstered main drag, Chavela's boasts one of the best happy hours in Brooklyn. Two-dollar tacos (chicken, beef, cactus!) and $4 sangria draw sizable crowds Monday through Friday evenings. The neighborhood favorite offers a wide and delicious variety of Mexican fare on top of that, including the much-praised Plato Don and margaritas on tap.
736 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718) 622-3100
How to Eat BBQ: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Harlem
What started as a mobile concession stand in 1983 has turned into seven locations throughout the Tri-State area, complete with loyal fans and a reputation for cooking up some of the best BBQ in the country. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que boasts a menu rooted in traditional Southern fare that infuses outside influences to create unique character and exciting flavors. Try steak, ribs, catfish and more, all prepared on the restaurant's wood-fueled barbecue pit, and you're very likely to leave a loyal fan yourself.
700 W. 125th St., New York, NY 10027, (212) 694-1777
How to Eat Italian: Cent'Anni
With a menu to match its slogan ("handmade and slow-cooked"), Crown Heights' Cent'Anni is an Italian trattoria that's stylish, romantic and, most importantly, delicious. All of the pasta is handmade and its daily selection of sauces is too. With daily specials in an intimate setting, it's no wonder this is one of the neighborhood's newest dining-out favorites.
742 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, (718) 942-5202
How to Eat Thai: Ngam
The curries, the sauces, the condiments — every detail at Ngam is carefully considered and homemade from premium ingredients. The East Village favorite offers a seasonally based menu filled with artisanal and modern interpretations of classic Thai comfort food, inspired by the childhood memories of Chef Hong Thaimee.
99 3rd Ave., New York, NY 10003, (212) 777-8424
How to Fine Dine: Le Cirque
Le Cirque has a rich history in New York City, and it has remained a force in fine dining since its doors opened more than 40 years ago. The restaurant has moved three times — from the Mayfair Hotel to the New York Palace to its current location in the Bloomberg Building — but legendary owner Sirio Maccioni remains at the helm. Foie gras confit, lobster salad and venison are among the many beloved menu items.
D & D Building Co. LLC, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, (212) 644-0202
How to Eat Indian: The MasalaWala
At The MasalaWala, you'll find traditional Indian cuisine with a modern twist. South Asian street foods are offered alongside classic curries and comfort foods, as the restaurant's motto, "taste above all," rings true with each bite. The MasalaWala uses fresh, healthy and authentic ingredients to share the flavors of India with Manhattan's Lower East Side.
179 Essex St., New York, NY 10002, (212) 358-9300