Grain bowl, Citizens New York. Courtesy, Manhattan West
New York City is one of the world’s greatest dining towns. Visiting foodies and hungry locals know they can find dishes from around the globe in every corner of the five boroughs—menu items that have often been remixed and mashed together in a delightful fusion that echoes NYC itself. That diversity is similarly reflected at , the dining and shopping destination that boasts an impressive lineup of options right near attractions like the High Line and the Vessel, and a quick walk from the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden. Here are our recommendations for seven of the best, whether you’re looking for drinks, a quick bite or an all-out indulgent meal.
A handcrafted drink at this lush cocktail lounge is the perfect way to start the night before a game or show at MSG. The indoor vibe is Moroccan tropical, with white fabrics, bold tiles and palm trees, and there’s an sprawling outdoor patio with comfy seating, string lights and umbrella-topped tables. Bar director Joey Smith (of The NoMad fame) has dreamed up inventive creations like the Fig and Honey Highball, with bourbon and Palo Cortado sherry; the Dirty Zou, with olive oil vodka and grape leaf brine; and the Papa Mele, with mezcal, mango and cardamom.
Citizens New York. Courtesy, Manhattan West
This culinary market features 12 eateries and is a quick but satisfying stop while you’re taking a break from shopping and sightseeing. Stop by , an American-style burger joint that’s the perfect pick if you want to grab one of the City’s most craveable smashed patties. For veggie-based options, features dishes that go well beyond the usual quinoa-and-lentils, and there are cheese and meat add-on options for those who partake, making this a great better-for-you pick for everyone. Or you might choose , where James Beard Award–nominated chef Wes Avila serves up tacos inspired by global cuisines, from Pan-Asian flavors to the American Southwest and, of course, Mexico.
Ci Siamo. Courtesy, Manhattan West
If you have an appetite for Italian and want an unforgettable sit-down meal, go all out with the menu from chef Hillary Sterling (formerly of Michelin-starred A Voce). There’s live-fire cooking—which you can watch, thanks to the space’s massive open-air kitchen—and a variety of homemade pastas. One taste of the cavatelli allo scoglio with crab, chili and vermouth or the wood-fired whole trout with pine nuts and mustard greens, and you’ll understand the translation of the restaurant’s name: “We’ve arrived!”
Daily Provisions. Courtesy, Manhattan West
Another outpost for Danny Meyer’s reasonably priced all-day café concept, Daily Provisions offers an oasis of seasonal and balanced choices from breakfast sandwiches and pastries, lunchtime fare like salads and soups, and mains, perfect for sitting down or taking away for later. This is a great pit stop after a long walk along the High Line. Take a seat and people-watch—it’s a busy lunchtime location for workers looking for a dependable, upscale fast meal.
Courtesy, Manhattan West - Dim sum at Hidden Leaf.
Don’t reserve a table at swanky restaurant Hidden Leaf without also checking the upcoming shows at Manhattan West’s new performing arts venue, Midnight Theatre. This art-deco-inspired stand-alone restaurant is tucked away inside the venue, making it perfect for enjoying Pan Asian dishes right before your show. The menu features items like steamed black sea bass or a dim sum tasting, and a cocktail menu designed by celebrated London mixologist Iain Griffith offers cocktails like the Thimble Sipper—a spicy mango-flavored take on the Old Fashioned.
Spicy tuna crispy rice, Katsuya. Courtesy, Manhattan West
Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi’s trendsetting Japanese cuisine took Los Angeles by storm, and this first New York location at Citizens New York is his most dazzling yet. From the rich David Rockwell–designed decor celebrating Japanese craftsmanship to the private dining rooms and 100-seat rooftop terrace overlooking Tenth Avenue, the space is a feast for the eyes and taste buds. This is guaranteed to be a first-rate special-occasion meal—the chef first apprenticed in Osaka, Tokyo and Okinawa sushi bars before classically training in his craft, and his creations have won multiple awards. Feast on favorites like yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño or try some of the chef’s signature location-specific dishes, like baked crab hand rolls.
If you’re planning a special evening out, head to Zou Zou’s for a dinner that also feels a bit like a party, if table-side flaming kasseri cheese sounds like a good time (it is). Touted by NYC food critics for its clever menu combinations and festive atmosphere, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant features fare like the beloved duck Borek dish, with its golden layers of phyllo dough sprinkled with pistachios, or the simple but refreshing fattoush salad, which comes with a toasted pita on top to crack into for a bit of crunch. Danny Meyer alum Juliana Latif is executive chef of this restaurant, perfect for big groups.