Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s hot spot is known for such classics as ricotta gnocchi, roasted monkfish and Berkshire pork chop. Since 1985, Union Square has been treasured for its effortless, friendly service. This is a non-tipping restaurant; hospitality is included. L (M-F) D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$$
Elaborate housemade specialty cocktails and high-end by-the-glass wines complement an eclectic food menu with a variety of dessert options (lime vanilla créme brûlée; cappuccino panna cotta), at this year-round terrace atop the Kimberly Hotel, with dazzling views of Midtown and the Chrysler Building. D (nightly), Brunch (Su).
Heated wood floors and retractable glass ceiling and walls make this rooftop resto/cocktail bar an all-season hotspot, with diners taking in the 360-degree view of the city while indulging in curry-coconut chicken pot pie and a cocktail list filled with cute descriptions. The décor, an unexpcted mix of edgy modern and old school ostentacious, adds to the experience.
This food court a few blocks from Grand Central Terminal opens early with breakfast specialties from craft NYC vendors such as Mr. Bing (crepe-style Shanghai-inspired egg dishes) and Ovenly (gourmet donuts), and buzzes midday with many vendors offering beer and wine on happy hour, and NoLita-based Seamore's fishery serving a full bar in a tucked away upstairs lounge-style space overlooking the market. B & L (daily), D (M-F).