Danji is one of the coolest spots in Midtown that you can always just walk in and enjoy a fantastic and exciting meal. Danji’s Korean inspired menu involves lots of interpretations of traditional Korean flavors. Chef Hooni Kim brings a modern twist to his native Korean tastes with his unmatched French training.
Vicki Freeman and Mark Meyer’s new restaurant Vic’s opened in 2014 and replaced Five Points, another staple restaurant by the same owners. Vic’s is the place to go whether for brunch, lunch or dinner!
The Menu is constructed of traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisines, using ingredients from American farms. Hillary Sterling, the head chef of Vic’s, says “it is a challenge to create authentic flavors with local ingredients.” She mentions “traditional Italian and Mediterranean cuisines require a lot of herbs and acid.” In our point of view, she was able to capture the perfect balance in all her dishes.
Once a massage parlor, hence the name, Happy Ending is one of the hottest spots in NYC. When owners Oliver Stumm and Max Levai acquired the joint, they kept the name but gave it a retro-redo. They transformed the destination to a French bistro (with Michelin-starred chef Francis Gabarrus in charge) decorated like a cool basement hangout from the 70s.
Rich Torrisi and renown chef Mario Carbone took over a vintage space that for many years housed Rocco, a neighborhood Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village. These nostalgia experts revamped Rocco’s while honoring its historic features and Carbone was born.
Odd Fellows opened in 2013 by former pastry chef Sam Mason and his business partners Mohan and Holiday Kumar. Since then Sam has created over 100 innovative and inspiring flavors, all of which he makes in-house. Some of our favorites being: Buttermilk Blueberry Honey, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Cornbread, Burnt Marshmallow, and PB&J With Toast. When asked the same question Sam says “Picking a favorite is kind of tough—they’re like my children. I tend to like the more savory flavors, like Miso Butterscotch Cherry and Lemon Meringue Pie.”
I-CE NY is the spot to get original smashed and rolled ice cream from Thailand. They make their ice cream in front of the customers to give them a fun experience while waiting for their ice creams.
Customers can create their own flavors by choosing an ice cream base (ice cream liquid), different mixers, toppings and sauces. With this creative customization, every cup turns out to be very unique and perfectly match their customers’ tastes.
STARR Restaurants and Chef Justin Smillie bring to you an exotic California inspired cuisine, Upland. After many years of success at NYC’s Il Buco Alimentari, Smillie finally collaborated with mega-restaurateur Stephen Starr (the visionary of Buddakan, Morimoto and El Vez) in opening his dream restaurant.
The restaurant which is located on Park Avenue South, is named after the town Smillie was born. The carefully prepared extensive menu consists of many local Californian ingredients with a sophisticated twist. It includes the highly recommended dishes such as: Stracciatella and pear pizza, Estrella pasta with sautéed chicken livers, seared octopus with smoked eggplant caviar, and (a must try) short rib for two. For those who would like to indulge themselves, there is a wide range of cocktails and 500+ bottle wine list.
Located in the West Village, Employees Only is one of the trendiest spots in NYC. Disguised as a psychic store, this 1920’s inspired speakeasy serves some of New York’s most intriguing cocktails.