Food News | Five of the Healthiest Restaurants to Try in the New Year

If holiday indulgences have taken their toll and you are ready for a fresh start in 2017, look no further. Lucky for you, sticking to your New Year’s resolutions doesn’t have to be as painful as you might think. Today’s New York City has a plethora of healthy dining options that will leave you satisfied. Enjoy our five favorite health conscious dining options for 2017 here.

Brodo
200 First Avenue

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Bone broth isn’t just a fad. The collagen found in this delicious broth is actually protein that will keep you full and satisfied all the while healing your gut, reducing inflammation, and promoting healthy bones and clear skin. Grab a steaming hot cup of broth from this take-out only spot and enjoy a healthy meal that will also warm your soul.
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The Little Beet
135 West 50th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

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With a self-proclaimed “guilt free” menu and multiple locations around the city, you can count on the Little Beet for a meal that not only tastes good but is also good for you. Using only local, seasonal and natural ingredients, the Little Beet offers a menu that is gluten free, guilt free and readily accessible wherever in NYC you might be
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Nix
72 University Place between 10th and 11th Streets

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One of the newest additions to the health conscious dining scene, Nix is also one of the most impressive: the establishment has already been awarded a Michelin star. This veggie-centric menu is so well done that you’d never even know that you were dining at an entirely vegetarian restaurant. Combine the stellar menu with Nix’s noteworthy cocktail list and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a healthy date night.
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Divya’s Kitchen
25 First Avenue between First and Second Streets

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Located within the Bhakti Center, Divya’s Kitchen serves a gluten-free, vegetarian menu that is based off of Aryuvedic healing principles. Opened with the intention of bringing a peaceful and wellness-oriented restaurant to the Downtown NYC dining scene, Divya’s Kitchen succeeds in doing just that. This spot is perfect for anyone looking for a healthful dining option that will nurture mind, body, and spirit.
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Rouge Tomate
126 West 18th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

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You can count on Rouge Tomate for an elegant meal that is delicious and satisfying without leaving you in a gluttonous food coma. This health conscious establishment recently reopened its doors in a cozier, more rustic, downtown location. With a veggie-centric menu by a Michelin-starred chef, Rouge Tomate is an excellent choice for dining with a lovely atmosphere, great wine list and food specifically crafted to leave you feeling good.
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Weekend News | Bed and Breakfast Getaways

With long work days and the constant buzzing that comes with living in NYC, many long for a weekend escape. These days, a luxurious bed and breakfast is just the thing. Enjoy delicious food, incredible scenery and fresh air — all without having to get on a plane to make it happen. Try one of these nearby bed and breakfast spots for the perfect weekend getaway.

1. The Bedford Post in Bedford, NY

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This luxurious country inn has only eight rooms, most with a working fireplace to maximize the cozy ambience. Located in leafy West Chester County, The Bedford Post features a yoga studio and two onsite restaurants: The Barn, a more casual spot for breakfast and lunch, and Campagna, a fine dining destination for Italian delights.

2. Glenmere Mansion in Chester, NY

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Once a Gilded Age hideaway, Glenmere Mansion has 18 contemporary rooms nestled in a historic building and exquisite gardens. Guests have access to outdoor activities in the Hudson Valley but may choose to luxuriate in the onsite spa instead. Onsite dining includes a cozy tavern, fine restaurant rooms and personal room service.

3. The Homestead Inn in Greenwich, CT

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This gracious country mansion is all white shingles and green acres. Each chamber and suite has a unique decor chosen by the owners to be timeless, not trendy. The Homestead Inn’s restaurant is chef Thomas Henkelmann’s personal masterpiece, allowing him to showcase his French culinary training.

4. The Tower Cottage in Point Pleasant, NJ

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The Tower Cottage is the epitome of a Victorian seaside retreat located in Point Pleasant’s historic district. The building is reminiscent of a lighthouse, and the inn pampers guests with complimentary robes and slippers, gas fireplaces and a full gourmet breakfast each morning.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut offer lovely bed and breakfast spots to escape from the stresses of city life any time. Book a trip that’s just a few hours away by car to rejuvenate whenever the mood strikes.

Food News | The Top Five Restaurants to Close Out 2016

New Year’s Eve is a special night full memories of the year gone by and the promise of a fresh start on the horizon. No where in the world rings in the new year like New York, but Times Square isn’t the only place to celebrate.

For a more intimate celebration complete with an incredible meal and a great bottle of wine, book a table for one of these restaurants’ special celebrations. 
In the City That Never Sleeps, staying up until midnight to say hello to 2017 has never been easier — especially with a fine meal from one of the city’s best restaurants.

1. Aureole

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Located mere steps from the Times Square ball drop, Aureole is making the most of their location by hosting a Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Gala. Lobster with caviar, black truffle tortellini and a decadent ball-drop themed dessert are on the five-course menu. Reservations are required; book online.

2. The Garden at The Four Seasons

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Enjoy a swank Roaring 20s soiree at TY Bar with a table that includes a bottle of Cristal, caviar service and assorted canapes and petits fours. Reserve tickets by phoning (844) 760-6347 or by email.

3. James Beard House

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Chef Rob Nelson will cook up a Southern New Year’s Eve feast at the James Beard House. Highlights from the extensive menu include fig champagne cocktails, applewood-smoked GrassRoots pork belly and a midnight Champagne toast. Call (212) 627-2308 for reservations or book online.

4. Robert

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A sleek location near the Museum of Art and design makes Robert a fine choice for a romantic New Year’s Eve dinner. The early seating offers a three-course prix fixe menu while the later seating provides four courses. The menu consists of seasonal specialties; the wine list includes no fewer than four types of Champagne. Reserve a table online.

5. Charlie Palmer at The Knick

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For views of Times Square on the big night, Charlie Palmer at The Knick can’t be beat. The first seating menu features an appetizer, two courses and dessert; the second seating menu features the same meal with the additional of two more decadent courses. New Year’s reservations are not accepted online; call (212) 204-4983 to book a table.

Event News | Top Five Things to Do in NYC This November

While many will argue Fall is when New York is at its best, November offers an exciting transition to Winter and the Holiday season. November events begin with a running start – The New York City Marathon will bring approximately 50,000 runners to the NYC Streets and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade never fails to deliver some of the most amazing floats and entertainment. We have picked our top five November events to enjoy this month. 

1. NYC Marathon

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With a route encompassing all five boroughs, the New York City Marathon has the distinction of being the largest on earth, and approximately 50,000 runners take on the 26.2-mile course annually. This year, the NYC Marathon will be on Sunday, November 6th. Runners will set off from the starting point approaching the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island between 9 and 11 a.m. As many as 2 million spectators line the route, so arrive early to get a good spot, and consider hanging out at the finish line in Central Park to see the runners finish.

2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Besides turkey carving and football watching, there’s no Thanksgiving activity more traditional than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s been happening annually since 1924, and the best way to see it is live in Manhattan. The parade route starts at Central Park West and ends at Macy’s on Herald Square. Arrive before the start time of 9 a.m. on November 24th to get a good spot, and get ready to be mesmerized by the massive balloons and multicolored floats.

3. Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a musical stage show featuring performances from the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. This family-friendly show was written by Doug Wright and Mark Waldrop, and it’s been going strong since 1933. As always, the Rockettes will be strutting their stuff at the Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Avenue. This year, shows are happening November 11th through January 2nd, so there are ample opportunities to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

4. Union Square Holiday Market

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The Union Square Holiday Market is one of the world’s largest holiday markets, and it’s open November 17th through December 24th in 2016, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. The market is located on the southern side of Union Square Park, and it’s the perfect place to pick up quirky souvenirs, artisanal gifts or a bite to eat. There are more than 100 booths to visit, so come by anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays.

5. Ice Skating in Rockefeller Center

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Featured in blockbuster movies and prime-time TV shows such as “Elf” and “30 Rock,” ice skating at Rockefeller Center is the quintessential holiday activity in NYC. The rink opened on October 8th to celebrate its 80th anniversary. No winter in New York is complete without visiting, so grab some skates and glide across the rink while enjoying amazing views of the city and world-famous Rockefeller Christmas tree.

Seasonal News | The Top Five Places to Get Hot Chocolate in NYC

Winter is fast approaching, and New Yorkers are beginning to feel the chill. One of the best ways to brace for the freezing temperatures is to sip on a steaming mug of delicious hot chocolate. Check out this list featuring some of the most unique and delectable cups in NYC.

1. Mariebelle

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Mariebelle is an elegant European-style café and boutique located at 484 Broome St. in SoHo, and the hot chocolate here is truly a step above the rest. The café offers an astounding 20 flavors to choose from. Plus, it’s possible to order most varieties iced if you’re not in the mood for a warm beverage. Order the Aztec hot chocolate, hazelnut hot chocolate or vanilla bean hot chocolate, and try a few confectionaries on the side.

2. The City Bakery

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City Bakery is an international mini-chain, but its biggest location is at 3 W. 18th St. in the Flatiron District, and it’s known for its impeccably rich hot chocolate. This inventive bakery has a vast array of decadent flavors to choose from, including spicy cinnamon, banana peel and chili pepper. But the best part is the uniquely fluffy marshmallow they put on top.

3. The Chocolate Room

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The Chocolate Room is a dessert café with two locations, one at 269 Court St. in Park Slope and another at 51 Fifth Ave. in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The café is known for its chocolate fondue and various confectionaries, but it also serves up an impressive mug of hot chocolate. The chocolate is sustainably sourced from Madagascar or made locally, and the marshmallows added to it are completely homemade. Several options are spiked with alcohol, and it’s also possible to add a shot of espresso to any of the hot chocolate drinks.

4. Voilà Chocolat

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Voilà Chocolat is a whimsical store at 221 W. 79th St. on the Upper West Side where customers can design their own chocolate treats, but the staff can also make a great cup of hot cocoa. All the mixes use either 31 percent white chocolate or 72 percent cacoa dark chocolate, with no extra sugar added. Choose between the classic dark chocolate, banana or matcha green tea white hot chocolate blends, or test out the newest variety, pumpkin spice white hot chocolate. This special shop’s already been given top praises by Zagat.

5. Hecho en Dumbo

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Hecho en Dumbo is known for its Mexican-style hot chocolate and can be found at 354 Bowery in NoHo. While Hecho en Dumbo is actually a restaurant, this modern eatery is greatly influenced by Mexican City, and it’s well worth it to stop by and try the hot chocolate. Order the Champurrado, a spicy cinnamon version thickened with fresh tortilla dough. It’s even possible to add spiced rum for an extra $8.

Fall Health | What Produce Should You Be Picking Up This Season

New York’s late harvest,  leaves you with a plethora of  in-season fruits and vegetables to choose from during the fall. Put together a fabulous dinner party meal plan with these peak-of-perfection produce options.

Beets

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The intense sweetness and vibrant color of beets bring a dynamic element to your fall plate. They contain a significant amount of vitamin C and folate, as well as an anti-inflammatory nutrient called betaine. Give your beets a gourmet presentation by putting together this delicious salad with fennel and bonito dressing.

Brussels Sprouts

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Brussels sprouts pair perfectly with many fall dishes, such as prime rib and heritage ham. They add plenty of protein, fiber and antioxidants to your dish. While you typically feature this vegetable as a side, this vibrant dish uses brussels sprouts as its base. Roasted Brussels sprouts with cabbage and pine nuts can stand on its own.

Leeks

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Leeks introduce onion flavors into your dish without overpowering subtle elements. This cold weather vegetable is a great source of vitamin A, B6 and K. It also contains kaempferol, which reduces the risk of chronic diseaseThis recipe lets you transition into the fall with a thick and filling soup.

Winter Squash

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Squash is a characteristic symbol of fall and with so many different varieties, it deserves a place in your meal planning. You get fiber and vitamin C, along with carotenoids that can reduce heart disease risk. Stuffed winter squash can act as an appetizer or a main dish, and allows you to customize the dish for your dinner guests’ preferences.

Apples

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This iconic fruit lasts throughout the fall season, giving you plenty of time to enjoy it at its peak. The fiber content reduces diabetes risk and your cholesterol count and the antioxidants fight many diseases. With more apple varieties than any other state, NY offers apples for any palette. From sweet and tangy to tart and crisp apples are easy to enjoy on their own or include in a recipe. End your autumn dinner with the irresistible salted-butter apple galette with maple whipped cream.
There are farmers markets located around NYC where you can find all the above produce and more. Visit Time Out New York for a list of their top picks and where to find these Green Markets.

Food News | Five of the Best Farm-To-Table Restaurants

Farm-to-table restaurants aren’t just a trend anymore. For many gourmets and chefs, they’re a culinary lifestyle. With Fall in full swing and so much lush produce harvested at upstate New York farms,  restaurants have perfected the farm-to-table concept. Here are five farm-to-table restaurants that are considered to be among the best.

1. Blue Hill

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Cited as one of New York’s finest by no less an arbiter than ZagatBlue Hill is famous for its locally sourced seasonal produce harvested from nearby farms. With a kitchen guided by Chef/co-owner and James Beard award winner Dan Barber, this Greenwich Village icon offers delectable dishes such as grass-fed lamb, squash ravioli with crabmeat and striped bass with melon gazpacho. The restaurant also offers a special farmers tasting table featuring specialties such as pastured duck with ratatouille and sweet corn and blueberry pie with white chocolate.

2. ABC Kitchen

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Also cited by Zagat, as well as a host of other sources, ABC Kitchen produces culinary marvels from Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who only uses locally harvested produce from sustainable farms that don’t use pesticides or chemicals. Even the wines, teas, coffees and juices are produced according to fair trade practices. The menu is seasonal, so during the summer you can enjoy specialties such as crunchy soft shell crab with sugar snap remoulade, while winter fare can include almond-caramelized duck breasts with amaretto jus.

3. Gramercy Tavern

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Run by famed restaurateur Danny Meyer, Gramercy Tavern offers contemporary American cuisine prepared by Chef Michael Anthony, from ingredients provided by local farms. Gramercy Tavern is actually made up of two restaurants: The Tavern is an informal eatery highlighted by a wood-burning grill, offering dishes such as grilled shrimp and dumplings with miso soup and, for dessert, wild blueberry pie with sweet corn ice cream. The Dining Room offers fare such as Long Island sea scallops and warm lobster salad with sweet corn.

4. Rosemary’s

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Rosemary’s routinely makes every best farm-to-table restaurant list because of its authentic seasonal Italian cuisine prepared by Chef Wade Moises, who uses herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop farm. Specialties include handmade calzones (try the stringhe di funghi, with oyster mushrooms and prosciutto) and homemade pasta entrees, such as pasta cavatelli with heirloom tomatoes.

5. Prospect

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Another local favorite, Prospect offers modern American cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients. Appetizers include a chef’s selection of artisanal cheeses, truffled deviled eggs and chicken liver mousse with candied pecans, while entrees include gnocchi with herbes de Provence and chicken with carrot red curry, peanuts, mint and jasmine rice.

 

Food News | Five of The Best Places to Eat in The Theater District

New York’s theater district — which runs from West 40th to West 54th Streets and includes Time Square — is known not only for its celebrated Broadway shows, but also for its world-class restaurants. Thanks to the time-honored tradition of pre- or post-theater dining, several of the world’s leading chefs have made the theater district their culinary home, with restaurants that rival some of the world’s greatest. Among a wealth of culinary gems, here are five of the best.

1. Aureole

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Aureole is the dream child of Chef Charlie Palmer, renowned for his take on contemporary American cuisine. You’ll enjoy a three-course dinner with delicacies such as Nova Scotia halibut with clams and lemon confit, and beef tenderloin with smoked eggplant and corn purée. The tantalizing dessert list includes raspberry chocolate Sacher cake with chocolate mousse and toasted almond ice cream.

2. The Lambs Club

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The Lambs Club is famous for its art deco bar and celebrity-filled Sunday brunches where Broadway stars of the entertaining. It’s also know for the cuisine created by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, which includes delicacies like Long Island duck breast and chestnut tagliatelle with braised wild boar and wild mushrooms.

3. Esca

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Co-owned by celebrity chef Mario Batali, Esca serves the legendary seafood dishes of Italy in an ultra-luxurious setting. Voted by New York Magazine as the city’s best upscale seafood restaurant, Esca proffers delectables such as house-cured salmon roe, spaghetti with lobster and pink snapper with red clay salt.

4. Charlie Palmer at the Knick

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This upscale restaurant brings together two New York City icons — chef Charlie Palmer, who has become a major force in the contemporary American cuisine movement, and the Knickerbocker Hotel, a city landmark since its opening in 1906. The elegant dining room is crafted in glass and marble, and enhanced with semi-private areas separated by sheer chain metal drapes. Specialties include chicken paillard with basil oil and eggplant, and sea bass with asparagus purée.

5. Gabriel Kreuther

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If you’re in the mood for French cuisine, be sure to visit Gabriel Kreuther, where the legendary chef offers a sophisticated menu that harkens back to his Alsatian roots. Named one of the 50 best restaurants in America by Business Insider, the elegant dining room boasts shades of cream, lavender and platinum, accented by wood beams and crystalline light hanging. The menu is even more elegant, with specialties such as Australian black truffles with champagne spaetzle and roasted diver scallops with tomato confit.

Food News | Five of the Best Classic Luxury New York Restaurants

New York is home to some of the very best classic luxury restaurants in the world. A city that offers the widest range of fine dining experiences in the country, New York has a magical and unparalleled diversity of fine dining options to suit you and your dinner party. These luxury dining experiences help to define the very identity of what New York means and create the image that New Yorkers are most proud to call their own.

Per Se

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Per Se is an acknowledged leader in New American cuisine. Chef Thomas Keller offers a superb fine dining experience, with a luxe fixed-price menu and breathtaking views of Central Park. The Oysters and Pearl is a customer favorite, and the nine-course tasting menu is a must-try. Per Se is located at The Shops at Columbus Circle,

To view the Per Se daily menu , please click here.

Jean Georges

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The renowned French restaurant Jean Georges is located at Trump International Hotel. Jean Georges is named for their aficionado chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Jean Georges is a multiple award-winning premium fine dining restaurant who has been acknowledged with the following accolades: Michelin 3-Star Restaurant, The New York Times, 4-Star Restaurant, AAA 5-Diamond Restaurant and Forbes 5-Star Restaurant.

To view the current Jean Georges menu, please click here.

Masa

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A visit to Masa for fine dining is an ethereal and out-of-this-world New York experience. Masa shows what New York cuisine means. Masa culinary artists create authentic Japanese food artistry in a bold and visible way. A luxury meal at Masa is a revitalizing adventure, not just a haute couture dining experience.

Le Bernardin

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The award-winning Le Bernardin is truly a jewel of New York. Chef Eric Ripert specializes in exquisite French cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. Le Bernardin excites the senses and delivers a decadent combination of atmosphere and a superlative menu.

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Daniel

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Daniel is an acclaimed white-glove experience that offers incomparable French luxury dining. Expect the extraordinary: elegant ambiance, neoclassic architecture, award-winning French cuisine and world-class wines.
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Food News: NYC Outdoor Dining

Selecting an outdoor dining experience helps locals or newcomers in town absorb the ambiance of New York City — often touted as one of the most exciting, metropolitan spots in the world. The city has a plethora of fine dining choices. Deciding on a venue that allows the residents to observe the hustle, bustle and beauty of this great city while enjoying fine cuisine is one of the best ways to soak up the aura that is uniquely New York City.

Rooftop Dining

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Catch is one of the most popular places for residents to dine al fresco, because the restaurant has a large, picturesque rooftop that transforms into a hip and exciting nightspot. This venue is open from mid-morning to late in the evening and is a sophisticated place to view the moonlit skylines and participate in the New York City nightlife. Their menu has an eclectic choice of fine dining options that include a raw bar, sushi and many other choices with Asian or contemporary influences.

French Ambiance 

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Claudette Restaurant is situated in the heart of Greenwich Village. It has a French Provencal atmosphere that enables diners to imagine they are in Old World Europe. The menu features seafood dishes, local foods and the flavors of North Africa that so often influence French cuisine. Claudette’s outdoor patio allows diners to enjoy the beautiful setting and people-watch to their heart’s content.

Italian Cuisine

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Santina is a restaurant that makes diners feel as if they are on the Italian coast. This cozy restaurant has a welcoming ambiance that allows the clientele to dine al fresco for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. It is also an intriguing spot to sip wine or cocktails and contemplate city life as it passes by after a long day at work. Their menu features vegetable and fish dishes, along with other specialties from the coast of Italy.

Take a cruise

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The Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise boasts an all-glass boat where patrons can view the Statue of Liberty, Battery Park and other famous sites. The luxury cruise features a three-hour tour that enables diners to partake in a sumptuous three-course meal while floating past a backdrop of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. After enjoying the elegant meal, passengers can dance to live jazz music or savor the scenery.