1. The art of marrying refined gastronomic cuisine with the simplicity of a bistro atmosphere.
Cocotte mastermind, Sébastien Pourrat, has pioneered the bistro-meets-gastronomy movement in New York City, bringing us his breathtakingly intimate 35-seat restaurant in the heart of SoHo. Basque tiles adorn low ceilings, and menu items are illustrated in white chalk across matte black walls, housing a fleet of perfectly petite plates served by Pourrat’s expertly trained team of 20.
“My cuisine is meticulous,” breathes Monsieur Pourrat, whose inspiration for both his menu and ambiance lies in his childhood memories and personal feelings. “I wanted to create a restaurant that I would like to go to.”
This is the kind of passion that carries through to the finished product.
Cocotte’s small dishes are designed to be shared, transforming date night or girls night out into an interactive dining experience. One Club personally recommends the chef’s specialty, marbré de poireaux au foie gras.
Cocotte is located at 110 Thompson Street, between Prince and Spring Streets.
Meet Gato, the Mediterranean reincarnation of Bobby Flay’s 15-year-old Flatiron spot, Bolo.
Flay and partner, Laurence Kretchmer, recently opened the 147-seat downtown brasserie on Lafayette Street, in the heart of NoHo/East Village. It’s a welcomed addition to the Flay enterprise that includes Bar Americain and Mesa Grill in New York, Connecticut, Las Vegas and Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
The goal with Gato is to use simple, fresh ingredients from all over the Mediterranean. Influences from Spain, Italy and Greece make their way into new creations, and a few Bolo-esque revivals.
Setting: There’s a downtown cool and eclectic Mediterranean aesthetic at Gato. The fact that Flay is back in the kitchen helps to create an unmistakable energy that trickles down through the service and onto plates.
Décor: Suspended light fixtures make the place glow. The exposed brick and blue and white tiles add to the Mediterranean vibe. The bar is the main attraction; It’s perfect for guests ready to take after-work drinks to the dinner level.
Drinks: Order the Paco with Ketel One Vodka, blood orange juice and cava, or the Angelo with Old Overholt Rye, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Campari and Aperol.
Menu: Try the Kale and Wild Mushroom Paella, the Porterhouse Pork Chop or the Fresh Fettuccine with squid ink.
Gato is located at 324 Lafayette Street, between Bleecker and East Houston Streets
We’ve scoured the city for the best seasonal treats to serve this year. From pies, to macaroons, to cakes, be sure to save room after the big feast for these decadent treats.
The sister duo at Four & Twenty Blackbirds added a pinch of salt to this traditional favorite to create their Salted Caramel Apple Pie.
Zucker Bakery is serving up Thanksgivukkah Donuts this year with a limited-series of flavor varieties: Cranberry Turkey, Turkey Gravy, Jelly and Sweet Potato.
Lady M Cake Boutique‘s Pumpkin Nuage is only available one season every year. This dessert is a combination of pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake with the perfect touches of cinnamon, cream cheese and graham crackers.
The sweet geniuses at Momofuku Milk Bar turned blondies into an entire pie. This concoction features white chocolate brownies, Granny Smith apples and gingersnap crust for a new kind of apple pie.
This month, Dana’s Bakery is serving up a holiday menu of pecan pie, jelly doughnut and pumpkin pie macaroons.
The month of November marks the return of our favorite seasonal pastry, the Thanksgiving Croissant. While not a true dessert, this flaky cornucopia of flavor is a fourth-meal we support indulging in. Momofuku Milk Bar
packs in white and dark meat turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy for a handy Thanksgiving meal regardless of the day.
Over 294 restaurants around New York City crafted menus for NYC Restaurant Week this year. TOWN Concierge Lauren Eisenberg curates the reservations you need to make before August 16.
1) The Capital Grille is unlocking a decadent lunch and dinner menu during Restaurant Week. As far as we’re concerned, lunch doesn’t get better than The Grille’s Signature Cheeseburger with a side of truffle fries.
2) Michael White’s SoHo ode to Italian comfort cuisine, Osteria Morini is serving a lunch menu featuring their renowned homemade pastas.
3) Transport yourself to St. Tropez at this yacht-themed restaurant tucked away on the corner of Mercer and Prince. Lure is serving up lunch and dinner menus with a half dozen oysters sweeten the deal.
4) Spice up your usual lunch with a visit to Empellon Taqueria. Pair together taco choices like Lamb Barbacoa, Lobster, Fish Tempura, or Short Rib Pastrami for the perfect combination.
5) Diners can expect a truly authentic Italian experience with impeccable service at a Greenwich Village favorite, Il Mulino. Order the Chicken Parmesan for lunch to taste one of the best in New York City.
6) Perilla is truly a Greenwich Village neighborhood staple, with only 18 tables and 10 seats at the bar these are reservations you’ll want to make immediately. Dine on refreshing cucumber soup, roasted all natural chicken and finish with a seasonal nectarine and blueberry financier.
7) DBGB Kitchen and Bar has a hearty lunch and dinner menu. Go for the Frenchie Burger, wash it down with a beer and order another round from a selection of over 95 brews.
8) Enjoy a complimentary rosé tasting with your Restaurant Week dinner at ilili Restaurant. The featured winery rotates weekly through August 16.
9) Go for the food, stay for the jazz at Blue Smoke. One of our favorite clubs, Jazz Standard is located in the basement of Danny Meyer’s barbecue outpost.
10) Power lunch for a fraction of the cost at NORMA’S at Le Parker Meridien as the entire menu makes the cut for this year’s Restaurant Week, with the exception of The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata that is.