Wednesday, November 25, 2015

While there are plenty of
things to do on Black Friday besides shopping, if you happen to find yourself
in New York's shopping hubs, you'll want to know where to eat.
Excellent new
restaurants abound, and reflect the neighborhoods they're in, so you can
expect swanky dining rooms around Fifth Avenue, chic downtown eateries in
Soho, and design-focused bistros in Williamsburg.
Here are the best places to
eat in seven of New York's major commerce-driven neighborhoods.
Fifth Avenue Lined with legendary stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Henry
Bendel, and just about every designer boutique you can think of, the world's
most expensive shopping corridor has equally glitzy restaurants nearby.
Ralph
Lauren's Polo Bar is the place to see and be seen.
At Chevalier inside the
Baccarat Hotel & Residences, the service is impeccable; the setting
magnificent, and the modern French fare flawless.
The most exciting newcomer
on the scene is Jams, acclaimed chef Jonathan Waxman's new restaurant inside
the 1 Hotel Central Park.
The pillowy gnocchi with shaved Brussels sprouts and
walnut sage pesto are sublime.
Rockefeller Center Midtown's Art Deco landmark is a one-stop-shopping
center with a hundred boutiques ranging from Hallmark and La Maison du
Chocolat to the FDNY Fire Zone, where proceeds from gift items like puzzles
and kids' firefighter costumes benefit the New York Fire Department.
After an
afternoon of shopping, head up to Rockefeller Center's swanky rooftop lounge
SixtyFive for a much-needed cocktail and small bites with stunning views.
In
need of something more substantial? The new Ocean Prime steakhouse by
restaurateur Cameron Mitchell delivers decadent steaks and seafood with some
excellent appetizers and sides rounding out the menu.
Don't miss the truffled
mac and cheese.
Lexington Avenue Bloomingdale's flagship on 59th and Lex is a shopper's
heaven year-round, and amps up its appeal during the holiday season with
over-the-top window displays.
Nearby, you'll find plenty of big name brands
like Zara and Sephora, but fewer restaurants and bars.
Luckily, the Bar Room
is right around the corner on E 60th Street, and it's the perfect place for
lunch.
A classic, old New York vibe provides the backdrop for upscale comfort
food like grilled cheese with tomato soup, chopped salad, and an excellent
burger by Chef Aaron Philips, an alum of Le Bernardin.
Soho It's easy to work up an appetite navigating the designer
boutique-lined streets of Soho, and fortunately there are plenty of great food
options in the neighborhood.
Michael Chernow's breezy new seafood spot
Seamore's is worth it for the super fresh catch of the day he gets from
Montauk fishermen via the Dock to Dish program.
(The charismatic chef is also
starring in the new Food Porn series on FYI.) Selections change daily, though
you can always count on awesome fish tacos and fried calamari.
Nearby, the
unstoppable Major Food Group (Carbone, Parm, Dirty French) has another hit on
their hands with Sadelle's, a Jewish-style bagel shop with delicious (but
pricey) breakfast and lunch offerings.
Meatpacking District If you're looking for gifts for foodies or
art-lovers, the Meatpacking District and neighboring Chelsea is your best
bet.
Chelsea Market is home to an excellent wine and spirits shop, Buon Italia
specialty grocery store, and the Filling Station, where you can get olive oils
and balsamic vinegars infused with lemon, grapefruit, or truffles.
Keep an eye
out for the new Dizengoff hummusiya by acclaimed Philly chef Mike Solomonov,
set to open inside the market soon.
If you're headed to the new Whitney Museum
for art books and design items, a stop at Untitled at the Whitney is a must
for Michael Anthony's artful small plates.
Union Square With a huge holiday market and discount stores like
Nordstrom Rack (not to mention that old standby bookstore The Strand), Union
Square is a bustling hub of commerce.
Fighting the crowds can be an
overwhelming experience, so duck onto the side streets for a brief
respite.
Old Town Bar & Grill, which feels much the same as it did when it
opened in 1892, is the place to go for a pint and pub grub.
If you're after
something more upscale, but still laid-back, head ten blocks north to Upland,
where acclaimed chef Justin Smillie's California-meets-Italy dishes include
sausage-and-kale pizza and a five lettuce Caesar (kale, gem lettuce, Treviso,
Castelfranco, and Tardivo leaves tossed in an anchovy vinaigrette with
Bordeaux radishes and anchovy breadcrumbs).
Williamsburg If the boutique-lined blocks of Williamsburg are your
shopping destination of choice, you won't have any trouble finding delicious
food nearby.
Belgian brasserie Witlof, one of the neighborhood's best new
restaurants, serves bistro classics like moules frites and a croque madame all
day in a former turn-of-the-century bank.
If you find yourself lingering as
day turns to night, head to Loosie Rouge, the hip new bar with cocktails on
tap and New Orleans-inspired food like oysters Bloomberg and shrimp po'boys
served in the equally chic attached restaurant.
Laura Itzkowitz is a contributing digital editor at Travel + Leisure and
author of New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants.
You can follow her on
Twitter and Instagram at @lauraitzkowitz.
If you find yourself in New York City's shopping hubs,
you'll want to know where to eat.
Here are the best restaurants in seven of
the city's major commerce-driven neighborhoods.

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