• Most Romantic Restaurant: I’ll have to go classic French on this one and suggest Daniel (60 E. 65th. St; The food is exquisite, as is the decor, and the waitstaff are veritable cupids, who seem to know, instinctively, when to top off a glass and when not to interrupt a conversation.


  • Most Family-Friendly Restaurant for Those With Kids Over 8: Why not give your children a cultural experience along with a feeding? At Robataya (231 E. 9th St; they’ll experienced the best of cooked Japanese cuisine (almost no sushi here), while being served by a genuine Japanese chef who grills all the food in front of you with an intensity of concentration that’s fascinating to behold.


  • Most Family-Friendly Restaurant for Those with Kids Under 8: Bubby's (120 Hudson St.; has classic American comfort food, a photo booth in the basement, and a shelf of kids' toys and books.


  • Best Place to Go with a Group: Dive into the tapas and paella at NYC’s finest Spanish restaurant, Tertulia (359 Sixth Ave.; All the food is meant to be shared and with a group, you’ll have the numbers to try more of it.


  • Best Pizza Old Style: Totonno's Pizzaria Napolitano (1524 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn; no website). You can only order by the pie when visiting this long-time, coal-oven favorite but that's just fine as the 'za is addictive here, with sweet mozzarella, a perfectly balanced sauce, and just the right crisp on the crust.


  • Best Pizzeria New Style: Keste Pizza and Vino (271 Bleecker St; 40 different wood-fired pizzas are on offer here, created by the gentleman who is the US President of the Association of Neapolitan Pizzaiuoli. 


  • Best Splurge: This is a tough one, but I’ll have to go with the endless, unusual and delicious tasting menu at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare (200 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn; You’ll see it all cooked in front of you, and many of the ingredients are over-the-top decadent. Dress appropriately though; they don’t let in people in jeans, sandals, or shorts.


  • Best Old School Gotham dining experience: Still a classic, and still serving the tenderest steaks in town, Peter Luger Steakhouse (178 Broadway, Brooklyn; is the place to come when you want a taste of olde New York.


  • Best New School Gotham dining experience: At Marea (240 Central Park South; you’ll be digging into the most creative Italian food you’ve likely ever tasted, in a chic and contemporary dining room filled with the biggest of bigwigs.


  • Best for Deli Foods: With most of the competition out of business, Katz Delicatessen (205 E. Houston St.; rules the roost, serving the best corned beef not just in Gotham, but on the planet!


  • Best Dessert: Chikalicious (2013 E. 10th St.; Skip dinner and come here for the three-course dessert tasting menu, which ranges from super-rich chocolate cake with pepper ice cream to delicious fruit concoctions of all sorts.


  • Best Cheap Eats: "Spicy and tingly beef noodles" will set your mouth afire, but keep your wallet cool and collected at Xian Famous Food (24 W. 45th St.;, a growing chain of noodle shops that serves the most authentic—and affordable— Chinese food this side of Flushing, Queens.


  • Best Barbecue: Mighty Quinn's Barbecue  (225 Liberty St.; In a little over two years, Mighty Quinns, with its meltingly tender brisket and just-tangy-enough sauce, has conquered the city! The address above is for their latest outpost (very near the 9/11 Memorial) but it also has digs in the East Village, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn and New Jersey.


  • Best Icelandic Food: OK, it's likely the only Icelandic food in Gotham, but boy is it delish! If you've never tried this unusual but accessible cuisine (think: lots of herbs, fresh fish and savory sauces), head to Skal (37 Canal St. at Ludlow;, the adorable little restaurant that's brought this cuisine across the pond.


  • Most Fun Fusion Food: How about some matzoh ball ramen? That's just one of the delectable specialties as Shalom Japan (310 S. Fourth St., Brooklyn;, a tiny restaurant with big ambitions that serving up some mighty tasty, if mighty weird, food.

-Pauline Frommer






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