NYC is famous for its landmarks and of course, it’s a foodie’s dream. So here are some top dining picks across the city in some of New York’s most beloved iconic destinations, from modern Italian cuisine on the 6th floor of Macy’s Herald Square, to classic American fare in the heart of Rockefeller Center:
Lincoln Ristorante offers Chef Shea Gallante’s singular interpretation of Italian cuisine on the beautiful Lincoln Center campus. Lincoln relies on local farmers and purveyors to source ingredients, along with weekly visits to their neighborhood Tucker Square Greenmarket, while importing irreplaceable items from Italy. Honoring the Italian culinary tradition of making fresh pastas, grissini, and focaccia in-house, desserts, by Richard Capizzi, are beautiful renditions of Italy’s classics: light, lush and irresistible. This location beside Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool and Henry Moore sculpture is simply timeless, with outdoor seating, panoramic views and a grass lawn roof.
A stylish brasserie just steps from Fifth Avenue on 57th Street, Brasserie 8 1/2 features Chef Franck Deletrain’s sophisticated French cuisine amidst original artwork by Léger, Matisse and others favored by the Louvre. Guest enter via a grand, sweeping, spiral staircase featured in “Sex in the City”, and make their way to plush dining rooms to choose beloved classics with a new light touch like Lobster Risotto, or splendid plates such as Poitrine de Canard and Moules Frites.
A quick walk from Times Square and located in one of the most memorable landmark locations in New York City, Rock Center Café serves seasonally-updated, chef-driven cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch, along with house-crafted cocktails and New York’s top brews in a classic atmosphere. The restaurant offers exceptional dining ambience, with a series of original prints by the great American artist Andy Warhol gracing the indoors and stunning views of The Rink at Rockefeller Center in the winter months. From May to October, the Rink is replaced by the splendid Summer Garden & Bar, featuring an outdoor bar and seating surrounding the regal Prometheus fountain – a true respite in the heart of Midtown.
With sixth-floor views of the Empire State building and three wood-burning ovens, Stella 34 Trattoria is a modern Italian trattoria and the dining star of Macy’s flagship store. Executive Chef Jarett Appell offers Neapolitan pizza from wood-burning ovens with fior di latte mozzarella, Caputo flour imported from Naples, San Marzano tomatoes from the foothills of Mount Vesuvius and water meticulously sourced from local wells to match the pH and mineral balance of the natural spring water in Naples. The menu showcases al forno entrées, house-made pasta, fresh salads, “piccoli piatti” – signature Italian antipasti designed for sharing – and Vivoli il Gelato of Florence, Italy, as well as an all-Italian wine list of more than 100 selections.
Also in Macy’s, Rowland’s Bar & Grill serves American gastropub cuisine in a comfortable, modern atmosphere on the One Below level. Named for Rowland H. Macy, the storied founder of Macy’s, Rowland’s Bar & Grill builds upon his magnanimous character with intriguing bits of his life, quotes and favorite foods, like the signature cheddar-stuffed RH Burger. Also featuring classic NYC dishes like House-Smoked Pastrami, inventive salads, and simply grilled steaks and seafood, Rowland’s is the perfect gathering place when shopping New York’s most famous store.
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