Fine Dining in Midtown East
The streets surrounding 800 5th Avenue and 150 East 57th Street are home to unparalleled fine-dining experiences. For those evenings when you're celebrating good news, treating that someone special to a date night — or if you just want to indulge your senses at one of the area's finest foodie destinations — book a table at one of these top-flight restaurants.
American Cut | 109 East 56th Street
The Art Deco-styled setting of this upmarket steakhouse is showstopping in itself. Be sure to arrive early enough to order the prickly pear martini and soak in your surroundings. The dishes are no less exuberant than the decor: The Grand Seafood Tower is a veritable skyscraper of oysters, littleneck clams, Alaskan crab, and whole poached lobster. The porterhouse steak comes flambéed tableside, so you're guaranteed to be the center of attention for a few flaming moments. The chili lobster with Texas toast is another American Cut specialty, although this is the kind of menu where you can't put a foot wrong.
The National Bar & Dining Rooms | 557 Lexington Avenue
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian bills The National as his vision of a “contemporary NYC Grand Café.” Indeed, this always buzzing spot makes Central Park feel like the center of the universe. Skip breakfast at your own rental, and indulge in the National's banana walnut buttermilk pancakes. Or come for dinner, where a crispy octopus starter is followed by beer-battered Chatham cod and fried Kennebec potatoes.
The Grill | 99 East 52nd Street
The Grill whisks you back to midcentury New York, with its Gibson martinis, jazz soundtrack, and a menu that harks back to days of utter decadence. The menu is overflowing with good eating that's steeped in history: goose terrine, pickled anchovies, triple lamb chops with mint jelly, and honey mustard duckling. The restaurant itself is situated in the Seagram Building, an icon of midcentury New York. You’ll feel like you’re in an episode of “Mad Men.”
La Grenouille | Three East 52nd Street
The list of past dinner guests at La Grenouille reads like a roster of the good and the great: Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Madonna, Prince, and John Wayne are just a handful of them. And the painter Bernard Lamotte once lived upstairs, entertaining everyone from Greta Garbo to Charlie Chaplin. The restaurant is famed for its pre- and post-theater menus; delight in the saffron lobster bisque, a cheese soufflé, the jumbo lump crab cocktail, or the hearty duck cassoulet. Be sure to take a moment to feel the history of the place washing around you.