Where to Eat in NYC During Superfine! Week

It has been said that if you started on the day you were born and ate all of your meals at different restaurants in New York City for your entire life— even if you lived to be 100—  you still would not be able to eat at every single place that the city has to offer. With new restaurants popping up all over the city each day, this feels true now more than ever. So, where should you go if you’re visiting Superfine! NYC? I’m glad you asked…

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH:

The Butcher's Daughter

The Butchers Daughter

19 Kenmare Street (Nolita)

This location is the original, but there are other locations now in the West Village and Williamsburg as well. The Smashed Avocado Toast is the star here, but they also have yummy egg dishes, açaí bowls, French toast and pancakes to help you start the day. This is also a good spot for lunch and dinner.  

Balthazar

Balthazar / Balthazar Bakery

80 Spring Street (Soho)

You deserve it, so why not make a reservation for breakfast at Balthazar? Is that Anna Wintour in the booth next to yours? It is. Restaurateur Keith McNally prepares impeccable French classics in a lively atmosphere. Don’t have time for a sit-down meal? The Balthazar Bakery next store has every pastry you need— but arrive early, they do tend to sell out.

Maman

Maman

239 Centre Street (Soho)

Maman opened its doors in Soho in 2014 and it now has eight locations. The name of the restaurant means “mother” in French. You need to order the daily quiche and you absolutely need to get the chocolate chip cookies. There are both grab-and-go or full-service options. Everything here is great. 

La Mercerie

La Mercerie

53 Howard Street (Soho)

Roman & Williams are a husband and wife design team behind some of the best interiors in New York City (Ace Hotel, The Standard Highline).They have a store in Soho that sells some of their furnishings and La Mercerie is the café up front. Arrive early and have one of their great croissants. A good place for coffee and a light bite. 

Russ & Daughters Cafe

Russ & Daughters Café

127 Orchard Street (Lower East Side)

Now you’ve made it to one of the best restaurants in New York City. Bagels, lox, pastrami, knishes, latkes… they have every Jewish classic that your heart could desire, and everything is beyond amazing. The original Russ & Daughters deli has been a New York institution for over 100 years. This café was opened by the 4thgeneration of the Russ family and it is a perfect experience every time.

 



LUNCH:

Sant Ambroeus

Sant Ambroeus

265 Lafayette Street (Nolita)

Maybe you’ve been to the location in Southampton or Palm Beach? This is a great little place to do a business lunch, or just grab a glass of wine and a pasta on your own. The motto of Sant Ambroeus is: “From Italy, With Love” and their dishes do not disappoint. I recommend the Cacio e Pepe.  

The Smile To Go

The Smile To Go

27-11 Howard Street (Soho)

This is a great grab-and-go place featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, and daily market items. There is a small seating area inside the restaurant, or you can take your lunch outside and sit on one of the many neighboring stoops.

 



Laduree

Ladurée Paris

298 W Broadway (Soho)

Ladurée claims to be the originator of the macaron and this Soho outpost was the first ever location outside of Paris. It was a very big deal when it opened. A decadent and delicate lunch awaits you at this charming Parisian tea room that features everything from mezze plates to chicken paillard. 

Crosby Street Hotel

The Crosby Bar at Crosby Street Hotel

79 Crosby Street (Soho)

The Crosby Hotel is a chic choice with guests including a real who’s who. The hotel’s restaurant is a great place for lunch, but even more fun for High Tea, which is offered daily. Take your time and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, and then go explore what else this beautiful hotel has to offer.

The Village Den

The Village Den

225 West 12th Street (Greenwich Village)

Yes, this is the restaurant that Antoni from Queer Eye opened, and yes, it is a good choice for lunch. Super laid-back, the menu options are healthy and simple. This is a fast-casual place you go if you only have an hour and need something quick.

 

 


HAPPY HOUR:

Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike

59 Grand Street (Soho)

This really might be the best Happy Hour in New York City- and “lucky” you, this place is just two blocks away from Superfine! NYC. Happy Hour is daily (weekends included) 4pm – 7pm and there are things on the menu like $4 wines, $2 fries and $5 mussels. And no, this isn’t a bowling alley. If Happy Hour carries over to dinner here (as it often does), you’ll be treated to some pretty great French brasserie selections. Also, there is a rumor that Madonna used to wait tables here.

The Flower Shop

The Flower Shop

107 Eldridge Street (Lower East Side)

Welcome back to 1975. Complete with fake wood paneling on the walls, this Lower East Side charmer offers $5 rosé and $1 oyster specials during their 5pm – 7pm Happy Hour. Be sure to check out the downstairs: there’s a pool table. 

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Lure Fishbar

142 Mercer Street (Soho)

Designed like the inside of a ship, this NYC standard never disappoints. Happy Hour is 6pm – 7:30pm and includes lite bites and signature cocktails for $8. It isn’t on the happy hour menu, but I’m begging you to order the Rock Shrimp Tempura with Spicy Sesame Mayo. Do it for me.

Bonnie Vee

Bonnie Vee

17 Stanton Street (Lower East Side)

Cute and low-key chic, Bonnie Vee bar and garden offers a great little Happy Hour, 5pm – 8pm. With $5 beers, $2 off all wines, grilled cheese, and warm pretzels. It’s a quaint and easy pick-me-up.

Julius'

Julius’

159 West 10th Street (Greenwich Village)

The icon of gay bars in NYC that recently had a star turn last year in the Melissa McCarthy movie, Can You Ever Forgive Me. Happy Hour is 4pm – 9pm and $3 for a vodka soda? Thanks. You’ll always find yourself in conversation with someone you’ve never met here. Plus, there’s a makeshift kitchen in the middle of the bar serving up burgers and fries.

DINNER:

Jack's Wife Freda

Jack’s Wife Freda

224 Lafayette Street (Soho)

The Peri-Peri Chicken is one of the best dishes around. And you can’t argue with carafes of wine that are all $30 and under. It can sometimes be a little difficult getting a table here, but it’s worth the wait. Locations in Soho, the West Village, and Chelsea. 

Minetta Tavern

Minetta Tavern

113 MacDougal Street (Greenwich Village)

There used to be a small river that ran from 23rd Street into the Hudson called the Minetta Brook. This restaurant, named for that stream, is another Keith McNally gem, but it has been around since 1937. There is a very telling mural painted on the walls outlining the history of the area that has been there since the place opened. Serving up Pat LaFrieda meats, it’s one of the best steakhouses in the city.  

I Sodi

I Sodi

105 Christopher Street (West Village)

Dining at I Sodi is an Italian dream. Each dish is meticulously prepared. The two styles of lasagna served here are unlike anywhere else. If you have a dining partner (or two) who loves to eat, the Bistecca alla Fiorentina is beyond. The menu is seasonal, and reservations are coveted, but you can occasionally find space at the bar.

Lovely Day

Lovely Day

196 Elizabeth Street (Nolita)

This restaurant is an affordable rarity in the city, offering casual comfort food and some very tasty Thai dishes. The green curry is kind of unparalleled. Sit upstairs or downstairs, arrive early and stay late. A very cozy spot for dinner. Cash and AmEx only.

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

5 King Street (Soho)

If it’s good enough for Beyoncé and Jay-Z, then it’s probably good enough for you. The couple has been spotted dining here on more than one occasion, and for good reason: it’s delicious. Great service. Great wine. Razor clams, farro salad, gnocchi, roasted chicken… Yum.

 

 



LATE NITE:

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

97 Sullivan Street (Soho)

Blue Ribbon serves food every night until 4am. The End. It’s always good. You’ll see a lot of NYC chefs eating here after their shifts. If you find yourself discovering that everything is closed and you still need a real dinner, this is where you come. 

Prince Street Pizza

Prince Street Pizza

27 Prince Street (Soho)

If you can handle the lines, this place makes some pretty stellar Sicilian-style pizza, complete with the small pepperoni rounds that are perfectly crisp on the edges.

Death & Co

Death & Co

433 East 6th Street (East Village)

This is the bar that launched the rebirth of speakeasy and cocktail culture in NYC—and the rest of the world. This is where you come for an incredible nightcap and a snack. Death & Co is an industry leader that continues to receive worldwide recognition for its top-notch cocktails and customer service. 

Mother of Pearl

Mother of Pearl

95 Avenue A (Alphabet City)

An Alphabet City tiki bar, Mother of Pearl is definitely worth the trip. Offering Polynesian inspired food and cocktails, this place has a lot of unique treats. One great drink is the Shark Eye, which comes in shark-shaped glass, complete with blood-red maraschino pouring out of the shark’s mouth onto your napkin. 

La Esquina

La Esquina

114 Kenmare Street (Soho)

If you need a last-minute margarita and taco at the end of the night, this is your place. With an incredible basement restaurant and corner taco stand upstairs, this place gives you a lot of options. The Taqueria serves up great fresh-pressed corn tortilla tacos and the restaurant downstairs has unbelievable Queso Fundido. 







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