Restaurant Row – Over 30 Wonderful Restaurants

by NYJ Team

Restaurant RowRestaurant Row can be found in the heart of the theater district located on West 46th St between 8th and 9th Avenue in New York City. There are more than 30 restaurants that line the streets offering natives and tourists some of the best cuisines and wines from more than 10 countries around the world.


You can dine in a casual eating establishment, beautiful garden, in a private room or sitting in the lounge. Restaurant Row accommodates all tastes and desires with a wide selection of different dining environments such as:


Barbetta was founded in 1906 and is one of the oldest restaurants in New York City offering Italian dishes and an elegant dining atmosphere.


Bangkok House offers deliciously Thai cuisine and a casual dining environment with authentic recipes from the Golden Kingdom.


Brazil Brazil is one of the newest additions to Restaurant Row. Exotic Brazilian food in a colorful setting steps away from Broadway shows and Times Square.


Broadway Joe Steakhouse has been one of Manhattan’s landmark restaurants for more than fifty years serving prime rib, steaks and seafood.


Bourdon Street Bar and Grill is serving up a tribute to Old New Orleans with some of the best food and drinks on Restaurant Row.


B. Smith’s serves a Global Electric menu bringing out the best of interpretations of international cuisine.


Don’t Tell Momma Piano Bar and Cabaret is the newest hotspot that offers outside patio garden dining or an intimate interior setting with new American dishes.

Fiorentina Restaurant is a country style Italian steakhouse offering an extensive Italian menu in a rustic atmosphere.


FireBird Restaurant is a showcase for Russian Art featuring antiques from the 1900’s along with Russian cuisine.


Joe Allen is one of New York’s most loved restaurants known for its reasonable dinner prices and pre-theatre dinner menus.


La Rivista is a “revue” of finest dishes of the various regions of Italy with Rissotto of Milano, Pastas of Sicily and Lamb Dishes of Abruzzi.


Meson Savilla Restaurant offers some of the more traditional dishes from Spain with healthy recipes from the Mediterranean.


A little taste of Chile can be found at the Pomaire. This is one of the most ethic restaurants found on Restaurant Row with Chilean dishes and the best wines available.


The House of Brews is the perfect hotspot for specialty beer drinks from over 80 to choose from.


The Ritz is a retro and electrifying night spot with reasonable priced drinks and tons of energy.


Sangria 46 is the newest additional to serve authentic Spanish dishes in the garden or inside in the cultural atmosphere.


Village Pour House is one of the newest restaurants and sports bar to hit Restaurant Row with a selection of over 100 different beers, happy hour and an extensive menu.


Visiting Restaurant Row New York City
If you wish to enjoy the finest culinary experience made possible in one place, then Restaurant Row is the place to do so. While visiting there are some major attractions close by such as Times Square, Biltmore Theatre, Madame Tussaud’s and Cort Theatre. There are also bus tours made available for sightseeing that runs daily. For more information on each dining establishment you can visit for hours of operation and detailed info on each restaurant.


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New York State – Where Culinary Delights Abound

by NYJ Team

This post has been written by a guest writer – Eric Scheffel.

New York State has long stood as a beacon to people from around the globe, which has led to an ever-changing celebration of world cuisine from New York City to Niagara Falls. A constant blending of passionate, creative people with a giving land makes the state truly extraordinary.

A fine dining experience is like taking a vacation within a vacation. Whether you decide to match your salmon grill and Sauvignon Blanc with a horse and buggy ride through Central Park and a Broadway show, or cozy-up fireside with your wild mushroom sauté and Chardonnay after a day of skiing, you’ll realize that the difference between a good meal and world-class dining is like the difference between a house and home. It isn’t a destination; it’s an experience!

New York City, with its rich melting pot of flavors, offers a world map of discoveries all year long. Bring your shopping bag and meet up with Susan Birnbaum in Grand Central Station for a food journey to the Bronx, the city’s other Little Italy. Eat your way through the Arthur Avenue neighborhood, sampling pizza, olives and other delights. Along the way, shop for fresh produce, pasta and bread from dozens of mom and pop stores.

In addition to world-class restaurants, you can link into New York’s bountiful food chain at cooking classes, on walking tours and by shopping at farmers’ markets (yes, in the winter, too!) from Rochester to Union Square in Manhattan. Saturdays are class time at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. These five-hour courses are based on CIA cookbooks, covering topics from Italian cooking to bread baking. Winter is also a great time to dine at the CIA’s four public restaurants featuring fixed price menus.

Prefer a more intimate setting? Work elbow-to-elbow with the chefs at Equus Restaurant at Castle on the Hudson, The Valley in Garrison and The Rhinecliff. Weekends by Vintage Hudson Valley brings you into the kitchens of these iconic chefs. Team up with your mate in a couples’ cooking class or teach the kids about the state’s agricultural heritage of dairy, cattle and apple farming at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua.

Sign up for wine pairings of New York red, Rieslings, ice wines and other varieties. There are more than 200 wineries in the state and more than 30 are on Long Island. Most of the vineyards are along the North Fork, where much farmland remains. You can even go to Wine Camp, which covers the topics of vineyard work, the terroir of Long Island, chemistry of wine making, blending and food pairing. Lift your glass on any of New York’s wine trails – along great lakes Erie and Ontario, around the Finger Lakes, in the Hudson Valley, all the way to the tip of Long Island’s North Fork.

More good cheer awaits you along the Empire State Brewery Trails, from the pale ale of Rooster Fish Brewery in Watkins Glen to White Face Black Diamond Irish stout at the Great Adirondack Brewing Company in Lake Placid. Sample the full spectrum of tasty tutorials with rich, dark ambers, ruby reds and other jewel-toned treasures from award-winning microbreweries across the state.

New York’s Forgotten Diners

by NYJ Team

Diners dot every borough of New York City, charming visitors and New Yorkers alike with their 24×7 schedule and menus where you can get breakfast at 11 PM or dinner at 6 AM. But how old is the American diner? In this guest post from Nadine Hallak  she explores the history and significance of the diner as well as samples some of finest options available in New York.

Late one night in 1872, Walter Scott rolled into the industrial district of Providence, Rhode Island, in a horse-drawn wagon with food for sale. By 1910, these wagons had lengthy counters, entrances at both ends, tiled floors, porcelain walls, and bathrooms. Many of these lunch wagons found permanent locations and became what we now call the diner.

Always open, with food that’s cheap and quick, the prevalence of NYC diners makes them a great way to explore the city. Work your way uptown from the Lower East Side and the South Street Seaport over to Chelsea and Greenwich Village. After a cultural journey through the Guggenheim Art Museum, take a load off by exploring the diners on the Upper East Side. For a more ‘historical’ experience, visit the Museum of Natural History west of Central park, and try the diners of the Upper West Side.

Tom’s, one of the city’s most famous diners, serves as a tourist destination in its own right. Does the name ring a bell? If you’re a US sitcom fan it might. Sitting pretty at 2880 Broadway on the corner of 112th Street in Morningside Heights, near Columbia University, Tom’s starred in TV sitcom’s Seinfeld as Monk’s Café. However, those who visit this particular diner may find the interior doesn’t match as Monk’s was a sound stage in Hollywood, but you can still get your picture taken out front and say you were on the show! ( FYI, I am 95% sure this is also the Tom’s Dinner from the Suzanne Vega song.)

Diners used to be a mainstay along the industrial district of 11th Avenue, between 37th and 49th Street. But, many have been torn down, and some have been moved to such diverse locations as the placid Catskills of upstate New York, and on out to the wilds of Wyoming County. For those sticking within Manhattan, here a few places to explore working your way uptown:

120 Essex Street (Lower East Side)
This little place is perfect for an early breakfast (or, if you’re rising a bit later, a quick brunch), before you explore the South Street Seaport, and take a look at (or walk across) the Brooklyn Bridge.

Big Daddy’s
239 Park Avenue South, between 19th Street & 20th Street (Gramercy Park)
Practically a landmark, it serves as a great stop between Greenwich Village and Chelsea. See below for the story behind this famous eatery.

Johny’s Luncheonette
124 W. 25th St, between 6th Avenue & 7th Avenue (Chelsea)
Head a bit north and west past Greenwich village to Chelsea and try a late breakfast, or early lunch.

Empire Diner
10th Avenue and 22nd Street (Chelsea)
Trimmed in chrome, white and red, you’ll recognize it by its sign replicating the Empire State Building. You can sit outside when the weather’s reasonable.

Cheyenne Diner
9th Avenue and West 33rd Street (Midtown)
From the 1940s, this diner, trimmed in black, white, and chrome, sits near Penn Station, across from the postal complex. The burgers are ‘drool’ worthy.

The Upper East Side and Upper West Side will take a few days at the least to explore with all the museums and galleries and the close access to all the joys of Central Park.
– Green Kitchen (1477 First Avenue at 77th Street) is spacious and clean — try a Panini
– Three Star Diner, at 76th Street and First Avenue, has quite a few griddle specialties
– Gracie’s Corner, at 86th Street and First Avenue, is a neighbourhood fixture; portions are huge
– Gracie Mews Diner, 1560 First Avenue, at 81st Street, has outdoor seating when weather permits
– EJ ‘s Luncheonette, 73rd Street and Third Avenue, is themed after the 1950s with blue/white vinyl booths — ask for the Blue Plate Special

The first Big Daddy’s Restaurant opened way back in 1964, out on Coney Island Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Now it has three locations across the city. It’s open 24 hours a day serving giant salads, burgers, and, of course, breakfast at all hours. It also offers outdoor seating in the spring and summer.

1596 2nd Avenue

2454 Broadway

All of these diners tend to be very busy around noon both on weekends and weekdays, so avoid arriving between 11 AM and 2 PM.