The Up & Up – Greenwich Village

Right on MacDougal, The Up & Up is a hidden gem. It’s easy to miss — you have to go downstairs into a relatively spacious dark room. First, outside, there is usually someone who puts you down on the waiting list. I am surprised that there is usually almost always a bit of a wait,…

Gatsby’s Landing – Roslyn

Right on the water, Gatsby’s Landing boldly claimed a rather powerful name. Naturally, Long Islanders and visitors alike must be drawn to the allure of any restaurant willing to claim the grand name of Gatsby. Gatsby’s Landing has a relatively modest interior, considering its name. It has a rather Hamptons, chill and relaxed atmosphere. The…

The Polo Bar – Midtown East

The Polo Bar has easily risen as one of my favorite restaurants in New York City. Elegantly designed by Ralph Lauren’s taste, the restaurant is ordained in handsome and classy brown leather, green plaid, and plenty of horse-related decor. A reservation is absolutely essential. Perhaps you could squeeze yourself in if you are truly lucky,…

Lobby – Aruba

Right outside of the long strip of hotels in Aruba is a small area full of nightlife, and right at the heart of this area is a relatively new restaurant with chic and beautiful design called Lobby. At first, I was relatively skeptical of going to a “new” restaurant near our hotel, especially with a…

Mara’s Homemade – Syosset

You know the feeling — when all you want is some Southern comfort, Cajun spice, barbecue, and good old fashioned home cooking. There’s very few places around that can give you that level of authenticity that is commonly found in the streets of NOLA. But, there is a place… Mara’s Homemade is tucked away in…

Bar Bacon – Midtown West

I stumbled upon Bar Bacon as a local joint near Terminal 5, a common concert venue in Midtown. The name was interesting and the menu was even more interesting. The place is a bar with plenty of tables available to have a full meal as well. Upon arrival, there is a huge, thick brown door…

Master Chef – Syosset

Master Chef is a new restaurant that has taken the place of various previous Chinese restaurants at the same location. In the past, this location was Empire Szechuan for a long time, and it was a very popular restaurant with great food, despite its very modest atmosphere. Then, the location shut down and restarted up…

Hummus & Pita Co. – Midtown West

Right by Port Authority is a small joint called Hummus and Pita Co. There are multiple locations throughout the city, and it appears to be a Chipotle-version of Mediterranean food. There is plenty of seating at this location, including an upstairs seating area. You order yourself at the counter. The location is clean and well…

Le Monde – Morningside Heights

Right across from Columbia University is a gem of a restaurant — Le Monde. I am amazed that I never noticed this restaurant considering I am constantly around Columbia, but that is because I usually opt to go to the restaurant next door (Community Restaurant). Nonetheless, I decided to try Le Monde, and I was…

Rare650 – Syosset

I have passed Rare650 a billion times, and I may have been there once long, long ago. However, I stumbled in this past weekend, and had quite a time. The decor and atmosphere is definitely noteworthy. The interior is very nice — classy, tasteful, spacious. There is a nice bar and a small sushi bar….

For Five Coffee Roasters – Manhasset

For my entire lifetime so far, I have searched for some sort of local, pleasant coffee shop that was not a Starbucks. Finally, I have discovered one in Manhasset that is exactly what I was looking for. For Five Coffee Roasters is located right at the crux of Manhasset on a busy street full of…

Peter Luger Steak House – Great Neck

After all these years, I have finally ventured into Peter Luger. There are two locations — Brooklyn and Great Neck — and for ease and convenience, we endeavored into the Great Neck location. Peter Luger has been named a top steakhouse in NY for many years now, and it is considered a classic and a…