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,…

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,…

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…

Heirloom Tavern – Glen Head

Tucked away in the depths of Glen Head is Heirloom Tavern — a restaurant that is so off the main path that I’m amazed people find it. Nonetheless, the place is clearly popular, as the restaurant was packed around 7pm. Heirloom Tavern is not the largest restaurant, but large enough to not feel cramped. Upon…

Wild Honey – Oyster Bay

Wild Honey is located on the Main Street of the historical region of Oyster Bay. The building is quite pleasant and the entry is inviting. There is sidewalk seating in rustic wooden chairs. The interior is pleasant, but admittedly very dark. Although not very evident in the photos, I felt as though it was so…

City Cellar – Westbury

City Cellar is a phenomenal American restaurant in Westbury. It is very NYC-style, and the place itself looks beautiful and classy. The decor of the entire restaurant is very tasteful, with attention to detail and dim lighting. The size of the restaurant is quite big, but it gets packed quickly for dinner. The prices can…

The Smith – Upper West Side

Right across from Lincoln Center, The Smith is a trendy and aesthetic restaurant that would make for a great brunch or dinner with a friend, date, family, etc. The interior is classy and beautiful, but not overwhelming or stuffy. It has a very old school French restaurant feel, but the restaurant is actually considered American….

The Refuge – Melville

I’ve passed The Refuge a million times, but never thought much of it. However, The Refuge is an incredible restaurant on Long Island. It’s very trendy, well-designed, and the food is superb. It is definitely a “scene,” such that it is filled with people dressed nicely at the bar and co-workers or friends hanging out…