New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square.  According to the 2015 estimated census New York City has a population of 8,550, 405 covering a land area of just 305 sq. miles.  New York City in 2015 received a record of nearly 60 million tourist because of its many districts and landmarks. 

Things to do in New York City

Central Park- This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre Eden is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more.

Almost everyone has a positive impression of the park, but no one has quite the same experience, or recommends that you do quite the same thing. There's an almost impossible amount of sights to see here (including 20 playgrounds, 48 fountains, monuments or sculptures and 36 bridges), but here's a shortlist:

Alice in Wonderland: This 11-foot tall statue sits upon a magic mushroom off 75th Street in the lower east side of the park. She's surrounded by the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire cat and plenty of fascinated little kids.

Bethesda Fountain: This romantic fountain's name refers to a pool in Jerusalem with healing powers. While you're there, be sure to snap a few photos of the Angel of the Waters sculpture that tops this mid-park sight. 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir: New Yorkers love to jog by this beautiful 106-acre body of water located mid-park. It's especially scenic in autumn, when the surrounding trees are ablaze with seasonal colors.

Loeb Boathouse: During the warm weather months you can rent a boat, bike or gondola from this Victorian-style boathouse and restaurant, located around East Park Drive next to the Bethesda Fountain.

Strawberry Fields: Named after John Lennon's song, this lower west park area (at West Park Drive and West 72nd Street) sits across the street from where the singer was assassinated in 1980. Visitors like to come here to eat lunch, admire the landscaping, or pay tribute to the Beatle.

Wollman Memorial Rink: This lower-east side spot is particularly popular with young families. In winter it's a popular ice skating rink; come summer, it's where you'll find the Victorian Gardens Amusement Park.

American Museum of Natural History- Visitors are thrilled with the American Museum of Natural History off Central Park West. Whether you're exploring the interactive exhibits on the land, the sea or outer space; user reviews take on a common theme. This museum is incredible. Even the cafeteria and gift shop are worth your notice.

There are approximately 32 million artifacts inside, spread across four city blocks, 25 buildings and through 45 exhibition halls, so don't even plan on seeing all there is to see in one day. The Rose Center for Earth and Space is a particular favorite, but you should also plan on visiting the dinosaurs, the Hall of the Universe and the Butterfly Conservatory (on display from October through May).

The American Museum of Natural History is perpetually crowded, but you'll face fewer people if you visit during a weekday in the late winter or spring.

Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock Observation Deck- This iconic plaza has it all — beautiful sculptures, an enormous skating rink, a fishbowl view of NBC Studios, plus hordes of stores and restaurants. Though undoubtedly there will be intense crowds, this is a big-city experience that's worth having at least once. During the wintertime holidays, the plaza sparkles with an illuminated Christmas tree and frolicking skaters gliding across the ice rink. But don't fret if your New York adventure doesn't take place during the cold months. There's plenty to do year-round. If you plan ahead, you can spend a morning watching a taping of the "Today" show, an afternoon observing the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and an evening catching a performance at Radio City Music Hall.

Bryant Park- Just east of Times Square lies one of the most beautiful four-acres in Manhattan -- Bryant Park. Though its lush green space has existed for more than 150 years, it was a revitalization project of the 1990s that made it a sanctuary for locals and tourists alike. This is the preferred place where Midtown Manhattan professionals come to eat lunch, where fashionistas come to strut during fashion week, and where performers showcase during Broadway in Bryant Park, Piano in the Park, and the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series.

You don't need a pre-planned event to enjoy Bryant Park -- you could simply come here to enjoy the scenery or use the free Wi-Fi. Recent visitors do offer a few suggestions though, like stopping in the New York Public Library (which sits facing the park's Great Lawn), ice skating around the Pond, or riding on the French-style carousel. The list of activities doesn't stop there. Bryant Park also hosts yoga and tai chi classes, knitting circles, chess tournaments, and literary events. Unsure of where to start? Mull over your choices in the park's eateries: Bryant Park Grill, Bryant Park Café, and the 'wichcraft sandwich stand.

Metropolitan Museum of Art- No museum in the United States is as celebrated as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spilling over with masterpieces from all over the world, including notable collections from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity, "the Met" is an art experience unlike any other, and like much in New York, it's impossible to see all the museum has to offer in one day (or even two days, for that matter). If you've never been there, then you should definitely visit its permanent collections (the first floor's Greek and Roman art, Egyptian art and the second floor's Islamic art exhibits are especially popular with travelers). If you've already visited the Met a time or two, then plan your next trip around the bi-annual exhibits by the Costume Institute, or head to Cloisters, an offshoot museum of the Met that's dedicated to medieval Europe's art and architecture located in Fort Tyron Park.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum- The National September 11 Memorial & Museum serves as the primary tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the six lost in the 1993 bombing. The Memorial's twin reflecting pools and manmade waterfalls rest as eerie footprints where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood. The 1-acre-sized pools are enclosed in bronze panels on which the names of every victim are inscribed.

Recent visitors cite the overall ambiance of the National September 11 Memorial as somber but moving. You must book your visitor passes, preferably at least two to four weeks in advance, as only a limited number of tickets are distributed per month.

The National September 11 Museum spans across 110,000 square feet and relays the narrative of the attacks through a series of multimedia displays, real-time recordings, authentic artifacts, and an interactive table. 

Times Square- Some say that Times Square is like a five-block metaphor for New York City itself — it's exciting, colorful and always jumping. Others describe this area of Midtown Manhattan as artless, overpriced and congested. Perhaps this commercial stretch from West 42nd to West 47th Street is a little of both, and though locals would advise you to avoid it, you should at least catch a glimpse of its neon lights. Most travelers recommend visiting the area after dark.

Broadway- Some out-of-towners spend their entire New York trip at one show or another on the Broadway circuit. And if you like plays and musicals, this is where you should be — "The Great White Way" represents the heart and soul of American theater. Considering that nearby Times Square is a dizzying maze of sights and sounds with no real starting point, some visitors suggest you can see all you need to of that neighborhood just by trundling back and forth between shows. As one TripAdvisor user wrote, "When visiting New York — seeing a Broadway show is a must. Walking along the street with the lights and signs is mind-blowing."

All but one Broadway theater is near the nonstop neon of Times Square, in a western pocket of Midtown.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden- Wander along Brooklyn's Washington Avenue, and you can't avoid stumbling upon this verdant 52-acre park. A main highlight here is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, punctuated by ambient wooden bridges and exuberant Japanese maples. And if you arrive at the end of April, you can't miss the Cherry Esplanade (Sakura Matsuri) when rosy cherry blossoms burst into bloom. Another standout: the Shakespeare Garden, which contains more than 80 plants described in the playwright's works.

Thanks to the garden's extensive collection, which includes 13 gardens and five conservatories, there's plenty of scenery to soak up here. Plus, you can take advantage of year-round exhibits and events, such as family planting workshops and the Chile Pepper Festival in October. "What a gem this place is — a peaceful and beautiful escape. It's such a treat to visit.

Radio City Music Hall- It's where Ella Fitzgerald pined for the man she loved, the Rolling Stones couldn't get no satisfaction and Lady Gaga had a "Bad Romance." Among performers, there's no New York concert venue that's quite like Radio City Music Hall. You can visit the space for a performance or to get a dose of its lengthy, melodious history on a one-hour Stage Door Tour.

In fact, it's through the stage door that most visitors experience Radio City. Enthusiastic guides will stroll you passed the Great Stage and let you see the hydraulic elevators that transport the stage sets.  One word to the wise: Take your tour earlier in the day — the closer you get to show time, the more abbreviated your history lesson will be.  

Coney Island- Known as the "the People's Playground," this famous amusement area in Brooklyn has witnessed an illustrious past. In the early 1900s, Coney Island enticed New Yorkers to visit with its bathing pavilions, seaside resorts and amusement park. The Great Depression took its toll on the fun-loving spot, causing many area attractions to close. But after years of economic instability, Coney Island has reclaimed its place on the Brooklyn map, with a fresh roster of eateries and entertainment (including a July Fourth hot dog-eating contest and an annual Mermaid Parade) found along the 2.7-mile-long boardwalk. And in 2010, Luna Park reopened its gates and returned to its formal splendor, welcoming visitors to once again ride the famous Cyclone rollercoaster. Coney Island now features several separate amusement parks, as well as a museum (currently closed for renovations), which hosts a variety of exhibits and shows.

Brooklyn Bridge- One of many signature landmarks of New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge is also one of the oldest suspension bridges in the country. Its six-lanes (and one pedestrian and bicycle walkway) span the East River, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. Walking across the bridge remains a tourist pastime. "Limestone, granite and intricate steel cables make the bridge a beautiful sight to photograph.

Ellis Island- For 62 years this was the United States' main immigration entry point, and many U.S. citizens have at least one ancestor who passed through here. You can just glimpse Ellis Island (north of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty) when you stand on the shores of Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. But most agree that to truly appreciate this historic site you'll have to take one of the Statue Cruises ferries over for a visit.

On the island, swing by the Main Building and the Immigration Museum housed inside. Stop by the "Treasures from Home" exhibit to peruse some of the family heirlooms and keepsakes that immigrants brought over on their journey. You can also do a little digging on your own family tree at the American Family Immigration History Center.

Bronx Zoo- No, we're not referring to the Yankees' less affectionate nickname, but the actual wildlife conservatory in Bronx Park. According to travelers, these 265 acres of more than 4,000 animals should be near the top of every young family's itinerary in New York. And if you're an older visitor, the Bronx Zoo could be a great way to escape the nonstop activity in Manhattan. If you're not an animal lover, however, stay far away — this zoo's claim to fame is that it's the largest metropolitan animal park in the country.

Apollo Theater- One of the most famous music halls in the United States, "the Apollo" started as a burlesque theater in 1914. By the 1930s, it transformed into a concert hall that helped launch the career of several black musicians. A then-unknown Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson (with the Jackson 5) and Stevie Wonder all performed on the Apollo stage during an Amateur Night competition. If you're in Harlem on a Wednesday you can still go to Amateur Night.

Best place to eat in New York City

The Smile- The Smile, which opened in March 2009, is a cozy, subterranean café on picturesque Bond Street in Downtown Manhattan. Located in a landmark 1830s Federal-style townhouse, the café is firmly rooted in the local community and serves as a clubhouse of sorts serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Partners Matt Kliegman, Carlos Quirarte, and Melia Marden have since expanded The Smile to include three additional locations throughout Manhattan – Smile To Go, The Smile at Milk Studios, and The Smile Newsstand. Each location shares the partners' focus on comfortable environments and healthy, delicious Mediterranean-inspired menus.

Two Hands- Taking inspiration from Australia's forward-thinking culinary scene and relaxed beachside lifestyle, Two Hands aims to be a place for the community near and far to come unwind in the plant-filled space. Guests can enjoy anything from a expertly crafted flat white, a lovingly made beet-cured salmon toast or a beer, wine or cocktail all handpicked to complement the menu. Melbourne born Chef Frankie Cox has created a healthy menu of dishes that will both surprise and delight, focusing on keeping flavors simple, fresh and bright. The menu together with the coastal inspired interiors and caring service will have guests feeling a world away from the day to day grind of NYC.

Sadelle’s- Sadelle's is a New York bakery and restaurant from Major Food Group located in the heart of SoHo. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast and lunch, Sadelle's features quintessential appetizing selections like sliced-to-order salmon and sturgeon, chopped salads, and other New York classics. Every night, Sadelle's transforms from a bakery into a fantastical brasserie that is illuminated solely by candlelight. Sadelle's dinner menu emphasizes fish preparations, along with other classic dishes and freshly baked bread. The restaurant also specializes in traditional Russian caviar and vodka service.

The bakery highlights one of New York's greatest food traditions—the bagel. Our hand-rolled bagels, pastries and breads are made fresh on-site throughout the day in a glass-enclosed bakery, located in the center of the dining room. Sadelle's bagel and bakery program is the creation of master baker and co-owner Melissa Weller.

By Chloe- aims to share delicious, wholesome, plant-based food that fuels and energizes without compromising flavor, taste or satisfaction. Our chef-driven vegan menu features locally-sourced ingredients in their most natural form to create inspired dishes, made 100% by us daily. We are passionate about feeding our customers hearty, nourishing meals made from whole ingredients that can have a positive impact on their overall mind, body and health.

At by CHLOE., our goal is simple —to redefine what it means to eat well. 

We are committed to maintaining a sustainable and vegan lifestyle and actively contribute towards lowering our carbon footprint and preserving our planet’s water supply through our animal-free menu, mindful ingredient sourcing and eco-friendly packaging.

Eat Well. Eat with purpose.

Via Quadronno- Located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Via Quadronno, a restaurant and paninoteca, is the perfect stop after a visit to one of your favorite museums or on the way home from a long day.

With our warm and inviting atmosphere, you will find people standing at the coffee bar sipping espresso while crusty Paninis topped with cheeses, truffles, and high quality cured meats, are made to order in our tiny kitchen.

Steeped in Milanese traditions, Via Quadronno is famous for not only our mouthwatering Paninis, but also for our unforgettable cappuccinos and scrumptious homemade pastries. One visit to Via Quadronno is all it takes to determine why it has become a New York’s dining critics’ favorite.

Russ & Daughter Café- Russ & Daughters Cafe opened in 2014, on the 100th anniversary of Russ & Daughters — the world-famous appetizing store and New York City institution. After a century in which generations of customers patiently waited in line at the store; it was time to give everyone a place to sit down. 

Developed, owned, and led by Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman, the 4th generation of the Russ family, the Russ & Daughters Cafe takes the appetizing classics for which Russ & Daughters is famous and presents them in a beautiful setting that evokes Russ & Daughters’ timeless appeal, history, and haimishness. “Haimish” is a Yiddish word that suggests warmth, comfort, authenticity, conviviality, and lack of pretense. Haimishness is the essence of the Russ & Daughters experience.

At Russ & Daughters Cafe, expert smoked salmon slicers work their craft in front of guests; an open kitchen provides an over-the-counter connection like one feels in the store;  a soda fountain bar beckons with homemade sodas, egg creams, shrubs, and superb cocktails; friendly staff proudly wear the iconic white Russ & Daughters lab coats; and 101 years of living history permeates throughout the entire space.

The timeless appeal of the Russ & Daughters Cafe makes it a perfect spot any time of day: whether it’s a for a light nosh, brunch, lunch, cocktails, dinner, or a special occasion. You will be part of the mishpocha (family) — whether you have been a regular in the shop for 70 years or if you are a first time visitor.

Cookshop- The butcher and the baker were the first chefs, if you ask me,” states Chef Marc Meyer, whose culinary passions run deep for sustainable ingredients, humanely raised animals and the support of local farmers and artisans. The menu at Cookshop – American with a focus on seasonal availability – stays true to Meyer’s respect for the earth and its bounty. Prepared on the grill, split rotisserie or wood-burning oven, Chef Marc Meyer and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Corrigan, deftly coax the flavor from each ingredient, creating delicious dishes that also happen to be healthy. Our satisfying desserts by Pastry Chef Stephen Collucci are the perfect ending to the dining experience.

The beverage selections, chosen by Wine Director, Richard Luftig, mirror the team’s commitment to local products with cocktails that creatively use seasonal ingredients while the wine list features many undiscovered gems and an astute appreciation for wine and food pairings at all price levels.

In the 1800’s a Cookshop was a private home where cooks served simply prepared food. It welcomed guests into an environment where the menu was prepared using the product available to the chef, often nurtured on their own land. Chef Marc Meyer together with owners Vicki Freeman, and Chris Paraskevaides, honor the relationship between the vitality of a restaurant and the viability of the earth’s offerings. At the heart and soul of this restaurant lies the owners’ commitment to bringing an honest, seasonal dining option to New York City.

Vinegar Hill House- Vinegar Hill House is named for its neighborhood, an anachronistically ungentrified precinct of Belgian-blocked streets abutting the Navy Yard, just north of Dumbo but nearly bucolic in comparison. The restaurant’s ambience and food are a good match for its setting (never mind the obligatory anti-gentrification gripes on neighborhood blogs). The 40-seat space is the embodiment of warm and cozy, quirky but not off-puttingly so. It’s Little House on the Prairie crossed with Freemans, the relentlessly hip Lower East Side restaurant where the couple who owns Vinegar Hill House first met on the job. Like Freemans, but in a subtly different way, Vinegar Hill House is a period piece, with vintage wallpaper, rough-hewn-wood furniture, and old-timey lanterns giving off a soft, warm glow. Rich cream-cheese-frosted Guinness cakes sit on shelves by the open kitchen, an autumnal version of the windowsill pies of summer. The braised lamb shoulder is a satisfying and tender, mingled with black chickpeas and melting fennel bulbs. Accompany it with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts or horseradish-enhanced mashed potatoes and you have a feast fit for a Navy Yard rear admiral, if not a brooding Vinegar Hill artist.

Rubirosa- Aj Pappalardo, the son of Giuseppe Pappalardo, the founder of Joe & Pat's in Staten Island, wanted to create an institution like his father's in Manhattan. He was inspired by the 57 year old family recipe and created his own instant classic. Rubirosa is a family-run, Italian-American, neighborhood restaurant and pizzeria. In addition to our famous pizza, we proudly offer Italian-American classics featuring a wide array of pastas made fresh in-house daily.

Rubirosa is located in the heart of Nolita and its clientele bridges the gap between the old and new neighborhood regulars. Rubirosa's homey and comfortable atmosphere welcomes every occasion, from family-style group dining to drinks and antipasti at our cozy bar

Uncle Boons- You will find worn brown walls cluttered with mementos from old, twentieth-century Thailand—faded photographs of King Bhumibol with his medals, pictures of Siamese dancers, neon water­colors of water buffalo in rice paddies. This evocative bandbox of a restaurant is the brainchild of Matt Danzer and Ann Redding, two veteran gourmet cooks (both worked at Per Se) who’ve traveled and eaten extensively around Thailand. Several of the recipes on the small, eclectic menu come from her family, too, including Uncle Boon’s excellent green-mango salad (made with slivers of mango and crispy squid), and deliciously tangy grilled sausages, which Mommy Pai stuffs with a loose mixture of rice and Issan pork. A charcoal grill turns out seaside specialties like charred prawns (good) and grilled blowfish tails (less good), and if you call for the house chicken, it will come to you fresh off the rotisserie, like at a Thai-boxing arena, with an array of spicy dipping sauces. 

St Anselm- St. Anselm first opened in 2010 as a highbrow-lowbrow bar-food mecca, known primarily for foie-gras pirogies and a deep-fried hot-dog sandwich called the Newark Double. It closed soon after. In June, Mr. Carroll swapped out the fryers for a massive grill, and turned the place into a neighborhood restaurant devoted to the pleasures of open fire and good ingredients simply cooked. St. Anselm was reborn.

Smart thinking. The new iteration is charming, with a pulsing bass line of ambition beneath its simple steakhouse melody. Yvon de Tassigny, the restaurant’s chef, has matched great live-fire technique to excellent groceries, and reveals himself to be a master of off-cut lamb and beef. And his iceberg salad, served below warm bacon vinaigrette that melts a scattering of blue cheese across the top and softens the exterior of the crisp lettuce, is among the great things to eat on the north side of Williamsburg.

Like the real-life St. Anselm, the restaurant makes an ontological argument. If we can conceive of an affordable steakhouse on the same block as the Metro Line cab stand and the Brooklyn home of the Knitting Factory, then surely such a thing must exist. And here it is now: St. Anselm is Keens for the millennial set, a Bar Americain for the riders of fixed-gear bikes.

Ippudo Westside- The renowned ramen experts of Ippudo New York started their next ramen concept. Kuro-Obi promises to elevate the precise craft of true Japanese ramen making into a take-away format. Ippudo's Ramen Master has created a new "take-away" ramen recipe for Kuro-Obi, which will focus exclusively on "tori paitan", a delicately silky chicken base. For anyone who doesn't have the time to enjoy the full Ippudo New York dining experience, Kuro-Obi is the answer.  Offering the style and exceptional quality without the infamous wait, and allowing even more visitors and New Yorkers to experience and savor Ippudo New York's wildly popular ramen.

Wildair- The proprietors, Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske, are the same young chefs who run the ambitious little Lower East Side tasting room Contra, a few doors south on Orchard Street. Which means that in addition to the stout grab bag of interesting, highly drinkable, non-sulfate-saturated wines (the all-natural list features 50 bottles of mostly European vintage and counting), cocktails (try the mezcal Negroni), and artisanal liqueurs (yes, there’s one made from tomatoes), this buzzy, pleasing little establishment serves some of the best bar food in the city. I enjoyed my cool, cloudy glass of “Muskadig Breizh” (the ye olde term for Muscadet in Brittany), and if you’re wise you’ll complement it with a slab of toasted sourdough piled with a chopping of littleneck clams and lardo, or the house version of fried calamari, which the chefs fry in a thick, lemon-colored batter and scatter with bits of basil. For the heftier items (beef tartare with chestnuts or the excellent, puffy-skinned pork Milanese), try a glass or two of the Gamay-style Mendall, made in accordance with ancient vintner techniques by a former IT wizard in the hills of southern Spain. The desserts are a richly gooey tart tasting of chocolate and hazelnuts, and a panna cotta–like custard buried in drifts of watermelon granita. Add more than a few slugs of satisfyingly obscure Italian liqueur, an expertly curated cheese plate (from the Saxelby’s stall at the nearby Essex Street Market), and that famous fresh-baked Contra bread.

Danji-  showcases authentic Korean flavors prepared with classic techniques to enhance the taste, textures, and aesthetic of each dish.  We offer small but shareable portions served in multiple courses, allowing diners to enjoy each dish hot out of the kitchen.  Above all, Danji, from its decor to its music, represents our idea of a great place to enjoy amazing food.

At Danji and Hanjan we choose to use meat raised with no antibiotics or growth hormones. Our fish are caught wild and are not overfished and endangered. We try to use as much organic and local produce as possible and certainly do not use chemicals, such as MSG, to enhance flavors. No doubt these ingredients cost more but we believe the food we consume should be healthy and responsible as well as delicious.

Joe’s Pizza-  Established in 1975 by Joe Pozzuoli, who is originally from Naples, Italy, the birthplace of pizza, Joe's Pizza is a "Greenwich Village institution" offering the classic New York slice for over 37 years.  First,  we served our customers from our corner location at Bleecker and Carmine Street and now three doors down at 7 Carmine Street.  At 75 years of age, Joe Pozzuoli still owns and operates the restaurant.

Joe's Pizza is a perennial top 10 listing in restaurant guides and publications such as Time Out New York and New York Magazine. NEW YORK MAGAZINE named JOE’S PIZZA "Best of New York" and in subsequent reviews referred to us as "the quintessential New York slice." In 2009 GQ Magazine listed Joe's Pizza as one the "Best 25 Pizzas on Earth."

Throughout the years Joe's Pizza in Greenwich Village has become just as popular with visitors and tourists as it is with native New Yorkers who know where to come for an authentic New York street slice.

After 38 years, Joe's is still an independently owned business at only one location, personally supervised by founder Joe himself.   We still are what we've always been: a classic NY slice joint.  No glossy corporate backing, no fancy pants pies, no pretentious nonsense and no gimmicky budget pizza either.   We are tried and true - the real deal.

L’Artusi- Opened in December 2008, L'Artusi is named for Pellegrino Artusi, (1820-1911) and his self-published cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e L'Arte di Mangiare Bene (The Science of Cookery and the Art of Eating Well). L'Artusi presents a modern take on traditional Italian cuisine, combining comfort and creativity.

Our wine program features a mostly Italian wine list, presented by region with a map of DOCs and DOCGs accompanied by traditional local dishes, helping to demystify Italy, the most diverse viticultural nation in the world.

Our 110 seat restaurant, features two floors of comfortable banquette seating, extended traditional bar, cheese bar and a chef's counter overlooking the open kitchen. Private dining opportunities are also available in our 2500 bottle walk-in wine cellar.

 Gato- GATO is Chef Bobby Flay's expression of Mediterranean food, drink, and design. The NoHo location is a 100-year-old building, and GATO is the first restaurant to reside there. GATO combines its NYC roots with a European sensibility and has a casual approach, a bustling environment, and a dedicated passion to its cuisine. The name GATO was inspired by a mysterious orange cat that walked through Mr. Flay's feet on Lafayette Street while he was waiting for a real estate broker to show him the space for the first time. The cat has not been seen since, but his initial appearance has made a permanent impression.

GATO is owned by Bobby Flay and Laurence Kretchmer who previously owned the Spanish restaurant, BOLO, together for 15 years.

Babu Ji-  Jessi and Jennifer Singh, the team who created three acclaimed Australian restaurants, Dhaba at the Mill (sold in 2013), Horn Please and Babu Ji (both sold 2015) bring their signature creative and fun approach to Indian dining to NYC’s Alphabet City.

The Hindi term Babu Ji, when used playfully is what we New Yorkers might call the mayor of the block. In India, a Babu Ji is that self-appointed neighborhood ambassador who knows everyone and everything that’s happening the village. He’s a real character who always has a great story.

When it comes to food, he’s equally enthusiastic. A Babu Ji unashamedly indulges in food and hospitality. He laughs loudly and revels in his food, company and atmosphere. He absolutely loves being served.

We love this type of dining spirit. We have created Babu Ji, the restaurant with this dining ethos in mind, hoping to provoke this gregarious, spirited dining attitude in our guests.

The food at Babu Ji is simple yet remarkable in the general Indian dining scene as it’s made from high quality ingredients, cooked earnestly and offered in a considered and regularly changing menu that spans Indian street food, cross regional curries and tandoori specialties. We’ve stocked the beverage fridges well with a large selection of craft beer, imports and an approachable but interesting wine list.

Jessi is the man behind the pots, whose cooking has been celebrated by the most respected Australian publications such as The Age Good Food Guide, Broadsheet, Cheap Eats, and The Australian as well as America's cream of the crop, The New York Times, WSJ, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Time Out, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, The Infatuation, and more. He grew up in a humble, North Indian village kitchen where his love of cooking for others emerged. Now, his village happily extends to New York City.

Come to Babu Ji ready to have fun with us. We hope as you pass through our doors, you will feel the hospitality spirit of our beloved India, where it is always an honor to feed a guest.

Blue Ribbon Brasserie- The Ribbon is Blue Ribbon Restaurants first restaurant on New York City's Upper West Side.  The menu features delights for all palates, including spit-roasted meats, seafood and Blue Ribbon classics, in a comfortable environment, and an extensive bar and whisky program. Located on 72nd Street just West of Central Park, The Ribbon's industrial décor and outstanding spirits collection capture the grace of its 1920's predecessor - the infamous Hotel Franconia. The Ribbon is 2017 Zagat and Michelin recommended.

Bruce and Eric Bromberg opened the first Blue Ribbon restaurant in SoHo in 1992. For over 20 years, Blue Ribbon Restaurants have embodied the spirit of individuality born in that restaurant by offering truly authentic dining experiences. Each of our Blue Ribbon Restaurants is inspired by its surroundings as a modern neighborhood restaurant with no boundaries. We are proud and excited to continue our journey and bring our world and The Ribbon to the Upper West Side.