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Edible enlightenment from our eatery experts and colleagues Richard Nalley, Monie Begley and Randall Lane, as well as brothers Bob, Kip and Tim.
Hudson Yards Grill
20 Hudson Yards, 500 West 33rd St. (Tel.: 212-545-7600)
Hudson Yards is a massive complex boasting 20-plus new restaurants and food shops. Michael Lomonaco’s American brasserie serves delicious fare at reasonable prices. The menu has something for everyone: perfect grills of steak, fish, hamburgers, vegetables and pizza. Order a basket of the daily bread baked on-site, and begin with the crispy oysters with remoulade sauce, the lobster caviar sushi roll or the buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad. The soft-shell crabs are luscious, and the fresh grilled salmon is from the Faroe Islands. Finish with a sinful ice cream sundae. Comfortable, clubby setting ringed by a great, curated art collection, including massive sculpture pieces.
26 East 64th St. (Tel.: 212-759-8900)
Descending to the basement level, you’ll be happily surprised by the airiness of the room itself and the garden behind. You can’t go wrong with any choice here—whether it’s the classic carpaccio, the thick homemade spaghetti or the chopped salad highlighted with apples in a lemon vinaigrette. The latter will leave you room for the delectable tiramisu or the pistachio tartufo with its crumbly, crispy green shell. Service is professional and friendly.
20 Hudson Yards, 500 West 33rd St. (Tel.: 646-974-7305)
The fifth-floor setting of this fusion restaurant is sleek and modern. The menu is stimulating, never palate-confusing, and the kitchen is on top of its game. Start with the radish and pecorino salad or the chunky beef tartare. Follow with a perfect duck à la kumquat duo (breast and leg) or the English breakfast dim sum, which is reminiscent of bacon, eggs and a classic fry-up. Pineapple upside-down cake is a perfect finish.
Brasserie Cognac East
963 Lexington Ave., at 70th St. (Tel.: 212-249-5100)
If you yearn for a classic brasserie, go to this authentic French one serving sublime traditional fare. Order a basket of airy gougères cheese puffs, escargots floating in bubbling, garlicky butter or a creamy cheese soufflé and small salad. Steak frites features hanger steak and crispy frites. Mussels marinière in a broth of white wine and shallots fill a cast-iron pan, and a rich, dark beef Bourguignon is made with short ribs. Desserts are divine, and there are some 50 different cognacs to choose from. Vive la France!