A reboot from Danny Meyer and a debut from Keith McNally were among our favorite places to eat this year.
"Reviews of the Met Breuer—the new branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to contemporary art and situated in the Brutalist building that used to house the Whitney—have been mixed. Flora, the first-floor eatery from Thomas Carter and Ignacio Mattos (of Estela), is decidedly more solid. The restaurants feature an all-day coffee shop (good for sandwiches, sweets, and whatever else boosts your blood sugar after a long day of museum-going) as well as a sit-down space that serves more upscale fare for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends."—Adam Rathe, senior editor
945 Madison Avenue, 646-558-5383
"The food at abcV is the gastronomic equivalent of a breath of fresh air–it’s clean, beautiful, and vegetable-focused, but what I love most is that the chefs there are not trying to mimic meat-based dishes in vegetarian form, but to create something new. For breakfast, I crave the sea buckthorn bowl and dosas, and for lunch, I can’t go without getting the pine nut and lemon dip and the fried wild rice with fermented vegetables."—Jamie Rosen, beauty director
38 East 19th Street,
"This omakase-only restaurant spoils you. Every bite is perfection, and even the rice is the best rice you’ve ever had. Try it with the superior sake pairing and you will have an amazing night!"—Gillian Hearst Simonds, contributing editor
23 Commerce Street,
"The arrival of a new world way downtown might have been a bit overstated, but there’s one reason to make your way to the Financial District these days: Keith McNally’s Augustine. Tucked into the very-Instagrammed Beekman Hotel, the brasserie offers updated French fare—the rotisserie duck and creamed spinach are contenders for New York’s finest comfort food—in a lively (and exceptionally well lit) space."—Adam Rathe, senior editor
5 Beekman Street, 212-375-0010
4 Charles Prime Rib
"I had the most fun meal at 4 Charles Prime Rib. The tiny room, at the bottom of a West Village townhouse, is so cozy and clubby, and the food, which I adored even though I don’t eat red meat (get the shrimp scampi), was better than any big-box steakhouse I’ve been to in years."—Jamie Rosen, beauty director
4 Charles Street,
Union Square Cafe
"The reboot of Danny Meyer’s first Manhattan restaurant doesn’t disappoint. The room, on a Park Avenue corner just above the restaurant’s namesake location, is warm and buzzy and feels like it’s been around forever. The new American fare is as good as ever—there might not be a dish we dream of more than the Candele pasta with carrots, chiles, and Greek yogurt—but the restaurant, which spent 30 years a few blocks to the east as one of New York’s most legendary spots, has a renewed energy that’s impossible not to love."—Adam Rathe, senior editor
101 East 19th Street, 212-243-4020
"Lucien is always one of my favorite restaurants. It is a no fuss French restaurant with fabulous food and a chic crowd. Every time I go back I remember why I love the place."—Britta Boscoe, market fashion assistant
14 First Avenue,
"The classic New York diner is a rare thing these days. Luckily we’ve still got Eisenberg’s, the Flatiron District greasy spoon where the lunch counter is populated by New Yorkers straight out of Central Casting, a bowl of dill pickles lands on your table before you even get water, and the tuna salad is hands down the best in town. It’s not the fanciest place we ate this year, but it’s where we bring people we really, really like."—Adam Rathe, senior editor
174 Fifth Avenue,
The Whitby Bar
"I tend to have a lot of breakfast and lunch meetings, and just as it was feeling like I had officially exhausted every restaurant option in Midtown, the Whitby Bar opened inside the new Whitby Hotel on 56th Street. Like the rest of the hotel, the bright, eclectic decor is warm and inviting, and the food (I love the egg white omelet with roasted potatoes for breakfast and the quinoa fried rice for lunch) is served on whimsical china that I swear makes everything taste better."—Meg Storm, beauty assistant
18 West 56th Street,
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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