- Fish Cheeks
We’ve finally settled into fall and that means a slew of new restaurants in New York City.
Of course, not all restaurants are created equal.
Some restaurants are for Wall Street. And others are bar/restaurant/coffee shops by “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier, where you can eat candied bacon quinoa sushi or a taco churro cannoli.
You can see how there’s a difference.
With that in mind Business Insider has put together a list of restaurants to serve the Street. Some of them are in key locations like midtown Manhattan or the Financial District. Others look perfect for clients or a date night that will make you look in the know when it comes to the city’s food scene.
You’re welcome in advance.
Wall Street is often an endless parade of dinners and lunches by the office. The office is mostly in midtown, and midtown’s food offerings are … not always the most creative.
Plainly said, if you’re not careful you can find yourself eating the same cut of steak three nights a week. After a time, this sounds better than it looks on you.
That is why so many people in New York City are excited that Chef Alex Stupak will be bringing his much-lauded Empellon brand to Midtown.
Stupak is known for high-end, creative Mexican fare, and once told Crain’s New York that he approaches his food with a “punk-rock mentality.”
That’s definitely something midtown could use.
King — 18 King Street
- King, Facebook
King is one of those restaurants that just happen to be perfectly executed – fresh ingredients, wonderful recipes, and an experienced team.
Chefs Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt are veterans of London’s legendary River Cafe, and news that they would be opening their own spot in New York City had this town’s foodies talking before the first grill was fired.
The restaurant’s menu changes daily (again, this about ingredient sourcing) so the fare is simple, based on cuisine from southern France and northern Italy.
Augustine —in the Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman St.
Famed restaurateur Keith McNally is taking his considerable talents downtown to the Financial District, joining in the wave to revamp the neighborhood and covert it from food desert to food Mecca.
You know who Keith McNally is, by the way. He created Balthazar, Minetta Tavern, and Pastis, among other New York City restaurant classics.
Augustine, located in the Beekman Hotel, will be helmed by the chef in charge of McNally’s Bowery restaurant, Cherche Midi. Expect big, fancy, French things.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck — in the Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Church St.
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With the opening of CUT, Wolfgang Puck is bringing his famed Beverly Hills steakhouse to The Four Season’s Hotel in the Financial District.
It’s Puck’s first New York City restaurant if you can believe it.
This should be pretty huge for anyone who works down there (shout out to Goldman Sachs) and has had to endure many a client power breakfast, lunch, or dinner in what was arguably a pretty blah space food-wise.
Pro tip: There will be Wagyu beef. If you want to sound like that guy order the Japanese Wagyu, not the American. The American is for noobs.
Union Square Cafe – 235 Park Ave. South
- Union Square Cafe, Facebook
Did you honestly think the return of Danny Meyer’s flagship restaurant would not make this list? It’s more exciting than 100 Shake Shacks. (Yes, we can fight about this.)
Over the summer Union Square Cafe moved down the street from its original location on East 16th Street to a much bigger space near East 19th. With that move Chef Carmen Quagliata designed a new menu full of surprises.
Unions Square Cafe will, however, remain a farm-to-table restaurant, though, so you will still get fresh, seasonal-looking food like that gorgeous sandwich you see here.
Blue Ribbon Federal Grill — 84 Williams Street
- Blue Ribbon
At this point, Blue Ribbon restaurants – from sushi to fried chicken – are an institution in this town.
That is why it’s awesome that the Bromberg Brothers are heading down to the financial district, a neighborhood that could certainly use the warm feel and solid execution of their restaurants.
The restaurant will be located on the bottom floor of AKA Wall Street, a “residential hotel.”
Harold’s Meat + 3 — 2 Renwick Street
- Harold’s Meat + Three, Facebook
In the South, the meat + three meal is a tradition.
Basically, it’s a meat and three sides – fairly simple. However, that doesn’t mean a chef like Harold Moore can’t blow it up.
And so he has.
The menu works like this. There are three meal prices, $19, $29, and $39. At the $19 price your “meat” could be a range of choices including sausage, meatballs in mushroom gravy, and mussels.
Then you get three sides, where your options range from classics like twice baked potatoes and mac and cheese to more off the wall stuff like basil fried rice.
The $29 option gets you five sides and different “meat” options like grilled salmon or beer-can chicken.
The $39 option gets you meats like a rack of lamb and lobster.
You see how you could do some damage here?
Fish Cheeks — 55 Bond St.
- Fish Cheeks
Fish Cheeks is for date night.
It’s for that time you want to look like you know exactly what’s going on in this town even though you feel like you don’t have enough mental space for that kind of stuff.
The restaurant specializes in fresh, interesting Thai food that does not include the ubiquitous pad thai. Think more bright spices and seafood, which match the restaurant’s bright but chic interior designed by Space NY.
We highly recommend the deep friend branzino, the cabbage side, and the crab curry (if you can handle spice).
The cocktail menu was created by Dev Johnson, a bartender at one of New York City’s stalwart cocktail joints, Employees Only.
Monroe — 49 Monroe Street
This is another restaurant that will make you look like you know things about this town.
Monroe, located in what we think of as the suburbs of Chinatown, is the brainchild of the team behind one of Manhattan’s not-nearly-sung-enough restaurant heroes, Greek restaurant Kiki’s.
That means you can expect really well done, home-cooked-feeling food in an atmosphere that’s loud enough for an awkward date, but not too loud for your mom. Monroe will serve food from southern Europe – Italy, Spain, and France.
The team is still in process of turning an old glass factory into a proper dining space for your enjoyment. But trust us, once they’re done, you’ll be hearing about it.
In the meantime, here’s a photo of Chef Anne Burrell losing her mind over a lamb chop at Kiki’s.
BONUS: Primal Cut — 333 East 60th Street
- Primal Cut
This is a bonus because Primal Cut is located inside of a strip club, and Business Insider is a family site.
However, we know that on Wall Street one occasionally does find oneself inside a strip club, and as such it might be useful to know that there’s a high-end steakhouse inside of one.
The “one” is Sapphire Gentleman’s Club, where chef Thomas Perone is revamping the menu completely. There’s already buzz about the restaurant’s carne asada. It’s dry-aged New York Strip that’s been marinated for 48 hours and is topped with chimichurri butter.
If you’re looking for something more traditional, Primal Cut is selling its Tomahawk rib eye for two and lamb chop as all-stars on the menu.
ANOTHER BONUS: Squares — 360 Park Avenue South
Oh what the heck, we’ll give you one more tip.
Earlier this month Squares opened up on Park Avenue South to much fanfare. J. Lo was sighted, socialite Hannah Bronfman DJ’d, and rock band St. Lucia played a set.
What we’re getting at here is that Squares is not a restaurant, but don’t be shocked if you find yourself there after dinner. The club has bites – deviled eggs, lobster rolls, etc. – but mostly it’s emphasizing a solid scene and cocktail menu.