One of the best places in Manhattan for power lunches and dates, this resto offers good bites that won’t break the bank. Their menu has grubs such as the Leo (US$18), composed of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, and toasted bagels; and steak and eggs, composed of New York strip, sunny side up eggs, and hash browns (US$28). Have your fill before watching skinny models dressed to the nines at New York Fashion Week.
Owned by Danny Bowien and Angela Dimayuga, this once-humble eatery is famous for its kung pao pastrami (US$18) and its trice-cooked bacon and rice cakes (US$18). And then there’s Josefina’s house special chicken (US$57), a roasted bird stuffed with chorizo, raisins, olives, sweet pickles, and butter. Have it sliced and you’ll see that the center has hardboiled egg. Named after Dimayuga’s Filipino grandmother, it’s a dish that has earned raves from even the most discerning food critics.
Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau are owners of this place, which uses seasonal ingredients to craft traditional Japanese dishes. Reservations are held only for 15 minutes, and it takes two hours and a half for them to serve dinner. So if this is the place that you want to visit, do so only after watching a show at New York Fashion Week—not before! Checkout their sushi kaiseki (US$175), a multi-course menu of composed of the freshest ingredients. Vegans, be warned: unfortunately, the place won’t be able to accommodate your dietary restrictions.