Brasserie 8 1/2

I have never been a big fan of NYC Restaurant Week but it is great for discovering restaurants. I have passed by this building many times and never thought there was a restaurant downstairs. It is a very beautiful venue where you enter the bar and lounge area after the winding stairs. The seating in the dining room is spread out, very atypical of a New York City restaurant establishment!

Though the food is not really worth writing home about (other than the perfectly cooked medium rare duck!), it is a great place to have a nice, quiet dinner. No obnoxiously loud music and the waiters are very attentive. Come here and  enjoy the ambience.

Tip: This place has 1 dollar oysters during Happy Hour in the bar and lounge area. Perfect for midtown slurping after work!

Brasserie 8 1/2
9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

NoMad

This place is huge. There must be at least 4 areas where you can get seated. To begin, the Parlour room is an excellent choice. The ambience is very soft and so is the chairs. It is just bright enough where you don’t have to squint at your menu or pull out your flashlight. Then, have your dessert in the beautifully decorated library where you can sip cocktails and chat away.

Tip: Come here for lunch and splurged on the $34 two course prix-fixe menu. You avoid the crowd and get to eat to your heart’s content.

Favorite Dishes: tete de cochon, scotch olives, and milk and honey ice cream dessert

élan

Tip: come on a weeknight during happy hour for dollar oysters and if you want to be fancy (or indecisive like me!), let the bartender choose your drink.

élan
43 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

The Modern Dining Room (MOMA)

Came here for lunch as I had the day off and wanted to do something extravagant! I got seated next to the window which definitely have the nicest views into the courtyard of the MOMA.

From start to finish, the service was impeccable. I was never short on water and the food just kept coming from the tasting menu. I ordered the 4 plates tasting menu and it was wayyy too much food for me but I ate it all anyways! I couldn’t help but keep going!

My favorite dishes was the pumpkin soup, lobster and truffle, and the dessert! The lobster and truffle had the perfect taste of seafood with a bit of a ‘salad’ twist. The dessert, Gianduja Crémeux satisfied my craving for chocolate and the wafel streusel was like eating your favorite chocolate cereal with nutella ice cream.

Try to get a seat next to the window if you can for lunch. You can people watch and eat at the same time!

The Modern (MOMA)
9 West 53rd St, New York, NY 10019