New York is not only the world's financial capital but also the gastronomic one. Finparty.ru asked NYC residents and frequenters about their favorite restaurants and clubs in the city.
Asiate and Milos
Asiate is great for an early bird breakfast with business partners or colleagues – they offer yummy eggs benedict with Central Park and Columbus Circle view. The place is perfect for Asian food lovers.
Milos is a Greek oasis in New York. Fresh seafood, a great selection and simple serving of the food come with light atmosphere and attentive staff – so cozy and charming. Go there if you dislike fancy restaurants with glamorous crowds.
Noho Star and Eileen's Special Cheesecake
Noho Star is perfect for cozy classic American brunches and reviews don't lie – they have the world's best egg benedict. Saturdays and Sundays the eggs come with their trademark Bloody Mary.
The best desert spot is Eileen's Special Cheesecake, it's a 10-minute walk from Noho Star – a tiny place with four cast iron tables. Cheesecakes are super fresh, just take one out and enjoy it in a nearby park.
Spice Market and Amma restaurants
If you are looking for a place to celebrate sealing a great deal, Grant Alaverdian, who knows everything about NYC restaurant and has even written a guide, recommends Spice Market. This Meatpacking place is perfect for a pretty-party before moving to one of the district's many clubs.
If you need some privacy for your business talks on Cyprus offshores, go to Amma, says Grant. This is a little Indian-fusion place. The food is delicious, the staff is welcoming, poised and knows how to keep secrets.
Grant Alaverdian is a Mili.ru co-owner.
Beauty & Essex
This venue in the heart of Lower East Side has no sign or main entrance – you can ride by thousands times without any clue it is there. So it's friends and reservation only. The entrance is hidden in a half-demolished vintage shop – a hostess near a tiny door will show you to your table. The two-floor club maintains its speakeasy reputation. Go there not for business talks but rather for a trendy and stylish vibe. Funky music and great food – untypical for a club guarantee a nice evening, Try their Kale and Apple Salad – a mix of apple cider vinaigrette, pancetta, candied pecans and shaved goat cheese.
Peter Luger Steak House
Predictably the place has mainly steaks on its menu. It has been serving them since 1887. You'll enjoy the meal at a huge communal table. The place is pricey and not central – but you will never regret that yummy ride to Brooklyn.
NYC has restaurants with all imaginable cuisines – the sky is the limit. So top spots are usually secret and private. Apothéke is one of them – bring you friends or partners to this special place where everybody is like private-club members. This bar is invite-only – you can get one via their Facebook. Right at the heart of China Town, it will transfer you to a 1920s jazz bar – a perfect time travel.
Nello and Café Gitane
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich's Nello's Lunch for two cost some $47,000 and it's not surprising. Nello is a perfect lunch spot for anyone – businessmen, art dealers and housewives.
Café Gitane looks pretty simple but inside it's packed with artistic and creative folk – editors, journalists and designers who can appreciate the feel of a French café in Morocco. The place is busy, noisy and sometimes messy but awesome for vibrant life lovers.
Sakagura, Fig & Olive, Red Farm, Brandy Library
Sakagura is ideal for a business lunch with partners. Authentic Japanese food – yummy ramen, tuna tartar and my favorite dessert – Black Sesame Cream Brulee. My other pick is Kamo Curry Numban, slices of roasted duck served with bonito infused curry soup. What I didn't like were tables standing too close and screaming for more privacy.
For business dinner go to Fig & Olive – a funky vibe and flawless Mediterranean cuisine – a kind of fusion of French, Greek and Italian. They have organic food and a good selection of olive oils. My choice there is Manchego cheese, Fig, Marcona Almond Crostini appetizers and Fig & Olive Chicken Tajine.
As for RedFarm, it's an awesome place with some Asian twist. I love their Shu Mai shooters, scallop and squid dumplings, carrot and ginger bisque and sautéed black cod with black beans and Thai basil. However, the place is popular and takes no reservations, so prepare for a line.
And to complete your dining experience try Brandy Library with their vast selection of cognac and whiskey – you risk to stay for the night.
The venue is the Meatpacking District number one club destination notorious for its snobbish door policy. This converted industrial area has been the hippest spot for the last five years. In the summer, terraces are opened and getting inside becomes harder. Want a more democratic alternative? NYC has plenty of rooftop terraces – pick any and enjoy the under-the-skies spirit.