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Memorable Meals
From hole-in-the-wall ethnic kitchens to elite formal restaurants, New York is one of the world's great food towns, with choices spanning an exceptional range of international cuisines. If you know where to go, it's possible to eat very well indeed without spending a fortune, but it's worth saving some room in your budget for a visit to at least one of the city's exquisite high-end restaurants. Try to reserve well in advance if possible, and remember that dress codes are frequently enforced, with jackets and ties required for men at many New York restaurants. Reliable choices include:
 Le Bernardin 
A gorgeous formal dining room on West 51st Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, featuring sublime French fare with an emphasis on seafood.
Information: Le Bernardin, (212) 554-1515
 Jean Georges 
The dazzling signature restaurant of acclaimed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, in the Trump International Hotel and Tower at Columbus Circle
Information: Jean Georges, (212) 299-3900
 Alain Ducasse at the Essex House 
Another uncompromising hotel restaurant developed by a celebrated French chef, in the historic Jumeirah Essex House hotel at the southern edge of Central Park.
Information: Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, (212) 247-0300
 Per Se 
Thomas Keller's 15-table restaurant at the new Time Warner Center overlooking Central Park, featuring the kind of innovative prix fixe extravaganzas Keller developed for his celebrated French Laundry in the Napa Valley.
Information: Per Se, (212) 823-9335
 Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca 
Serving celebrity chef Mario Batali's bold and flavorful Italian fare inside a cozy townhouse in the West Village.
Information: Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, (212) 777-0303
 Nobu New York 
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's flagship modern Japanese restaurant in the trendy Tribeca district near the southern tip of Manhattan. If you don't have a reservation, walk-ins are welcome at the adjacent Next Door Nobu.
Information: Nobu New York, (212) 219-0500
 The River Cafe 
The River Cafe at the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge delivers sophisticated American fare in romantic surroundings, with an incomparable view across the East River to the Manhattan skyline.
Information: The River Cafe, (718) 522-5200
 Roof Garden Cafe  
For a more affordable meal with a view, head for the Roof Garden Cafe on the fifth floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which serves light self-service fare and cocktails from May though late fall, weather permitting.
Information: Roof Garden Cafe , (212) 535-7710
 NY Deli's 
Finally, don''t forget to sink your teeth into a thick sandwich at one of New York's illustrious old delis, such as Katz's Delicatessen on the Lower East Side (www.katzdeli.com), the Carnegie Deli in Midtown (www.carnegiedeli.com), or the Mill Basin Kosher Deli in Brooklyn (www.pastrami.net).
Information: See links above,


 


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