A Girl’s Gotta Eat: July/August Picks

By Carol Di Vincenzo

Agave

West Village

140 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

212-989-2100 • AgaveNY.com


Cuisine
: Mexican

Attire: Casual

Price Range: $$

Serving: Brunch, lunch and dinner

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Ambiance: Casual

Considered a dining staple in the west village, Agave’s chic ambience is paired with southwestern cuisine and an extensive cocktail menu that holds the attention of New York’s most transient restaurant-hopping palates. The fact that they’re heralded by the Food Network as having “NYC’s Best Margaritas” is reason enough to come in to see what all the fuss is about.

Carol’s “A” List >

Entrees:

BLUE CORN ENCHILADAS: Chipotle chicken breast, spinach and cheese

TEJAS GULF SHRIMP AND BLUE CRAB CAKES: With arugula, late harvest corn, cilantro lime crema and charred chili arroz verde

COCKTAIL:

AGAVE MARGARITA TRADICIONAL: Mango, 

pomegranate, passion fruit, prickly pear and blood orange

The Butterfly

Tribeca

225 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

646-692-4943 • TheButterflyNYC.com


Cuisine:
New American

Attire: Casual

Price Range: $$ 

Serving: Brunch, lunch and dinner 

Happy Hour: Yes

Outdoor Dining: No

Alcohol: Full Bar

Ambiance: Casual, Trendy

 

This retro inspired cocktail bar and supper club was named after The Butterfly Club in Executive Chef Michael White’s hometown of Beloit Wisconsin, where he worked as a cook back in the day. The menu boasts familiar starters and entrees with a flavorful updated twist, while mixologist Eben Freeman gives a facelift to the classics! 

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Entrees:

            BUTTERFLY PATTY MELT: 5 oz. dried-aged beef patty, caramelized onions, gruyere and American cheese, caraway rye, French fries

BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN: 3-piece Bell & Evan’s chicken, coleslaw, cheddar biscuits and honey butter

Cocktail:

            WHISKEY SOUR: Old Forester bourbon, fresh lemon, Mcclure’s Maple and             Angostura

Del Posto 

Chelsea

85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

212-497-8090 • DelPosto.com


Cuisine:
Italian

Attire: Dressed

Price Range: $$$$

Serving: Lunch and dinner

Happy Hour: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Alcohol: Full Bar

Ambiance: Upscale, Romantic

A pinnacle in upscale dining, Del Posto is the creation of Mario Battali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich and partner/Executive Chef Mark Ladner. The menu is a compilation of Italian regional flavors executed and presented to perfection. These culinary minds have created a dining masterpiece with an opulent European ambience coupled with stellar service. 

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Entrees:

GARGANELLI: Traditional Del Posto Garganelli Verdi al Ragu Bolognese

LOBSTER: Lobster with artichoke, almond, basil salad and tangerine essenze

Cocktail:


MIDNIGHT PLUM:
Blackwell rum, Unicum plum, Urban moonshine, maple bitters and maple syrup

Tiella

Upper East Side

1109 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065

212-558-0100 • TiellaNYC.com


Cuisine
: Italian

Attire: Casual

Price Range: $$$

Serving: Lunch and dinner

Outdoor Seating: No

Alcohol: Full bar

Ambiance: Romantic

This Upper East Side gem delights its patrons with a modern Southern Italian seasonal menu inspired by the home-cooked meals of Naples, Italy. Executive Chef Giuseppe Castellano’s dishes are layered with traditional Mediterranean flavors in an atmosphere that is perfectly matched. I suggest also stopping in for a glass of wine and a signature pizza cooked in Tiella’s wood-fired oven.

Carol’s “A” List >

Entrees:

GARGANELLI: With scallops, shrimp and fava beans garnished with black garlic

ORATA: Filet of Mediterranean dorado with a thin potato crust in thyme and lemon sauce

Cocktails:

*A list of regional Italian wines

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