A Girl’s Gotta Eat: NYC Restaurant Reviews

By Carol Di Vincenzo

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Appetito Ristorante
Midtown West
47 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10018
212-391-5286 • AppetitoRistorante.com

Cuisine: Rustic Italian
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$$
Serving: Dinner
Happy Hour: No
Outdoor Dining: No
Alcohol: Full bar
Ambience: Casual

We love Appetito for its savory Italian dishes and seasonal cocktails in an atmosphere that makes everyone feel right at home. This true neighborhood-style restaurant boasts friendly service and entrees such as homemade Gnocchi and Tiramisu – consistent crowd favorites with traditional Mediterranean flavors.

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Appetizers:

BREZOALA INSALATA & CROSTINI DI MOZZARELLA
Brezoala, arugula and shaved parmegano served with Italian vinaigrette and lightly breaded and fried crostini bread and mozzarella served with marinara

Wine:
MONTAPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO

Gramercy Park
Haru
Gramercy
220 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
646-428-0989 • Harusushi.com

Cuisine: Japanese
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$
Serving: Lunch/Dinner
Happy Hour: Yes
Outdoor Dining: No
Alcohol: Full bar
Ambience: Trendy

This small chain, trendy sushi bar/lounge has a delightful happy hour cocktail and small plate menu that’s great for late night dining. Also ideal for large groups, Haru’s Japanese fusion style menu invites you to indulge in the specialty rolls, which I highly recommend, along with the king crab dumplings.

Carol’s “A” List

Signature Roll:

GRAMERCY PARK ROLL
Crunchy escolar and jalapenos wrapped with tuna, yellowtail and salmon and topped with lemon, cilantro, tobiko and yuzu miso sauce.

Cocktail:

GREEN TEA MARGARITA
Patron silver tequila, cointreau, sweet green tea powder and sour mix

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Rusty Mackerel
Washington Heights
209 Pinehurst Avenue
New York, NY 10040
212-928-4888 • RustyMackerelNY.com

Cuisine: (New) American
Attire: Casual
Price Range: $$$
Serving: Brunch, Dinner
Happy Hour: No
Outdoor Dining: No
Alcohol: Full Bar
Ambience: Casual, Trendy

Executive Chef James “Mac” Moran, Frank McHugh and Bill Rodriguez have created a neighborhood-inspired menu that will have everyone on the dining spectrum raving.  You’ll be impressed, as we were, with small plates and entrees fused with a perfect balance of savory diversity. “Late Night In The Heights” is a great option for those looking to do a tasting.

Carol’s “A” List

Entrée:

BEEF AGNOLOTTI
Montrachet goat cheese, truffle honey, chestnut and brown butter vinaigrette

Cocktail:
FIRE & BRIMSTONE
Balcones brimstone smoked blue corn whiskey, grand marnier, lemon juice and simple syrup

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MANON Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
Meatpacking District
407 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10014
212-596-7255 • Manon-NYC.com

Cuisine: Modern American
Attire: Casual Chic
Price Range: $$$
Serving: Dinner
Happy Hour: No
Outdoor Dining: No
Alcohol: Full Bar and On-site Sommelier
Ambience: Trendy

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MANON offers seasonal modern American fare and artisanal cocktails in a chic downtown setting. Spanning three floors, this ultra chic dining experience entices diners and revelers with an eclectic blend of the local and the international, the industrial and the refined. Chef Tae Strain’s menu offers seasonal, locally sourced American fare with unexpected inflections inspired by his extensive travels.

Appetizers:
SALVATORE RICOTTA AGNOLOTTI
Butternut Squash, Chanterelles, Parmigiano and Almond

Cocktail:

CUCUMBER HEAVEN
Crop Organic Vodka, Intense Cucumber Juice

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