Great Brunch Spots You Probably Haven’t Been To But Definitely Should

Here at EatingNYC, we’re huge brunch fans. Aficionados, even, of the breakfast-lunch hybrid meal that serves some of the hottest dishes in the city. In hopes of adding some new spots to your brunch rotation, here are some favorites that you probably haven’t brunched at but most certainly should check out:  Continue reading “Great Brunch Spots You Probably Haven’t Been To But Definitely Should”

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The Rise of High-End Quick-Casual Restaurants

Gone are the days where Pret and Hale & Hearty dominate the quick-casual market. As prominent chefs are converting their high-end concepts to dining experiences more apt to the informal crowd, there has been an increase in high-quality, fast-casual restaurants in New York City. Here are some of our favorites to open in the past year: Continue reading “The Rise of High-End Quick-Casual Restaurants”

The Most Anticipated Fall Openings of 2017

Fall is a time for new beginnings and for the New York City restaurant scene, that means lots of new restaurants. From LA transplants to veteran chefs opening new concepts, we’re eager to try the restaurants expected to open in fall of 2017. Here are some we’re most excited about:

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8 Spots for the Perfect First Dinner Date

Picking out a restaurant for a first date can be really, really hard. There are seemingly endless choices and selecting somewhere with the vibe you’re looking plus snagging a reservation can be overwhelming. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite date spots for every category (and type of person) to hopefully make the search a bit more manageable.

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NYC Import Restaurants We’re Digging

New York City is known to be home to one of the most global and diverse food cultures, so it isn’t much of a surprise that there are a plethora of offsets of popular restaurants from all around the world that have landed in New York. Here are some of our favorites from just the past year:

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Jewel Bako Review

Jewel Bako was on my list for awhile and I was both pleased and surprised to learn how easy it was to get a table here.  As soon as I walked in, I could tell that this place meant business. The vibe here is authentic and low-key, think Sushi of Gari or Hatsuhana. The only difference here is that Jewel Bako is an upscale restaurant, though not nearly as flashy as other sushi joints like 15 East or Sushi Samba.

Overall, I’d have to say this place is underrated for a few reasons:

Jewel BakoFirst off, I think the price point is great. We ordered two “large” rolls, two regular rolls and a hand roll, which to me seems like a fairly conservative amount for two hungry people. Our waitress warned us that it might be a lot, and apart from four leftover pieces, she was pretty accurate. Why? The rolls here are big. For $18 you get an 8 piece roll that’s stuffed with a lot of great stuff and pleasantly packed with sticky rice–quite a bargain if you ask me.

And don’t assume this place skimps on quality, all of the fish here is shipped in from Japan so you’re not going to find much better quality sushi around these parts.  If you’re still not convinced, Jewel Bako has earned a Michelin star for the past nine years. BOOM.

Although I didn’t try the Omakase (several options starting at $75), it’s pretty clear that this place is serious when it comes to food. I watched the sushi chefs artfully put together each piece of sushi, complete with a brushstroke of sauce. That sh*t’s Jiro style if you know what I’m saying.

Solid sushi, top quality fish and a great ambiance. 9.1 for you, Jewel Bako. I’ll be coming back soon!

Sakagura Review

Rating: 7.8

I learned about Sakagura just earlier this week while doing research on secret restaurants in NYC. The restaurant is hidden in the basement of an office building right near Grand Central, on a quiet street that doesn’t get much foot traffic. Apart from the location of the restaurant, the food here didn’t wow me. The menu here is definitely authentic and the quality of the fish is great, but I’m not planning on running back here. If you work in the area or are looking to change up your lunch game, it’s definitely a spot that’s worth checking out.

Sake Ikura Don Bowl