It's October, it's cold outside, you're wearing leggings more and more and you're kind of needing a new slew of places to check out. I get it, it's time to put your Fall layer of fat on. My NYC roundups have become few and far between, so I figured since we are currently in the greatest food season of all food seasons, I would hit you in the face with a few new spots to consider for dinner this week/weekend.
I've been becoming more and more critical of my #EEEEEATS lately, so the following 4 places are solid choices for anything from date night to drinks with your girls. Come one, come all, and lets unbuckle our belts together.
1) HK, Hell's Kitchen: Just as the name suggests, HK is situated on 39th and 9th in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan. Decked out in #AllWhiteErrthang, this spot is one of my absolute favorites for girly brunches (see above). Their menu is massive, and for $21, you can add the only thing that makes brunch worth it: unlimited drinks. Mimosas, bloody mary's, screwdrivers, or straight glasses of champagne, HK will have you showing up late to any other plans that you made for the rest of the day.
Editor tip: CASH ONLY for brunch, and their asian chicken salad is where. it's. AT. Also, Anthony is the absolute best.
2) PRINT, Hell's Kitchen: Can you tell I've been hanging around Hell's Kitchen a lot lately? Yea, sorry for the double neighborhood reco, but I wouldn't be able to talk about some of my latest NYC eats without mentioning PRINT. If you're looking for a spot to impress someone, or just looking to take yourself out for a really nice meal (because gUrL you're worth it), PRINT pulls out all the stops to ensure that your experience is an enjoyable one from beginning to end. Everything on the menu is beautiful plated, and you can tell they really take pride in the way things are sent out of the kitchen. You feel special while dining in this establishment, and I think that's one of the most important aspects of eating out.
Editor tip: You MUST get the eclair for dessert, or you're depriving yourself of one of the most delicious things that you'll ever put in your mouth.
3) Dominique Bistro, West Village: If you open a dictionary and turn to the word cozy, I'd be willing to bet my left pinky toe that a picture of Dominique Bistro is posted up on that page. Partly because it's Fall now so I don't have to worry about people being grossed out about my missing toe (hello, socks!), but also because a picture of Dominique Bistro really should be the visual definition for the word cozy. Situated on an adorable, quintessential, tree-lined street in the West Village, the big open windows offer tons of light for a bright lunch and a beautiful glare for the candles glowing on each table during dinner hours. If you're looking for a new date spot in the area, this is it.
Editor tip: Both the pecan salad and chicken entree were to die for. Skip dessert and sides and indulge in a bottle from their amazing wine list instead.
4) Cilantro, Upper West Side: I've spoken about Cilantro 2 or 3 times here on Food and the City, which I hate doing, but when a spot is as consistent as this one is, they deserve the recognition. Over the last year, I've tried a variety of different options from Cilantro, and since during my last trip I tried the chicken tacos, I found it important to inform you about it. These things are HUGE, delicious, and everything you want in a taco. Stuffed with meat (seriously, they are vvv generous with it) and served with a side of rice and beans, something that would normally work as an appetizer totally makes for the perfect entree at Cilantro. This place is no frills, so it would work for a group of friends or a more casual date night, but it definitely remains a solid Mexican option of you find yourself in the Upper West Side.
Now I'm hungry.