Eating out OCTOBER 2020: NYC

Fall is a superb time to explore Ny City's dynamic culinary scene. Taste the rich bounties of year around some of our favorite locales.

Turntable Rock Cafe & Lounge

Restaurateur Kiyoung Lee has partnered with Jeremy Seyoung in the newest venture: Turntable Rock Café & Lounge; a Korean Gastropub found in the edge of NOMAD and Koreatown. Inspired by Lee's lifelong passion and passion for music, specifically rock and roll, this casual eatery features a sleek industrial design together with a “high-fidelity” sound system and Lee's extensive collection composed of 50,000 LPs.

Turntable Café is an experience that isn't complete without trying certainly one of Executive Chef David Kwon's delicious shareable small plates inspired through the street foods of Korea. The traditional Korean style fried chicken, which can be made either plain or slightly sweet soy garlic, is popular among diners' and adds to the casual and fun environment of the restaurant. Kwon's menu includes comfort dishes infused with a Korean flair, such as the Kimchi fries, which are shoestring fries smothered in sautéed Kimchi, applewood smoked bacon, jalapeno, cilantro and sour cream. Other crowd pleasing favorites include crispy fried oysters with a katsu sauce and wasabi aioli, pork dumplings, and bulgogi tacos. Turntable is really a place where friends can be created by good music and good food inside a fun and casual environment.

290 5th Ave,

New York, NY 10001



Dine alfresco under the stars above the lively and ever-changing city landscape while enjoying an evening at Embassy Suites' terrace, SkyLawn tucked away within the Fashion District. This rooftop lounge includes a menu of fun hand-crafted cocktails that coded in collaboration with renowned local mixologist and distiller Allen Katz. Guests can also dine on seasonal snacks and small plates because they unwind and enjoy the outdoors inside a casual and fun picnic setting that spans 3,500 sq ft of outside space. Enjoy sharable elevated American comfort fare for example Wagyu sliders, mojito glazed sliders, buffalo chicken meatballs, and a mixed charcuterie board.

SkyLawn comes with an atmosphere that would be ideal for both out-of-towners and locals alike. The spacious lounge has comfortable outdoor furniture that's ideal for a mid-afternoon cocktail with friends. SkyLawn also offers a backyard cinema where movie-lovers can also enjoy cult classics to academy top rated films around the giant screen and sip on a refreshing cocktail from the bar before the show. Creative craft cocktails incorporate a potent Mayan Margarita made with mescal and tequila or perhaps an Up on 37 concoction with vodka, crème de mur and raspberries.

60 West 37 St.

New York, NY 10018



Taste the flavors of Italy and transport yourself to the coastal region of Naples without ever leaving New York City at Acqua. Executive chef, in addition to managing partner, Giuseppe Marrone has recreated the flavors of the Southern Italian coast in the historic district of South Street Seaport, serving fresh fish flown in daily in the Mediterranean and beyond and wine from every region of Italy.

Acqua's menu has an ample Raw Bar along with a variety of daily specials such as the handcrafted ravioli of the day, daily fish and tartare dishes too. Other palatable options include arancini al tartufo, which consists of deep-fried rice balls full of wild mushrooms, scamorza, and black truffle oil or the chicken breasts served inside a mushroom sauce, roasted potatoes and the vegetable during the day.

In addition to the exquisite cuisine, Aqcua has big windows that appear to be out onto the cobblestone streets, with a décor comprised of vintage furniture, antique wooden floors and exposed brick walls that induce a bright, cozy and open atmosphere that complements the neighborhood. Acqua often features special menus and holds a Chef's Table series, in which guests can reserve a seat and indulge in a four-course meal along with a wine pairing.

The wine list is composed of 70+ selections, with 1 / 2 of your wine list dedicated to Italian whites that complements the fresh fish and seafood. Chef Giuseppe Marrone has a larger than life personality and the success lies in the following factors – outstanding cuisine, warm service, and phenomenal wine programs – all inside a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Acqua 21 Peck Slip.

New York, NY 10038


Zuma NYC

Taste the elements of contemporary Japanese cuisine at Zuma NYC, which pairs exotic, internationally-inspired dishes with a chic downtown décor to produce a fantastic dining experience that continually piques the tastebuds of celebs, A listers and food connoisseurs. Inspired by the informal type of Japanese dining, Izakaya, Zuma's signature dishes feature exclusive ingredients hand-picked and sourced from small farms across Japan by Head Chef Oliver Lange.

Providing a geniune and interactive atmosphere for guests to enjoy all elements of the Japanese culture, Zuma's masterfully crafted cocktail program features libations inspired by bold Japanese flavors combined with premium liquors, plus an extensive variety of small-batch sakes. The bi level midtown eatery has two stories with three distinct kitchens: the main kitchen, the sushi bar, and the robata grill. Regardless of the kitchen from which the food comes, Zuma creates a dining experience of flavors that does not only stick out on their own but also complement each other. The dishes are made as Japanese tapas and therefore are intended to be shared among diners.

The the easy way experience Zuma is thru their Omakase menu that takes diners on a culinary odyssey and best combined with curated sakes that boost the well-balanced flavors. Each carefully executed dish is chosen daily by the chef and highlight specialties from the menu which changes seasonally. For fall, highlights include seabass sashimi with yuzu and truffle, tuna tartar with yuzu and caviar, wagyu tartar with truffle ponzu and miso, tempura langoustine, Alaskan king crab with ponzu lime butter, grilled Chilean seabass with green chili and ginger dressing, rib eye with shaved black truffle, and toro maki with caviar and a snow aged soy only present in one region of Japan. Save room for the show stopping dessert extravaganza that resembles a sculptural thing of beauty, and summates the Omakase meal which demonstrates the skill of fine culinary dining.

261 Madison Ave.

New York, NY 10016


Dos Caminos

Every New Yorker ought to be required to dine at Dos Caminos at least one time. Few, if any, of the Big Apple's Mexican restaurants can contend with Dos Caminos' menu and ambience.

The menu, though, is what sets Dos Caminos aside from other New York City restaurants, Mexican and non-Mexican alike. We started with the Shrimp Guacamole, which was richer and much more savory than any guacamole That i have ever had. Next was the decadent Ceviche sampler, having a delightful assortment of tuna estilo japones, red snapper de la calle & camarones apasionada.

We wrongly thought all of those other meal couldn't possibly compare with those two dishes. The Mole Short Ribs may have been the best dish from the night; the slow roasted ribs were melt-in-your-mouth amazing. It was accompanied by the Camarones en cazuela, an excellent jumbo shrimp dish with roasted garlic, chile guajillo, saffron chorizo rice and braised kale. Our side of sweet plantains could have been a dessert, however i was grateful to get it with my main course. Dinner was combined with delicious Margaritas.

I'd consider returning to Dos Caminos once a week for the rest of my entire life. With four locations round the city, maybe I'm able to. When I are available back it will be for that Chapulines- the Oaxacan Grasshoppers Guacamole. Hey, you only live once.

Other popular dishes that people weren't able to sample included the skirt steak, shrimp quesadilla, carnitas tacos and caramel tres leches cake. Their brunch menu looks insanely delicious, especially the Mexican French Toast created using crispy pan torrejas, rum and cajeta caramel roasted bananas. By Adam von Weiss

373 Park Ave S.

New York, NY 10016


Little Alley

Located in Murray Hill, Little Alley is really a Shanghainese restaurant serving traditional cuisine which will transport you to definitely Shanghai's famous longtang neighborhoods of interconnected, narrow lanes of rowhouses. Chef Cheung and his team, who are all Shanghainese locals, serve subtly-plated dishes with layers of flavor inspired by each of their traditions and upbringings.

3538, 550 3rd Ave.

New York, NY 10016


Industry Kitchen

Industry Kitchen sits across the East River in the historic South Street Seaport. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows that frame Ny and open to a terrace with stunning views of the water, such as the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges. Industry Kitchen uses seasonal market ingredients to produce modern American cuisine, making it an ideal place to grab an after-work drink in order to host the next corporate event. It's something for everyone to enjoy.

70 South St.

New York, NY 10038


Nickel & Diner

Nickel & Diner is really a New American restaurant taking a sleek and modern twist on five-and-dime lunch counters and traditional diner culture. The Soho café is the best location for both coffee and cocktails. Chef Charles Cho cooks up a multitude of food, recreating a number of your favorite luncheonette dishes. Nickel & Diner provides an extensive amount of gluten-free and vegetarian options on the menu as well.

1 Howard St.

New York, NY 10013



SUGARCANE raw bar grill invites guests to eat, drink and become merry. This vivacious restaurant is situated in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and it offers direct views to the Brooklyn Bridge. Sugarcane has three kitchens serving globally-inspired small plates, seafood, and sushi. Make sure to try certainly one of their signature cocktails, such as the strawberry balsamic, created using premium vodka, fresh strawberries, aged balsamic and fresh lime juice.

55 Water St. Suite 1A

Brooklyn, NY 11201


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