By Narbeh Minassian
It is something of a paradox but there are so many great restaurants in Manhattan that it is difficult to find one. After all, which do you pick? It is our job to carry out this thankless yet enjoyable task of throwing the net out into the restaurant sea and filtering through to bring you the very best. Without further ado, here are some of our findings:
La Marina restaurant is on Dyckman Marina, overlooking the Hudson Marina; it is essentially an out of city experience in the city. Eat inside or outside, on the sand or on the lounge, hop on a yacht or sip on cocktails, enjoy the hot sun or revel in the cool breeze, there is so much to do at Manhattan’s original waterfront destination. The Chef, Pierre Landet, is renowned for his fresh grilled lobster, although his charred steak and chicken lollipops provide some pretty stiff competition. With fall just around the corner, now may be the best time to visit.
348 Dyckman St
New York, NY 10034
Pizza Roma is the closest you can get to an authentic pizzeria in the Eternal City. Their dough is imported from Italy and allowed to over 96 hours to produce a light crust that is easier to digest. This is the square, Sicilian pizza as the Italians know it and not how the New Yorkers do. Given that the food is authentically Italian, it would make sense to design the setting with a genuine Italian accent. Brick walls and wooden furniture bring the flavor from the heart of Europe to Manhattan, and make this intimate setting a perfect choice for romantic partners.
259 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
Havana Central is a celebration of Cuban culture. This is a restaurant with Cuban food, music, themes, and eve adopts their tradition for hospitality in welcoming the whole family. Manhattan offers many an escape within its own boundaries, and if you feel like going to Cuba, Havana Central will take you there, if for just a few hours. Cuban cuisine is influenced by the Spanish, French, Africans, Arabs, Chinese, and the Portuguese, brought together in a Latin American flavor. Their signature dish may well be the skirt steak churrasco or the pollo con pina. To work off something of a stereotype, it would be unforgivable for anyone to come and go from this restaurant without trying the tequila; drink in this famous island from the Caribbean! •
151 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036