Luxe NYC Restaurants You Can't Miss!
There’s no doubting the New York restaurant scene is among the trendiest in the world and not to mention the hardest to secure a reservation. If you’re planning a trip to the big apple here are three luxe restaurants you cannot afford to miss!
Located in the same complex as Chelsea Market in the Meat Packing District this restaurant has a waiting list a mile long but it’s worth the wait! Buddakan is a lavishly decorated restaurant which once was the Nabisco Factory (Oreo Manufacturer) which has been converted into the most show-stopping Asian Restaurant I’ve ever seen. Serving a range of Asian inspired dishes, the menu is refined and modern with a hint of theatre thrown in for good measure. A few of my favourite dishes included the Ox Tail Dumplings, Pork Buns and Broken Chilli Chicken. I’m not big on dessert’s, but oh my gosh ‘the crying chocolate’ is divine and must be experienced. The restaurant also features several dining rooms and a very cool bar on arrival. This restaurant is absolutely pumping all the time and mention its name to any New Yorker and they'll know exactly the place you're talking about. Surprisingly the service was also top notch and relaxed - our waitress was very attentive and helpful which added to our experience. If the restaurant looks familiar, you may recognise it from the Sex & the City movie; it’s the location used for Carrie’s pre-wedding dinner party. Buddakan - 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Located in the fabulous West Village, Sushi Samba is a fusion of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. The menu is designed to share and features a huge selection sushi and sashimi but not as you know it. The dishes are all works of art and flavour combinations which will have you wanting more! A few of my favourites included the Wagyu Gyoza, Chicken Teriyaki Samba Style, Samba 7, Sao Paulo Samba rolls and the Kuromitsu Glazed Pork Belly. The cocktail list is also a must at this restaurant with some intriguing creations such as the Smoked Plum Negroni, Brisa Caliente featuring Fresno Chilli and the signature Sambatini which changes monthly based on the bar team’s creative minds conjure up. I found the staff at this restaurant to be very friendly and accommodating. I recommend a visit to Sushi Samba whether it be for a casual lunch or a night out for dinner and drinks. Sushi Samba - 87 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA
This restaurant is best described as a Parisian Bistro with a New York twist. Serving up a selection of mouth watering cuisine, Bagatelle is the place to be and be seen. The décor is elegant and the restaurant features lovely chandeliers and New York Street Art. Its chef is Nicolas Frezal from France with Spanish roots, and the menu is mostly French with a selection of signature dishes which will be forever etched in your mind like the flavorsome Gnocchi Truffés à la Parisienne de Nicolas, which is homemade choux pastry gnocchi with truffle sauce and Parmesan cheese. For main I chose the Filet Mignon which was among the best I’ve eaten (it was up there with what I had tasted in Paris). The wine menu is also quite extensive and features a large selection of International wines – why not try something French or possibly a magnum of Dom Perignon if you prefer? While I haven’t experienced a Bagatelle brunch first-hand, they are said to be unbelievable, but you wouldn’t even know it's happening if you walked past as the curtains are drawn so the patrons inside can’t see daylight. Our waiter told us earlier that day a group had spent $23,000 on brunch and most of it was luxury champagne! Bagatelle - 1 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014, USA