Quality Bistro is a massive French restaurant in Midtown that has about as much gold detailing as the Salon of Venus at Versailles. The 400-bottle French wine list, and the four different styles of filet mignon might make it sound like a place to send in-laws before 6pm tickets for Chicago, but this place - from the people behind Don Angie, Quality Meats, and about 10 other popular spots - isn’t stuffy. There’s a casual bar area that gets packed with after-work crowds, and dining rooms that are louder and darker than most high-end spots in the area. Share big portions of excellent French-leaning food with a date who you want to impress, or clients who purposefully didn’t book early flights tomorrow.
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Pera Mediterranean Brasserie
Pera is a big Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown, and it’s a decent option for dinner with a group near Grand Central.
It seems like lately, all of the Korean food we’ve been eating has been of the “trendy re-interpretation” variety. While we’re fine with that, occasionally we get a craving for a more traditional meal, and for that, we head to Madangsui.
Marea is about as good as upscale eating gets in Midtown, and there’s a lot of that around. Don’t miss the bone marrow and octopus fusilli.
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The Modern is really two different experiences: the bar, and the dining room. Here’s what you need to know about both.
Excuse My French
A funny little French tapas bar on the Lower East Side, with some really tasty food.
Tournesol is a French small plates restaurant in Long Island City that’s ideal for casual date night.
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The Grill is the revamp of the legendary Four Seasons restaurant, run by the people behind Carbone. It’s very similar, very expensive, and worth it.
Don Angie is a modern Italian restaurant in the West Village that’s best enjoyed with a small group.
Dirty French is a Lower East Side French restaurant from the people behind Carbone, and like that place, dinner here is definitely an event.
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