Dine

As I've mentioned before, brunch is a popular meal for most New Yorkers, and several eateries will be open on New Year’s Day. Check out these two options.

Northern Manhattan, know by locals as “Uptown,” is finally becoming ‘cool’ to the outside world. I’ve known it for years, but now MTV is creating a reality show called Washington Heights, and hip-hop power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé were recently spotted at Inwood’s La Marina.

A few weeks ago, I went to East of Eighth Restaurant & Bar—a contemporary bistro in Chelsea. I have a few haunts in the area, but surprisingly had never heard of this particular establishment. I went with a friend who used to work a few doors down, and, is by self-acknowledgment, “a regular.”

There are a lot of reasons to love my neighborhood—Inwood in Uptown Manhattan, but few can actually convince my friends who live downtown or in other boroughs to spend an hour on the train to visit me. One thing that’s really worth the trek is Indian Road Café.

I first heard about Amsterdam Tavern from the fictional novel, “Ellington Boulevard” by Adam Langer. Although Langer referred to the watering hole by another name in his book, I had a weird feeling it was based on a real bar.

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I went to ABC Kitchen—an awesome eatery near Union Square—for dinner. He had been searching for new places to try and stumbled upon the restaurant. Its excellent reviews didn’t even do it justice: absolutely everything was delicious.

A few coworkers recently enjoyed lunch at Darbar Grill, an Indian restaurant in Midtown. When they got back to the office, they couldn’t stop raving about the place. Of course, now I want to try it! I was told the lavish lunch buffet is delicious and to definitely try the chicken tikka masala.

A nice meal or relaxing beverage in one of NYC’s amazing eateries is great—add cool décor and/or a theme and the experience is even better. Alice’s Teacup is one such place. The restaurant, reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland," has two locations on the Upper East Side, as well as a spot on the Upper West Side, and serves up the freshest teas, made to order, as well as tasty breakfast, brunch, lunch and supper items.

Benjamin Steakhouse’s Benjamin Prelvukaj proves a master of the surf and turf by opening a seafood-based restaurant, The Seafire Grill. Prelvukaj has already made a name for himself with his two steakhouses. For his new eatery, he brings in seasoned seafood Chef Richard Pims, known for his proficiency with fish at notable spots like RM Seafood and Blue Fin.

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