Dine

New York City steak houses are legendary, and one of my favorites is Benjamin Steakhouse in Midtown East. I had the opportunity to dine at the restaurant for a work event last year, and the establishment exudes “Old New York” as soon as you enter.

Waffles are one of my favorite foods and waffle sandwiches from Waffle & Wolf just make a good food even better.

A few weeks ago, I went to the Lower East Side location of The Meatball Shop. The dark, cozy space was packed with diners eating and waiting for tables, so I was told the hostess would call when seating was available.

Last week I finally got a chance to visit Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, Food Network star Guy Fieri’s enormous Times Square eatery. We walked through the bar and downstairs to the basement dining space, passing a window into the restaurant’s huge kitchen, where you can watch a slew of cooks create your meal.

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to check out EVR (pronounced "ever"), a cool new lounge in Midtown West. When looking for the W. 39th street location, keep your eyes peeled for a heavy wooden door and a small golden sign to the left of the entryway, which reads “EVR”.

I’ve never been very interested in sushi, but after a recent visit to Midtown’s Bamboo 52, I’ve changed my mind. I tried cucumber avocado, salmon and spicy tuna rolls, which we were able to watch the sushi chefs prepare in the restaurant’s open kitchen

Last night, I went to an event at Tribeca Grill’s upstairs space The Loft. Like the Robert DeNiro-owned restaurant’s downstairs dining room, The Loft is filled with soft lighting and exposed brick that made me feel cozy and warm on a chilly, rainy night.

The first bar/lounge I ever went to in New York City was Beauty Bar. As the name might suggest, this casual watering hole near Union Square pairs a good old-fashioned neighborhood bar with a healthy dose of glam. You can enjoy one of your favorite libations at the bar or a table in the back room while listening to guest DJs spin tunes.

Growing up, barbecue was always one of my favorite types of cuisine, so when I moved to New York City, I was pleasantly surprised to find a great bbq spot within my first few weeks of being in this metropolis. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a lively rib joint a short walk from the 125th Street 1 train stop in Harlem.

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