By Hillary Latos Resident’s staff has scrounged the city and here you have it: some of our favorite restaurants for this fall. Whether you crave a simple cheeseburger, a luxurious steak dinner with the boys, or a boozy ladies’ brunch, we have the spot for you. Food, glamour and a range of cuisines, this list still makes our mouths water. Atrio
Experience a fresh and contemporary approach to Mediterranean cuisine—Atrio is the Conrad Hotel’s signature restaurant and wine bar in Battery Park City. Open from breakfast through dinner, guests can enjoy the lush scenery of Battery Park from their airy dining room with floor to ceiling windows. A great spot to unwind after work, Chef Antonio Cardoso has recreated a light and seasonal menu using local ingredients with specialties such as ahi tuna tartar with jicama and jalapeno, stone fired pizza with ricotta, ramps, bacon and Hon-Shimeji mushrooms, and Mediterranean branzino with beluga and aged balsamic. Coupled with an extensive by-the-glass wine list, this alluring hotspot is already a favorite among downtown denizens.
102 North End Ave.
A perfect gathering spot for lunch, happy hour or a casual dinner, Ivy is Hell’s Kitchen’s latest bistro. It serves classic fare in a lively and casual setting. Exposed brick walls line the sprawling bar and dining area that serves crowdpleasing bar food favorites such as a chicken banh mi, spiced tuna tartar with avocado, steakhouse spring rolls, lobster tacos, spiced chipotle burgers as well as dinner entrees such as pan seared sea scallops and hanger steak. Also a great weekend brunch destination, the Ivy serves up classics like red velvet pancakes, eggs benedict or Pat La Frieda burgers (which can be upgraded to the $30 prix fixe option that includes unlimited red or yellow bloody marys, mimosas or bellinis). Ivy gives new meaning to a boozy brunch!
944 Eighth Ave.
Minar Indian Restaurant
Touted for their reasonably priced lunch specials, Minar is one of New York’s Indian institutions spanning three locations in Midtown and Murray Hill. Specializing in authentic Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, Minar serves a variety of dosas—crispy crepes filled with vegetarian savory fillings like masala and cheese as well as uttapam — which is like an Indian pizza. Special dishes change from Monday through Friday so make sure to check their website for perennial favorites like fish tandoori, chicken shalik, and curry shrimp. Other permanent menu items include a variety of meat and vegetarian classics such as samosas and tandoori naan sandwiches as well as stews that have been simmering for hours to bring out the rich flavors and textures in the biriyani and curry (all priced under $10). With Indian food this good at these prices, expect long lines and limited seating during lunch hours, but all good things are worth waiting for.
Minar Indian Restaurant