Restaurant Roundup

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By Hillary Latos

From neighborhood hideaways to splashy new openings, New York City’s culinary scene never sleeps.  The holidays are a perfect time to celebrate and enjoy some of NYC’s finest offerings spanning the melting pot of flavors that we have come to love in our great city, from the classics like French, Italian, American to the exotic flavors of India, here are some of our favorites that will guarantee an unforgettable dining experience.

Restaurant Roundup

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By Hilary Latos

Resident’s staff has scavenged 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.

La Dolce Vita in Wildwood N.J.

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By W. A. Muller

Give the La Dolce Vita lifestyle at Little Italy in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.  If you’re ever in the mood for mouthwatering Italian delicacies then look no further than this beloved establishment. Owned and operated by Chef Giovanni Sanzone and his wife Sandy, the restaurant has been serving customers for over two decades. Little Italy is the next best thing to actually being in Italia.

Gradisca Ristorante: An Italian Delight

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By Jeanine Zelkas

Evidence of a former incarnation is written all over the walls of Gradisca, with old framed posters advertising the various jazz and cabaret acts that once performed at the 70‘s nightclub known as Reno Sweeney.  Soft jazz music playing in the background, rustic highlights, candlelit tables, low ceilings, and a combination of warm red-painted and brick walls additionally lend themselves to the jazzy ambiance of what is now a fabulous refined Italian restaurant.  Entering its thirteenth year in business, Gradisca’s menu maintains high standards for quality cuisine that is largely inspired by the owner’s beloved “Mamma” who regularly handcrafts much of the pasta on-site.

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

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By Anna Ryan

With restaurants open at various locations throughout New York City, meat lovers can have a fine dining experience with the food they love at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse. These various locations include Park Avenue, East 54th Street, West 50th Street, 25 Broad Street and Times Square.

Anassa Taverna

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By Christopher A. Pape & Anna Ryan

Located in the heart of Midtown East, Anassa Taverna gives guests a truly unique and cultural experience. This Greek restaurant strives to give diners a fresh experience and with the name Anassa, meaning ‘breath of fresh air,’ they are already on their way. Diners feel like they are on the cobblestone roads that pave the ancient, historical neighborhood of Plaka with Anassa Taverna’s traditional Greek dishes. Upon entering the restaurant, guests will be able to see worry beads and evil eyes on display. As guests delve further into the restaurant, they will be entranced by the marble covered bar, white curtains, exposed brick walls and wood.

75 Main: A Hamptons Hotspot

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By Nalini Leilani

75 Main is a Southampton staple—offering patrons the opportunity to taste simple yet delicious cuisine just minutes from the beach or to bask in a sliver of Southampton nightlife. The location is central: right in the middle of Southampton’s Main Street. The classy yet beachy vibe is perfect for a summer evening after a leisurely day in the Hamptons. We opted to sit outside and were pleased to encounter a comfortable, bustling setting plum for people-watching and absorbing the light summer breeze. At around 5 PM, the restaurant’s evening rush was just trickling in—sunburned Hamptonites made their way in to cap off the evening. We opted for smooth and light glasses of Pinot Grigio: the perfect companions to a summer night and the meal ahead.

83 1/2

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By Nalini Leilani

Chef Will Foden and Wine Director Jean-Luc Le Du recently re-crafted the menu at 83 ½, the farm-to-table Italian gem on the Upper East Side. Owner Vincenzo Mangiafridda’s previous culinary treasure served as the muse for his newest. The idea behind 83 ½ began to ferment in his mind while developing Gino’s Pizzeria, a 20-year-old beloved neighborhood spot, and in between trips to the family farm in Caccamo, Sicily.