One of the most popular questions I get asked through the site by both tourists and locals alike is, “where should I eat?!” Truth, food is so, so important, and especially in a city surrounded by so much of it, it can certainly be tricky to narrow down the choices. I was recently asked by a reader what my favorite Central Midtown spots to nosh in are, and since I’m a huge fan of the area, I went ahead and did an entire post on it! (See, I promise I answer questions–ask away in the comments!;-)
It’s tough to pick a handful of favorites, but these are the spots I find myself repeatedly going to (for the casual spots), or planning special date nights to (for the pricier spots). Without any further adieu…
Jess’s favorite Central Midtown spots to eat + drink!
The Plaza Food Hall: Seriously, there is something for everyone here. I LOVE taking out of town friends and family, because besides the variety, the food is actually delicious and The Plaza Hotel is an afternoon adventure on its own.
Kingside: Typical American fare in a trendy atmosphere, but the folks here are super friendly and laid back, AND always accommodating to my giant mini-van of a stroller. Huge points for that!
Asiate: Ok, this place is ridiculously pricey (something like $15 for a glass of OJ?!) But the views and service just can’t be beat. If you have a milestone birthday to celebrate, or maybe your parents’ anniversary, take them here for brunch and they’ll remember it forever.
SouthGate: This is a wintertime favorite of mine. Even though it’s on Central Park South, it’s shockingly never crowded, and the couches by the fireplace coupled with their extensive wine menu are the perfect way to cozy up.
Shake Shack: Yes, the lines are ridiculous. But the shroom burger?! Oh. Emm. GEE!
Nobu: I hardly think I need to sing the praises of Nobu, but if you’re in the mood for fancy Japanese, this is your spot. They are very accommodating to vegetarians, too–even down to making you your own special miso soup without chicken broth.
.99 Fresh Pizza: Oh man, when I was pregnant I lived at this place. Dollar slices are what NYC dreams are made of!
Lantern’s Keep: The cutest little bar you ever did see with a speakeasy vibe, tucked away into the back of the Iroquois Hotel. Go full craft cocktail here!
Ralph’s Coffee: I love that it’s a cute spot to regroup and refuel right on 5th Avenue–good coffee and great environment for a book or blogging session! I wrote a full post about it here.
Macaron Cafe: The goat cheese and apple sammie on a baguette is EVERYTHING. But only if you follow it with a rose macaron.
The 21 Club: This was one of the first spots my hubby and I went when we started dating and I still remember that evening vividly. It’s like stepping into old New York when you enter the 21 Club–gives you an excuse to dress to the nines and have a Manhattan or 3. Pricy, but memorable. (And a tip: we’ve hit this spot up during Restaurant Week, when the prices are much more reasonable, so plan ahead and make a reservation!)
Astro Restaurant: Sometimes only a grilled cheese and chocolate egg cream will do, and this spot has you covered for both, and about a million other menu items!