Even if you dont go to Chelsea Brewing Company for the beer, go for the food. I've had many items from their menu and have never been dissapointed. With that said, Go for beer it's outstanding!!
Cha Cha's In Bocca Al Lupo is one of many restaurants on Ulberry street in Little Italy. But what sets them apart is their pizza. It very well may be the best pie in NY.
You don??t have to catch the fish yourself at this sleek Thai eatery with mod white banquettes, black brick walls, and a long list of seafood (and several meat) options paired with your pick of 10 sauces. There??s buttery Chilean sea bass and thick swordfish steak, and sauces range from sweet and spicy tamarind chili glaze to grilled jalapeno. If you??d rather let the kitchen take the reigns, look to chef??s specialties like tasty chicken satay or honey-glazed baby back ribs, served on a whipped mound of taro root puree. While duck and steak make an appearance on the do-it-yourself menu, the kitchen??s focus is clearly on seafood??grilled, whole squid is surprisingly tender and outshines a peppercorn beef salad. With ample use of Thai chilies and spice on most dishes, you??ll likely crave a beer with your meal; happily, a liquor store is around the corner. This joint is strictly BYOB
Warm, intimate Canaletto applies its namesake Venetian painter's fluid style and eye for detail to Northern Italian cooking. Past the cozy bar is a softly lit dining room studded with wine racks, a collection of majolica, and widely spaced tables. While you peruse the menu, the server delivers a small plate of sopressata and parmigiano-reggiano, a ramekin of sun-dried tomato spread, and a basket filled with warm bread, hand-made breadsticks, and squares of tomato-topped focaccia??none of it innovative, but all of it expertly prepared. The Carciofini e Funghi, a tangle of luscious, earthy, crisply sauted artichoke hearts and shiitake mushrooms, comes with garlicky olive oil and a crust of bread to mop it up with. But not every dish is sublime: the carpaccio, delicate slices of gleaming raw beef arrayed with slivered raw mushroom caps, petite slabs of parmesan, and a shock of arugula, is bellissimo, but the meat is so chilled it blunts the flavor. Tagliatelle, one of several fresh pastas, is tossed with brawny wild mushrooms and diced tomatoes, its skillful composition transforming the humble ingredients into memorable, well-blended flavors. Desserts are equally accomplished. Ricotta cheesecake, dotted with fresh berries, is so fluffy you'll be floating back onto 60th Street on a cloud of lemony sweetness.
Even by non??New York standards, Cafe Mae Mae keeps short hours. That??s because prime times are reserved for Great Performances, the catering operation well known for its society weddings and corporate fund-raisers as well as a string of cafs that keep patrons at top New York venues well fed. This warmly cozy caf??cum??intimate party space offers nearby workers savory lunchtime panini and tasty small plates. Local oenophiles enjoy a low-key enoteca??Tuscan winemaker Agricola Querciabella??s products, among many other bottles, adorn the caf??s walls??and savvy tourists happily linger over pots of Keemun tea, with or without desserts like cheesecake or a chocolate chestnut dacquoise, served in a decadent block and framed by symmetrical puffs of whipped cream. As is often the case with crowd-pleasing catering, entre presentations overshadow the flavors. More successful are the salads, like farm-fresh greens dressed with 25-year-old sherry vinegar. With red walls and dark wood guaranteed to flatter, the burnished setting feels like movie-set Europe; an arched gold mirror echoes the arched front door and side dining nook. Red shades brighten up sconces and the large, central chandelier. Caf tables sit across from a curvaceous mahogany bar, with plenty of stools for the lunchtime bustle
In traditional dives, taste often surpasses style. Caf Habana is no exception. The cramped quarters in this Cuban-Mexican eatery, located on a residential corner off Elizabeth Street, may scare away patrons desiring cushy seating and quiet conversation. But the perfectly seasoned roasted pork, grilled steaks and sauted chicken makes this caf a delicious dining destination. The Mexican-style grilled corn, a gooey mixture of fresh corn topped with chili powder, melted cheese and lime, is a crowd-pleasing, albeit messy, delight that comes with a cup of individually wrapped toothpicks. Follow the corn with the marinated skirt steak with rice and beans, and a mojito, and soon you'll forget all about the sardine-like setup.
Bello's Italian Restaurant offers up some great Italian food. I've had so many great dishes I can't seem to decide which one is my favorite. They always have great daily specials.
Being that it is located right in the middle of the theater district, Beefsteak Charlies can be considered a little touristy, but don't let that stop you from trying it, they have really good food.
If your looking for authentic Bar-b-que in New York then head to Blue Smoke. Offering many styles of bar-bque, including, Memphis,Texas, St. Louis and North Carolina there is almost too many good things here. They also have a great bar and are located right above a great jazz club!!!
Bistro Les Amis is one of my favorites in Soho. Whether it's for soup and sandwich for lunch or one of their many dinner option (including a great prix fixe) I always look forward to going to Bistro Les Amis. They also have outdoor seating!!!