It`s a Jungle Out There
With more than 45,000 eating and drinking places in NYC, it can be hard to find your way through the concrete jungle and into the right restaurants.
Being in the event industry, we work with New York restaurants on a daily basis. Therefore, we've put together our personal recommendations of neighborhood and special occasion favorites. Scroll to see what the Eventum team recommends.
Kathrine, Marketing: My undefeated favorite neighborhood restaurant is Aria Wine Bar in West Village. This is an intimate Italian restaurant with a lot of charm. The combination of Italian dishes, charming staff and rustic interior make up an authentic thriving vibe. The Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese starter is a must-have. For more special occasion I got a new favorite. They’re called Tokyo Record Bar and just opened a few months ago in Macdougal Street, close to the Washington Square. This is an intimate 18 seats restaurant where one enjoys vinyl jukebox, booze and great food from a set menu. Guests share their music requests with the DJ, creating a personal touched play list. Don`t miss out on this experience!
Abdullah, Customer Relationship Manager; Hidden within the iconic Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle lies Landmarc restaurant. This spot serves a combination of French and Italian cuisine with an award-winning, but well priced, wine list. Personally, I prefer the tasty selections of the cocktail menu. The restaurant feels intimate, suitable for any occasion, and offers private rooms for special events. When in Astoria, I usually head to the smokey sensation, Salt&Bone. This Bar-B-Q joint serves locally-sourced bites with a taste of Texas. Try it the next time you`re in Astoria.
Leslie, Marketing; A lot of people think that being a vegan makes it hard to find good culinary foodie experiences. That`s not true! Especially not if you`re living in NYC. But it does require some extra effort from vegan restaurants. One restaurant that really pulls it off is Urban Vegan Kitchen in the West Village. Besides serving the best Chicken and Waffles in town (believe it or not), they create an urban atmosphere that keeps dragging me back. I usually visit through their happy hours (Sun-Thurs from 4-7PM), when their DJ`s setting a vibrant vibe. If you`re looking to replace the Thanksgiving turkey with a vegan alternative, check out this restaurant!
Severin, Business Development; Starting with Brooklyn, All Hands entered the top of my list from the first visit. This is a new American seafood restaurant located in Williamsburg. This rustic location offers both a beautiful view of the Williamsburg bridge and an open kitchen that prepares sea food dishes based on sustainable and market driven ingredients. In Manhattan, I prefer having Italian food at the Piccola Cucina in Prince Street, Soho. This restaurant offers a lot of lively vibe in a small intimate space. The combination of a friendly ambiance and traditional Sicilian dishes creates authentic Italian setting. Buon Appetito!
Jin, CEO: I’m a big fan of Korean food, but my top my first choice is Jongro BBQ. They specialize in meat, but with a wider variety of cuts compared to many other Korean restaurants. And all the meat is brought in from farms that keep it natural. Although this is an everyday spot, they’re very busy during weekends. Meatball Shop in Chelsea is another restaurant on the top of my list. They offer a wide range of different meatballs, and a menu that’s accommodated to fit your personal taste by offering a broad set of choices. The must have dessert is the chocolate cookie with chocolate ice cream. The restaurants are always crowded, and they don’t take reservations. But it’s definitely worth the wait.
Florian, Director of Business Development: I visit Atrium on a weekly basis. This restaurant is located on the waterfront walkways in Dumbo, providing a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. Although I love the location, I come here because of the delicious food. The restaurant offers a French menu based on locally sourced ingredients, prepared fully to highlight the natural flavors. I truly recommend this tasteful experience!