Clarion Hotel Park Avenue
429 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 532-4860
Fax: (212) 545-9727
The filled butcher's case in the doorway proudly illustrates what draws people to this Murray Hill restaurant-lots of meat. Inside Les Halles, sophisticated patrons (including many Europeans) are served top-notch steak, poultry and seafood by an attentive wait staff. Although the typical art deco bistro decor is pleasant, quarters are cramped and the noise level can be insufferable. Hanger steak is a specialty, and their crème brulee is to die for. The kitchen is run by Anthony Bourdain, who has made a name for himself by writing the bestseller Kitchen Confidential.
Resto, a fine Belgian restaurant has been serving New Yorkers with traditional Belgian recipes. This idea of a Belgian restaurant in New York is a first, and hence has caught the imagination of the average American with its palatable creations. Therefore, it is packed at most of the time with people patiently waiting to grab a quick meal. The menu consists of Pork Cheeks, Skate Wings, Norwich Farms Radish and little Neck Clams. Big parties and groups can opt for a choice of whole pig, goat, lamb or fish for a group dinner. However, this large order would have to be pre-booked. Savor Belgian beer with the food, and while at it, take home a unisex T-shirt from the shop within the premises.
Desmond's Tavern is all about having your favorite beer in a casual atmosphere. This bar-cum-restaurant offers typical American fare and variety of beers on menu. Owing to the live music offered, Desmond's is packed during the weekends. While you indulge in some fun, the internet access ensures that any urgent office work can be taken care off. In a nutshell, if you are looking for a local watering hole, Desmond's Tavern is a safe bet.
Despite a City Hall location that is inconvenient for many people, this restaurant has developed a reputation as one of the city's better Indian spots. It avoids the gaudy decor found in many Indian eateries in favor of simple lines, dark wood trim and serenity. The majority of the crowd is made up of locals or downtown workers, but the food also draws people from further uptown. There are some great renditions of such Indian favorites as curry dishes, tandoori and naan bread. There are also vegetarian options.
Experience an evening of great fun and lots of cheering at Mason Jar - NYC, where the TV screens, flowing beer and hot roasted BBQ wings set the mood for partying. The restaurant and sports bar is a popular after-work hangout due to the immensely tasty Pulled Pork, Spicy Cheese Fries and daily specials that are available at attractive prices. The drinks menu boasts of beer, bourbon and wine- ingredients that up the ante of fun in the evening. Go hoarse with loud cheering during the matches, or just hang out with friends and catch up over a mug of beer, at Mason Jar.
A classy and luxurious time awaits you at the PS 450. This space houses elegantly furnished seating, covered in dim lights in hues of red, orange and yellow. Walk along their polished wooden floorboards and feel like you are walking down the red carpet. Enjoy your meal of tacos, burgers, rolls and pizzas along with their special cocktails that are moderately priced. You could also drop into this place for a brunch and choose from their range of toasts, sandwiches and egg dishes to whet your appetite. Keeping up with their magnificence, this place does not encourage extremely casual dressing styles.
Boasting 30 wines from various parts of the world on its wine list, this restaurant is aptly named Wine 30. This small restaurant is a pleasant respite from other expensive venues in terms of its comfortable ambience, intimate feel and spectacular food and drinks. One can have big plates of Lamb Chops, Beef Sliders and bruschetta that are filling, though their delicious taste might compel one to go over board. Salads and sandwiches along with soup can be savored during the day. The wine goes well with their cheee and charcuterie menu. Those not so crazy about wine can sample the beer. Thus, there is something for everyone at this venue.
Chal Chilli serves Thai food but with an influence of South-Asian spices. Their food is made from fresh ingredients with very less oil and is plated in style; ask for their fish buffet which is quite a hit. The interior of the restaurant is cozy and warm, and the service here is friendly and efficient. This delightful restaurant host private events and also provide catering services.
Pranna is housed in a cavernous two-tiered space that includes a lounge along with a main dining room. This restaurant sports an exceedingly modern look with an extensive menu influenced by the cuisines of various Asian countries. Pranna's menu also features a wide range of grilled satays (skewers of grilled meats and vegetables) which come with their own dipping sauces. These satays can be had at the bar itself as an accompaniment to one of Pranna's signature cocktails like the Tamarind Mojito or the Dragon Fly. The dinner menu features several innovative dishes like the Cumin Crusted Hanger Steak and the Spicy Ginger Chicken Stir Fry.
Curry Express is a quaint little Indian restaurant located in the Kip's Bay neighborhood of NYC. With a wide range of delicacies, the restaurant offers authentic Indian flavors in all their dishes. A perfect choice for a casual meal, Curry Express has many stand-out dishes like Seekh Kabab, Navratan Korma, Saag Paneer and Shrimp Vindaloo. To go along with these fiery curries, are a range of Indian breads, that include Naan, Kulcha, Parantha and roti. End you meal with the classic Gulab Jamun, Gajar Halwa or Rasmalai.
The Crooked Knife Bar & Restaurant is a cozy place for an intimate dinner. Here one is served some of the finest Italian, America and Irish delicacies- both food and drinks. From Fish and Chips and grilled Salmon to Seafood Pasta and Sirloin Steak, there is a huge list of carefully selected dishes to appease one's appetite. Guiness is on offer too, along with Innis and Gun, Corona, Heineken and a decent wine list. Catch the live jazz performances on Tuesdays at 7p. The Crooked Knife Bar & Restaurant is very popular among the locals and sees a full house on most nights. Thus, it is best to book a table in advance.
If you are pressed for time and desire Indian food for a change instead of a burger or deli dishes, Curry in a Hurry is the place for you. All the standard dishes are reasonably priced. It is also a great place to go with your children to introduce them to such delicacies as samosas and tandoori chicken. The decor is no more inspiring than a school cafeteria, but Indian movies and videos are shown, and you can look out of the window to enjoy the sights and sounds of the neighborhood while you tuck in.