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Restaurants

There’s a restaurant in Midtown East to satisfy every craving. From quaint coffee shops to elegant Michelin-starred restaurants, the offerings in the neighborhood are as varied in taste as they are in atmosphere. The only question is what are you in the mood for?

If you’re looking for excellent food and an elegant, but cozy atmosphere, you don’t have to wander far to find it — morning, noon, or night. The National Bar and Dining Rooms, housed inside The Benjamin, delivers upscale bistro cuisine dreamed up by celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and executed by Paul Corsentino, his chef de cuisine. Whether it’s bellinis and brioche French toast for brunch, or Gotham gimlets and the sensational Grilled berkshire pork chop for dinner (or anything anytime in between), The National never disappoints.

Coffee& Cafe’s

Lattes, cappuccinos, espressos — however you enjoy your morning (or anytime) caffeine fix, there’s a variety of coffee shops in Midtown East.

Irving Farm

Tucked next door to The Benjamin on 50th Street, you’ll find Irving Farm, a local chain with a focus on sustainability. The coffee shop is nice and spacious, making it an ideal spot to grab a cup of coffee and a sandwich — or even wine and a sandwich later in the evening.

135 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022
646.649.3263
https://irvingfarm.com/
Distance from hotel: 1 min walk

Little Collins

Named for a street in Melbourne, this small shop serves up delicious coffee from Down Under. Order a “flat white” or a “long black” and, if you’re hungry, you’re in luck. The food at Little Collins is just as delicious as the coffee. Enjoy an excellent menu of “brekkie” options, sandwiches, and salads.

667 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
212.308.1969
http://www.littlecollinsnyc.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.6 miles

Bluestone Lane Coffee

Another Aussie cafe, Bluestone Lane has a number of locations throughout the city, including two in Midtown East. Situated in Bryant Park and the Meredith Building, these outposts are perfect for a great cup of coffee and healthy eats to go.

805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
718.374.6858
https://bluestonelane.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.1 miles

Ground Central Coffee Company

If you’re looking for a comfy armchair and a good cup of coffee, Ground Central Coffee on 52nd Street has you covered. Created as an ode to NYC, this shop has a spacious seating area that’s a perfect spot to take a break. Or, if you need your joe on the go, there’s another location on 800 Second Avenue.

155 East 52nd Street, 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
646.609.3982

Breakfast & Brunch

The best start to any day is breakfast or brunch in Midtown East. From small cafes serving up breakfast standards (pancakes, eggs, and the like) to sleek restaurants devoted to imaginative menus, the perfect place to enjoy your day’s first meal is just around the corner.

The Horny Ram

Finding tasty drinks, inventive (and mouthwatering) dishes, and a friendly vibe before noon can seem like a tall order. And yet, The Horny Ram delivers all that and more. Classics like eggs benedict are on the menu alongside comfort food creations, including the pork belly croque madame and the chicken & waffle sandwich.

951 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022
917.261.4136
https://www.thehornyramnyc.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles

Lexington Brass

Breakfast and brunch at this 100-seat restaurant doesn’t disappoint. Lexington Brass’ dishes combine organic, nutrient-rich proteins with fresh, seasonal produce, creating a menu that pleases all palates.

517 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017
212.392.5976
https://lexingtonbrass.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles

The Smith

Working closely with local farmers and purveyors, The Smith’s farm-fresh fare makes the bistro an easy brunch pick. The food menu ranges from raw bar options to vanilla bean French toast, and the cocktail list is no less diverse. Pair your meal with a traditional bellini or opt for something a little more unique, like the restaurant’s Barnstormer.

956 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022
212.644.2700
https://thesmithrestaurant.com/location/midtown/
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles

Lunch

Whether you need a quick bite between seeing the sites, a trusted spot to take clients, or a place to enjoy a meal with friends, you’ll have no shortage of options. When it comes to lunch in Midtown East, the roster of restaurants is staggering.

Num Pang

With no room for seating, Num Pang’s Midtown East location is where you want to be if you’re looking for a quick bite. The beloved chain’s Cambodian-style sandwiches make it a favorite in town (it’s hard to find fault in huge baguettes topped with your choice of meat, pickled carrots, cilantro, and chili.

140 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017
212.867.8889
https://www.numpangkitchen.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.8 miles

Hatsuhana

There are plenty of places to get sushi in Midtown East, but the only one you need to go to is Hasuhana. You can sit at the sushi bar to get recommendations, or grab a booth, and dine on fresh, exquisitely presented sashimi and rolls.

17 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017
212.355.3345
https://www.hatsuhana.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles

Sofia Pizza Shoppe

A hidden gem serving up New York-style pies with a twist, Sofia Pizza Shoppe is the place to go if you’re craving pizza. Keep it light with a grandma square, or indulge with the spinach dip.

402 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022
212.888.8816
https://www.sofiapizzashoppe.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.6 miles

Roberta’s Pizza

When in New York, you must try the pizza. And where better than Roberta’s, the decade-old, Brooklyn-based institution known for its sustainable-food ethos and locally-sourced ingredients. This Manhattan outpost is housed within the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall (note that the stand gets quite crowded), offering pies like the exceptional Bee Sting, made with Roberta’s’ signature spicy honey and the three-cheese Cheesus Christ (mozzarella, taleggio, parmigiano).

230 Park Ave, New York, NY 10167
646.747.0820
http://robertaspizza.com
Distance from hotel: 0.6 miles

Dinner (Casual & Fine)

Dinner in Midtown East can certainly be an elaborate affair. Glamorous hangouts where it’s no surprise to spot celebrities and elegant eateries touting multiple Michelin stars aren’t uncommon. But the lineup of more casual venues is just as impressive, running the gamut from Italian to Indian.

The National Bar & Dining Rooms

The National is located in The Benjamin Hotel. Here, find modern takes on classic American and European bistro staples turned out by celebrity chef and hotel impresario Geoffrey Zakarian. Ask for the Ugly Burger and we recommend loading your patty up with bacon and a fried egg. Oh, and the space—trimmed with marble tables, a zinc bar, and a bronze staircase—is nothing short of elegant perfection.

557 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
212.715.2400
http://thenationalnyc.com
Distance from hotel: 0.2 miles

Hudson Malone

Hudson Malone is an old-world culinary saloon complete with rustic, comfort food and classic cocktails perfected. The bi-level gastro-bar delivers excellent renditions of classic cocktails, shaken and stirred by a team of buttoned-up barmen, alongside dishes like potato latkes, lamb sliders, and skillet mac-and-cheese with pancetta. The spot is helmed by legendary bartender Doug Quinn, and the house rules—like “keep it simple” and “stand tall, choose sides”—are Quinn’s personal mantras.

218 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022
212.355.6607
https://www.hudsonmalone.com
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote

A little piece of France right here in Manhattan. This French steakhouse offers amazing steak-frites. In fact, that’s all they serve. You can choose sides and desserts, but otherwise, it’s a great selection of steak and frites. What more could you possibly want?

590 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
212.758.3989
http://www.relaisdevenise.com
Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles

Gyu-Kaku Midtown

This NYC-centric chain of Japanese steakhouses gets great reviews for its very unique approach to their steaks. Guests have the option of sitting at a table with a stove embedded in the center so they can barbeque their meat to their own liking. It’s ideal for groups who love a fun and interactive dining experience.

805 3rd Ave #2, New York, NY 10022
212.702.8816
https://www.gyu-kaku.com
Distance from hotel: 0.1 miles

Aretsky’s Patroon

This classic, white-clothed American steakhouse offers not only delicious steaks, but also an extensive menu of classic, well-loved American fare. True to the steakhouse ethos, food and drink here skew towards the decadent: a lobster BLT, a Wagyu sirloin served with truffled hand-cut fries, and, for dessert, a butterscotch pot de creme. After dinner, head up to the larger bar on the roof for cognac and cigars.

160 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017
212.883.7373
https://aretskyspatroon.com
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles

Il Postino

This upscale pan-Italian restaurant delivers on the high quality food promised by the décor and prices. Attentive staff and an impressive menu make this Italian restaurant a must for any food-lovers visiting the city. Looking for a date-night spot? There are always colorful flowers on the table here, and the spectacular service will make your date’s mushroom ravioli and veal chop that much more delicious.

337 E 49th St # A, New York, NY 10017
212.688.0033
http://www.ilpostinony.com
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles

P.J. Clarke’s

PJ Clarke’s offers traditional American pub food and burgers, but still stands out amongst the rest in the city, and is not to be missed. The den of beef may be known for its burgers—including The “Cadillac” made with double-smoked country bacon and American cheese—but you won’t go wrong with steak frites, baby back ribs, or a country-style chicken pot pie either.

915 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022
212.317.1616
http://pjclarkes.com/menu/third-avenue
Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles

La Grenouille 

One of the city’s remaining traditional French restaurants, La Grenouille has been a New York landmark since 1962. Since then, it’s made a name for itself with its plush surroundings, legendary floral arrangements, signature entrees, and delectable souffles.

3 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
212.752.1495
https://la-grenouille.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles

The Grill 

Occupying the historic landmark space inside the Seagram Building, The Grill’s menu pays homage to old-school American restaurants — precursors to the modern day steakhouse — with signature dishes that include avocado crab Louis, Dover sole, and classic steaks.

99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022
212.375.9001
https://thegrillnewyork.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles

Aquavit

One of New York’s most esteemed Scandinavian restaurants, Aquavit is where you can dine on Nordic cuisine transformed into an extraordinary affair. The two-star Michelin restaurant is dedicated to incorporating new techniques and ingredients into its rotating seasonal dishes, which are served in an ultra-elegant setting.

65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
212.307.7311
https://www.aquavit.org/
Distance from hotel: 0.6 miles

Bukhara Grill

After eating at Bukhara Grill, it’s guaranteed you’ll be visiting the restaurant again soon. Since 1999, this establishment has been serving up North Indian cuisine in a rustic atmosphere accented with persian rugs appearing to fly overhead and utensils brought from India. Make sure to try the potli samosas and the dal Bukhara.

217 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
212.888.2839
https://www.bukharany.com/
Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles

Alcala Restaurant

Alcala transports diners to the Basque region of northern Spain. The lineup of tapas is impressive, making it easy to create a dinner of sampling, and of course, there’s always paella.

246 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017
212.370.1866
Distance from hotel: 0.9 miles

La Pecora Bianca

There are a variety of Italian restaurants in Midtown East, and La Pecora Bianca is among the best. The space is perfectly polished, and the menu will leave you deliciously satisfied. All the pastas are made fresh daily in-house, and paired with meats and produce that are often locally sourced.

950 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022
212.899.9996
https://www.lapecorabianca.com/midtown-menus/
Distance from hotel: 0.4 miles

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