There are a few reasons you might end up at Portale. It’s from the chef who ran the kitchen at Gotham Bar & Grill for 34 years, it’s in an attractive space near Union Square, and the menu has crowd-pleasing options like burrata, housemade pastas, and dry-aged steak. But you shouldn’t go to this big Italian spot in Chelsea if you’re looking for excellent food. Besides some very good blowfish tails that were available on one of our visits, and the rich short rib lumache, everything here is forgettable, and considering the high prices, there are plenty of other Italian places near Union Square that you should prioritize instead.
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Piggyback is a pan-Asian spot in Chelsea from the people behind Pig and Khao, and it’s a great option for dinner before a show at MSG.
Chelsea, you lucky dog, congrats on getting your very own Westville location. We love Westville – a well priced, one stop shop that’s equally reliable for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
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Bowery Meat Company
An East Village steakhouse that doesn’t really feel like a steakhouse. And that’s a good thing.
Trad Room has mostly-Japanese food and a space in Bed-Stuy that looks like they decorated it with all the best items from a vintage thrift store.
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The Tribeca restaurant is less of the celebrity scene it once was, but still makes very good Italian food.
Loring Place is an upscale Greenwich Village spot that should please just about everybody.
Marea is about as good as upscale eating gets in Midtown, and there’s a lot of that around. Don’t miss the bone marrow and octopus fusilli.
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