Most of us Hawks fans will be watching the Super Bowl right here at home. For the fortunate few who score tickets, getting dinner reservations in New York City might be even harder.
Tables at Manhattan’s most celebrated restaurants are tough to secure on an average weekend. If places like Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Daniel, Del Posto or Per Se are on your wish list, you’d better know someone who knows someone, otherwise you can fuggedaboudit.
Not to worry though. The “city that never sleeps” has thousands of places to eat. For those who are equal parts football fan and foodie, I offer, in no particular order, a few personal favorites, where game-goers might be able to snag a last minute reservation or even dare to show up without one. Consider it a mere slice of what the Big Apple has to offer.
Estela—Fine cocktails and boldly conceived small plates from Uruguayan-born chef Ignacio Mattos.
Hearth—Marco Canora’s soulful, contemporary take on Italian cuisine is matched by Paul Grieco’s astonishingly broad beverage list.
Annisa—Anita Lo’s spectacular Asian-inflected food suits this serene West Village dining room.
The Modern—A formal dining room overlooks MOMA’s sculpture garden; the bar room is looser and livelier; Alsatian-born chef Gabriel Kreuther is the creative force behind both menus.
Empellon Cocina—Modern Mexican food by the enormously creative chef Alex Stupak.
Buvette— Open from early morn to the wee small hours, chef Jody Williams’ gastrothèque may be as close to Paris as you can get in the West Village.
il Buco Alimentari & Vineria—Another all-day place with a bustling cafeteria and market attached to an ambitious restaurant and wine bar where Justin Smillie’s market driven menu includes exquisite housemade salumi and pastas, plus wood-roasted meat, fish and vegetables.
Tertulia—Chef Seamus Mullen’s rustic, convivial Spanish restaurant is a destination for thrilling snacks, small plates and grand platters.
The NoMad Bar—Head here to savor a classic or contemporary cocktail and elegant nibbles at the imposing mahogany bar, or better yet in the enchanting, book-lined Library.
Uncle Boons—Chefs Matt Danzer and Ann Redding cooked at Thomas Keller’s Per Se but their kitschy downtown Thai joint is in a whole ‘nother, delicious realm.
Royal Seafood—This big, bright Chinatown dining room attracts daytime crowds for dim sum; the main menu hews to traditional Cantonese cooking with contemporary Hong Kong touches.
Molyvos—Greek food served in stunning marble-and-granite splendor.
Akdeniz—A no-frills Midtown destination for fresh, exuberant Turkish fare.