The Restaurant: Cipriani Downtown
Why we like it: We’ve
The Restaurant: Perry Street
Why we like it: It’s an oldie, but a goodie. And that’s why they are still packing the house, over 10 years after they opened their doors in the ultimate of Richard Meier glass houses. The atmosphere is continually sexy, while lively and intimate. When we’re low on inspiration of where to dine, or just want to know we’re going to have a civilized dinner out, Perry Street is our go-to restaurant. We even like eating at the bar if we’re dropping in. First date, 100th date – it’s a home run.
What to order: We admittedly are partial to seafood, but Perry Street really excels in this vertical. The peekytoe crab dumplings are a light yet warm and homey dish, that almost seems like comfort food. Maine Seafood a la Plancha is another favorite, as it combines the street food of seafood green curry with a high-brow preparation that only Jean-Georges, or to be more accurate, his prodigal son, Cedric, could execute so perfectly. Last time we went, our dinner companion was on the typical NY get skinny quick diet, and they modified the black sea bass with roasted mushrooms with no oil, no fat and it still rocked our world. For those on the antithesis of the NYC dietary restriction, just go for the fried chicken. Maybe it’s the candle lit dining room but this place also inspires us to make it a 2+ martini evening, stirred not shaken.