Take 5: The New York City Restaurant Pentagon for the Dining Connoisseur

Winter weather has arrived, but that doesn’t stop New Yorkers from venturing out for a fine dining experience. These five restaurants are heating up the city this season, inviting you to come in from the cold and warm up with a savory meal.

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MAMO Restaurant

323 West Broadway

Celebrity-favorite MAMO restaurant continues to draw locals and visitors alike to New York’s bustling SoHo neighborhood. MAMO New York is the transatlantic sister to Cannes Film Festival go-to restaurant MAMO Le Michelangelo, a two-decades-old French Riviera staple and favorite among movie stars and socialites.

MAMO, the younger SoHo sibling, is run by Italian restaurateur Mike “Mamo” Mammoliti (son of MAMO Le Michelangelo’s Herve Mammoliti) and maintains the same authentic feel and dedication to Provençal flavors as its Antibes namesake. Executive chef Massimo Sola grew up surrounded by the flavors and cooking style of the Italian/French Provençal cuisine. Just like MAMO Le Michelangelo, MAMO New York attracts a wide array of celebrities, including Rihanna, Magic Johnson, Alexander Wang, Diane Kruger, Samuel L. Jackson, Gigi Hadid, Beyoncé, and Jay Z.

Upper Story Café by Charlie Palmer

979 3rd Avenue

The best-kept-secret lunch spot for NYC’s designers and their discerning clients sits 14 stories above 3rd Avenue at 59th Street in the prestigious Decoration & Design Building, a Cohen Design Centers property. Upper Story by world-renowned chef Charlie Palmer features a fresh take on café classics, with seasonal standouts like artichoke pesto mozzarella flatbread and fan favorites like the hand-carved turkey club. Enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan for lunch, Monday through Friday, or for social or corporate functions in the 300-person event space and 1,000-square-foot terrace.

Il Gattopardo

13-15 West 54th Street

Gianfranco Sorrentino has been running high-profile restaurants around the world and catering to discerning clientele for decades, including Paul McCartney, Tilda Swinton, and Stanley Tucci. He currently owns landmark New York hot spots Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Mozzarella & Vino—three acclaimed restaurants dishing out some of Manhattan’s most authentic southern Italian cuisine. Sorrentino is well known and respected among New York’s powerful elite, and together with his wife Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, executive chef Vito Gnazzo, and a passionate, dedicated team, he offers warm Italian hospitality and exceptional service in a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere.

T-Bar Steak & Lounge 

1278 3rd Avenue

A classically chic Upper East Side eatery, T-Bar Steak & Lounge has offered outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space for more than eight years. Under the watchful eye of restaurateur Tony Fortuna and executive chef Ben Zwicker, T-Bar puts a modern spin on the classic upscale steak house. With prime beef steaks, as well as a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads, burgers, and pastas, you could visit T-Bar every night of the week and never leave disappointed.

Enjoyed by Iman and Whoopi Goldberg, the menu features a wide range of dishes, from well-prepared renditions of classics to refined and inventive plates, providing the ultimate dining experience. T-Bar’s enchanting charm is brought to life by a dimly lit, dark-wood accented dining room that is always buzzing with fascinating guests.

The Leopard at des Artistes

1 West 67th Street

Five years ago, on a beautiful, tree-lined block between Central Park and Lincoln Center in the historical landmark Hotel des Artistes, Gianfranco Sorrentino, his wife Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and partner chef Vito Gnazzo opened The Leopard at des Artistes. The opening included a floor-to-ceiling renovation of the existing space, and a complete restoration of the original famed Howard Chandler Christy murals that adorn its walls.

The Leopard at des Artistes boasts a diverse menu with roots in the area once known as the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies of the mid-1800s, and the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The menu also features dishes traditionally found in regions outside southern Italy, such as Lazio and Umbria. Visitors and locals alike flock to The Leopard at des Artistes for Chef Vito’s culinary signature of authentic southern Italian comfort food.

By Lillian Langtry

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