7. Balthazar, Soho
Keith McNally’s Soho institution has been a New York staple since it opened its doors in 1997. It’s grand and opulent, with high ceilings and mirrors as big as the walls. Come during the festive season and settle into the deep red booths under Art Deco lights with an order of steak frites.
Address: Balthazar, 80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
8. Indochine, NoHo
Indochine is celebrating 35 years on the New York dining scene. With its history of regulars including Warhol and Basquiat, it’s easy to see why people keep coming back. And what’s not to like about lychee Martinis, tropical palm-print wallpaper, rattan furniture and potted greenery? It almost feels as if you’re on a Hollywood set for a French-Vietnamese film with actors and singers perched in each booth. The food is every bit as good as it was in the restaurant’s heyday, so come for the spicy beef salad and stay for that cloud of cool.
Address: Indochine, 430 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003