Best Restaurants in New York City

April 13, 2006 By:

Not in the mood to party? The New York Post has declared these as the Best Restaurants in New York City

Four Seasons
99 East 52nd St.
New York, NY.

Best Tables: Around the pool (dinner) and close to the wall in the Grill Room (lunch).
The Scene: Corporate raiders, media moguls, pedigreed muckety-mucks and celebs.
Regulars: Donald Trump, Henry Kissinger, Edgar Bronfman, the Rockefellers, Mike Wallace.
Inside track: Send co-owners Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder a box of Cuban cigars.

1007 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY.

Best Tables: The back room, where there's more room to see and be seen.
The Scene: Blue-blood, blue-haired ladies who lunch and the designers who sell them questionable outfits.
Regulars: Ralph Lauren, Pauline Pitt, Mary McFadden, Carolina Herrera, Mario Buatta.
Inside track: Tell the maitre d' that you're negotiating to buy Avenue Magazine.

Nobu 57
40 West 57th St.
New York, NY

Best Tables: The six-person banquettes in front of the sushi bar.
The Scene: Movie stars, rappers, hipsters, the King of All Media.
Regulars: Howard Stern, Jonathan Tisch, Jay-Z, Dolly Lenz, Donny Deutsch, co-owner Robert De Niro.
Inside track: Lose the tie and tell the reservationist you had a bit part in "Meet the Fockers."

55 West 55th St.
New York, NY

Best Tables: Just under the picture window below street level, or anywhere in the front dining room.
The Scene: Media machers, publishers, politicians and people spying on them.
Regulars: Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Bill Clinton, Anna Wintour, Dominick Dunne.
Inside track: Impress owner Michael McCarty with your knowledge of contemporary art.

Da Silvano
280 Sixth Ave.
New York, NY

Best Tables: The round tables by the front windows.
The Scene: Conde Nasties, made members of the Velvet Mafia, hip stars, models, super and regular.
Regulars: Sean Penn, Hilary Swank, Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, Princess Michael of Kent.
Inside track: Let owner Silvano Marchetto take a spin in your new Ferrari….ya right!

Cipriani (Downtown)
376 West Broadway
Best Tables: In the back, where it's quieter and the paparazzi can't see you.
The Scene: Chic Eurotrash, Hollywood transients.
Regulars: Diddy, J.Lo, Harvey Weinstein, Lapo Elkann, Damon Dash, Naomi Campbell, Ben Stiller.
Inside track: Tell Giuseppe Cipriani your grandfather recommended his family's hotel in Venice to Howard Hughes.