New York City has one of the most exciting food scenes in the world. On any corner, especially in Manhattan, you can find diverse ethnic foods, from Indian to Chinese to Mexican, along with New York classics such as pizzas. In the area around 45th Street, the dominant cuisine is European, such as French, Italian and German. The street runs through midtown and has lots of restaurants catering to theatergoers, because the theater district is right nearby.
Bond 45 does an upscale take on Italian food and steaks. The decor is formal, with low lighting and white tablecloths. The Roman mozzarella bar offers many choices of imported cheeses, and the antipasti bar has treats such as salami, parma ham, artichokes and roasted bell peppers. Entrees include Scottish king salmon steak with cannellini beans and pepper sauce, or lobster risotto. The restaurant also has a long wine list.
Bond 45 154 West 45th Street New York, NY 10036 212-869-4545 bond45.com
This casual restaurant cooks up what it calls German soul food. The interior is plain, with photographs and wooden tables. In the summer an open-air beer garden is available for seating out back. The restaurant serves German beers such as lagers, pilsners and hefeweizens, all poured into massive steins. The menu is classic German, including sausages with mustard and sauerkraut, or Frikadellen, a type of German meatball. The famous Berlin Currywurst is a sliced sausage in curried ketchup.
Hallo Berlin 626 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10036 212-977-1944 halloberlinrestaurant.com
Cafe Un Deux Trois
This brasserie restaurant has plenty of French charm with long leather banquets and dramatic chandeliers. The bar is decorated with belle epoque style antique mirrors. The restaurant's menu is classic French with choices such as salads, pate, and duck confit. For the theatergoing crowd, the prix-fixe menu includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for $28. The restaurant recently started serving breakfast, with options such as crepes or a croque monsieur with your cafe au lait.
Cafe Un Deux Trois 123 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 212-354-4148 cafeundeuxtrois.biz