Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
65 Bayard St., tel. (212) 608-4170
Though not strictly speaking a restaurant or a café, we have to mention the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, which serves delicious ice cream in flavours like litchi and jasmine tea.
80 Spring St., corner of Crosby St., tel. (212) 965-1414
Balthazar recalls a big Parisian brasserie and, fittingly, serves classic French cuisine. It also has an excellent oyster bar and a bakery that makes divine cakes.
The Mercer Kitchen
99 Prince St., corner Mercer St., tel.212-966-5454
A foodie Mecca, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Mercer Kitchen and sunny Mediterranean-inspired cuisine are a New York institution. Leave some room (and put aside a few dollars) for the Mercer's array of rich and sumptuous desserts.
Gotham Bar & Grill
12 E. 12th St., between Fifth Ave. and University Place, tel.212-620-4020, www.gothambarandgrill.com
One of New York best restaurants, the spacious Gotham Bar & Grill is set in a former warehouse and attracts both businesspeople and artists with its savoury and spectacularly-presented dishes.
Bryant Park Cafe
West 42nd St., between Fifth Ave. and Sixth Ave., tel. (212) 840-6500
The Bryant Park Cafe is set up along the back wall of the New York Public Library and boasts one of the city's loveliest outdoor seating areas. With its cane chairs and European-style parasols, it draws flocks of Midtown workers during the hot summer months.
1295 Madison Ave., tel. (212) 410-7335
Though mostly renowned for its preserves and fresh bread, Sarabeth's also has a trio of restaurants that are reputed for their very popular breakfasts.