Local Dish: The Haute 5 Favorite Restaurants for Locals in New York City

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  • A true dining gem in one of the best, most discrete gardens in New York City is Barolo.
  • Must order items are Burrata Con Proscuitto (extra creamy buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto and roasted peppers), Arugola e Parmigiano, Rigatoni alla Buttera (Rigatoni with sweet and spicy sausage and peas and tomato and cream) Filetto di Manzo al Barolo (Filet mignon with Barolo wine sauce, shallots and spinach.) True locals will know to ask for owner Paolo Secondo. If he is in, be sure to enjoy a glass of Amarone and have him tell you the history of the Barolo as well as his other locations I Tre Merli, a Soho mainstay since the 1980s, and Revel in the Meatpacking District.

Barolo is located at 398 West Broadway, New York, NY 212.226.1102 www.nybarolo.com


  • With two Michelin Stars and three Stars from the New York Times, it is no wonder that Alto is a favorite among taste discerning locals. Executive Chef Michael White presents a menu of mouthwatering Northern Italian cuisine in a luxury atmosphere designed by Vincent Wolf. Wine selection includes over 2500 different wines, carefully selected by sommelier Levi Dalton.
  • Dine and sip among power players. Choose the 7-course Menu delle Langhe with wine pairing for a full gastronomical excitement. Selections include Astice con Bagna Caoda e Caviale (poached lobster, trout roe), Gnocchi alla Norcia (potato gnocchi with black truffle and parmigiano), and Duo di Panna Cotta al Cocco e al Torrone.

Alto is located at 11 East 53rd Street New York, NY 212.308.1099 http://www.altorestaurant.com


  • Chado is a hidden gem in the garment district with sushi so delicious you may double check to make sure you aren’t in Japan. It’s the perfect business lunch or refreshing dinner with clean, fresh flavors. Locals know to ask for Chado’s Style Omakase and the server’s recommended pick of sake.

Chado is located at 4 East 36th Street, New York, NY 212.532.2210


  • Solo is a hidden gem in the Sony Building, specializing in upscale Kosher dining. Discerning guests include Ivanka Trump, Larry King, President Clinton and Madonna. Executive Chef Eli Kirstein runs the kitchen.
  • The most popular dish is “Clay Pot Chicken Rice with Yu Choy, Shitakes and Enoki.” Serious locals know to ask for the Cowboy Steak. You won’t find it on the menu. It’s served with potato croquettes and a peppercorn sauce fit for even the most discerning cowboy or cowgirl in NYC.

Solo is located in the Sony Building, 550 Madison Avenue, New York, NY  212.833.7800 www.theprimegrill.com

Inside Park at St. Bart’s

  • An intimate locals spot, seating 140 people is Inside Park at St. Bart’s. “Contemporary American Cuisine in a treasured Park Avenue Landmark,” as their claim to fame. It’s a hidden gem of a dining space with 30-foot ceilings, 15-foot stained glass windows, and a modern contemporary feel while recognizing the historical elements of the 86 year old room.
  • As for the cuisine, enjoy delicious palate pleasing plates by Chef Matthew Weingarten. Highlights include Line Caught Halibut, P.E.I Mussels, Traditional New England Clam Bake, Wood Fired Pizzettes, Grilled Local Asparagus and Sheldon Farms Potato Fries.

Inside Park at St. Bart’s is located at 109 East 50th Street, New York, NY 212.593.3333 www.insideparknyc.com

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