1 Jean Georges
Well-heeled guests of the Trump International Hotel that houses it and visitors to nearby Lincoln Center flock to the acclaimed flagship of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's expansive restaurant empire. Egg Caviar (pictured) and Duck Breast Topped with Cracked Jordan Almonds are among the menu's most winning presentations.
A romantic spin on a French pastoral scene, complete with Impressionist paintings and candlelight, this is upscale-meets-downtown refinement at its best. Order the Chicken en Cocotte (pictured) or Chatham Codfish, Line Caught with Fricasse of Potato as you watch sated couples toast an engagement or anniversary.
3 La Grenouille
It’s all about the famed floral arrangements at this last bastion of Old World French elegance and impeccable service, right in the heart of midtown. Ladies who lunch and uptown blueblood couples who dinner have tucked into the Pike Quenelles Lyonnaise since 1962, and for good reason.
Dishes from Daniel Boulud like Four Braised Short Ribs in Red Wine with Cauliflower Gratin, Seared Rib Eye with Paprika Pommes Duchesse and Chanterelles (pictured) will ease any intimidation regarding Daniel's unabashed, beautiful opulence. President Obama and his campaign donors are fans.
5 Le Bernardin
With impressive accolades and some of the freshest fish in the world, Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin is a veritable city landmark. From its warm lobster Carpaccio with snow peas and shiitake, to its delectable desserts, the recently remodeled Le Bernardin offers the most expertly prepared, French-accented seafood dishes in town.