Set in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge, Cecconi’s in DUMBO offers killer view of the New York City skyline. The Italian restaurant with locations around the world is known for its house-made pastas and stylish dining inside and out. Look for things like whipped ricotta and truffle honey crostini, ahi tuna tartare with avocado and fresh mint, plus an assortment wood-oven pizzas. Diners will also discover spicy spaghetti with Maine lobster, filet mignon with mushroom sauce, and veal chop Milanese with lemon and sage. There’s also a nice selection of champagnes and sparkling wines. 55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY (718) 650-3900
Momofuku Ssäm Bar at Pier 17 in the Seaport District also offers an excellent mix of indoor and outdoor dining with waterfront views. Large and small plates for sharing are offered. On the small side, there are spiced pepper wings Sichuan-style, smoked sweet and sour ribs, and chili jam popcorn shrimp. Larger plates include sizzling bavette steak, crispy fish, grilled pork belly and a Wagyu rib-eye. Pier 17 89 South Street New York, NY
And who doesn’t like tacos and cerveza (beer)? At Tacombi in Flatiron, the laid back taqueria feel continues to draw people in, along with the super fresh tacos made with traditional fillings like Al Pastor, Carne Asada and Baja crispy fish. 30 West 24th Street, New York, NY (212) 242-3491
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