To me picking the perfect restaurant and assembling a group of your favorite friends is a great way to entertain. While ZAGAT is a good resource for selecting your next spot, nothing beats the insight from locals. My adorable, hip friend Jenn is the Associate Production Manager for LUCKY MAGAZINE and always knows the best places in Manhattan. She was kind enough share some of her favorites.
Favorite Spots for Cocktails:
EMPLOYEES ONLY has delicious cocktails made by a master mixologist. Brave the crowds during happy hour and try the Ginger Smash!
Craving a margarita? Order a frozen one with Pom Juice at DOS CAMINOS.
Best Burger in NYC:
Jenn's favorite guilty pleasure is SHAKE SHACK. Be sure to try the cheese fries!
Most Romantic Restaurant:
For a nice evening out with her soon-to-be hubby, Jenn heads to DEL POSTO for the cozy atmosphere and fantastic food.
Another option that is not quite so pricey is DELL'ANIMA. Jenn says the bruschetta is a must!
Best Food (on a budget):
When Jenn first moved to NYC and was living in Murray Hill she discovered PENELOPE. Everything is fresh organic and delish! She recommends it to everyone.
Best Food (on an expense account):
GRAMERCY TAVERN is #1 on Jenn's list. While she is happy to eat there year round, the holidays are favorite time of year to go because the holiday decorations and cozy atmosphere are hard to beat.
Jenn also included her recommendation for Best Cookies in NYC which you can find at LEVAIN BAKERY. If you get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip warm out of the oven it is heaven!