Upper West Side's Best Restaurants, French: Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongrichten has a culinary empire that spans the globe, but his eponymous restaurant connected to the Upper West Side's tony Trump Hotel remains a gold standard for the chef's subtly Asian-inflected, French haute cuisine. His now-legendary salmon tartare and young garlic soup remain enormously popular with Harry Winston-wearing hotel guests, well-dressed ladies who lunch, and top-tier executives from nearby Hearst offices. The front room, Nougatine, was recently remodeled with a sleek, modern aesthetic, neutral color palette and increasingly casual atmosphere. Both dining rooms, however, maintain their stalwart service standard, expense account-worthy cuisine and bright, dappled natural light over Central Park West.
Best Restaurants: Since 1997, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been fusing Asian influences with traditional French cuisine. The clean, bright interior matches the cultural harmony in dishes like Yellowfin Tuna Ribbons, Avocado, spicy radish and ginger marinade, and Halibut steamed with kaffir lime, herbal lemongrass sauce and white asparagus. Jean Georges earned a four star review in the New York Times and three stars from Michelin. TRAIN: A, C, B, D, 1, 9 to 59th St-Columbus Cir
Fusion, Business Dinner, Asian: Spare and sleek, this modern dining room provides the perfect backdrop for truly perfect food. New French cuisine is served up in exciting ways that feature exotic spices and herbs. The prix fixe menus include such delectables as freshly carved meats and tasty soups like the young garlic soup with frog's legs. Remember to make reservations and don dressy attire, as jackets are required here. Pre fixe: 4-course $95; 7-course $125. TRAIN: A, C, B, D, 1, 9 to 59th St-Columbus Cir