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Pine and Dine

Shoving your way through Rockefeller Center for a glimpse of the tree sure works up an appetite.

  1. 1. Insieme

    777 Seventh Ave., at 51st St.; 212-582-1310

    Marco Canora’s menu at the splashy new Italian restaurant at the Michelangelo Hotel is divided in two: traditional on one side, contemporary on the other.

  2. 2. Anthos

    36 W. 52nd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-582-6900

    Michael Psilakis’s homage to his mom’s rustic Greek cooking, only lighter and much more refined.

  3. 3. La Grenouille

    3 E. 52nd St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-752-1495

    A youthful makeover leaves the once hoity-toity restaurant less forbidding, and, in the ultimate surrender, the menu is finally translated into English.

  4. 4. Bar Americain

    152 W. 52nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-265-9700

    Bobby Flay tackles the brasserie idiom, American style. That means classic cocktails, spice-rubbed steaks, and Gulf shrimp and grits.

  5. 5. The Burger Joint

    119 W. 56th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-708-7414

    Behind a Wizard of Oz curtain in the lobby of Le Parker Meridien hotel: draft beer, crisp fries, fudgy brownies, and $6.50 burgers that hit the spot.


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