- Biltmore Room
290 Eighth Avenue, 212-807-0111
Don’t let the grand name fool you; the Biltmore Room doesn’t put on airs. Sure, its walls boast enough multicolor marble to stage a treaty signing, and the low-slung leather dining chairs are designed for women to throw their heads back in peals of lilting laughter. But the tacky, twinkly chandeliers and the Times Square–on–New Year’s crush at the bar should tip you off: The Biltmore is really a neighborhood place. From the gracious, flourish-free warmth of your greeting to the refreshing lack of fuss in Gary Robins’s vibrant fusion cuisine, the Biltmore makes you feel grand whether you’re in duchess satin or denim.
Best Elegant Restaurant You Don't Have To Get Dressed Up For
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).