Still the most gorgeous lounge in the city. Hovering 18 floors over the High Line in the Meatpacking District — with views spanning uptown, downtown and over the Hudson — the Top of the Standard is pure 'wow'.
Brooklyn's gastro hub Word to the wise: On a sunny day take your fare and nibble it in the neighboring Brooklyn Bridge Park while admiring the Manhattan skyline with the Statue of Liberty in the distance.
Buzzy Jamaican diner with a classy touch Popular plate: The massive Jamaican breakfast includes ackee and saltfish, sauteed callaloo, fruit, festivals, and ripe plantains. The decor (classic American diner meets Jamaican beach shack).
Low-key French bistro popular with local East Village characters Popular plate: The rich Bouillabaisse Traditionnelle is served Marseille-style with Gruyère and rouille, which is a sauce made of olive oil, breadcrumbs, garlic, saffron and chili peppers.