When it first opened in the last days of 2019, it was too late for Kochi to make it to any of that year’s major ‘best of’ lists. Still, it was terrific then and remains one of the best restaurants in NYC today. Its $125 seasonal tasting menu includes nine skewers fashioned after traditional Korean cuisine.
For years, whenever someone’s asked for a restaurant recommendation in the middle of Manhattan, we’ve backed into the conversation with a list of caveats and requests that they don’t get their hopes too high. Midtown was for office lunch, if you even had the time to get away for it, or maybe for decent after work happy hour spots. More recently, however, we’ve found eating and drinking reasons to go to midtown on purpose. See which new sushi spots, old favorite steakhouses and hidden-in-plain-sight dining destinations have us heading into the neighborhood for the first time in a long time.
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