Restaurant & Tasting Menu Find: Jungsik NYC x Dom Pérignon

Jungsik NYC - Restaurant Hotspot

At first glance, it’s easy to see that Jungsik NYC, a Michelin star-spangled transplant from Seoul is the city’s most refined haute-Korean restaurant experience. With impeccable service, a rarely seen “nouvelle” approach to Korean cuisine and an unruffled, crisp white linen-filled dining room, Jungsik oozes modern elegance from every angle. Young Executive Chef Yim Jung-sik […]

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Bar Find: Bar Goto NYC

Bar Goto NYC - Bar Hotspot

At Bar Goto on the Lower East Side, you can trust that you’re in good hands. It’s owned by Kenta Goto who moved to Manhattan from Tokyo 15 years ago; mastered mixology during a 7-year stint at The Pegu Club; and has now combined Japanese sensibilities and his cocktail expertise to open a modern and […]

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Restaurant Find: Waverly Inn NYC

Wavery Inn NYC | Melting Butter Restaurant Hotspot

Situated on a quaint tree-lined street in NYC’s West Village is a cherry-bricked 1830s townhouse accommodating Waverly Inn, a time-honored dining institution that’ll never go out of style. Inside, a series of intimate low-lit rooms swathed in velvet emanates a warm, buzzing atmosphere reminiscent of an exclusive New York clubhouse. But not just any clubhouse, […]

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Restaurant Find: Yakiniku Futago NYC

Yakiniku Futago NYC - Restaurant Hotspot

Yakiniku Futago is not your run-of-the-mill Japanese barbecue. Firstly, it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hole in the wall, tucked away in an assuming side street in Chelsea. But stepping inside is a calm, meditative presence – sleek wooden tables, exposed brick walls and shelves upon shelves of sake fill up the small yet airy space. Interiors aside, […]

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Restaurant Find: Kura NYC

Kura NYC - Restaurant Hotspot

Whether you’ve eaten sushi in Japan and experienced the pain of being unable to find such quality sushi in the US at an affordable price or not, Kura is a welcomed surprise on St. Marks Place. If you have eaten in Japan, you’ll recognize familiar elements even before the meal begins. The lack of signage […]

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Restaurant Find: Sushi Dojo NYC

Sushi Dojo NYC - Restaurant Hotspot

If you read Melting Butter, you’ll know that we only bring you restaurants that tick all the boxes – great food, great ambience, wow-worthy interiors, cool people and that certain je ne sais quoi that makes you want to spread the word about where you’ve just eaten. But sometimes we bend the rules and make […]

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Sandwich Find: Harbs NYC

Harbs NYC | Lunch Hotspot

(November 9th 2015: Unfortunately, following a recent visit to Harbs NYC, Melting Butter no longer recommends this cafe due to a decreased standard in food quality) With the arrival of Harbs NYC, an exact replica of Harbs in Japan, we’re beginning to think the Japanese can do no wrong. The Chelsea outpost recently opened not only to the […]

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Restaurant Find: Cull & Pistol NYC

Cull & Pistol NYC | Restaurant Hotspot

Sister to Chelsea Market’s Lobster Place (NYC’s beacon of seafood freshness), Cull & Pistol serves up fresh interpretations of New England shore-side classics cooked with simplicity and finesse. A serious selection of quality crustaceans (coming directly from the neighboring seafood market) and a menu of creative comfort food make this an easy but classy weeknight […]

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Artful Food in NYC: 5 Restaurants That Visually Delight

The Musket Room NYC - Ora King Salmon - Melting Butter City Guide

(This article by Jenny Nguyen-Barron was first published in ForbesLife. To read the full article, click here) New York City is full of restaurants offering sophisticated food, wine and ambiance, but it’s the exceptional ones that can take it to the next level by visually delighting diners with exquisitely prepared dishes. Their artful dishes oblige […]

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7 Exceptional NYC Restaurants For Japanese Food Buffs

Robataya NYC |

(This article by Jenny Nguyen first appeared in ForbesLife. Click here to read the original) You would have a hard time trying to convince me that any other city outside of Japan has better Japanese food than NYC does. This city is a veritable hotbed of incredible Japanese restaurants that span the spectrum of exceedingly authentic […]

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