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Neighborhood Spots for Progressive Dining in Manhattan

Experience every flavor your neighborhood has to offer with these progressive dining routes throughout Manhattan.

Fall is here and with that comes sweater weather, autumnal produce, and pumpkin everything. Why not make the most of autumn in New York and visit your favorite local eatery while it’s still warm enough to enjoy outdoor dining? Better yet, visit several!

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Experience every flavor your neighborhood has to offer with these progressive dining routes throughout Manhattan.

Restaurant Row: Midtown West

Usually, Restaurant Row (46th St. between 8th and 9th Aves.) is bustling with pre and post-theatre crowds. Even though Broadway remains shuttered, locals have been frequenting their favorite restaurants along this expanded strip, which has been closed to vehicular traffic. The best place to start a progressive dining experience on Restaurant Row is Sake Bar Hagi which specializes in Japanese bar bites. Small, starter nibbles include yakitori sets, takoyaki octopus balls, shishito peppers, gyoza, and even pizza tempura. Pair all this salty, savory goodness with an ice-cold Kirin, shochu, or one of their many hot or cold sake options. 

For the main course, move right next door to E.A.K. Ramen. E.A.K. serves several different interactions of ramen from classic shoyu ramen to chicken and vegan varieties. The hearty broths are perfect for autumnal outdoor dining. Finish your progressive dining experience with something sweet.

Visit Hold Fast for dessert and try either their chocolate mousse with orange zest whipped cream or their berry trifle made with fresh berries, whipped cream, and bourbon syrup all served over fluffy angel food cake. No dinner would be complete without a nightcap. Celebrate fall with the Sicilian Summer’s End cocktail, a variation on a negroni with blood orange gin.    

An Australian outpost on the lower east side, Sonnyboy has plenty of shareable veggie sides and salads to go along with pasta mains | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Sonnyboy)

Lower East Side

Gritty and trendy, the Lower East Side has a plethora of food options within walking distance of one another. The Immigrant Wine Bar, located on east ninth street between first and second avenues, is perfectly suited for a first progressive dining course. The small nibbles menu includes a cheese and fruit board or a hummus and pita plate; both great appetizer options. The wine list is thoughtfully curated and they serve cocktails as well. 

Head south to Rivington Street, and in fewer than 15 minutes you’ll be at Sonnyboy for the main course. This Australian outpost has plenty of shareable veggie sides and salads to go along with pasta mains. Pair the shrimp pasta in white wine, chili, and shallot sauce with Brussel sprouts in a harissa vinaigrette or with grilled peaches and halloumi with olive tapenade and fennel. The wine list is filled with varietals from all over the world with special attention to Australian producers. Their cocktail menu showcases the Sonnyboy twist on classic cocktails like paper planes and martinis. 

Only a 10-minute walk from Sonnyboy, neighborhood cocktail bar Subject serves a unique final progressive dining course. Pairing with their clever cocktail menu, co-owner and author of Prohibition Bakery cookbook, Leslie Feinberg has created Amari ice cream. The two house flavors are Braulio (an alpine amaro) and Branca Menta (a darkly flavored and minty digestivo) chocolate chip.

Greenwich village staple, Market Table, serves up American fare | WhereTraveler
(Courtesy Market Table)

Greenwich Village

Formerly the epicenter of the 1960s counterculture movement, Greenwich Village’s tree-lined streets and brownstones make for an idyllic outdoor dining backdrop. Buvette, a picturesque French cafe on Grove Street, fits seamlessly into that backdrop. Open all day and committed to sourcing ingredients locally whenever possible, Buvette is the quintessential place to begin an evening of progressive dining. They offer several different varieties of tartines, a classic first course, including ratatouille with chevre and olive tapenade or duck rillettes. Alternatively, go for something rich and decadent and order the escargot cooked in garlic and parsley butter. Each sumptuous option can be paired with one of their luxurious French wines by the glass. 

For the second course, Market Table is fewer than 10 minutes away on Carmine St. This neighborhood staple serves up American fare including their crispy Bell and Evans half chicken with bok choy and hazelnut brown butter, Faroe Island salmon with succotash, arugula, and artichoke chips, or the Hampshire pork porterhouse with toasted farro, shaved fennel, and black olives. The wine list is extensive and the expert staff is adept at finding the best pairings. The final stop is a five-minute walk to MacDougal Street. 

Dante was ranked No.1 in the top 50 best bars in the world in 2019 so it’s the best place in the city to have a nightcap and dessert. Pair the housemade tiramisu or cannoli with the chamomile sazerac or the chocolate negroni to top off your night.