12 NYC restaurants Wall Street should absolutely check out this spring
Spring is almost upon NYC, so, foodies, step aside, Wall Street will be coming out in full force.
Prepare for a deluge as the luckiest of them depart Miami and return home to the city that never sleeps.
And those who had to stay up north will finally be ending their hibernation, just like the rest of us.
To welcome them, Business Insider put together a list of 12 restaurants Wall Streeters must check out in order to refamiliarize themselves with these snow-free city streets.
All of them have incredible food. But we've already said too much.
Irvington — W Hotel Union Square, 201 Park Ave South
Last year hospitality firm Gerber Group gave Wall Street a gift — The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel.
This year, they're bringing the magic to the first floor of the W Hotel Union Square with Irvington, a New American bar and restaurant with Mediterranean-influences, highlighting locally-sourced ingredients from the neighboring Union Square Greenmarket, and freshly rotisserie roasted meats.
Bowery Meat Company — 9 East 1st Street
It's a chic house of meat (which is a sentence I've always dreamed of typing).
Bowery Meat Club was started by a bunch of guys who wanted to build a palace to all things steak, pork and fowl.
What say you, Wall Street?
Dirty French — 180 Ludlow Street
Dirty French was one of the hottest openings of 2014 and its popularity has not abated. If you do manage to get a reservation, you'll enter a restaurant that has optimized opulence.
After all, it's a Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi project.
As Eater genius reviewer Ryan Sutton pointed out, two tables had to be pushed together so waiters could set down his steak. The fish ain't little either.
GG's — 511 East 5th Street
Sometimes, Wall Streeters need to remind themselves that NYC has edge. That's when, this spring, they need to head to East Village hot spot GG's.
Go for chef's table with full view of rotisserie and wood-fired oven, stay for the bottled cocktails — like the Moscow Mule and Sparkling Manhattan.
Try ordering the Chicken Parm, by the way. It's not on the menu but it's a chef favorite.
Rotisserie Georgette — 14 East 60th Street
Rotisserie Georgette started a bit of a trend in NYC — something that only happens when something is so good people can't stop talking about it.
Once this place became a hot spot, everyone started putting chicken on a stick and slowly rotating spit.
So thank you, Rotisserie Georgette.
The Polo Bar — 1 East 55th Street
Oh. Do you not have a reservation? That's unfortunate. Perhaps consider picking up a sandwich at the nearest bodega because you will not be entering The Polo Bar.
If you do happen to gain entry, expect the food to live up to rave reviews, and a full-on scene of celebrities and NYC notables.
Porchlight — 271 11th Avenue
This is a Danny Meyer joint. The man brought us Shake Shack, Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and other spots in NYC that are more institutions than restaurants.
Porchlight has an actual indoor porch and a New Orleans theme. Expect sazeracs, frog legs, and perfection.
Santina — 820 Washington Street
Santina is also a Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi project.
Now where Carbone gives you red sauce, and Dirty French gives you excess, Santina gives you light, fresh Mediterranean fare.
Think an Italian seaside restaurant in NYC's trendy Meatpacking district where Lady Gaga might roll up in a party bus.
Belle Reve — 305 Church Street
Belle Reve — we can't say enough about the geniuses that put this Tribeca bar/restaurant together. They are the people that brought us internationally known NYC stalwarts Employees Only and Macao Trading Company.
If you don't know about either of them, know that the still always-packed Employees Only just celebrated its 10 year anniversary — an amazing feat for a bar in this town.
What EO has gotten right, you will also find at Belle Reve. That means incredible food, thoughtful cocktails and a consistent party atmosphere that you might call a sophisticated rage. Go here.
Racines — 94 Chambers Street
Racines is a place where chefs go to eat, that's how you know it's got to be good. Another clue — an outpost in Paris and popups wherever it wants.
The ingredients are seasonally driven, and the wine is organic. More surprisingly though, is that the food is reasonably priced. A chef's tasting will set you back $75 and the most expensive entree is a $35 hanger steak.
Navy — 137 Sullivan Street
Try the octopus, if you're into that.
Hunt and Fish Club — 125 W 44th Street
One of the co-owners of this Midtown steakhouse is SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci, a man known for making a splash. That means you need to expect excess — an excess of marble, excess of chandeliers, an excess of wine.
Our advice? Eat the popovers. They're addictive.