Stinger Cocktail Bar nyc restaurantObviously, there are a ton of dining options in New York City.  Sometimes I’m in the mood for comfy and casual meals while other times I long to sample new trendy bites and inventive cocktails. Because of the Holidays, I’m out even more exploring….and shopping…my way through town. If you feel like splurging, check out these gems.

The Stinger Cocktail Bar & Kitchen (300 West 44th Street) Inside the InterContinental Times Square lives The Stinger. Chef Todd English is utilizing the hotel’s rooftop beehives to create an inviting cocktail program that is both refreshing and sweet. I guarantee you’ve never tasted honey this fresh. If  you’re meeting friends for drinks after work or shopping, make this pit stop to rejuvenate. House made craft cocktails come in three sizes starting at $9 but definitely go for the tasting flight for $18. They offer punch bowl cocktails for four ($58) and eight ($96). Bites include jumbo lump crab avocado toasts ($16) and shrimp dumplings ($16). Do not miss the honey grilled shrimp cocktail with mango ($23) or the New York cheeses and honey plate ($24).

Marta Pizza 365 Guide New York City Upscale RestuarantMarta The Redbury Hotel (29 East 29th Street)  Inspired by the rustic tradition of Roman pizzerie, local haunts that churn out thin, crackly-crusted pizzas, Marta features an energetic open kitchen with two wood-burning ovens. The kitchen creates fresh takes on classic pizza standbys as well as original inventions showcasing seasonal and local ingredients. The funghi pizza ($23) with fontina, mozzarella, hen of the woods, chanterelles and red onion offers a symphony of flavors. Marinated sweet peppers, crushed tomatoes, provolone and ricotta top the mercato pizza which is a nice choice if red sauce is your thing. Beers start at $9 and wines $12. Splurge with an artisan cocktail like the pistacchio fizz ($16) with gin, amaretto, pistachio, lemon and egg white. This is no ordinary pizza place.

Benjamin Prime Steak House 365 Guide New York CityBenjamin Prime (23 East 40th Street) At Prime modern elegance is combined with traditional steakhouse classics from their sister property Benjamin Steakhouse. The grill at Prime specializes in USDA prime dry aged steaks and seafood freshly grilled. Go with a group so you can order a few entrees and share family style. The menu makes it easy with steaks prepared for two ($103), three ($155.85) or four ($207.80). The 10,000 square foot space houses an expansive main dining room featuring wall mounted fireplaces. A temperature-controlled wine wall is exposed throughout the upper level which also offers five private dining spaces for seating of 100+ guests.

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