The no-fee rentals at The Buchanan in Midtown East are located at the center of the world, which means that all the cuisines you can imagine—and even those you have to taste to believe—are at your feet. This is a neighborhood filled with restaurants that will transport you to the most gastronomically exciting countries and into the imaginations of some of the most innovative chefs on the planet. From these apartments near Grand Central, you can stroll into a seafood spot as fun and relaxing as the beach, take a happy-hour tasting tour of Mexico’s finest tequilas, and, in the architectural heart of Grand Central itself, experience New York’s latest culinary outpost from Scandinavia.
Agern | 89 East 42nd Street
Agern is the first New York City restaurant opened by Claus Meyer, one of the owners of the world-renowned restaurant Noma in Copenhagen. Situated in an architectural oasis inside Grand Central, Agern earned three stars and a “Critic’s Pick” nod from Pete Wells of The New York Times, who recently wrote that “Agern has made both the train station and the city’s dining landscape into roomier, more interesting places.” Slip into a rustic chair among the undulating-wood wall details reminiscent of a Scandinavian forest, and feast on beef heart or, for a more vegetal Nordic adventure, try the beet roasted in salt and ash and carved from its shell right at your table.
Dos Caminos | 825 3rd Avenue
Another popular Midtown East eatery where the food becomes a tableside event is Dos Caminos. The vibe is festive, and the guacamole is prepared at your table in a giant mortar. Make sure to order the large portion of this fresh and spicy concoction, which was named one of the seven best guacamoles in town by CBS local news. This is also the perfect spot to linger for an afternoon during their 3pm-6pm weekday happy hours, where you can sample from their list of 100 tequilas and snack on chorizo fundido and slow-roasted pork tacos.
Crave Fishbar | 945 Second Avenue
Crave Fishbar brings fresh seafood to the heart of Midtown, but how do they serve such fresh scallops and local porgy in an environment as laid-back as a beach party? By keeping close ties to the owners’ Long Island roots and maintaining a close relationship with the fishermen who serve their sister restaurant in Montauk! Described by Huffington Post as one of “The Top 10 Green Dining and Drinking Destinations in New York City,” Crave Fishbar is not just a restaurant; it’s a local, fresh, and eco-conscious mindset. Try the Whale Platter—featuring East and West Coast oysters, littleneck clams, shrimp cocktail, Jonah crab claws, and lobster cocktail—and your taste buds will be whisked away to the sea.
Vitae | 4 East 46th Street
Deemed a “Midtown gem” by Zagat, Vitae, with its nickel lattice glittering up the walls and its deep cream-colored cushioned chairs, has a decor resplendent of old New York elegance, streamlined for the 21st century. The food is just as elegant, inspired by Chef Edwin Ballanco’s experience working with chefs like David Bouley and Tom Colicchio. His Long Island duck breast with endive marmalade and bacon is yet another example of how the star cooks of Midtown East can take the best of local ingredients and send them into the culinary stratosphere, which happens to be just downstairs from your luxury apartment at The Buchanan.