It’s easier to get into Rose’s Luxury these days. (Blame the stiff competition.) The legendary line still exists, but you won’t have to camp out for hours. Once inside, you’re greeted with smiles all around—the servers are even known to send complimentary dishes to make your meal more joyful. Chef de cuisine BJ Lieberman and executive chef/owner Aaron Silverman, who splits his time between this open kitchen and neighbor Pineapple and Pearls (number one on this list), recently changed up their sharing-friendly menu. Only one family-style dish remains: the fabulously fatty brisket with buttery toast and slaw for some of the best DIY sandwiches around. They’ve added a section of terrific cocktail-tray-style canapés that include foie gras tartlets and butter-stuffed dates. Our advice: Order every pasta on the menu and don’t skip dessert, especially the Innkeeper’s Pie, a miniature chocolate tart stuffed with yellow cake. How happy-making is that? Expensive.
Also great: Pork sausage with lychee; Brussels sprouts with benne-seed tahini; coconut ice cream.