Top Dining Spots at Westminster Week: Best in Show

While attending the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York City, it’s essential to find good places to eat to satisfy your appetite amidst all the excitement and fun. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, choosing a restaurant can be a challenge given the plethora of options available. However, fret not as AKC President Dennis B. Sprung has curated a list of the best eateries in the Big Apple for your convenience. Plan your visit and enjoy some delightful culinary experiences!

Benjamin's Steakhouse

Top Pick for Steakhouse: Benjamin Steakhouse

Ranked as the No. 1 steakhouse in Manhattan, Benjamin Steakhouse is a must-visit spot. Known for its exceptional steaks and seafood, this establishment led by Benjamin Prelvukaj, Ben Sinanaj, and Victor Dedushaj offers a premium dining experience with top-notch service and elegant ambiance. Don’t miss out on table No. 54 for the best experience, and be sure to say hello to the outstanding maître d’ Mario.

52 East 41st Street, between Madison and Park Avenues
Reservations: 212.297.9177

Seafire GrillSeafire Grill

Favorite Spot for Seafood: The Sea Fire Grill

The Sea Fire Grill, located in East Midtown, is renowned for its delectable seafood offerings and extensive wine selection. With a chic and welcoming ambiance, this restaurant ranks among the top 25 in Zagat’s New York City restaurants. Maître d’s Alex Bogolli and Jay Dozza provide attentive service, and table No. 28 is ideal for people-watching.

158 East 48th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues
Reservations: 212.935.3785

Nobu 57Nobu 57

Top Choice for Japanese Cuisine: Nobu 57

Experience modern and trendy dining at Nobu 57, the primary international location of chef Nobu Matsuhisa. This upscale restaurant offers a sophisticated uptown setting and serves modern Japanese cuisine. Keep an eye out for celebrities as Nobu 57 is a popular spot for star sightings.

40 West 57th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Reservations: 212.757.3000

Il Postino RestauranteIl Postino Restaurante

Finest Italian Cuisine: Il Postino

Il Postino offers exquisite Italian dishes served in a classy and charming setting. Located near Bloomingdale’s, this recently updated restaurant stands out with its delicious specials and impeccable service, making it a favorite among dog people and celebrities. Congratulations to Luigi Russo for another successful venture. Make sure to reserve a table in the main room and request Table 2 for a memorable dining experience.

133 East 61st Street (corner of Lexington)
Reservations: 212.688.0033


Top Pick for Greek Cuisine: Periyali

Indulge in a first-class Greek dining experience at Periyali, set in a beautiful environment. Start with favorites like chicken livers with warm lentils or red and yellow beets with garlic sauce. Make sure to try the mousakas for a delightful treat. Request for maître d’s Demetri or Philippe and table 53 for an exceptional dining experience.

35 West 20th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
Reservations: 212.463.7890


Premier Spanish Cuisine: Toledo

For the finest Spanish dishes in town, head to Toledo, located near Madison Square Garden. Owner Manuel Lorenzo offers classic Spanish fare in a sophisticated ambiance. Don’t miss the superb paella dishes and the amazing flan for a memorable dining experience.

6 East 36th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues
Reservations: 212.696.5036

Hwa YuanHwa Yuan

Best Chinese Dining Experience: Hwa Yuan

Experience upscale dining in Chinatown at Hwa Yuan, the talk of the town. Start with their famous cold sesame noodles and indulge in the finest Peking Duck you’ve ever tasted. Owned by Chef Tang, this restaurant will keep you coming back for more. Sit downstairs and choose table 1, 4, 7, or 9 for a memorable meal.

42 East Broadway, between Catherine and Market Streets
Reservations: 212.966.6002


Ultimate Dessert Destination: Veniero’s

End your meal on a sweet note at the historic Veniero’s Pasticceria and Caffe. Specializing in Italian desserts since 1894, their array of cheesecakes and pastries will satisfy your sweet tooth. Don’t miss their pignoli cookies or the famous almond torte. Enjoy your treat in the café or take it to go!

342 East 11th Street, between First and Second Avenues

Box of chocolates from Chocolat ModerneBox of chocolates from Chocolat Moderne

Special Treat to Indulge In: Chocolat Moderne

Experience the most exquisite handmade chocolates in New York City and beyond at Chocolat Moderne. Located in an office building between 5th and 6th Avenues, this gem on the 9th floor offers the most beautiful and artistic chocolates you can imagine. Founded by Joan Coukos and managed with her husband Jim, Chocolat Moderne specializes in “Art to Eat” chocolates—whether it’s milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or vegan options. A treat that deserves to be savored, you can enjoy it at their location or have it shipped to you. Bonus tip: perfect for Mother’s Day gifting!

27 West 20th Street

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Top Dining Spots at Westminster Week: Best in Show