Located in a snazzy office building, New York Prime is an irresistible break-your-diet steak house where servers in steward's jackets zoom carts of sizzling meats on white hot plates. The principal successes here are the decadent ones: the aged New York strip in particular is superlative. However, avoid the gluey cheese mashed potatoes. Instead go for the giant baked potato, which the servers mash with bacon, chives, sour cream and butter. Dessert? It's all about the banana cream pie.
Private dining destination only. Not open to the general public.
Being landlocked, Atlanta’s options for fresh fish are limited. The Fish Market has a reputation for quality and its retail outlet located in the back of the restaurant. Everything they sell is flown in daily, already cleaned, deboned, and ready to go. You can watch the fish prep cooks breaking down the fish in the large mirror at the market. There aren’t many whole fish, but you can call ahead and have something aside before it’s broken down for sale or the restaurant.
Excels at all the little things that make find dining so much fun: in the perfect, tiny cannolis for dessert; in the exciting Italian wine list; and in the care taken with almost all aspects of the menu. Waiters in white tuxedos glide around in a room that's almost comically cliched, the Disney version of an Italian restaurant. While some of the dishes are toned down in an attempt to please the crowds, the specials menu shines, and all the pasta is house-made, the perfect balance of delicacy and haertiness.
A Buckhead port-of-call worth the modestly priced ticket, this younger sister to popular Toulouse is notable for seafood, unusually astute wine-advice and a soft-focus attitude that belies the care lavished on favored customers. The Mediterranean and American cooking has its ups (steamed mussels with lemon grass, steak with mac-and-Asiago) and downs (entree pastas, veal). Reservations honored.
This restaurant has been in the Buckhead area for 30 years and has established quite a reputation. Anyone who is a connoisseur of Indian cuisine may find the food a bit lacking, however.
Opened in 1978 by Sergio Favalli, along with chef Antonio Abizanda, La Grotta introduced Atlanta to Italian beyond baked ziti and eggplant Parm.
Located across Chastain Park, this New Southern standby feels like a country club where everyone is welcome. If the food doesn't wow, it certainly doesn't disappoint either. Think classic Southern creations all draped over mounds of '90s-esque flavored mashed potatoes. Don't leave without ordering pulled pork on a corn pancake or oatmeal-spice cake with caramel ice cream for dessert.
Counted as one of Atlanta's culinary legends, chef Paul Albrecht delivers oldies but goodies in his Continental- and Southern-inspired food. His signature fried lobster tails lead the eclectic menu, but try to avoid the modernist food for more regional dishes like trout over black-eyed-pea salad.
Buckhead Life restaurant group is known for a certain kind of glamour -- big, trashy, flashy -- and Bistro Niko certainly delivers on that front. At Niko, the best food is the stuff that's simple to execute or can be done ahead of time. Niko hits all the right notes when it comes to Paris-meets-Atlanta allure, and delivers on some of its promises when it comes to classic French brasserie fare. But the lows are too low for a restaurant of this caliber and price point, and the highs not high enough.
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