FAVE FIVE | FATHER'S DAY DINING / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of aifiorinyc.com

Image courtesy of aifiorinyc.com

As they say, the way to a man’s heart is assuredly through his stomach, so take Dad out for a Father’s Day dinner he’ll never forget. From a Michelin-starred prix fixe menu to a tasting menu at FOOD & WINE’s downtown brainchild, we’ve got the perfect fit for every father out there.

1. Ai Fiori
Housed inside the luxurious Langham Place Hotel on Fifth Avenue, Ai Fiori quietly carries a Michelin star in its back pocket. Among the crown jewels of Michael White’s stable of exceptional Italian restaurants, Ai Fiori is the ultimate for any special occasion. Dad will love the Maiale of Berkshire pork loin with fennel, pomme purée, and crispy pork belly, and one simply cannot go wrong with a selection of five cheeses for dessert.

2. Locanda Verde
Since its 2009 opening, this luxe Italian spot has welcomed New Yorkers morning, afternoon, and night with an urban Italian menu featuring antipasti, house-made pastas, and the works. The Greenwich Hotel houses this neighborhood gem, which has quickly grown from a trendy hotspot into a neighborhood mainstay. Dishes like lamb misti and duck arrostito are a good indicator as to why. Bravo, Andrew Carmellini.

3. Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE
Chef’s Club has quickly garnered footing as an absolute foodie must in downtown Manhattan. Dad will be particularly thrilled with the offerings of this gastro-paradise, where the culinary coterie shines not only as a team, but also highlights visiting chefs whose influence on the dining room menu are unmistakable. Grab a table in the main dining room, or pull up a chair in the studio for an exclusive tasting.

4. Bowery Meat Company
Steak has never looked so good before this handsomely appointed Bowery beef outpost hit NYC last fall. The 130-seat stunner, teeming with refurbished industrial accents, boasts an Italian inspired beef-centric menu fueled by Pat LaFrieda with executive chef Paul DiBari helming the kitchen. While we’re confident that dinner with Dad will be enough to keep you smiling, the supreme quality cuts and exquisitely crafted old fashioneds probably won’t hurt either. Menu highlights: grilled veal chop with moorish spices and burnt orange, Bowery steak with salsa verde and market onions, and an impressive dry-aged T-bone for two.

5. Bouley
The term “Classic New York” may be slightly overused, however this TriBeCa staple definitely fits the bill. Jackets are required, and well worth slipping into at this exceptional French Nouveau outpost. Among the most notable dining experiences in New York, Bouley hits the nail on the head with each meal shared atop the white tablecloths. Pull up a chair and treat Dad to the ultimate in fine French dining.