Where to Eat During New York's 2019 Upfronts Week

6:45 AM 5/13/2019

by Beth Landman and Laurie Brookins

From the new restaurant attracting NBC stars Jimmy Fallon and Kate McKinnon to a hot-ticket Sushi spot, a cheat sheet for the city's popular eateries.

L'avenue, Elea
L'avenue, Elea
Courtesy of Pierce Harrison; Kimberly Mufferi

  • TWA Hotel's 3 Hotspots

    JFK Airport

    Thirteen miles beyond midtown at JFK Airport and nestled within the Trans World Flight Center — the wing-shaped terminal designed by Eero Saarinen — Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Paris Café and The Sunken Lounge debut May 15, when the TWA Hotel in which they reside opens. Have a cocktail at The Sunken Lounge or inside the "Connie," a 1958 Lockheed Constellation plane, for the retro-glam vibe alone, then head to the rooftop Pool Bar & Observation Deck. "Despite heavy runway traffic, the space is surprisingly quiet," assures The Gerber Group CEO Scott Gerber (brother to Rande, George Clooney's Casamigos tequila partner). "We'll also have great music and know that anyone who loves watching planes won't mind a little noise." — LAURIE BROOKINS

  • L'Avenue at Saks

    5 East 50th St.

    L'AVENUE
    L'AVENUE
    Pierce Harrison

    Located close to Radio City Music Hall, the location of NBCUniversal's May 13 upfront, L'Avenue has been a hit since opening two months ago. NBC'ers — including Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels and Kate McKinnon — have already checked it out, along with Sandra Oh, Jessica Chastain and Bella Hadid, who posted on Instagram that "our favorite Paris spot is now in nyc." Open for lunch and dinner within Saks Fifth Avenue; try the egg white omelet or spicy lobster pasta. BETH LANDMAN

  • Elea

    217 West 85th St.

    Elea
    Elea
    Kimberly Mufferi

    Fox Entertainment's first upfronts as an independent network will be held May 13 at Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side, where this Greek restaurant has emerged as one of the most popular lunch and dinner spots. For a private meeting, there is a dimly lit olive oil room downstairs with just one table. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, James Spader and Live With Kelly and Ryan exec producer Michael Gelman are fans. — B.L.

  • Feroce

    105 West 28th St.

    Univision's New York City Center presentation, starting May 13, takes place not far from this Italian restaurant that opened in March and already has hosted Alec Baldwin, Idris Elba, Russell Crowe and Terry Gilliam. Try the wild- caught black bass with roasted sunchokes or head upstairs for the bar's pizza menu. For a quicker bite, the cafe serves breakfast.— B.L.

  • Estiatorio Milos

    20 Hudson Yards, 5th floor

    WarnerMedia will hold its May 15 showcase at Madison Square Garden Theater, a short trip from Hudson Yards, where Hollywood favorite Milos unveiled a second New York location in March. Both the ultra-fresh seafood and waterfront sightlines are spectacular, and a downstairs wine bar offers small plates and meze. Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, Dylan Sprouse and Andy Cohen attended the preview. Milos regulars include Leonardo DiCaprio, Martha Stewart and Bobby Cannavale, whose sentiment echoes his fellow fans when he says, "I love Milos — I can't wait to try the new one!" B.L.

  • Sushi Lab

    132 West 47th St.

    Near Carnegie Hall, which CBS takes over May 15, this eight-seater that opened in February in Sanctuary Hotel has become a hot ticket. Book ahead for the 10-piece omakase, including soup and a hand roll, for $50. Along with a la carte selections of nigiri, sashimi and maki, there are creative options such as a uni macaron. B.L.

    This story first appeared in the May 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.