Top choice french in Midtown

Shining two (Michelin) stars bright, the Modern delivers rich, confident creations like foie gras tart and 'ants on a log' peanut butter cake. Service is friendly and meals are presented in a light-filled space reminiscent of MoMA's galleries, with giant windows overlooking the sculpture garden. Fans of Sex and the City may know that it was here that Carrie announced her impending marriage to Mr Big.

If you’re on a writer’s wage, you can opt for cheaper grub in the adjacent Bar Room: also very popular, but a bit too dimly lit if you want to marvel at the food. The Modern has its own entrance on W 53rd St. Book a month ahead for the restaurant.