North End Grill

American in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

Handsome, smart and friendly, this is celeb chef Danny Meyer's take on the American grill. Top-tier produce (including herbs and vegetables from the restaurant's own rooftop garden) forms the basis for modern takes on comfort grub, happily devoured by suited business-people and a scattering of more casual passersby.

Dishes are given a kiss of smoke, either in the charcoal-fired oven or on the smokier wood-fired grill, with standouts including a 'British cut' double lamb chop and a feel-good roasted chicken for two. In true Meyer style, waitstaff are hawk-eyed and charming.