First opened in Spring 2013, OMAR’s quickly made a name for itself among New York City’s bustling “Gold Coast” neighborhood. Boasting a private dining members-only club alongside its namesake La Ranita restaurant, OMAR’s celebrates an ever-growing clientele made up from publishing, finance, music, advertising, film, and other industries. According to its site, OMAR’s views its members as family. “Unlike other notable restaurants in Manhattan, members of OMAR’S do not experience wait time for tables, nor are they encouraged to exit with haste – on the contrary – after a warm welcome upon arrival, our staff attends to their every need and guests are encouraged to stay for as long as they please. Members experience excellent service and superb food in a charming and sophisticated atmosphere shared with other richly diverse and refined cultural members.”

The restaurant, named after its owner Omar Hernandez, is a immaculately decorated. In 2013, shortly before its soft opening, Hernandez told DuJour magazine that the style of the space is “a Hôtel Costes feel with an air of elegance, yet with the idea of simplicity — Hermès is my palette. The idea is to create a tactile experience for the guest.” Menu favorites include the Cauliflower, served with black garlic, Marcona almonds, and cauliflower, the Branzino, served with leek, faro, and herb coulis, and of course, the 14 ounce New York Strip, served alongside braised potatoes and grilled kale. A simple, sophisticated cocktail list is headed up by a Sidecar made with modern flair: Hennessy X.O., grapefruit fennel cordial, Lillet Blanc, apricot, lemon, and egg white.

OMAR’s is open Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Reservations can be made online.

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