Looking at the New York City skyline, driving toward the Midtown Tunnel, it is as though the view is etched in charcoal on a canvas. The island we call Manhattan is a destination for so many travelers who come from far and near. Beep, beep, beeeep – aaahhh, the sounds of New York.

But then the hustle and bustle lessen in decibel. A relaxing feeling envelops. Luxurious high ceilings with dim lights create an atmosphere for sheer delight (come on, you knew that was going to end in a rhyme). Welcome to dinner at the UN Plaza Grill.

To start the night in good spirits, the table was graced with some complimentary bubbly. The palate was opened with some appetizers; curried lamb samosas was the first. A balance of sweet tart mango salsa complimented by juicy lamb encrusted in a potato crunch pocket; it feels like a trip to India in a bite. Fly a few hours Northeast for a taste of China. Savory umami - that addictive flavor of Asian cuisine. Crispy on one side from the sizzling hot plate, soft yet al dente on the other. One of those bites that comes with a hoot, when the juice comes pouring out, and the steam can be seen rising. Pan-seared beef dumplings, served with a ponzu sauce - these beef potstickers will definitely please. It’s perfectly balanced, a dream dish. Silky smooth avocado crème, topped with tuna so fresh you can still feel the ocean waves. Accessorized with briny capers, spicy serrano peppers, and a sweet teriyaki drizzle - mmm, the dish of dreams.

The next course was from the grill menu. Delmonico, the crust burst of juice as a bite was taken. The outside crispy, the inside juicy and tender, served with some sweet teriyaki potatoes roasted with love. A peppercorn sauce balanced with spice and savor, velvety smooth was the texture. The filet mignon au poivre. What is au poivre, you ask? Definition of au poivre: prepared or served with a generous amount of usually coarsely ground black pepper.

The lamb chops were cooked medium, always a treat, and served with a side of crisp French beans and creamy mashed potatoes. The night came to a close with celebration, song, and some sweet desserts.

Take a trip around the world in your own backyard. This destination dinner at UN Plaza Grill is sure to be a hit.

UN Plaza Grill, under the hashgachah of the OU, prides itself as the only full-service kosher restaurant celebrating 30 years of NYC Restaurant Week. They are showcasing their world cuisine with an exciting $60 three-course dinner prix fixe through August 21. A two-hour happy hour begins at 5 p.m. daily, and the restaurant closes at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Delivery options are available via DoorDash GrubHub, and UberEats. For more information and reservations, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 212-223-1801. For reservations of 12 or more people, including private parties, please call Joseph at 917-207-5742, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UN Plaza Grill is located at 845 United Nations Plaza, Midtown East, NYC (1st Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets). For valet parking, use the Trump Garage located behind the restaurant/Trump Tower at $20 for all day parking, 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Bracha Weiss is trained as a professional chef and is passionate about making food delicious, beautiful, and a positive experience. She enjoys sharing tips and tricks for efficiency in the kitchen on Instagram @shesthechef. Her appreciation for high-quality ingredients and culinary excellence drives her quest for the ultimate Kosher fine dining experience. She resides in East Meadow, Long Island, with her husband and daughter.