Neighborhood: East Harlem
Address: 2145 2nd Ave.
Part steak house, part party, Ricardo's in East Harlem boasts one of New York's most vibrant dining rooms. Where else can you get a mixed grill and watch a 65-year-old woman dance to 50 Cent songs in celebration of her birthday? The buzzing bar is great for people watching and the regular live music sets the vibe. -Nick Schonberger