Southern ingredients get the fine-dining treatment without the pretension at celebrity chef Hugh Acheson's Midtown favorite, now led by executive chef Josh Hopkins. Empire State South does it all: towering build-your-own breakfast biscuits, beautifully prepared Georgia trout with green beans and pimentos at dinner, and the perfect espresso. For a lunchtime protein boost, order the "Superfood" entrée, a protein- and nutrient-rich plate of hanger steak, and a mix of seasonal
greens, legumes, vegetables, and fruits. The wine list is one of the most diverse in the city.