Where are you eating tonight? With hot new venues opening each week, it’s tough to keep track of the best New York restaurants—the impeccable landmarks that never disappoint, the divey honky tonks serving life-changing brisket, and the sexy upstarts everyone who’s anyone is clamoring to try. Whether you’re craving an artful tasting menu, a soul-satisfying platter of crackling fried chicken or simply a great bloody steak, there’s a New York restaurant that will satisfy. Here are the best of them: The 100 places that Time Out New York’s food editors can’t do without. Did we miss your favorite New York restaurant? Join the conversation in the comments.
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New American restaurants
The best New York restaurants that explore the dynamic and malleable cuisine known as "New American" are some of the most beloved in town.
BBQ & Soul food restaurants
The best New York restaurants that feature low-and-slow–cooked meats and down-home staples satisfy our cravings for classic American comfort food.
Best pizza restaurants
Some of the best New York restaurants put sauce, cheese and twirled dough at a premium. But of all the pizzerias in NYC only a few contenders made our list.
Some of the best New York restaurants are classic Jewish delis—places where you can still get a pastrami sandwich, smoked fish or a bowl of matzo ball soup.
British & Irish restaurants
The best New York restaurants to offer English-style eats both come from one chef: The talented April Bloomfield. Check out her pair of British gastropubs.
Authentic Indian restaurants
Some of the best New York restaurants highlight the complex cuisine of India. Here are our favorites, offering spicy curries and sub-continental classics.
The best New York restaurants that specialize in Chinese food range from noodle shops and dim sum parlors to hyper-regional Szechuan and Xi'an kitchens.
The cuisine of Japan is incredibly diverse, and some of the best New York restaurants offer studied takes on sushi, ramen, izakaya pub grub and more.
Middle Eastern restaurants
The best New York restaurants that examine the cuisine of the Middle East offer a range of intriguing flavors, indigenous to the region.
So much more than takeout, the best New York restaurants that specialize in Southeast Asian food do the work to truly capture the region's complex cuisine.
Creative Asian restaurants
Thanks to David Chang and other chefs, boundary busting Asian dining has exploded.
There was a time when the best New York restaurants were exclusively French. Those days are waning, but these five spots are keeping the Gallic flame alive.
The diverse cuisine of Italy is showcased at some of the best New York restaurants. Here are our favorite raucous family-style, and revisionist red-sauce spots.
Vegetarian diners in NYC don't have to subsist on salad alone: Some of the best New York restaurants offer intriguing and delicious meatless menus.
Spanish food and tapas restaurants
Funky Basque tapas, boutique jamon and modern Iberian cuisine are the draws at these top spots, the best New York restaurants for a lusty Spanish spread.
It's easy enough to forget that Manhattan is an island, but some of the best New York restaurants remind us by showcasing pristine seafood in transporting digs.
These kitchens, taco stands and cantinas—three of the best New York restaurants—undermine that sturdy old myth that there is no good Mexican food in NYC.
Gotham is still a steak-lover’s town. Here are the best New York restaurants to find an imposing cut of beef.
Best fine dining restaurants
Some of the best New York restaurants can also be the most expensive. These fine dining splurges justify their cost with dazzling food and sparkling service.