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The 100 best New York restaurants

From unimpeachable classics to buzzy newcomers courting the food-world cognoscenti, these are the 100 best New York restaurants you need to know about right now

Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz
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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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BBQ & Soul food restaurants

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Best pizza restaurants

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Jewish Delicatessens

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.

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British & Irish restaurants

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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.

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Chinese restaurants

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.

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Japanese restaurants

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.

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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.

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Thai restaurants

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.

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Creative Asian restaurants

Thanks to David Chang and other chefs, boundary busting Asian dining has exploded.

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French restaurants

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.

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Italian restaurants

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.

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Vegetarian restaurants

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.

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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.

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Seafood restaurants

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.

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Mexican restaurants

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Steak restaurants

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Best fine dining restaurants

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Comments

21 comments
Chuck D
Chuck D

There are some great restaurants on this list. My personal favorite in NYC is Uncle Jack's Steakhouse. Their new lunch menu is filled with delectable options. One of my favorites is the Local Striped Bass, topped with butter glazed English peas, fire roasted spring onion, English pea and roasted garlic puree, and lemon. It tastes as good as it sounds! Plus, they have a new guy's night (drink samples every Wednesday at the bar) and ladies night (free drinks every Thursday at the bar). I highly recommend checking out Uncle Jack's Steakhouse.

Ilicia M
Ilicia M

Need a good restrain for 17 year old girls? Any suggestions

Alireza M
Alireza M

There is an app called "Tilofy" that can help users to find the best and trendy food places in real-time! Just select the category "food" and location "New York". They recently launched their website too www.tilofy.com.

Daniel I
Daniel I

Can anyone help I'm looking for some where to eat in New York where there are up and coming actors waiting for you as you eat don't know what it's called thanks wendy

angela l
angela l

what is this chicken dish you have as the promo shot?! i can't find it in the slideshow!

Kerry J
Kerry J

I'm getting married in City Hall in August and am looking for a restaurant where we can go afterwards.  They'll be 6 of us, and want somewhere fun and friendly where we can drink champagne, get some nice food (but not posh) and have a some fun.  Any suggestions gratefully received.  thanks 

ShNyUsAsL
ShNyUsAsL

DeafTelkno...Congratest  Restaurant in NY of the World...

More again NYC...

Barry
Barry

I just moved to NYC and tried Lillie's in Time Square last week, it was a really nice spot with good food, had a really tasty burger, I can see why I was recommended it, but it was very expensive. I realize that comes with the territory in that area but I can't afford to be that "fabulous" all the time. I picked up a copy of 365 Guide New York City (365guidenyc.com), it profiles a ton of great places to eat and drink that won't break the bank. I definitely recommend it for the traveler and local alike.

alvin
alvin

Good to see Various Restaurants in One Website with the Reviews.Recently ,I visited MEGU Restaurant One of the Japanese Restaurant.The food was delicious.The Sushi was awesome.www.megurestaurants.com/

Edgar Quintero
Edgar Quintero

To know which are the best in the world Google "Believe and Belong Best Restaurants" or "World's 50 Best Restaurants". You'll find a pretty cool list of the best in fine dining.

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Sara Stone
Sara Stone

The #1 Italian Restaurant is Ecco- They are located on Chambers Street in Downtown Manhattan- They make the best Branzino and Dover Sole that I ever tasted. The flavors and the seasonings that they use are terrific. Once I put a piece of Branzino or Dover Sole in my mouth I feel as if it melts in my mouth. Also, their fresh vegetables-string beans, spinach or brocolli are cooked in garlic which is delicious. The tri color salad is a great appetizer. This is the only restaurant that I will go to whenever I am in the Downtown Manhattan Area. The service is excellent and the atmosphere is decorative. Don't go to lower Manhattan without experiencing ECCO. You will love it.

Doris Uzcategui
Doris Uzcategui

I love this product is very useful and convenience, plus I love NY

Jupiter Saturn
Jupiter Saturn

I vote on Fazoli's. They sell bow and arrows. (%Pr

STEPHEN LOHBRANNDT
STEPHEN LOHBRANNDT

LOOKING FOR HIGH END DINNING W/ VIEW COULD YOU SUGGEST ??? [[ MY WIFES BIRTHDAY]]

Elena
Elena

Whatever happened to the best 100 meals and drinks list? Also are you going to provide a map for this list? Thanks!

Carly
Carly

Finally a much needed best of list