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The absolute best restaurants in NYC

From unimpeachable classics to buzzy newcomers, these are the best restaurants in NYC you need to know about right now

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When it comes to food, New Yorkers are spoiled AF with the best restaurants in NYC. With an endless supply of buzzy restaurant openings, well-worn stalwarts and quirky locales, us Gothamites are never bereft of uber delicious dishes to order around town. So when we had to narrow down the list of the 100 best restaurants in New York City, we knew it would be no easy feat. But we put in the grunt work, detailing everything from the city’s best Italian restaurants and best sushi, to the cheap eats and Michelin stars—all so we could present to you the best of the best. Here are the 100 best restaurants that we—and New York itself—can’t live without.

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100 best restaurants in NYC


Eleven Madison Park

Swiss chef Daniel Humm still mans the kitchen post-revamp at this Gramercy jewel, which began life as a brasserie before evolving into one of the city’s most rarefied and progressive eateries. The service is famously mannered, and the room among the city’s most grand. But the heady, epic tasting menus are the true heart of Eleven Madison Park, a format that spotlights Humm’s auteur instincts. Tableside flourishes are part of the fun: Look out for even more dazzling showmanship—including one dish presented by way of a sleight-of-hand trick.

Why go? It's consistently ranked one of the best restaurants in the world

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Le Bernardin

New York dining mores have experienced a seismic paradigm shift in the past decade, toppling Old World restaurant titans and making conquering heroes of chefs that champion accessible food served in casual environments. But Le Bernardin—the city’s original temple of haute French seafood—survived the shake-up unscathed. Siblings Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze brought their Parisian eatery to Gotham in 1986, and the restaurant has maintained its reputation in the decades since. Le Bernardin is still a formal place, with white tablecloths, decorous service and a jackets-required policy in the main dining room. 

Why go? For delectable French seafood

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Midtown West


When world-renowned sushi chef Masa Takayama arrived in New York, he came offering the most expensive dining experience in the city’s history. To be clear, Takayama doesn’t overcharge for his meals: He overspends, and the mystique of it all—his exquisite materials, his rare ingredients and his labor-intensive techniques—can be lost on a diner who doesn’t know the ins-and-outs. Takayama prepares each perfect bite-size gift, then places it in front of you on a round slate; you almost eat out of his hands, and the sushi seems to melt in your mouth. This process is, to some serious food lovers, a priceless experience.

Why go? Takayama doesn’t distract diners from the meal: the space feels like a temple 

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Upper West Side

Peter Luger

Although a slew of Luger copycats have prospered in the last several years, none have captured the elusive charm of this stucco walled, beer-hall–style eatery, with well-worn wooden floors and tables, and waiters in waistcoats and bow ties. Excess is the thing, be it the reasonably health-conscious tomato salad, the famous porterhouse for two or the decadent apple strudel, which comes with a bowl full of schlag. Go for it all—it’s a singular New York experience that’s worth having.

Why go? For 44 perfect ounces of sliced prime beef

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A vibrant redesign by Adam Tihany has brought Daniel Boulud’s classically opulent restaurant into the 21st century. The food is as fresh as the decor with unusually generous entrees consisting of seafood stunners. Sure, Daniel is still a big-ticket commitment, but Boulud and his team make a powerful case for keeping the high-end genre alive.

Why go? No place does better nouveau French fare

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Lenox Hill

Di Fara Pizza

The painstakingly crafted Neapolitan pies—cracker-thin crust with a pleasing char and a subtle Parmesan zing—are widely considered among the city's best; dough is made fresh several times a day. To keep kids occupied during what feels like an interminable wait, point out the window boxes full of herbs used to flavor the sauce.

Why go? It’s NYC—we take our pizza very seriously 

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Gotham Bar and Grill

Chef-owner Alfred Portale made his name with towering New American constructions, and though the menu doesn’t push any boundaries, the execution is impressive—as is the restaurant’s soaring masculine space. It’s pricey, but Gotham delivers.

Why go? For upscale food that’s not too esoteric

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Greenwich Village


The fashionably cookie-cutter decor—exposed brick, globe lights, hulking marble bar, you know the drill—suggests you’ve stumbled into another bustling rustic restaurant-cum-bar that’s not worth the wait. Far less common are talents like Ignacio Mattos, the imaginative Uruguayan-born chef cooking in this Mediterranean-tinged spot. Mattos has reined in his modernist tendencies at Estela, with an ever-changing, mostly small-plates menu that pivots from avant-garde toward intimate, bridging the gap between space-age Isa and the homey Italian he used to cook at Il Buco.

Why go? Because if it’s good enough for Michelle and Barack, it’s good enough for you

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Sushi Ginza Onodera

After decades of New Yorkers’ sushi shrugs, this one-stop Little Tokyo flips that script, and its revenge is a nigiri best served cold—and aged (Ginza hews to edomaezushi). Ginza’s seasonal omakase is not just freshly flown in from Tokyo’s prestigious Tsukiji market, nor is it dependent on exotic varieties. Ginza delivers fish the way a diamond delivers carbon: with spectacular flawlessness lush with luxury. This is fish that traps us. 

Why go? It’s the only Michelin two-star Japanese restaurant in the city

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Momofuku Ko

Make it through the reservations ringer to gain access to chef David Chang’s minimal 12-seat spot. Here the chefs double as waiters, serving eight or so dazzling courses from behind a counter. The ever-evolving menu can feature dishes like raw fluke, in a coating of tangy, mellow buttermilk, poppy seeds and sriracha chili sauce. A frozen foie gras torchon is brilliantly shaved over lychee puree and pine-nut brittle. 

Why go? David Chang is the contrarian pioneer that the city needs

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Jasmine W

True this List is very much outdated,  Yeah it's too funny What if I prefer to cook meals by myself: What I need is 

Apps For Grocery Shopping: http://bit.ly/2DfHOLs And I bet I can cook much better :)
Kristin V

I would have to agree that this list is OUTDATED.  #20 Betony was closed when this article posted…. Try NY.Eater.com if you want an accurate list.

Sergio Z

This list is so outdated

The reviews and prices are wrong

Brooklyn fare byob and 115

It's 330 and 95 bucks corkage

And you he food lost its uniquenes

Sergio Z

For me the best Italian food by far in NYC is Barilla Restaurants, located in Herald Square...(I actually think they have 2 more spots in Manhattan). It has become my favorite place as they serve the best pastas ever! Lasagna is great! If you´re interested i will be stopping by tomorrow Nov 17th because they´ll be giving a free sample of typical food from Italy. Can it get better than that!? 

sabrina s

Marcony Ristorante and Gemma should 100% be on this list. It is just a shame that they are not. It is safe to say, in my opinion, the most authentic Italian food outside of Italy I've had in the states. 

Liz G

12:30 weekday lunch, not a table to be had-sat at kitchen counter. 6:30 friday dinner 4 people-happy to have had a reservation,again, place was mobbed with eaters of all age groups-rightfully so.food is new italian,glistening, aromatic & w/o pretentious attitude-forgot to mention, Amazing. Chef Bonelli is one of the most down to earth under the radar & extremely talented chefs in town & the pastry chef is right up there. *reason i first tried the restaurant was because i recognized the name Simone Bonelli & was a fan of his food when he was at Perbacco-so was the ny times critic.

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.

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

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 


On my wedding day, we (20 of us) had quarter bottles of champagne (187ml) in the small park opposite City Hall (note: this is not a recommendation to drink in public), then we went to 230 Fifth Ave (rooftop bar with spectacular views) for a cocktail, and then we had dinner in the West Village. If money doesn't matter, then I would always go to a Michelin star restaurant. Otherwise, it really depends on what you want.


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/

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

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

Jupiter Saturn

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




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


Finally a much needed best of list