January 2020: We completed a major overhaul of our crown-jewel guide to dining out in NYC over the fall and introduced 65 exciting restaurants to our top-100 list. Our hunt for best is ongoing, however, and we’ve added places that we believe reflect the way you like to eat out in the best city on earth throughout 2020. We’re talking fresh, inventive, memorable and, clearly, the tastiest establishments in town.
These are the 100 restaurants we can’t quit—even when there’s a constant revolving door of new restaurants and bar openings in NYC. We hope that you’ll find this latest Time Out EAT List more useful in your day-to-day: a reflection of places you actually can (and really want to) eat at, whether you’re looking to splurge a little or it’s rent week.
One thing is for sure: you don’t need to spend a $100 or more in New York to have an exquisite experience. The Time Out team has crisscrossed the city to dine our way throughout the five boroughs. While we’ll always have more ground to cover, you’ll notice that the Michelin-adored restaurants and temples of haute cuisine—Eleven Madison Park, Per Se and Daniel, for example—are no longer on this list. We’ll still respect these white table-clothed restaurants, but we're much more interested in taking a holistic look at how dining has evolved in 2019 and will continue into 2020. Instead, new to the list are Il Fiorista, Llama-san, Red Hook Tavern and Maya Bed-Stuy.
Below, some of the restaurants are winners for the best brunch in NYC category while others have a must-eat burger.
Note: A number of the best chefs, restaurants and concepts in the city have been welcomed into the Time Out Market. Because that is the highest honor we can award, and we now have a tighter relationship with them, establishments related to market vendors have all been included in the EAT List but not ranked alongside other great establishments in the city. You can find those amazing places below.
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