Best Restaurants in NYC
Are you looking for the absolute best restaurants in New York City? New York City is the home to more than 70 Michelin Star restaurants, and in addition to the already bustling food scene that exists, fantastic new restaurants continue to open up year after year. Since New York City is one of the best foodie cities in the U.S., this was certainly not an easy list to put together!
There are so many great restaurants in New York that didn’t make the Top 10 so don’t fret if your restaurant of choice didn’t make the cut. In fact, please let us know where else we should be eating! So for those looking for a delicious meal or somewhere to celebrate, check out our top ten picks below.
8 Extra Place | Between 2nd Avenue and Bowery | East Village
Cuisine: American (New)
David Chang’s Momofuku Ko serves up approximately 15 courses of delicious Asian-influenced New American cuisine at this East Village spot, which makes the cut for best restaurants in NYC. Momofuku Ko offers high-quality food and equally good service at it’s tucked away location on Extra Place in Manhattan’s East Village.
David Chang has received critical acclaim for his Momofuku empire, which often takes innovative and funky approaches to traditional Asian and American cuisine. Dishes that may show up during the tasting include Chicken Oyster with kimchi, and Lobster Roll with mint béarnaise sauce. Space is limited so we recommend securing a reservation in advance using the Momofuku website reservation portal online.
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130 Saint Marks Place | Between 1st Avenue & Avenue A | East Village
Chef Norihiro Ishizuka came to America in the 1980s and is still churning out incredible sushi even in his early 70s. Like wine, it seems that Ishizuka only gets better with age. At a starting price of $85 for 12 pieces, it’s a relative bargain, especially when you’re talking about marinated tuna with yam and nori, and fermented squid. For less adventurous eaters, Chef Ishizuka’s creations might sound a little intimidating, but rest assured, you’re in good hands.
86 Allen Street | Bw Grand St & Broome St | Lower East Side
Opened: 2015 (New Location)
Come to Dirt Candy to experience the intersection of fine dining with vegetarian cuisine. Chef Amanda Cohen is known as a leader of the vegetable-focused food scene in New York, and as such her restaurant Dirt Candy has been recognized by the New York Times and Michelin Guide for its excellence.
Even if you don’t usually enjoy eating your vegetables, give this place a shot! Popular plates include the Jalapeño hush puppies with maple butter and the Korean fried broccoli. The latter is described on their menu as “crack in broccoli form.”
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3 E 52nd Street| Bw 5th Ave & Madison Ave | Midtown
While La Grenouille’s formal Midtown-based French cuisine may sound boring, this longstanding restaurant serves some of the most delicious food in New York. Opened in 1962, this old-school joint has gained its fame over the years, enjoying visits from stars like David Bowie to artists such as Salvador Dalí. The food is authenticly French and equally delicious. Some recommendations include the Kir Royale cocktail to start, the escargot, and of course, their soufflé for dessert.
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229 S 4th Street | Between Driggs Ave and Roebling St | Williamsburg
Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Traif is a tapas-style restaurant that serves everything from spicy bigeye tuna tartare to bacon doughnuts! Most dishes are served as small plates, so feel free to try a host of dishes and go family style.
The menu is creative, with each dish full of amazing flavor. But in addition to excellent food, Traif offers top notch service to cap off a great evening out.
Bacon donuts at Traif in Brooklyn!
88 West 3rd Street | Between Thompson & Sullivan St | Greenwich Village
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Sushi Zo opened in late 2015, expanding upon its 2 locations in Los Angeles. I initially didn’t have this place high on my list as a chain restaurant skeptic, but the reviews looked incredible and I decided to give it a try. The verdict: Sushi Zo is one of the best, if not the best, omakase restaurant in New York City.
While the cost is quite hefty at $200 per person, you get what you pay for with this experience. Chef Masa-san brings sushi to a whole new level, with unique fish and topping pairings as well as a fantastic sushi bar atmosphere. Make sure to book a reservation in advance, and we highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar. You will leave this restaurant more than satisfied.
Full Sushi Zo Review
77 Worth Street | Between Broadway and Church Street | TriBeCa
2-Michelin star restaurant Atera is a sensory dining destination, and we think it deserves a spot on the list of best restaurants in NYC. Serving a variety of fresh and thoughtful dishes, the restaurant provides the perfect spot for a foodie adventure. Upon arrival, you will first be escorted to their private bar downstairs for drinks before taking you up to the dining area. Get ready for an 18-course tasting menu treat!
57 Great Jones Street | Between Bowery St and Lafayette St | NoHo
A secretive, cozy restaurant located in Manhattan’s NoHo, Bohemian serves some of the best Japanese food in New York. The restaurant is hidden down an unmarked alley and has an unlisted phone number that is only passed along by existing customers. However, don’t fret if Bohemian is new to your foodie radar. With some due diligence, you can find a way in! When there, try their foie grass sushi (shown in the picture) and delicious Japanese beef! You won’t be disappointed with the food or the wonderful ambiance. I also highly recommend the Bohemian location in Tokyo, Japan! Check it out on our list of best restaurants in Tokyo.
|Foie gras sushi||Uni croquette|
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Avenue | At 24th Street | Flatiron
Eleven Madison Park serves up incredible wine, cocktails, and seasonal food, making it one of the best restaurants in NYC. The restaurant has received many awards including the AAA Five Diamond Award and a lofty 3 stars from the Michelin Guide. The meal will come unique dish deliveries and delicious, seasonal foods. While I often enjoy finding off less well-known places, the prized Eleven Madison Park lives up to its hype. It is a special experience that I couldn’t neglect from this list.
Blue Hill at Stone Barnes
630 Bedford Road | Pocantico Hills
Blue Hill at Stone Barnes has earned its reputation as one of the most delicious, inventive and consistent restaurants on the east coast. Since it is located in the countryside, their food comes fresh from its local surroundings. The restaurant offers no menu but rather a pre-designed tasting selection that is really a culinary performance. Enjoy a field trip to the kitchen during your meal, and sit back and let them do the work. The ambiance of the restaurant is comfortable yet upscale. Formal clothing is recommended for women, and jackets are recommended for men.
A “field trip” to the kitchen during our meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barnes!