Restaurants in New York City

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Eating—and eating well—is a cultural obsession in New York, where the city’s best restaurants range from temples to tasting menus to casual, jovial, ... Read More

Eating—and eating well—is a cultural obsession in New York, where the city’s best restaurants range from temples to tasting menus to casual, jovial, family-style spots.

The only problem is choosing among them. (One could easily spend an entire visit to NYC eating and never get bored—and in fact there are many food-focused travellers who plan their trips around hard-to-get dinner reservations.) Restaurants in New York offer the perfect meal for every craving: you can slurp ramen at Momofuku, feast on smoked meat sandwiches and Montreal-inspired poutine at Mile End Deli, order authentic (and affordable) Chinese food at Szechuan Gourmet, lap up bagels and lox at Russ & Daughters, taste the freshest sushi at Sushi Yasaka, dive into a bowl of ramen at Ippudo, or just enjoy a New York slice at Emily, a terrific little pizza joint in Brooklyn. (Not to mention all of the innovative cocktails and craft beers to be sampled at the city’s many wine bars, cocktail lounges, and microbreweries.)

And, of course, New York also offers some of the most extraordinary fine dining in the world. From iconic, pioneering spots like Le Bernardin and Del Posto to lauded recent additions like NoMad or Gabriel Kreuther, the city’s best restaurants help set the standard for the rest of the country.

But with so many options, simply deciding where to eat can be a challenge. (After all, when visiting a city with food as good as New York’s, no one wants to waste a meal.) To help you narrow down the choices, the T+L New York City restaurant guide offers editor-vetted recommendations for all your culinary quandaries, from the best wine bar in midtown, to where to find upscale Korean food in Hell’s Kitchen and unpretentious farm-to-table fare in Tribeca.

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  • NYC Destination Guides Union Square Courtesy of ABC Kitchen
    ABC Kitchen

    At this restaurant, located smack-dab between Union Square and the historic Flatiron district and occupying a stylishly rusticated space inside the... Read More

  • Allswell Donny Tsang

    The menu at this seasonally driven gastropub may change regularly, but it consistently pleases. Dinner crowds come to take advantage of a competitive... Read More

  • Ample Hills Creamery Stu_Spivack / Flickr
    Ample Hills Creamery

    In a borough studded with terroir-passionate artisans, it can be hard to stand out, but Ample Hills Creamery has become a Brooklyn standard-bearer. The... Read More

  • babbo Courtesy of Babbo

    Mario Batali’s hymn to no-frills Italian cooking opened with a flourish in 1998, and has been serving consistently excellent food to packed tables ever... Read More

  • Billys Bakery Ana Nance
    Billy's Bakery

    Billy's sells baked goods of every variety—pies, cakes, fruit bars, cookies, scones—but it's the cupcakes you go for. They come in flavors like... Read More

  • LES Birds & Bubbles
    Birds & Bubbles

    The concept announces itself in the restaurant's name: Birds & Bubbles is all about fried chicken and Champagne. The unexpected pairing seems to... Read More

  • nyc Blue Stone Lane
    Blue Stone Lane

    A respite from the bustle of Wall Street, this Australia-based coffee shop is tucked away in a historic Art-Deco building mere steps from the NYSE... Read More

  • NYC Guide Jennifer S. Altman
    Boat Basin Café

    You have to walk under a bridge and down a winding stone staircase to reach this casual, open-air café and bar on the Hudson, and it feels like a true... Read More

  • queens Bohemia Beer Garden
    Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

    Dating back over a century, this beer hall is a beloved Queens institution, particularly in the summer when seating is open in the expansive, twinkly... Read More

  • nyc Bouley

    Famed chef David Bouley’s flagship TriBeCa restaurant serves up French cuisine with modern Asian influences. Inside the dimly lit dining room, the... Read More

  • Buttermilk Channel Courtesy of Buttermilk Channel
    Buttermilk Channel

    Named for the thin slip of water that separates Brooklyn from Governor's Island, over which dairy farmers used to sail to sell their milk in Manhattan... Read More

  • Buvette Courtesy of Buvette

    Jody Williams does simple, homey food right and Buvette is proof. The tiny no-reservations bistro gets packed for brunch, which features unbeatable... Read More

  • Cafe Rue Dix Mariah Tyler
    Café Rue Dix

    At this charming neighborhood cafe, diners are treated to an eclectic mix of French-Senegalese fare, such as yassa guinar, a spicy, sweet-tart chicken... Read More

  • Carbone Courtesy of Carbone

    Acclaimed chef Mario Carbone's namesake restaurant is an ode to old school red sauce Italian joints. Here he elevates the experience with top notch food... Read More

  • NYC Destination Guides Union Square Courtesy of Casa Mono
    Casa Mono

    This little tapas joint by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich celebrates Spain's costa brava in all its culinary glory. The warm, inviting space features a... Read More

  • Casellula Courtesy of Casellula
    Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe

    This Hell's Kitchen wine bar takes cheese tasting very seriously. Forty cheeses are offered on a daily, ever-changing menu, each one served paired with... Read More

  • Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare Emma Chao
    Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

    Brooklyn's only three-Michelin-starred restaurant is a chef's counter hidden inside a supermarket. The tasting menu changes daily and is seafood-heavy. Read More

  • nyc Josephine's
    Chez Josephine

    This Theater District classic was founded by the late son of dancer/singer/actress Josephine Baker. There's live piano music every night during dinner,... Read More

  • LES Clinton Street Bakery
    Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant

    Walk through Clinton Street Baking Co. & Restaurant’s red storefront and behind the counter you’ll see big red letters commanding you: “EAT.” You... Read More

  • contra Courtesy of Contra

    The ambitious, well-executed food at Contra belies its somewhat spare, narrow environs. There is only one thing on the menu: an exceptionally seasonal,... Read More

  • Daniel NYC Eric Laignel

    The namesake of acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, this New French restaurant is often lauded as one of the best in the nation. Situated in the Upper East... Read More

  • nyc Danji

    Chef Hooni Kim presides over this cozy Korean spot, serving small, medium, and large plates like spicy pork belly sliders and soy-poached black cod with... Read More

  • Del Posto Chelsea Daniel Krieger
    Del Posto

    Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich are the forces behind this opulent 24,000-square-foot temple to upscale Italian dining, accompanied by live piano music.... Read More

  • Diner Mel Barlow

    Restaurateur Andrew Tarlow opened this tiny bistro under the Williamsburg Bridge in 1999 and unwittingly set Brooklyn's farm-to-table renaissance in... Read More

  • LES Dirt Candy
    Dirt Candy

    Vegetarians, rejoice! Chef Amanda Cohen takes vegetables to a new level, making innovative and artfully plated dishes like pulled, pickled, and jerked... Read More

  • NYC Guide Bill O'Leary
    Dirty French

    Inside the buzzy Ludlow Hotel you'll find this French-inspired bistro by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznik. Dishes begin French, but end up... Read More

  • Dough Dough

    You can get this bakery’s oversized yeast doughnuts, topped with everything from passion fruit cream to chocolate and salted caramel, at dozens of... Read More

  • El Almacen El Almacen
    El Almacen

    Go early to this maddeningly popular spot, which fills up with hipsters and the occasional celebrity (Madonna has been spotted here), or brave the... Read More

  • Emily Jill Futter

    It takes patience (and commitment) to get a table at this maddeningly popular pizza place on an otherwise unremarkable stretch of Fulton Street, but the... Read More

  • EO Courtesy of Employees Only
    Employees Only

    Let this cocktail haven take you back to the '20s with specialty drinks created to impress. Make sure to take note of the address. The only sign... Read More

  • NYC Guide Epicerie Boulud
    Epicerie Boulud

    The flagship location of Daniel Boulud's patisserie sells housemade charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, and freshly baked breads and pastries, as well as a... Read More

  • nyc Courtesy of Fanelli's
    Fanelli Café

    Fanelli Café on Prince Street has been a SoHo tradition since 1847—a cozy corner spot with a simple, black street-level facade and English ivy vines... Read More

  • Five Leaves Nicole Franzen
    Five Leaves

    With a prime spot on the corner of McCarren Park, this buzzy bistro is perfect for people-watching. It's got everything you expect in this neighborhood:... Read More

  • Four Seasons Restaurantl New York Jennifer Calais Smith
    Four Seasons New York

    The place that defined the power lunch and expense account dining. Philip Johnson's sleek restaurant in Mies van der Rohe's landmark Seagram Building... Read More

  • The Frying Pan Chris Goldberg
    The Frying Pan

    More than anything, The Frying Pan is known for its eccentric decor: the must-see dinner and drink spot is actually located on a permanently docked boat... Read More

  • Midtown East © Paul Wagtouicz
    Gabriel Kreuther NY

    Gabriel Kreuther's new eponymous Midtown temple to Alsatian food gives the James Beard award–winning chef the room to indulge fully his impeccable... Read More

  • Ganso Ganso
    Ganso Ramen

    This casual, wooden booth–lined eatery already had a cult following when renowned chef Tadashi Ono revamped the menu; now the modern Japanese joint is... Read More

  • The General Greene The General Greene
    General Greene

    The restaurant that put Fort Greene on the map, this immensely popular neighborhood spot turns out excellent fried chicken, burgers, and other comfort... Read More

  • nyc Gotham West Market
    Gotham West Market

    With eight different vendors under one roof, this food hall has something for every palate. The best way to tackle it: Go with a group and sample bites... Read More

  • NYC Destination Guides Union Square Courtesy of Gramercy Tavern
    Gramercy Tavern

    Chef Michael Anthony’s daily-changing menu evolves with the seasons and what’s fresh at the Union Square greenmarket, where he sources ingredients.... Read More

  • Gran Electrica Noah Fecks
    Gran Electrica

    Skip DUMBO's touristy restaurants and head to Gran Eléctrica for some of Brooklyn's best margaritas and Mexican food. Inside, custom wallpaper creates a... Read More

  • Grand Army Bar Daniel Krieger
    Grand Army

    A neighborhood seafood temple and bar run by a group of Brooklyn restaurateur standouts. The airy, vintage-inspired space is a lovely setting for a well... Read More

  • Grand Army Plaza Food Truck Rally © Andy Katz/Demotix/Corbis
    Grand Army Plaza Food Truck Rally

    Every Sunday from May through October the entrance to Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza is home to the Food Truck Rally, a gathering of food trucks... Read More

  • Grand Central Oyster Bar Mariah Tyler
    Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

    Opened in 1913, tucked in the vaulted subterranean chambers of Grand Central Station, the Oyster Bar serves two million bivalves a year. On a good night... Read More

  • Habana Outpost Danica Jorge
    Habana Outpost

    This solar-powered restaurant does things a little differently: Cuban and Mexican food is ordered at a counter, and taken to picnic tables in an open... Read More

  • nyc guide Courtesy of Hearth

    Living up to the restaurant’s name, the servers at Hearth, located near Stuyvesant Town, are committed to providing old-fashioned, small town... Read More

  • tribeca Hudson Eats
    Hudson Eats

    A food court that redefines the genre, Hudson Eats is a sleek, sweeping hall in Battery Park City's Brookfield Place housing high-end and sought-after... Read More

  • NYC Guide Getty Images
    Hungarian Pastry Shop

    Across from St. John the Divine (the world's biggest neo-Gothic cathedral) and its gardens (yes, those are live peacocks!) flutter the red-and-white... Read More

  • nyc guide Courtesy of Il Buco
    Il Buco

    Housed in a former antique shop, this charming East Village enoteca run by restaurateur Donna Lennard offers a menu of Italian and Spanish dishes. The... Read More

  • nyc guide Courtesy of Il Buco
    Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

    The original Il Buco a block away started life as an antique shop and evolved into a homey, well-loved trattoria. This operation is purpose-built for... Read More

  • nyc guide Courtesy of Ippudo

    This imported ramen restaurant caused a stir when it first landed in New York. The wait can still be pretty long, but it's always worth it. Their pork... Read More

  • ISA Leslie Williamson

    There’s a hippy, trippy kind of rough-hewn beauty to this Williamsburg outpost from Taavo Somer (Freemans, Peels). Step inside the cozy restaurant,... Read More

  • NYC Guide Bill O'Leary
    Ivan Ramen

    This wildly popular ramen shop hailed by top chefs like David Chang comes from an unlikely source: Ivan Orkin, a self-described Jewish guy from Long... Read More

  • Jack's stir Jack's Stir Coffee Shop
    Jack's Stir Brew Coffee

    In areas beloved by tourists such as the West Village, genuinely great coffee shops that still attract a local crowd are thin on the ground. This is a... Read More

  • Jones Wood Foundry Mariah Tyler
    Jones Wood Foundry

    British ex-pats can settle in for a pint and a taste of home at this Upper East Side gastropub, which serves classic dishes like bangers and mash and... Read More

  • NYC Guide Getty Images
    Katz's Delicatessen

    A Lower East Side institution since 1888, Katz's Deli is more than a restaurant—it's part of the New York zeitgeist. The place appears in books and... Read More

  • kin shop Courtesy of Kin Shop
    Kin Shop

    At Kin Shop, former Top Chef contestant Harold Dieterle creates delicious Thai-inspired dishes (masaman curry, crispy pork and oyster salad, grilled... Read More

  • L'apicio L'apicio

    Stop by this charming neighborhood restaurant for a taste of Gabe and Katherine Thompson's soulful modern Italian food. The intimate spot is a lovely... Read More

  • nyc Le Bateau Ivre
    Le Bateau Ivre

    An unassuming, cozy French bistro with just a handful of tables and a wonderful wine list (for both bottles and by the glass). Every day at 6 p.m., the... Read More

  • Le Bernardin Shimon & Tammar
    Le Bernardin

    Legendary chef Eric Ripert's seafood-centric tasting menu at Le Bernardin is the ultimate indulgence. The three-Michelin-starred restaurant consistently... Read More

  • Harlem Courtesy of Lenox Coffee
    Lenox Coffee

    Tin ceilings, red brick walls lined with the works of local artists, and rough-hewn wood planks give this specialty coffee house a cozy feel. Run by two... Read More

  • tribeca Evan Joseph
    Little Park

    At Little Park, in the Smyth Hotel, Andrew Carmellini gets creative with small plates meant for sharing. Instead of tomatoes, burrata comes with... Read More

  • Locanda Verde, NYC, NY Noah Fecks
    Locanda Verde

    Chef-owner Andrew Carmellini brings robust Italian cooking to Locanda Verde, located in Tribeca. Like an Italian taverna, the décor is simple and... Read More

  • Locanda Vini e Olii Locanda Vini e Olii
    Locanda Vini E Olli

    Tucked into a restored, turn-of-the-century pharmacy that retains its original signage, this moody little spot serves exceptional Tuscan food. Go for... Read More

  • queens M. Wells
    M. Wells Steakhouse

    Don’t be fooled by the unassuming painted-brick storefront: M. Wells Steakhouse might give off a casual vibe, but its food is seriously good. Run by... Read More

  • Marc Forgione

    The Iron Chef's restaurant has been open since 2008, but it still remains a local favorite for its bold flavors. Don't miss Forgione's take on classics... Read More

  • nyc Alice Gao

    Chef Nick Anderer proved his Roman-cuisine mettle at Maialino, the acclaimed Danny Meyers–owned restaurant at the Gramery Park Hotel. Now he's applying... Read More

  • nyc Mercato

    A rustic trattoria run by an Italian-born chef, Mercato is the type of neighborhood restaurant we all wish we had. The menu—which includes an antipasti... Read More

  • Mighty Quinns Courtesy of Mighty Quinns
    Mighty Quinn's

    As New Yorkers have been swept up in the barbecue craze, there have been a smattering of chefs who have crafted their skills in Texas or the Carolinas... Read More

  • Milkbar Momofuku
    Milk Bar

    Christina Tosi's Milk Bar empire is now in evidence with locations all across New York City. But this is the original one, and it's always worth the... Read More

  • Momofuku Momofuku
    Momofuku Noodle Bar

    The noodle bar that launched a career. When then unknown chef David Chang opened this unassuming East Village spot in the summer of 2004, no one—least... Read More

  • Momofuku Momofuku
    Momofuku Ssäm Bar

    With a mile-long list of accolades and awards—and even longer waits for stools at his East Village dining bars—the Korean-American cook David Chang is... Read More

  • Nightingale 9 Daniel Krieger
    Nightingale 9

    Inspired by the culinary culture of Vietnam's open-air markets, chef Robert Newton serves ever-so-slightly reinterpreted versions of classic dishes that... Read More

  • No. 7 Katherine Pangaro
    No. 7

    The original No. 7 outpost in Fort Greene has been overshadowed by the brand's sandwich shop in the Ace Hotel, but this more spacious dining room still... Read More


    Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the award-winning team behind the fine-dining Eleven Madison Park, prove they are equally adept in creating an exceptional... Read More

  • Odeon

    Red neon letters above a striped awning and patio tables announce the West Broadway address of this popular TriBeCa gathering spot. Inside you’ll find... Read More

  • Penrose Paul Wagtouicz

    Warm and rustic, this Irish-style gastropub stands out among the many characterless bars lining the Upper East Side. Cocktails are well-crafted, and the... Read More

  • PJ Clarke's The Original

    The original location of this burger franchise is set in an 1884 brick townhouse on Third Avenue; it's a little piece of history (and old New York)... Read More

  • Pok Pok Ny Evan Sung
    Pok Pok NY

    A Vermont native who fell in love with the food of Chiang Mai and northwest Thailand, Andy Ricker opened a slew of restaurants in Portland, Oregon, and... Read More

  • Midtown East Eric Laignel
    Polo Bar

    The immaculate, wood-paneled, leather-trimmed, equestrian-focused world of Ralph Lauren in restaurant form. Scoring a reservation (even a 5:30 p.m. one)... Read More

  • Harlem Courtesy of Red Rooster
    Red Rooster

    Named after the legendary Harlem speakeasy, Red Rooster Harlem serves up sophisticated soul food. Menus reflect the diverse population of the... Read More

  • Roberta's Pizza Roberta's Pizza

    It’s like a fairy tale of unlikely culinary discovery: the graffiti-festooned cinder-block garage in hardscrabble Bushwick that houses a pizza oven, an... Read More

  • Roman's Polina V. Yamshchikov

    The team behind Williamsburg’s Marlow & Sons have struck gold again at this whitewashed neighborhood spot with big ambitions. Every item on the... Read More

  • NYC Guide Neilson Barnard
    Salumeria Rosi

    Salumeria Rosi may be the only restaurant in the city with an in-house salumiere, who oversees the kitchen's selection of cured-meats and curates... Read More

  • Midtown East DANIEL KRIEGER
    Salvation Taco

    Hipsters and twentysomethings have a cool home in midtown thanks to this quirky Mexican bar and restaurant from April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. The... Read More

  • Sant Ambroeus Loews Regency Courtesy of Sant Ambroeus
    Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar at the Loews Regency

    This crisp yet casual offshoot of the Milanese-inspired café serves pastries and breads to accompany your morning macchiato or americano (lighter fare... Read More

  • Seamstress NYC Mariah Tyler

    Several cocktail heavy-hitters were behind the opening of this bar and restaurant on the Upper East Side, including bartender extraordinaire Pamela... Read More

  • Semilla Yuko Torihara

    Though it bills itself as a "vegetable-forward" restaurant, Semilla will please any food lover willing to cede control of the meal to the talented chef,... Read More

  • Sfgolia Mariah Tyler
    Sfoglia, New York

    This Old World trattoria, with its rustic wood floor, marble-topped bar, antique wooden tables, fancy chandeliers, textured walls, and wine bottle-lined... Read More

  • Speedy Romeo Danica Jorge
    Speedy Romeo

    One of Brooklyn's preeminent pizza spots (and trust us, there's plenty of competition), Speedy Romeo received a lot of initial buzz when chef and owner... Read More

  • nyc Squire Fox
    Sullivan Street Bakery

    Jim Lahey ushered in a bread revolution when he opened Sullivan Street Bakery in 1994. His small-batch, Italian-style loaves were a revelation, and... Read More

  • NYC Guide Sushi Yasaki
    Sushi Yasaka

    This off-the-radar Upper West Side restaurant serves some of the best Japanese food in the city. Serious sushi lovers should head straight to the sushi... Read More

  • Szechuan Gourmet Courtesy of Szechuan Gourmet
    Szechuan Gourmet

    This no-frills Chinese restaurant breaks from the Cantonese fare usually on offer with a menu of Sichuan cuisine: spicy, tangy, tongue-numbing dishes... Read More

  • NYC Destination Guide Union Square David Jacobs
    Tarallucci e Vino

    Abbruzzese restaurateur Luca di Pietro opened Tarallucci e Vino hoping to bring Italy's quintessential cafe culture to New York City. The restaurant... Read More

  • NYC Guide Telepan

    Telepan is an Upper West Side restaurant with an earth-friendly theme and a menu that changes with the seasons. Produce is locally sourced,... Read More

  • The Breslin Melissa Hom
    The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

    Located inside the historic 1904 building that once housed the Breslin Hotel and is now home to New York’s Ace Hotel, The Breslin was created by chef... Read More

  • The Finch Danica Jorge
    The Finch

    Run by an alum of Gramercy Tavern and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, this atmospheric Clinton Hill restaurant boasts a tightly curated menu of small plates... Read More

  • Toro Noah Fecks

    At the New York outpost of their wildly popular Boston tapas joint, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette serve creative, Spanish-inflected small plates that... Read More

  • Uncle Boons

    Opened by two former Per Se chefs, Uncle Boons serves authentic Thai food in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. The place is reminiscent of a dimly lit Thai... Read More

  • Untitled at The Whitney Timothy Schenck
    Untitled at the Whitney

    Untitled, the Whitney’s original Danny Meyer restaurant, is the same in name only after moving to its new downtown digs. Chef Michael Anthony of... Read More

  • Upland

    Justin Smillie first charmed New Yorkers at the helm of Il Buco Alimentari, where he earned a rave reviews from critics and delighted diners. Now at... Read More

  • Via Carota GENTL AND HYERS
    Via Carota

    Buvette’s Jody Williams branched out into rustic Italian cooking with the opening of this roomy, light-filled space in early 2015. As one would expect,... Read More

  • Via Quandronno Mariah Tyler
    Via Quadronno

    Named after a street in Milan, this Italian cafe is a lovely spot to recharge after a day spent wandering through nearby museums or exploring Central... Read More

  • Zenkichi Zenkichi

    It's easy to walk past this unmarked Japanese brasserie without noticing it, but go for dinner and you won't regret it. Inspired by Tokyo's discreet... Read More

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