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

    Located smack-dab between Union Square and the historic Flatiron district, ABC Kitchen occupies a stylish, rusticated space where Jean-Georges... Read More

  • Allswell Donny Tsang
    Allswell

    Dinner crowds come to take advantage of a competitive oyster happy hour and expertly made negronis, but they stay for the homemade dishes like ricotta... Read More

  • Ample Hills Creamery Stu_Spivack / Flickr
    Ample Hills Creamery

    The ice cream parlor is known for making all of their small-batch ice creams on premises, as well as for their inventive and addictive flavors. Read More

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    Babbo

    Mario Batali’s hymn to no-frills Italian cooking opened with a flourish in 1998, and has been serving excellent food to packed tables ever since. Don’t... 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. 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. Read More

  • nyc Blue Stone Lane
    Blue Stone Lane

    When sipping an excellent flat white or cold-brewed iced coffee in the calm, wood-lined cafe, the busy Financial District feels miles away. Read More

  • NYC Guide Jennifer S. Altman
    Boat Basin Café

    Americana staples like burgers and wings are served with plastic cutlery, easily overlooked thanks to the incredible views of the Palisades and Hudson... 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
    Bouley

    Famed chef David Bouley’s flagship TriBeCa restaurant serves up French cuisine with modern Asian influences. Extravagant tasting menus are offered at... Read More

  • Buttermilk Channel Courtesy of Buttermilk Channel
    Buttermilk Channel

    Locals come for fried chicken and cheddar waffles, pan-roasted hanger steak with broccoli rabe, and pecan pie sundaes—and note the reasonably priced... Read More

  • Buvette Courtesy of Buvette
    Buvette

    Jody Williams does simple, homey food right, and Buvette is proof 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. Read More

  • Carbone Courtesy of Carbone
    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 inviting space features a... Read More

  • Casellula Courtesy of Casellula
    Casellula Cheese & Wine Cafe

    Forty cheeses are offered on a daily, ever-changing menu, each one served paired with a unique accompaniment specifically created to bring out its best... 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

    Among the American menu's many accolades are the blueberry pancakes, just one of many flavors served all day, and owner Neil Kleinberg's biscuits ... Read More

  • contra Courtesy of Contra
    Contra/Wildair

    Here, there is only one thing on the menu: an exceptionally seasonal, multi-course prix fixe of the chefs' understated yet nuanced modern American food,... Read More

  • Daniel NYC Eric Laignel
    Daniel

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

  • nyc Danji
    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
    Diner

    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

    Chef Amanda Cohen takes vegetables to a new level, making innovative and artfully plated dishes like pulled, pickled, and jerked carrots with peanut... Read More

  • NYC Guide Bill O'Leary
    Dirty French

    Dishes begin French, but end up infusing influences from France's former colonies, like a mille feuille with Thai green curry and duck à l'orange with... Read More

  • Dough 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

  • Eleven Madison Park Francesco Tonelli
    Eleven Madison Park

    Powerhouse team Will Guidara and Daniel Humm have earned a reputation for excellence at Eleven Madison Park, often considered one of New York’s best... Read More

  • Emily Jill Futter
    Emily

    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. Read More

  • NYC Guide Epicerie Boulud
    Epicerie Boulud

    The flagship location of Daniel Boulud's patisserie sells house-made charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, and freshly baked breads and pastries, as well as... 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 over a delicious meal. Read More

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

    Philip Johnson's sleek restaurant in Mies van der Rohe's landmark Seagram Building has been serving the elite reliable (if not inventive) staples like... Read More

  • The Frying Pan Chris Goldberg
    The Frying Pan

    Today, diners can enjoy a mix of American fare and seafood. Not to be missed: the key lime pie and the Frying Pan Shoals cocktail. 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

    In addition to a core menu of noodle soups, the offerings include inventive salads and appetizers in addition to seasonal specials like tomato-miso cold... 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

    Dinner in Gramercy Tavern’s main dining room is a splurge with tasting menus at $120, but you can eat many of the same dishes for lunch at a cost of... 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. Read More

  • Grand Army Bar Daniel Krieger
    Grand Army

    Grand Army is a staple neighborhood seafood temple and bar run by a group of Brooklyn restaurateur standouts. 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. 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 patio... Read More

  • nyc guide Courtesy of Hearth
    Hearth

    Run by chef Marco Canora and general manager Paul Grieco, Hearth serves up modern American cuisine peppered with Italian influences. 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

    Stop by this coffeehouse beloved by students from nearby Columbia, settle in to one of their rickety tables, and order a linzer tart. 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. Read More

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

    This operation is purpose-built for multitasking: a café, a bakery, and a provisions shop in the front dispense espresso, artisanal sea salts, and house... Read More

  • nyc guide Courtesy of Ippudo
    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
    Isa

    Whitewashed walls, terra-cotta floors, and rustic tables set the tone for dishes like wood-fired pizzas, kale salad, and roast chicken. 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, like 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

    The convivial space has a modern but cozy vibe and offers a UK-influenced menu and beer list in the wood-lined bar and cozy dining room. Read More

  • NYC Guide Getty Images
    Katz's Delicatessen

    Go for an oversize pastrami or corned beef on rye, but be warned: it's order-at-the-counter with no reservations, and lines sometimes snake out the door. Read More

  • L'apicio L'apicio
    L'Apicio

    Stop by this charming neighborhood restaurant for a taste of Gabe and Katherine Thompson's soulful modern Italian food. 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). Read More

  • Le Bernardin Shimon & Tammar
    Le Bernardin

    Legendary chef Eric Ripert's seafood-centric tasting menu at Le Bernardin is the ultimate indulgence. Read More

  • Harlem Courtesy of Lenox Coffee
    Lenox Coffee

    Run by two musicians who live in the neighborhood, Lenox Coffee serves Stumptown beans and sells pastries, breads, and sandwiches. Read More

  • tribeca Evan Joseph
    Little Park

    At Little Park, Andrew Carmellini gets creative with small plates meant for sharing. Instead of tomatoes, burrata comes with strawberries, and arctic... Read More

  • Locanda Verde, NYC, NY Noah Fecks
    Locanda Verde

    Chef-owner Andrew Carmellini brings robust Italian cooking to Locanda Verde, located in Tribeca. 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. Read More

  • queens M. Wells
    M. Wells Steakhouse

    Come to this stellar steakhouse hungry—the food is hearty and the portions are large (witness the menu’s prehistoric-looking tomahawk chop or the tower... Read More

  • Marc Forgione

    Don't miss Forgione's take on classics like roast chicken under a brick and his 10-minute cookie for dessert. Read More

  • nyc Alice Gao
    Marta

    The speciality here is Roman-style, cracker-thin-crusted pizzas, which Chef Anderer proves are every bit as worthy of reverence as their better-known... Read More

  • nyc Mercato
    Mercato

    The menu shows hints of the chef's native Sardinia in dishes such as grilled whole sardines; rigatoni alla norma (with eggplant, tomatoes, and ricotta... Read More

  • Mighty Quinns Courtesy of Mighty Quinns
    Mighty Quinn's

    Mighty Quinn's is a standout—the brisket is never dry, the pulled pork is excellent, and if you're feeling adventurous, they offer the almighty... Read More

  • Milkbar Momofuku
    Milk Bar

    Try the classic cereal-milk soft-serve ice cream, indulge in the buttery compost cookies (made with potato chips!), or order a whole crack pie for a... Read More

  • Momofuku Momofuku
    Momofuku Noodle Bar

    Chang serves traditional Japanese noodle dishes with a heavy American accent. The house variety ramen, a clear perennial favorite, comes with pork belly... Read More

  • Momofuku Momofuku
    Momofuku Ssäm Bar

    The equally streamlined and passion-inducing Momofuku Ssäm Bar dazzles diners at night with boldly flavorful dishes composed from the best American... 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

  • NoMad DANIEL KRIEGER PHOTOGRAPHY
    NoMad

    The food is elevated but approachable: Humm's signature dish is whole-roasted chicken for two stuffed with brioche, foie gras, and truffles. Read More

  • Odeon

    Red neon letters above a striped awning and patio tables announce the West Broadway address of this popular TriBeCa American-French bistro and gathering... Read More

  • Penrose Paul Wagtouicz
    Penrose

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

  • PJ Clarke's The Original

    The OG has charm in spades: a jukebox, tiled floors, bartenders who know your name, and of course, solid burgers (served with an onion below the bun to... Read More

  • Pok Pok Ny Evan Sung
    Pok Pok NY

    The cooking is authentic Thai but does not forgo the personal touch: one tasting note on the menu reads “Another beer please. And more sticky rice.”... Read More

  • Midtown East Eric Laignel
    Polo Bar

    This is immaculate, wood-paneled, leather-trimmed, equestrian-focused world of Ralph Lauren in restaurant form, with a delicious menu. 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 neighborhood population, and... Read More

  • Roberta's Pizza Roberta's Pizza
    Roberta’s

    Get on the L train and get in line for great pizzas and other rustic fare from the wood oven, or call ahead to reserve a spot for Carlo Mirarchi’s multi... Read More

  • Roman's Polina V. Yamshchikov
    Roman’s

    Every item on the tightly focused, loosely Italian menu is made up entirely of ingredients sourced from small local farms. But don’t get attached to any... 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

    The margaritas and tacos are reliably good (and add up on your tab quickly); come to laze on the comfy couches, play ping pong, and while away an hour ... 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. Read More

  • Seamstress NYC Mariah Tyler
    Seamstress

    Come for expert renditions of classic cocktails along with a lovely, curated menu of small and large plates served in a sexy, modern lounge. Read More

  • Semilla Yuko Torihara
    Semilla

    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

    For an authentic Italian dining experience, allow the Sfoglia staff to recommend a selection from each menu section – antipasti, primi, secondi, and... Read More

  • Speedy Romeo Danica Jorge
    Speedy Romeo

    One of Brooklyn's preeminent pizza spots, Speedy Romeo received a lot of initial buzz when chef and owner Justin Bazdarich invited a group of big-name... Read More

  • nyc Squire Fox
    Sullivan Street Bakery

    Jim Lahey ushered in a bread revolution when he opened Sullivan Street Bakery in 1994. Stop in to pick up a crusty, rustic loaf, or take a seat and... Read More

  • NYC Guide Sushi Yasaki
    Sushi Yasaka

    Serious sushi lovers should head straight to the sushi bar and order the very reasonably priced 12-piece omakase, or chef's selection.  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

    This spot prides itself on serving simple dishes made with the highest quality ingredients. It also stocks rare wines by small producers, with an... Read More

  • NYC Guide Telepan
    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, and meats,... Read More

  • The Breslin Melissa Hom
    The Breslin Bar & Dining Room

    The Breslin’s menu focuses primarily on meats, with a selection of terrines, including guinea hen and morels, accompanied by flavorful cuts, such as rib... Read More

  • The Finch Danica Jorge
    The Finch

    This atmospheric Clinton Hill restaurant boasts a tightly curated menu of small plates and bigger entrees that vastly eclipse the average neighborhood... Read More

  • Toro Noah Fecks
    Toro

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

  • Uncle Boons

    Opened by two former Per Se chefs, Uncle Boons serves authentic Thai food in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Read More

  • Untitled at The Whitney Timothy Schenck
    Untitled at the Whitney

    Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern turns out vibrant, hyper-seasonal modern American fare in the sleek, glass-walled space designed by Renzo Piano. Read More

  • Upland

    Now at Upland, chef Smillie has incorporated his native-born Californian sensibilities into a hyper-seasonal menu of rustic, yet thoughtfully conceived... Read More

  • Via Carota GENTL AND HYERS
    Via Carota

    As one would expect, the food is fantastic: authentic yet inventive, focused on the highest-quality ingredients, and not over-priced. 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
    Zenkichi

    Inspired by Tokyo's discreet restaurants, diners sit at private booths meant to encourage guests to focus on the food and their company. Read More

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