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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  • ABC Kitchen

    At this restaurant, located between Union Square and the historic Flatiron district, Jean-Georges Vongerichten shines the spotlight on farm-to-fork... Read More

  • Absolute Bagels

    If you're heading uptown, a morning stop at this cash-only hole-in-the-wall will introduce a bagel that may cause you to reevaluate the mere bread-rolls... Read More

  • Blue Hill

    This romantic spot in the heart of Greenwich Village is where sustainability poster boy Dan Barber shows off the very best hyper-seasonal ingredients... Read More

  • Buvette

    Jody Williams does simple, homey food right and Buvette Gastrothèque is proof. The tiny no-reservations bistro has quickly become a beloved spot for... Read More

  • Cafe Sabarsky

    Inside the marvelous German and Austrian art museum that is the Neue Galerie lies Café Sabarasky, an elegant, albeit slightly under-the-radar spot for... Read More

  • Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

    This three-Michelin-starred restaurant is hard to find: it's a chef's counter hidden inside a supermarket. But those who make the trip are rewarded with... Read More

  • Contra/Wildair

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

  • Danji

    Chef Hooni Kim presides over this cozy spot where traditional Korean tastes and techniques meet contemporary preparation and creativity. And when we say... Read More

  • Del Posto

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

  • Dirt Candy

    "Anyone can cook a hamburger—leave the vegetables to the professionals." So says chef Amanda Cohen on the website of her buzzing Lower East Side... Read More

  • Dominique Ansel Kitchen

    French pâtissier Dominque Ansel—who gained international fame after inventing the now oft-imitated “cronut”—opened this location, his second in New York... Read More

  • Eleven Madison Park

    Never content to rest on its laurels (which include three Michelin stars and the title of "Best Restaurant in North America"), Eleven Madison Park now... Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Levain Bakery

    Weighing in at slightly less than half a pound, Levain's could-be-meals cookies are big, but you'll still wish you had just one more bite after you've... Read More

  • Locanda Verde

    Located inside Robert DeNiro’s trendy Greenwich Hotel, this Italian restaurant (which is run by chef Andrew Carmellini) has had New Yorkers and tourists... Read More

  • NoMad

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

  • Pier A Harbor House

    Designated as a New York City landmark, Pier A Harbor House is hard to miss, as it juts into the Hudson River in Battery Park. The 28,000-square-foot... Read More

  • Polo Bar

    Polo Bar is the immaculate, wood-paneled, leather-trimmed, equestrian-focused world of Ralph Lauren in restaurant form. Scoring a reservation (even a 5... Read More

  • Red Rooster

    Named for the legendary Harlem speakeasy, Red Rooster serves up sophisticated soul food to a lively mix of Harlemites and visitors from all around the... Read More

  • Russ & Daughters Café

    Since 1914, four generations of the Russ family have been selling smoked fish, cream cheese, bagels, caviar, and other kinds of "appetizing" (as such... Read More

  • Sushi Yasuda

    Any New Yorker who’s well versed in the art of sushi knows to head to Naomichi Yasuda’s namesake restaurant for the freshest fish in town. Open since... Read More

  • The Spotted Pig

    This West Village hotspot has been a celebrity magnet since it opened in 2004. Famed British chef April Bloomfield complements her world-class English... Read More

  • Totto Ramen

    It quickly becomes clear that this cash-only, sub-sidewalk spot in Hell's Kitchen is not the right choice for leisurely sit-down dining, but the line... Read More

  • Uncle Boons

    There is always, always a long line at this bold Thai spot opened by two Per Se alums, but the host will gladly text you when your table's almost ready.... Read More

  • 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

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