Meet New York City’s Most Awarded Restaurants

From MICHELIN Guide star recipients to James Beard Award winners and those that constantly top the “Best Of” lists, here are the critical darlings of New York City's dining scene.

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Restaurants:Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Le Coucou, Aquavit
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French / Japanese, French, Nordic
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, SoHo, Midtown East
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
53 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
The wine sommelier is truly a gem! He stands out as much as the food. Wonderful experience!
Best Food in Manhattan
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,926 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Fantastic food .good service.
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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
1,998 reviews
Wonderful meal! Each course kept getting better. Best duck breast dish I’ve had and the bird’s nest for dessert is divine!
Best Overall in Manhattan
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Babbo Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Greenwich Village
3,598 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Pasta tasting menu is excellent. I highly recommend it.

Café Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
6,093 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Great experience in the restaurant. Great service and quiet environment. I had the three course lunch menu and the appetizer was great and the fish in the main course was okay buRead more
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Empellon Taqueria

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
West Village
1,690 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
Consistently wonderful and creative Mexican cuisine presented in a lively "scene". Empellon and Buvette are my go to West Village restaurants.
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Hearth

$$$$·Italian·
East Village
2,950 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Great menu and delicious food. Great cocktail list, too!

Bâtard

$$$$·Modern European·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,597 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Delicious food, very good environment for conversation, portion size a bit small. Service right mix of attentive while giving enough time to enjoy the meal
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Blue Hill

$$$$·American·
West Village
3,908 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The perfect special-occasion restaurant. A truly unique dining experience!
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Casa Mono

$$$$·Spanish·
Union Square
1,913 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem
Awesome experience.
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
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Caviar Russe

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Midtown East
595 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
beautiful restaurant for a quiet conversation and delicious meal
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Cote NYC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chelsea
162 reviews
Love the meats and have wonderful service! Will come back again!
Great for Lunch in New York / Tri-State Area
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Danji

$$$$·Korean·
Hell's Kitchen
1,120 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
Really enjoyed it. Good food and service. The shrimp and scallion pancakes and the tofu were stand outs.
Korean in New York / Tri-State Area

Kajitsu

$$$$·Japanese·
Murray Hill
1,112 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Kajitsu was an outstanding experience! Each course was fantastic as was the tea and saké paired with it. The staff was sweet and knowledgeable. My wife and I can’t wait to retuRead more
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Kosaka

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
320 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
Elegant environment. Sushi was one of the best experiences I've ever had and I've been to Japan
Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area
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Nomad Restaurant - East Village

$$$$·Mediterranean·
East Village
518 reviews
Each dish was prepared and presented beautifully. The Halumi appetizer was exquisite. The entrees were wonderful in their Moroccan style.
Fit for Foodies in New York / Tri-State Area

Sushi of Gari - Upper East Side

$$$$·Japanese·
Upper East Side
1,042 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Wonderful experience as usual! We love this place and its omakase!
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Tempura Matsui

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
376 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
Chef’s preparation of each tempura was timed perfectly. Food was delicious and staff was very attentive.
Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area
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Breslin Burger

$$$$·Burgers·
NoMad
659 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Groups
Had a phenomenal time with our big group of 16. The staff was great and super attentive. Food came out quickly too!
Burgers in New York / Tri-State Area
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,400 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Club or pub? After a year-and-a-half COVID shutdown, Clocktower had reopened just the day before our visit. Through the relatively buzzy urban/contemporary downstairs cocktail lounRead more
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Yakitori Tori Shin

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown West
733 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
Absolutely Best Yakitori restaurant combine NYC and Tokyo. 5 stars.
Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area

Meadowsweet

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
1,160 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
I took my best friend here for her birthday and it was a lovely experience! The food was amazing, we ended up splitting a few of the starters and one entree and that was plenty of Read more
Healthy in Brooklyn

River Cafe

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
8,465 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
Delightful experience; the service, the food, the ambiance (music & decoration), the view, everything, goes with the price. You will find the perfect mix of young and old experienRead more
Best Food in Brooklyn
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