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The Best Bars for Foodies in New York

The OpenTable Team

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason: there's always something going on. The city is home to some of the most unique nightlife in the world, and the best bars in NYC range from local dives, to high-end restaurants, to everything in between. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to rooftop views, classic hotel spots to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a spot; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Raoul's, The Clocktower, The Modern
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary French, English, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:SoHo, Gramercy / Flatiron, New York
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Raoul's

$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,838 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Raoul's is a SoHo bistro that has been in business for more than 40 years. Dating back to the 1970's, Raoul's boasts a full French menu and matching French cocktails. In terms of NRead more
92% recommended
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,386 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
Centrally located near Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building, The Clocktower is curated by master Chef Jason Atherton and located in the New York EDITION building. In additRead more
87% recommended

The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
4,789 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Modern overlooks the Museum of Modern Art (which is where, perhaps, the venue got its name) and it takes the same artistic approach to its cuisine...and its beverages. As one oRead more
96% recommended
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Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
875 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Curated by Tom Colicchio and located in the landmark Beekman Hotel, Temple Court makes our list of the best bars in NYC because of its sensational design and its unparalleled commiRead more
91% recommended

The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
696 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
As its name indicates, The Polo Bar was designed and curated by fashion magnate Ralph Lauren. This trendy spot is one of the best bars in NYC, and it's also notoriously difficult tRead more
94% recommended
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LArtusi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
2,309 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Few Greenwich Village bars have an impact on the community that L'Artusi has. Featuring little Italian plates served tapas-style, L'Artusi boasts a fully Italian wine list, micro-bRead more
93% recommended
Italian in Manhattan
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The Loyal

$$$$·American·
West Village
445 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
  • Neighborhood Gem
If you're looking for standout Lower East Side bars, look no further than The Loyal. Offering Happy Hour every day and a wide selection of standard American fare (like burgers and Read more

Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,534 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
This is perhaps the only bar on this list that's based in New York City but prides itself on its California influences. Changing its menu with the seasons, Upland is located near MRead more
90% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,512 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy
One of the best West Village restaurants, Minetta Tavern is a full-service all-American local bar that's become a “hidden treasure” for tourists, as well. Featuring a fair selectioRead more
90% recommended

Indochine

$$$$·Vietnamese·
NoHo
1,763 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
There are very few remnants of the “Old New York” that still exist in the city today, but Lower East Side favorite Indochine is an exception. With a decor dating back to the 1980'sRead more
90% recommended

Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,260 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
The Balthazar is an exclusive and iconic French brasserie located in the heart of Soho that offers all three meals and a world-renowned brunch. Beyond the food, however, the BalthaRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
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Dirty French

$$$$·French·
Lower East Side
1,215 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick have curated this restaurant, located in the legendary Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side, and created a one-of-a-kind dining experiRead more
81% recommended

THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
521 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
Boasting a mid-century style unlike anything else in Manhattan today, THE GRILL—located in the historic Seagram Building—is one of the best bars in NYC because, like Dirty French, Read more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Manhattan
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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,207 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
This TriBeCa hotspot offers modern Italian cuisine and a matching modern Italian wine list. It's one of the pricier bars on this list, however, and getting a reservation is extremeRead more

The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
276 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
For a different type of Upper East Side bar, check out The Lobster Club, which is located on East 53rd Street. Offering high-end Japanese fare, including sushi and teppanyaki disheRead more
93% recommended
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Masseria dei Vini

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
1,678 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Unlike many Italian restaurants that specialize in pan-Italian fare suited for the American palate, Masseria dei Vini near Columbus Circle boasts strictly Puglian fare and exclusivRead more
94% recommended

THE POOL

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown East
319 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
Another offering courtesy of the Major Food Group, The Pool Lounge—also located in the Seagram building—takes a completely different approach to their drinks: They focus on one flaRead more
88% recommended
Special Occasion in New York / Tri-State Area
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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
837 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
This is the only NYC bar on the list that's not located in Manhattan proper. It is, in fact, in nearby Long Island City, but it's well worth the trip for its casual Mexican fare anRead more
95% recommended
Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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Boucherie - Union Square

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
691 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
Located in the heart of the West Village, Boucherie prides itself on having patrons experience authentic French culture and cuisine. As a result, the bar features absinthe and variRead more
88% recommended

Barbuto - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
1,390 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Few of the bars on this list of the best bars in NYC can say that they have a “world-renowned roasted chicken” on the menu, but Barbuto—one of the premier restaurants in Chelsea—caRead more
95% recommended
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