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 our Tastemaker List. 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:Temple Court, The Polo Bar, LArtusi
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:American, Italian
Neighborhoods:Financial District, Midtown East, West Village

Temple Court

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,115 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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
95% recommended

The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
699 reviews
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
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LArtusi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
2,404 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
97% recommended
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The Loyal

$$$$·American·
West Village
530 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
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
84% recommended
American in Manhattan

Indochine

$$$$·Vietnamese·
NoHo
1,873 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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
92% recommended
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,977 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • 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
92% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Burger and Barrel

$$$$·American·
SoHo
926 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Fun
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100% recommended
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Dirty French

$$$$·French·
Lower East Side
1,276 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
84% recommended
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THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
563 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
81% recommended
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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,285 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
88% recommended
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
307 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
84% recommended
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Masseria dei Vini

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
1,824 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
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
91% recommended
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Casa Enrique

$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
913 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
89% recommended
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Boucherie - Union Square

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
979 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
82% recommended

Raoul's

$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,838 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
95% recommended
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THE POOL

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
326 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,399 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
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The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
4,792 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
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
95% recommended
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,581 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
92% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,633 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
94% recommended
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