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The Best Places to Eat in New York City

The OpenTable Team

With its millions of residents, tourists from all over the globe, soaring skyline, and pulsating energy, New York City is one of the most exuberant and exciting cities in the world. It’s no surprise, then, that the city boasts some of the very best dining on the planet, too. One can barely walk a block in New York without bumping into a fantastic meal, whether it’s a corner pizza joint, an acclaimed gastropub, or a swanky lounge with a DJ. New York restaurants have always been on the culinary map. Depending on what you're looking for, it's possible to find the best pizza in New York, the best pastrami sandwich in New York, the best cheesecake in New York and more. The options can be dizzying. 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. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:The Lobster Club, Le Coucou, The Clocktower
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, French, English
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, SoHo, Gramercy / Flatiron
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
277 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
The Lobster Club is a Japanese brasserie run by Major Food Group, a proprietor of many famous restaurants in the city. The menu takes on a large range of classic Japanese cooking tRead more
93% recommended

Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,873 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Le Coucou is an internationally acclaimed restaurant by Chef Daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris. Now he crafts elegant French cuisine at this SoHo restaurant anRead more
92% recommended
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,386 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
The Clocktower is one of the city’s newer restaurants and features Stephen Starr and acclaimed chef Jason Atherton’s signature English and contemporary European cuisine. It is in IRead more
90% recommended

Gabriel Kreuther

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Midtown West
1,446 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
This outstanding Midtown restaurant features a luxurious, upscale contemporary French-American- and Alsatian-inspired dining experience with a distinct New York spirit. Named one oRead more
91% recommended

The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
4,789 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Modern is a contemporary American restaurant in the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown. Executive Chef Abram Bissell is in charge of the menu, which features refined, playful dishRead more
96% recommended
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Aquavit

$$$$·Scandinavian·
Midtown East
1,983 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Aquavit, located in an elegant setting in Midtown East, has a wonderfully clean and contemporary design. They pay extreme attention to detail here, plating the courses on beautifulRead more
91% recommended
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Aldea

$$$$·Portuguese·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,175 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
In May 2009, Chef George Mendes opened Aldea in the Flatiron neighborhood. It’s a casually elegant restaurant named for the Spanish word for “village.” The menu takes cues from theRead more

Raoul's

$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,838 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Raoul’s, a famous French restaurant on Prince Street in Soho, is one of the city’s most iconic dining spots. It was a pioneer in the mid-'70s and the same Alsatian Raoul brothers aRead more
91% recommended
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LArtusi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
2,311 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
L’Artusi is the second restaurant from the team that opened dell’anima in the West Village. Also located in the Village, this elegant Italian restaurant features the cooking of ExeRead more
92% recommended
Italian in Manhattan
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Babbo Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Greenwich Village
3,114 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
One of the most beloved restaurants in all of New York City, Babbo got a glowing three-star review from Ruth Reichl of the New York Times when they opened and they have kept up theRead more
88% recommended
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,545 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Upland Restaurant in the Flatiron District is a luxurious dining spot with large, wraparound booths, wooden floors and tables, and a giant, backlit wall lined with expensive wines Read more
89% recommended
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THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
521 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
The Grill is a gorgeous mid-century American chophouse created by Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick, and Rich Torrisi. It is in the only landmarked restaurant in New York—the Seagram BRead more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Manhattan
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Majorelle

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
418 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
Majorelle, located on the Upper East Side, is a fine dining restaurant and bar with a beautiful lounge and open garden. The bar is subtly lit and paneled in French oak with booth bRead more
88% recommended
Best Ambiance in New York / Tri-State Area

Bar Masa

$$$$·Japanese·
Columbus Circle
207 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Business Meals
Bar Masa, located on Columbus Circle, is one of the most refined Japanese restaurants in the city. The bar specializes in expertly mixed cocktails and Chef Masa serves up his uniquRead more
88% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,518 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Looking for a quintessential New York City experience? Head to Minetta Tavern on MacDougal Street in the West Village. Opened in 1937, this restaurant epitomizes New York in so manRead more
90% recommended
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Nello

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
312 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • People Watching
Nello, located on the Upper East Side, is a fine Northern Italian restaurant in the city’s most upscale neighborhood. The dining room has beautiful photographs and the tables are sRead more
81% recommended

The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
696 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The Polo Bar is the first New York restaurant by clothing designer Ralph Lauren, and serves seasonal American classics and his own personal favorite dishes. The setting on 5th AvenRead more
94% recommended
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Tocqueville

$$$$·American·
Union Square
2,579 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Romantic
Tocqueville has been serving up innovative New American French-style cuisine from its Union Square location since 2000. They focus on locally sourced seasonal ingredients from purvRead more
83% recommended
Special Occasion in New York / Tri-State Area

Racines NY

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
592 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Bar Seating
  • Creative Cuisine
Racine’s is the Tribeca outpost of Racine’s Paris and has a menu designed by chef Paul Liebrandt. The restaurant is warm and cozy with brick walls, wooden tables, and low lighting,Read more
95% recommended

Barbuto - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
1,390 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Barbuto is a casual eatery in the West Village that features the sensational Californian-Italian cooking of Chef Jonathan Waxman. The menu reflects the seasonal green market offeriRead more
95% recommended
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