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 Lists. 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

The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
307 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
84% recommended
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,925 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
91% recommended
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,399 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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
85% recommended
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Gabriel Kreuther

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Midtown West
1,594 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romantic
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
92% recommended
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The Modern

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

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
2,005 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
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
100% recommended

Raoul's

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

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

$$$$·Italian·
Greenwich Village
3,324 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
91% recommended
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,581 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
90% recommended
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THE GRILL

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

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
500 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
90% recommended
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Bar Masa

$$$$·Japanese·
Columbus Circle
208 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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Minetta Tavern

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

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
392 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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

The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
699 reviews
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
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Tocqueville

$$$$·American·
Union Square
2,652 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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
97% recommended
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Racines NY

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
668 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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
94% recommended

Aldea - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Portuguese·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,231 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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