The Best Places to Eat in New York City

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Le Coucou, The Clocktower, Aquavit
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French, English, Nordic
Neighborhoods:SoHo, Gramercy / Flatiron, Midtown East
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,926 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 and lends his personal...

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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,410 reviews
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot

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 Ian Schrager’s Editio...

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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
1,984 reviews

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 beautiful dishware, using woo...

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Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Babbo Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Greenwich Village
3,640 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • 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 the quality and amazing...

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THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
564 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date

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 Building. Inspired by...

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Majorelle

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
644 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 banquettes and tables...

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French in New York / Tri-State Area

Nello

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
482 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals

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 set with white tablec...

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Racines NY

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
741 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List

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, and an open kitchen...

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Best Overall in Manhattan
11 people mentioned the Manhattan
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