20 Best Lunch Spots in New York City

The OpenTable Team

Across the five boroughs, New York City has world-famous architecture like the Empire State Building and unrivaled musical theater on Broadway. Walking along the city streets, you'll come across every language and culture from Chinatown to Little Italy. That means a trip to New York means an endless variety of foods, from Manhattan clam chowder to coal-oven pizza. But where do the savviest diners go to satisfy their lunch cravings in The Big Apple? Look no further than the Tastemaker 20. We've collected data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners to find out where these 20 local favorites serve the best lunch in New York. Dine at these 20 restaurants today!

Restaurants:VILLARD, Casa Mono, Marea
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Spanish, Italian
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, Union Square, Midtown West

VILLARD

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
242 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
Located in the Lotte New York Palace, this upscale bistro is known for their weekday breakfast, as well as their outstanding weekend brunch. On Saturday and Sunday, their menu is oRead more
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Casa Mono

$$$$·Spanish·
Union Square
1,818 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Tapas
When it comes to the best lunch in New York, Casa Mono is the place for diners who love small plates, giving them the option to sample a number of dishes. Holding a Michelin Star sRead more
92% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,744 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Located on the edge of Central Park South, Marea is a high-end Italian eatery, known for its housemade pasta and fresh seafood dishes. Winning numerous awards and recognitions, incRead more
91% recommended
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Tempura Matsui

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
350 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
This high-end Japanese restaurant offers a range of dishes, with a core focus on tempura, which dates back to the mid-16th century. The restaurant itself is relaxed and calmed, shoRead more
100% recommended
Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
306 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
The Lobster Club is a Japanese Brasserie, celebrating unique Japanese cooking and the art of sushi. The sophisticated dining room and lounge create a cozy vibe, designed entirely bRead more
85% recommended
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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
2,029 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
Aquavit is an incredibly unique restaurant, offering high-end Scandinavian dishes, served in a classy Nordic setting. The full kitchen can be seen from the dining room, adding to tRead more
83% recommended
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Gabriel Kreuther

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Midtown West
1,595 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
When diners on-the-hunt for the best lunch in New York, Gabriel Kreuther is the spot. This modern French restaurant is chic and airy, featuring stunning wood beams, plenty of naturRead more
93% recommended
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,955 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Cosme is the place-to-be for authentic Mexican, serving shareables, small plates, and handcrafted cocktails. Celebrating the ingredients that came from the Hudson Valley and surrouRead more
84% recommended
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Ai Fiori

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Midtown West
4,346 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Located in the elegant Langham hotel, Ai Fiori dishes up French and Italian cuisine, highlighting their signature house-made pastas. Using seasonal ingredients, the chefs at Ai FioRead more
89% recommended
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Babbo Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Greenwich Village
3,520 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Lively and warm, Babbo Ristorante first opened its doors in 1998. Celebrating the best of Italian food, wine, and lifestyle, this neighborhood meeting place emulates the traditionsRead more
93% recommended
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THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
564 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Found in the iconic Seagram Building, THE GRILL offers mid-century style and a modern menu. Celebrating the historic American chophouse setting, THE GRILL offers extensive table siRead more
86% recommended
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Majorelle

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
585 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in The Lowell Hotel, Majorelle is the place for classic French cuisine with a Moroccan twist. Their skylight garden, white table cloth dining area, and classy bar create a Read more
97% recommended
French in New York / Tri-State Area

Pinch Chinese

$$$$·Chinese·
SoHo
99 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
Pinch Chinese combines the best comfort food, wine, and cocktails, all of which are inspired by Chinese ingredients, cooking methods, and traditions. During the week, they offer vaRead more
92% recommended
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Atrium Dumbo

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
807 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Brunch
This two-level restaurant stands out due to its industrial architecture and live green wall. Located steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge Park and water views, the menu at Atrium DuRead more
90% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,634 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
Combining the appeal of a French bistro and a tavern, Minetta Tavern features vintage decor, checkered floor, and artwork throughout. Since opening its doors in 1937, Minetta TaverRead more
89% recommended
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River Cafe

$$$$·American·
DUMBO / Vinegar Hill
8,621 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
The River Cafe is a local landmark, offering incredible views of Manhattan, as well as an intriguing New American menu. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, diners can enjoy breathtaRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Brooklyn
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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
1,014 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Empellon Midtown is a trendy Mexican spot, known for their innovative tacos and creative drinks. Featuring two levels, this Mexican eatery is spacious and inviting. For the table, Read more
86% recommended
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Del Posto - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
6,867 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
A short walk to Chelsea Market, Del Posto is modern, charming, and refined. The ambiance at Del Posto showcases European luxury, providing a memorable Italian experience. Their thrRead more
92% recommended
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Bouley at Home

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
5,713 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Bouley at Home is a fine dining establishment known for its exquisite menu, private dining options, and cooking class demos. The dining area matches the upscale menu, featuring pleRead more
88% recommended
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Vaucluse

$$$$·French·
Midtown East
1,356 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Vaucluse is an elegant brasserie, known for its distinct New York vibe and upscale French cuisine. There are two main dining rooms, in addition to their private dining area. The weRead more
98% recommended
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