The Top Restaurants by Cuisine in New York City

The OpenTable team

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among New York City’s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

Restaurants:Maialino, Gramercy Tavern, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, French
Neighborhoods:New York, SoHo

Maialino

$$$$·Italian·
New York
4,276 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
ITALIAN: New York City has no shortage of excellent Italian restaurants, but Maialino—Danny Meyer’s Roman trattoria in the Gramercy Park Hotel—consistently shines as one of the briRead more
92% recommended
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Gramercy Tavern

$$$$·American·
New York
8,507 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
AMERICAN: Gramercy Tavern is the crown jewel of the Danny Meyer restaurant empire, and it’s not hard to see why; walking into the restaurant feels like stepping into a painting. HeRead more
95% recommended
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,926 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
FRENCH: In a city known for its fine dining, Le Coucou is one of the most exciting new additions to the white-tablecloth scene; chef Daniel Rose marries classic French cuisine withRead more
92% recommended
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Estiatorio Milos – Midtown New York

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown West
6,230 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
SEAFOOD: There are few things as glorious as a just-caught piece of seafood cooked thoughtfully and elegantly, and Estiatorio Milos takes that experience even farther: you can seleRead more
97% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area

THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
564 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
STEAKHOUSE: The Major Food Group, helmed by chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, has completely changed the restaurant landscape of New York, with restaurants like Carbone becominRead more
100% recommended
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Boulud Sud

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Lincoln Square
6,146 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
MEDITERRANEAN: Chef Daniel Boulud has been wow-ing this city for decades with his classy, upscale French cooking, and Boulud Sud—which features the food of the Mediterranean—never Read more
100% recommended
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,954 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
MEXICAN: When Enrique Olvera, the chef behind the world-renowned Mexico City restaurant Pujol, opened up a spot in New York, the expectations were high—and he delivered. Cosme, an Read more
129 people mentioned the Duck Carnitas
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Buddakan NY

$$$$·Chinese·
Meatpacking District
14,001 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
CHINESE: While it may not be the most authentic or low-key Chinese restaurant in town, Buddakan certainly has its perks: it’s fun, it’s glizy, it’s sceney, and the food is—somewhatRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked in Manhattan
861 people mentioned the Dumplings

15 East Restaurant

$$$$·Sushi·
Union Square
1,109 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
JAPANESE: 15 East is a gem of a restaurant, a place that feels rare and special and unique each time you eat there. You’re here for some of the best sushi in the city, prepared witRead more
100% recommended
112 people mentioned the Omakase
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La Vara

$$$$·Spanish·
Cobble Hill
819 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
SPANISH: Down a cozy street in Cobble Hill is La Vara, a place that looks like a casual neighborhood spot but very well might be the best Spanish restaurant in New York City. AnythRead more
100% recommended
26 people mentioned the Sangria
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JUNGSIK

$$$$·Korean·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,418 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
KOREAN: Half an island away from bustling Koreatown you’ll find Jungsik, a fine-dining restaurant in Tribeca serving elegant, refined, and modern version of Korean food. You’ll dinRead more
94% recommended
31 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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Somtum Der

$$$$·Thai·
East Village
236 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
THAI: “Somtum” is the Thai word for green-papaya salad, and you’ll find eight exemplary versions of it at Somtum Der, a cozy neighborhood spot in the East Village. Come here for thRead more
90% recommended
25 people mentioned the Papaya Salad
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Llama Inn

$$$$·Peruvian·
Williamsburg
118 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem
PERUVIAN: There’s no restaurant in New York quite like Llama Inn: the glass-walled structure feels like it should exist anywhere but this area of Williamsburg, and the food—which iRead more
91% recommended
7 people mentioned the Anticuchos
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
2,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN: While it’s not hard to find a vegetarian restaurant in New York these days, it is hard to find one with food just as good—as not better—as the omnivorous spots arRead more
92% recommended
81 people mentioned the Dumplings
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