Favorite Local Restaurants in New York City

The OpenTable team

People say that New York is the greatest city in the world, and we may have to agree—especially when it comes to our restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to fine-dining palaces, vegetable-forward hotspots to old-school steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Marea, Upland, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary American, French
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Gramercy / Flatiron, SoHo

Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,748 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Business Meals
There’s a reason Marea is the power-lunch-and-dinner capital of New York City: it’s elegant, it’s luxurious, and the food is consistently some of the best Italian in the city. ChefRead more
93% recommended
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,581 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
Upland is one of those restaurants that manages to be both elegant and comfortable at the same time; the room glows with a cozy energy usually reserved for your own living room. ThRead more
92% recommended
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,925 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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 with a downtRead more
92% recommended
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,978 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Authentic
There are few places as New York as Keith McNally’s Balthazar: an always-bustling French brasserie in the heart of Soho. You can’t go wrong with the moules frites, the salade nicoiRead more
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in New York / Tri-State Area
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,944 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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 upscale mRead more

Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
1,011 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
Chef Alex Stupak has been impressing the downtown crowd with his Mexican cooking for years, with Empellon Cocina, Empellon Taco, and Empellon al Pastor. Empellon Midtown is his mosRead more
89% recommended
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Gramercy Tavern

$$$$·American·
New York
8,507 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
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. Head into thRead more
95% recommended
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Avra Madison Estiatorio on 60th

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Midtown East
2,281 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Lunch
  • Good for a Date
In a city filled with shoebox dining rooms and even-smaller kitchens, Avra Estiatorio feels like a revelation: this is a grand restaurant, with multiple floors of gilded, tableclotRead more
94% recommended
Mediterranean in Manhattan

ABC Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,799 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
Have you ever been to a restaurant where you want to take everything—from the gloriously sticky, savory ricotta-squash toast to the very plates its served on—home with you? WelcomeRead more
92% recommended
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Boulud Sud

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Lincoln Square
6,146 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
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 fails to impresRead more
92% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,634 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Walking into Minetta Tavern feels like walking into another age; the lights are dim, the martinis are strong, and the air is filled with mystery. You’re here for the Black Label BuRead more
92% recommended
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Maialino

$$$$·Italian·
New York
4,276 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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 brightest. TRead more
92% recommended
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,399 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
The Clocktower, housed in the Edition Hotel overlooking Madison Square Park, is a beauty of a restaurant, a place that looks airlifted from the posh London townhouse of our wildestRead more
83% recommended
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Estela

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
521 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
A flight of stairs up from the bustle of Houston Street, Estela feels like a well-kept secret, with gorgeous staff serving gorgeous food to a gorgeous clientele of locals and indusRead more
90% recommended
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
307 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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, The Pool, and The Read more
82% recommended
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ABC Cocina

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Union Square
2,543 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Groups
From the team behind ABC Kitchen is ABC Cocina, another restaurant in the ABC Carpet and Home space, and another restaurant with food as dreamy as the stuff—the plates, the cups, tRead more
91% recommended
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Ai Fiori

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Midtown West
4,345 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
These days, there are plenty of restaurants peddling some sort of amalgamation of French-Italian cuisine. Ai Fiori, however, takes that classic pairing and elevates it, serving thoRead more
88% recommended
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Flora Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
422 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Tucked into the bottom floor of the Met Breuer museum is Flora Bar, a beautiful restaurant with beautiful food from Ignacio Mattos, the chef behind the downtown Estela and Cafe AltRead more
88% recommended
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Estiatorio Milos – Midtown New York

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown West
6,195 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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 select your eRead more
94% recommended
Seafood in Manhattan

Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
2,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
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 around town. Enter NRead more
92% recommended
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