The Best Restaurants in Manhattan, According to our Tastemakers

Any list of the best restaurants in Manhattan certainly overlaps with those ranking the best restaurants in the world. As a cultural capital of unrivaled cosmopolitanism, Manhattan entices the most elite chefs from across the globe and invites them to express their culinary creativity without limits. Add to such a scene countless landmark venues transformed into some of the most glorious dining spaces imaginable, and it's clear that Manhattan's restaurant scene is truly unrivaled. But where do the savviest, smartest local and visiting foodies dine when only the best restaurants in Manhattan will do? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We gathered data covering thousands of restaurants to determine the best in the borough according to OpenTable's most experienced diners. Anyone seeking a life-changing dining experience in Manhattan can find it immediately by booking a table at any one of these incredible restaurants.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, Villard & The Gold Room, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French / Japanese, Contemporary American, French
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Midtown East, SoHo
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
75 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Tucked within Brooklyn Fare, an upscale grocery emporium in midtown Manhattan, is a kitchen counter helmed by the acclaimed chef Cesar Ramirez. Discerning diners who score a seat at the Chef’s Table e...

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Notable Wine List in New York / Tri-State Area
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Villard & The Gold Room

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
243 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation

VILLARD, an upscale eatery inside the Lotte New York Palace hotel in midtown Manhattan, is open only for breakfast and weekend brunch. Its venue – the circa-1882 Villard Mansion with its original vaul...

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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
3,035 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List

Le Cocou is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Manhattan for French fine dining. The sophisticated SoHo venue is decked out with taper candles, white linen and copper pots aplenty in the exhib...

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Best Ambiance in Manhattan
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Tempura Matsui

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
423 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies

Tempura Matsui, a small and elegant eatery in Manhattan, is a showcase for chef Matsui’s masterful interpretation of traditional Japanese tempura. His whisper-thin, dashi-infused batter encases impecc...

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Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area
10 people mentioned the Omakase
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,465 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date

British wunderkind Jason Atherton brings his brand to a handsome, wood-adorned dining room inside the Edition Hotel on Madison Square Park. With the vibe of an exclusive supper club (complete with poo...

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30 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
1,954 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

Intrepid foodies seeking the best restaurant in Manhattan for Scandinavian cuisine need look no further than Aquavit. The restaurant launched in New York in 1987, and in 2005 relocated to its current ...

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42 people mentioned the Swedish Meatballs
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Cote NYC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chelsea
166 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu

The concept behind Cote, the brainchild of Simon Kim, is Korean barbecue in the style of an old-school American steakhouse. Elevating the idea to a level befitting one of the best restaurants in Manha...

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Best Food in New York / Tri-State Area
23 people mentioned the Korean Bbq
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Bistrot Leo

$$$$·French·
SoHo
100 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic

On the first floor of Sixty SoHo hotel is Bistrot Leo, an upscale-casual restaurant that subtly adjusts classic French bistro cuisine to suit Manhattanites. Chef Brian Loiacono (formerly of Bar Boulud...

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Romantic in Manhattan
3 people mentioned the Baguette
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