The Best Restaurants in Manhattan, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare, VILLARD, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:French / Japanese, Contemporary American, French
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Midtown East, SoHo

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
22 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
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 aRead more
100% recommended
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VILLARD

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
242 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Sunday Lunch
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 wiRead more
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,925 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Read more
92% recommended
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Atera

$$$$·Contemporary American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
825 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
Since 2015, the TriBeCa culinary landmark Atera has been the domain of Danish phenom Ronny Emborg. The chef oversees a 20-or-so-course experience, commanding a remarkable level of Read more
100% recommended
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THE POOL

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
326 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
THE POOL, named for its centerpiece white marble pool bordered by fresh flower arrangements, is high on opulence in both its setting (inside the venerable Seagram Building) and itsRead more
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JUNGSIK

$$$$·Korean·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,418 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Almost certainly the best restaurant in Manhattan for modern Korean cuisine is JUNGSIK. The contemporary 55-seat eatery exclusively offers a five-course tasting menu created by namRead more
100% recommended
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,748 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
More than one top critic has declared Marea as the place with the best pasta in New York City, so there’s little doubt it’s one of the best restaurants in Manhattan for upscale ItaRead more
97% recommended
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Jewel Bako

$$$$·Sushi·
East Village
503 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
Jewel Bako is an intimate and elegant spot in the East Village for world-class sushi. In a tunnel-like space brightened by blonde wood furnishings and bamboo slats, chef Mitsunori Read more
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Tempura Matsui

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
320 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 bRead more
95% recommended
Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area

The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,399 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
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 cluRead more
83% recommended
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Gabriel Kreuther

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Midtown West
1,594 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
At his namesake restaurant opposite Bryant Park, chef Gabriel Kreuther presents his remarkable French-Alsatian cuisine over four to nine courses for lunch and dinner. Kreuther, an Read more
100% recommended
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Del Posto

$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
6,864 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Del Posto owes its considerable acclaim – the New York Times awarded it four stars and it consistently ranks among the best restaurants in Manhattan – to a very straightforward conRead more
100% recommended
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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
2,015 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 relocRead more
100% recommended
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Shun

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Midtown East
147 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Fit for Foodies
Shun, the brainchild of award-winning chef Alain Verzeroli, presents Japanese-influenced fine French cuisine in an architecturally remarkable space. Its name nods to a Japanese culRead more
100% recommended
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,954 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Mexican-inspired cuisine showcasing seasonal Hudson Valley ingredients is the signature of Cosme, a contemporary hot spot in the Flatiron District. Chefs Enrique Olvera and DanielaRead more
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Cote NYC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chelsea
159 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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 Read more
100% recommended
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Bistrot Leo

$$$$·French·
SoHo
79 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Great for Lunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 (foRead more
100% recommended
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Ai Fiori

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Midtown West
4,345 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Ai Fiori, a bright and cheerful fine-dining restaurant on the second floor of the Langham Hotel, draws its culinary inspiration from the French and Italian Riviera. Lunch and dinneRead more
94% recommended
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Bouley at Home

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
5,713 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Noted chef David Bouley launched Bouley at Home to bring to life an intriguing concept. For multi-course lunches and dinners, customers sit around individual cooking stations, eachRead more
88% recommended
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Aldea - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Portuguese·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,231 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
At Aldea, the noted chef George Mendes presents his innovative take on traditional Portuguese fare while often venturing also into the flavors of Spain and the Mediterranean. A FlaRead more
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