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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? This is the Tastemaker 20. 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 20 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
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
15 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
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
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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VILLARD

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
205 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Authentic
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
2,907 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
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Atera

$$$$·Contemporary American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
762 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
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
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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THE POOL

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown East
319 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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
100% recommended
Special Occasion in New York / Tri-State Area

JUNGSIK

$$$$·Korean·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,363 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
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
96% recommended
Korean in New York / Tri-State Area

Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,596 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Romantic
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
93% recommended
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Jewel Bako

$$$$·Sushi·
East Village
483 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Tempura Matsui

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
276 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
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
97% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Bouley at Home

$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
5,683 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
84% recommended

The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,397 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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 cluRead more
89% recommended
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Aldea

$$$$·Portuguese·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,184 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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

Gabriel Kreuther

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Midtown West
1,473 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
90% recommended
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Del Posto

$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
6,795 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
83% recommended
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Aquavit

$$$$·Scandinavian·
Midtown East
1,984 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 relocRead more
91% recommended
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Shun

$$$$·Contemporary French·
Midtown East
100 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romantic
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
98% recommended
Best Ambiance in New York / Tri-State Area

Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,826 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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Cote

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chelsea
148 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Hot Spot
  • Business Meals
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
Steakhouse in Manhattan
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Bistrot Leo

$$$$·French·
SoHo
58 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended

Ai Fiori

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Midtown West
4,253 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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