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The Best New York Restaurants, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

You’re in New York for 48 hours, and you’re hungry. What’s the plan? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the best restaurants among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find the best restaurants in New York—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:VILLARD, THE POOL, The Lobster Club
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Seafood, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Midtown East
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VILLARD

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
200 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
Villard Restaurant located in Manhattan and is thought of as New York City's breakfast room. With the tagline of “”An old-world setting for new American fare,“” Villard is more thaRead more
82% recommended
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THE POOL

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown East
319 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Business Meals
  • Creative Cuisine
For the best in seafood that you won't find anywhere else, The Pool is the go-to place. It is a landmarked architectural treasure. You'll find four types of caviar, raw bar choicesRead more
88% recommended
Special Occasion in New York / Tri-State Area

The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
273 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
The Lobster Club is the first restaurant designed by world renowned architect, Peter Marino. At this Japanese brasserie, you won't find your average Japanese fare. Instead, savor cRead more
100% recommended

Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,847 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
With charming decor combined with classic French cuisine, Le Coucou offers casual elegant dining. Lobster, rabbit, duck, and foie gras are a few of the savory options. Each featureRead more
92% recommended
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,382 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
Stephen Starr and Jason Atherton, chef and restaurateur, created The Clocktower. Located in the Met Life Building, it makes the list of top 20 upscale eateries for many reasons. ThRead more
86% recommended

Gabriel Kreuther

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Midtown West
1,435 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
For the best in bar food with decor that is stunning, this upscale dining experience is impressive, and the food is a combination of Chef Gabriel's Alsatian and French training. ThRead more
92% recommended
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The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
4,789 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
The Modern is a contemporary American restaurant found at the iconic Museum of Modern Art. Featuring menu experiences, The Modern offers fun, playful, and delectable fare from ExecRead more
95% recommended
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Aquavit

$$$$·Scandinavian·
Midtown East
1,983 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
For a Nordic experience, Aquavit Restaurant has been a mainstay since 1987. It continues to be one of New York’s most popular and esteemed dining destinations and has been for decaRead more
91% recommended
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Aldea

$$$$·Portuguese·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,170 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
Located in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood is Aldea. It is a cross of rustic fare and refined food that season your palate with deliciousness. Aldea’s interior tells a story of tRead more
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Raoul's

$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,838 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
A Soho mainstay for over four decades, Raoul's is a casual French bistro with delectable dishes. Steak tartare with quail egg and cornichon salad or East Coast halibut with cauliflRead more
92% recommended
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LArtusi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
2,305 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Named for Pellegrino Artusi, L'Artusi presents a modern take on traditional Italian cuisine. It combines comfort and creativity. There is a laid back atmosphere, but the food is anRead more
92% recommended
Italian in Manhattan

THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
517 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Located in the iconic Seagram Building, The Grill features elegant dining. The chophouse theme is in the only landmarked restaurant in New York. Savor the Avocado Crab Louis for yoRead more
95% recommended
Steakhouse in Manhattan
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Majorelle

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
413 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Anniversaries
For an intimate setting with elegance and familiarity, Majorelle is the go-to place. This restaurant serves distinct food with Mediterranean and Moroccan influences. The decor is aRead more
86% recommended
Best Ambiance in New York / Tri-State Area

Bar Masa

$$$$·Japanese·
Columbus Circle
207 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
An experience that is both refined and modern, Bar Masa is a Japanese eatery. The food is skillfully crafted by acclaimed chef Masayoshi Takayama. The menu options are fresh and eyRead more
88% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,508 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy
Coined as a “”Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern,“” the Minetta Tavern is home to iconic visitors. In the past you might spot E.E. Cummings, Ernest Hemingway, oRead more
87% recommended
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Nello

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
310 reviews
  • People Watching
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
There's fine Italian cuisine and then there's mouthwatering Northern Italian cuisine. Nello restaurant is the place to see New York's elite and be seen. As much as the food is palaRead more
81% recommended

The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
696 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Ralph Lauren, the iconic designer, touts The Polo Bar as his first venture as a restaurateur. Naturally, the setting reflects the equestrian spirit of the owner. This is the place Read more
95% recommended
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Tocqueville

$$$$·American·
Union Square
2,575 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
Celebrity chef and owner Chef Marco Moreira has chosen to delight us with Tocqueville. The menu blends locally sourced seasonal ingredients from purveyors. It is then curated to inRead more
Special Occasion in New York / Tri-State Area

Barbuto - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
1,390 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
If you keep up with famous chefs then you have heard of Jonathan Waxman. His casual Italian eatery is the iconic Barbuto. Located in the Meatpacking District, Barbuto is part of thRead more
95% recommended
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