The Best Restaurants in New York, According to our Tastemakers

The OpenTable Team

When searching for places to eat in New York City, the choices are almost endless. There are many iconic dishes NYC is famous for—from pizza to cheesecake—not to mention the diversity of its food from cultures around the globe. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. 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 elegant haute cuisine, buzzy Italian to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:VILLARD, The Lobster Club, Gabriel Kreuther
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Japanese, Contemporary French / American
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, Midtown West

VILLARD

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
242 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
  • Cozy
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
83% recommended
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
307 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
84% recommended
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Gabriel Kreuther

$$$$·Contemporary French / American·
Midtown West
1,594 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romantic
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
93% recommended
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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
2,007 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
100% recommended
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LArtusi

$$$$·Italian·
West Village
2,404 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
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
97% recommended
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
22 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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100% recommended
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THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
563 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
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
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Majorelle

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
503 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
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
92% recommended

Nello

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
396 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
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

The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
699 reviews
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
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Tocqueville

$$$$·American·
Union Square
2,657 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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
97% recommended
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THE POOL

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
326 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,633 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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
93% recommended
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,399 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
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
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The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
4,792 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
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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Raoul's

$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,838 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
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
95% recommended
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Bar Masa

$$$$·Japanese·
Columbus Circle
208 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,925 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Cozy
  • Notable Wine List
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
86% recommended
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Aldea - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Portuguese·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,231 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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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