The Best Restaurants in New York, According to our Tastemakers

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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:VILLARD, Aquavit, Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Nordic, French / Japanese
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, Midtown West
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

VILLARD

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown East
242 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 than its catchy slogan...

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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
1,984 reviews

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 decades. The food of Aqu...

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Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
58 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Quiet Conversation

Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description:

Notable Wine List in Manhattan
1 people mentioned the Black Truffle
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THE GRILL

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown East
564 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date

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 your salad course, the...

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53 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Majorelle

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
640 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem

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 as satisfying as the ...

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French in New York / Tri-State Area
16 people mentioned the Dover Sole

Nello

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
477 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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 palatable, one of the ot...

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5 people mentioned the Dover Sole

The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,408 reviews
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot

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. The Clocktower is a 90...

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30 people mentioned the Dover Sole

Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,926 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 features French refinement ...

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46 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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