Christina Tosi's 10 Favorite Restaurants in New York City

Christina Tosi

James Beard Award-winner Christina Tosi, a chef with a serious sweet tooth, is the founder and owner of one of New York’s most beloved bakeries. She moved to the food-frenzied city to cook in restaurants and—after working with chef David Chang at Momofuku—opened her quirky, American-style bakery, Milk Bar. Her creative innovations, like the cereal milk panna cotta, became wildly popular and left a lasting mark on the city’s dessert scene. Curious where she likes to eat when she is off the clock? So were we. Check out this list of her favorite food spots in New York.

Restaurants:Benihana - New York, NY, Boulud Sud, Minetta Tavern
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, Mediterranean, French
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Lincoln Square, West Village

Benihana - New York, NY

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown West
4,259 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays
I DARE you to not have the best night of your life here - the onion volcano is always a show stopper. Bonus points if you can make it all the way through dinner pretending it’s somRead more
29 people mentioned the Manhattan
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Boulud Sud

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Lincoln Square
6,146 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Daniel Boulud’s food always makes me happy. With an emphasis on grilled fish, meats and an abundance of vegetables, you simply can't go wrong here. Bonus: our much loved Culinary DRead more
93% recommended
133 people mentioned the Chicken Tagine
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,634 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
That burger, though. Also, this is the best place to go when there’s a blizzard in NYC— they NEVER close!
89% recommended
47 people mentioned the Boeuf
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Sant Ambroeus - Madison Avenue

$$$$·Italian·
Upper East Side
654 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Any place I can get a killer cappuccino and cornetto during a morning meeting is home to me.
89% recommended
Great for Brunch in New York / Tri-State Area
5 people mentioned the Latte
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The NoMad

$$$$·Contemporary American·
NoMad
3,352 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
Sometimes it’s nice to go to a place where everybody knows your name... I'll take only roast chicken stuffed with brioche, black truffles and foie will do...oh, and 2 orders of milRead more
92% recommended
107 people mentioned the Roasted Chicken
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The Bar Room at The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
4,317 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Hot Spot
This is the perfect spot to get a glass of wine and a tart flambé before MoMA action.
94% recommended
49 people mentioned the Beignets
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Empellon Taqueria

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
West Village
1,696 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
Alex Stupak’s creative mind knows no bounds when it comes to culinary creations. I always feel happily understood yet pushed out of my taste bud comfort zones in his places. Plus: Read more
90% recommended
48 people mentioned the Guacamole
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,982 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies
A NYC institution and my go-to after a Morning Show appearance: the ultimate form of self-bribery. Go at 10:30am and crush an order of eggs benny and a cappuccino, then hang straigRead more
91% recommended
68 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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The View Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Theater District / Times Square
12,942 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
NYC's only revolving rooftop restaurant - and my first and favorite date night! This place is known for their seasonally changing “New American Cuisine”, never a shortage of top quRead more
84% recommended
313 people mentioned the Manhattan
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The Bombay Bread Bar - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Indian·
SoHo
633 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Fun
I wish I could live in this Wes Anderson-esque wonderland. Chef Floyd Cardoz leaves me dreaming about bacon cheddar kulcha + tomato kalonji.
9 people mentioned the Chili Chicken
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