The Most Fun Restaurants in New York City

Long before a culinary trend hits local grocery shelves or neighborhood restaurants, it's guaranteed that New York City has seen it first. With over 40,000 restaurants with a myriad of culinary points of view, the city's dining scene is a hub for new experiences and ideas. There are few cities as fun to eat in—and few cities with as many options for a night out on the town. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. Impress your friends and score a table; we wish we could join you.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Craft, Lincoln Ristorante, La Grenouille
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Italian, French
Neighborhoods:Gramercy / Flatiron, Upper West Side, Midtown East
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Craft

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,107 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List

Seeing a chef on TV that you respect and admire makes diners wonder what it would be like to eat at one of their restaurants. Will it hold up to what they see on TV? “Top Chef” Tom Colicchio opened Cr...

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American in Manhattan
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Lincoln Ristorante

$$$$·Italian·
Upper West Side
5,648 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem

How fun is it to finally visit a restaurant that recognized from TV? Even better, what if dinner occurred while an interview, fashion shoot, TV show, or movie was being filmed in the background? At Li...

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La Grenouille

$$$$·French·
Midtown East
3,414 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries

SInce 1962, La Grenouille has drawn the world's biggest film, music, and artists to their doors on East 52nd Street. Pretend to rub elbows with Mick Jagger, Sophia Loren, Salvador Dali, or Yves Saint ...

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Best Ambiance in Manhattan
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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
1,969 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic

If guests have ever had the Nordic drink associated with this restaurant's namesake, they know that it's unlike any traditional American spirit they've ever tasted. Never had food from this region? It...

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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,969 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

Once you find success in Paris, why not take on NYC? Chicago native and chef Daniel Rose opened New York's Le Coucou after attending school, apprenticing, and operating restaurants in France. The menu...

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The Clam

$$$$·American·
West Village
1,230 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic

This seafood-centered restaurant looks to highlight the East Coast's fresh Atlantic catches. One obvious highlight is the clam, and the menu highlights this humble mollusk with both traditional and mo...

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41 people mentioned the Clam Pizza

Temple Court on 10

$$$$·American·
Financial District
1,257 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies

Another NYC restaurant from famed Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio is Temple Court, located in Lower Manhattan. Here, turn-of-the-century classics adopt New American touches inside the sophisticated and s...

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30 people mentioned the Baked Alaska
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,432 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Cozy

Fancy a bit of British sensibility just steps off Madison Avenue? The Clocktower serves modern U.K. cuisine with an interior that won't soon be forgotten. Ever had a pint on top of a 24 karat gold-lea...

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Hot Spot in New York / Tri-State Area
30 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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