Hard to Get Reservations in New York City

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Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in New York City where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Sushi Ginza Onodera - NYC, Atera, Cote NYC
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Contemporary American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, TriBeCa - Downtown, Chelsea

Sushi Ginza Onodera - NYC

$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown East
427 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
There’s no shortage of excellent sushi spots in New York City, but there are few places in this town quite like Sushi Ginza Onodera. This is a temple to raw fish, where chef MasakiRead more
98% recommended
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Atera

$$$$·Contemporary American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
825 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Atera is a tasting-menu restaurant like no other; chef Ronny Emborg’s menu aims to give diners an “immersive sensory dining experience.” This spot certainly wows, with dishes thatRead more
98% recommended
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Cote NYC

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chelsea
159 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
There are few dining experiences as fun as Korean barbecue—and when that Korean barbecue is dry-aged beef, it’s even better. Cote takes the best parts of the American steakhouse—thRead more
100% recommended
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The Polo Bar

$$$$·American·
Midtown East
699 reviews
Ever since it opened in the belly of Ralph Lauren’s flagship store, The Polo Bar has been one of the toughest places to get into—and it’s not hard to see why. This is where the citRead more
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,977 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
There are few places as New York as Keith McNally’s Balthazar: an always-bustling French brasserie in the heart of Soho. You can’t go wrong with the moules frites, the salade nicoiRead more
92% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Daniel

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
6,029 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
For a meal that is both special and timeless, head to Daniel, chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. This is a prime example of French fine dining, with clRead more
94% recommended
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Zenkichi

$$$$·Japanese·
Williamsburg
1,448 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
Tucked away on North 6th street in Williamsburg is Zenkichi, a Japanese izakaya that, even after ten-plus years, still feels like a secret. Each booth is encased by a curtain, wherRead more
89% recommended
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Westlight

$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
942 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
On the rooftop of Williamsburg’s William Vale hotel is Westlight, one of the best spots to drink cocktails in all of New York City. Take in the view as you work your way through thRead more
84% recommended
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La Vara

$$$$·Spanish·
Cobble Hill
819 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
Down a cozy street in Cobble Hill is La Vara, a place that looks like a casual neighborhood spot but very well might be the best Spanish restaurant in New York City. Anything from Read more
92% recommended
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El Cortez

$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Bushwick
10 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Casual
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
It’s easy to put El Cortez in the category of “Tex-Mex” restaurants. But as chef Stephen Tanner told New York magazine, El Cortez is a restaurant focusing on “all three Mexicans”: Read more
83% recommended
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