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New York City’s 17 most drop-dead gorgeous restaurants

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by Andrea Strong
Updated May 13, 2024

Tight New York City spaces mean that escaping to an especially gorgeous restaurant is particularly exciting. And with historic buildings and stunning views, NYC’s restaurants really show out in the design department.

An outrageous beauty in Columbus Circle demonstrates the best of maximalist modern design. On the other end of the spectrum, iconic architecture shines at a century-plus-old institution. And several over-the-top outdoor spaces make dining outside a luxurious treat.

In praise of restaurants that make you reluctant to leave, we present to you this guide to the 17 most beautiful restaurants in New York City.

A photo of Buddakan NY restaurant
4.6
4.6 (15933)
$50 and over
Chinese
Meatpacking District
About the restaurant

Restaurateur Stephen Starr’s stunning modern Chinese restaurant is a fitting beauty for the city’s fashion-forward Meatpacking District. The lavish duplex is anchored by a grand staircase leading down to a dining room with vaulted ceilings, carved dark wood panels, and a row of chandeliers softly lighting sumptuous banquettes and a candle-strewn communal table. It’s a very sexy atmosphere to share dishes like edamame dumplings, chili rock, shrimp, and tea-smoked spare ribs.


Top review
SharonDvip
Dined 3 days ago
Food as amazing as ever, staff attentive and professional. One of my favorite items is the charred beef I have been ordering this item every visit for many years.
A photo of Hawksmoor NYC restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2258)
$50 and over
American
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant

It’s tough to find a more magnificent steakhouse in New York City than Hawksmoor, the British import steps from Gramercy Park in the historic United Charities Building. With its 26-foot soaring ceiling, stained glass windows, and magnificent archways, the restaurant feels cut from stately New York elegance, wrapped in espresso-toned wood with hunter green banquettes. All-natural steaks seared over live-charcoal and (must-have) beef fat fries complete the picture.


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signeh
Dined 4 days ago
Service was great, I have a severe gluten intolerance and alcohol allergy and they went out of their way to accommodate me and walk me through the menu. Food was delicious, especially the beet salad, cremini mushroom sides and obviously the steaks.
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4.7
4.7 (42)
$50 and over
Global, International
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant

Secreted on the second floor of Fotografiska New York, Veronika embraces a Gilded Age grandeur with arched double-height windows, crushed velvet seating, and brass chandeliers soaring overhead, filling the room with a timeless amber glow. Whether in the low-lit intimate Bar Room or the sun-drenched Dining Room, the European menu matches the glamour of the space, with sumptuous dishes like veal sweetbreads and Dover sole meunière.


Top review
DelfinOvip
Dined on May 16, 2024
Lively ambience, engaged server made for a wonderful experience
A photo of Genesis House Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (41)
$50 and over
Korean
Meatpacking District
About the restaurant

It’s easy to lose yourself at Genesis House Restaurant, a serene oasis that boasts a library, a tea salon, and a dining room devoted to royal Korean cuisine in a tasting menu format. From the library to the dining room, every space at Genesis House is artfully designed with harmony and balance as touchstones—tones of sand and stone, rich warming textures, and a dramatic ceiling crafted from sheets of cascading natural wood that almost feels like a canopy of trees.


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Tyler
Dined on Apr 30, 2024
Amazing staff and food. Nice decorations and views
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4.6
4.6 (1239)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant

Style spills from the seams of Zou Zou, the eastern Mediterranean brasserie in Manhattan Plaza. Chef Juliana Latif’s open kitchen anchors a dining room wrapped in seafoam green tile, with cherry red banquette seating, polished wood tables, alabaster marble counters, and cafe curtains sweetly hung on street-level windows. Take a seat under brass mid-century globe lighting, and tuck in for a shareable feast of dishes like Moroccan fried chicken and Zou Zou’s signature duck borek.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great food may be a little too loud to conduct business
A photo of La Grande Boucherie restaurant
4.5
4.5 (6849)
$50 and over
French
Midtown West
About the restaurant

This Art Nouveau-styled restaurant occupies an entire city block, a stunning and ample stage for the brasserie detailed with Renaissance sculptures and oil paintings from the turn of the century. There’s no better seat than the glass-enclosed outdoor plaza filled with swaying palm fronds and round café tables lined up under an arched skylight. The effect is transporting, like you’ve just come from shopping on the Champs-Élysées, ready for a bottle of Bordeaux and flawless steak frites.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Rodrigo was a great server. Food was excellent. Environment was excellent. Highly recommend.
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4.7
4.7 (4669)
$30 and under
American
West Village
About the restaurant

An all-glass elevator takes you to this penthouse beauty. Named after the fancy furniture store it’s perched on top of, RH Rooftop is peak luxe. The same ornate accents feature here as the floors below, such as a chandelier hanging over every table. But it really shines for nailing the indoor-outdoor vibe with trickling fountains and a massive skylight. Naturally, the menu is just as larger-than-life, featuring Black Forest bacon-topped cheeseburgers and massive banana splits.


Top review
LeslieG
Dined 3 days ago
My girlfriends and I enjoyed the ambiance, service and food. Please add more appetizers.
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4.7
4.7 (209)
$31 to $50
Italian
Williamsburg
About the restaurant

Montesacro’s highly regarded Roman-style pizza gets exceptional ambiance in an enchanting enclosed garden, a sun-filled room cheerfully filled with plants and capped off by a soaring living wall. The garden has a convenient retractable rooftop, making it an oasis of flowers and greenery. It’s ideal for any sort of weather—but on a sunny day munching on crispy pinsa, there’s nothing quite like it.


Top review
JoeTvip
Dined on Mar 12, 2024
We always have a terrific meal at Montesacro. The food, vibe and service are excellent. We have recommended the restaurant to many friends.
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4.6
4.6 (1341)
$50 and over
American
Financial District
About the restaurant

Located in the magnificent Beekman Hotel in FiDi, Temple Court is a twofer that makes for a special evening. Start with a drink in the dramatic atrium lobby bar with wrought-iron staircases, tufted couches, and oversized armchairs tucked into corners for lingering over perfectly stirred cocktails. Then move to your reservation in chef Tom Colicchio’s highly seasonal New American restaurant, where the sexy dining room is all soft curves and low lighting from striking stained glass.


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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 6, 2024
Went to this place for a fine dining experience. The food was just as it needed to be for fine dining; however, the service does not add any value. The service is not to par for a fine dining experience. Also, don’t worry about a dress code… seems you can dress however you please which again… is not part of a fine dining experience. If your looking for something Instagram worthy… this is the place. If you’re going for an overall fine dining experience… do not go.
A photo of Grand Central Oyster Bar restaurant
4.2
4.2 (7616)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Midtown East
About the restaurant

Designed by Rafael Guastavino and his son, Rafael Guastavino Jr., this absolutely iconic room has changed little since it opened in 1913. The design is classically old-school: wood-paneled walls, vaulted, herringbone-tiled ​​archways, tables covered in red-and-white gingham linen, and a serpentine lunch counter with original swivel stool seating—the best way to dine on the James Beard Award-winning restaurant’s stunning menu of shellfish and, as you might expect, over 30 varieties of oysters.


Top review
Wizegourmandvip
Dined 4 days ago
One of the great New York experiences. The selection is overwhelming and the food never disappoints. The service was lousy yesterday despite a quiet lunchtime visit. But you still can’t beat it.
A photo of Tavern on the Green restaurant
4.7
4.7 (17874)
$31 to $50
American
Midtown West
About the restaurant

Since 1934, Tavern on the Green has been serving a classic American menu in its timeless space on Central Park’s western edge. The restaurant is practically synonymous with “special occasion,” with several different dining rooms. There’s the famed glass-enclosed atrium; a more formal dining room; an A-framed, ski lodge-like space; and an elegant bar. Then there’s the garden, where in the winter a massive Christmas tree is an obligatory seasonal stop.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We love to stop at Tavern on the Green at least once each time we come to New York. The food is great, and we love the atmosphere. It’s convenient, too, as we love to wander through Central Park.
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4.5
4.5 (1643)
$31 to $50
Italian
Upper West Side
About the restaurant

New Yorkers flock to Bad Roman for its vibe: The space is downright outrageous, lined with unapologetically red banquettes and filled with tightly spaced bistro tables flanked by floor-to-ceiling mirrors, glass tiles, stretches of polished wood, and emerald slab marble—all of which gives the space a decidedly maximalist energy and buzz. The vibe marries well with the menu of bold Italian favorites like chicken Milanese, veal chops, and rich short rib pappardelle.


Top review
SusanF
Dined 3 days ago
Waiter was great! He was helful and very friendly. Food was great.
A photo of Cecconi's Dumbo restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4820)
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
DUMBO
About the restaurant

Cecconi’s Dumbo is housed in a converted coffee warehouse and packs a triple punch with an unbeatable Brooklyn Bridge Park address, stunning Manhattan views, and classic Italian food. Whether you’re here for a sunset negroni under the black-and-white-striped awning outside or digging into a squash blossom and truffle pie from a cushy velvet chair inside, there’s no denying the see-and-be-seen vibes at this handsome Soho House destination.


Top review
KarenSvip
Dined 2 days ago
I have been to Cecconi’s several times, it is a neighborhood favorite for special occasions and this visit was the best yet. A great team of staff, we appreciated the professionalism and close attention.
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4.7
4.7 (589)
$31 to $50
Venezuelan
Williamsburg
About the restaurant

This MICHELIN-recognized bistro takes an upscale approach to Venezuelan fare—braised short rib asado negro, lobster fosforera—and the setting matches. Rattan lighting casts a golden glow over a room with midnight blue wainscoting, deep banquettes upholstered in soft emerald green velvet, hardwood floors strewn with Moroccan area rugs, and the lush greenery of wandering vines and potted plants. There’s also an enclosable outdoor garden dressed up with string lights for pretty nights al fresco.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 7, 2024
We had an amazing dinner! We will definitely be back!
A photo of Level Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.3
4.3 (125)
$50 and over
European
Sheepshead Bay
About the restaurant

Sheepshead Bay tends to have more low-key restaurants, so this glamorous restaurant, bar, and dance hall particularly stands out. Chevron-tiled flooring, jewel-toned armchair seating, cool ebony marble tables, chandeliers, and a sleek cocktail bar backed by mirrored shelves and artisan spirits feature throughout the several rooms. An expansive menu includes steak and sushi, but come later, this place becomes a full-on party complete with a DJ and acrobatic dancers.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Of all the places I've been to to dine this was the SPOT! The food, ambient everything was perfect to me. I took my wife here for her birthday celebration and I enjoyed it. The show they put on was off the hook. I love every second of it. Level is definitely a go to spot cause I'll be going back many more time. Also Oleksii H was our server it would be great for you to have him as your server cause he was pretty energetic. 10/10 star rating
A photo of The Tusk Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (35)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
NoMad
About the restaurant

The Tusk Bar, tucked into the historic Evelyn Hotel, marries effortless glamor with Jazz-age flair. Wildair’s Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske are behind the seafoody small plates and rich desserts, and their famed food is the perfect match for the stunning setting and upscale cocktails. The luxurious room is filled with overstuffed armchairs, antique lamps perched on small carved end tables, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, dark velvet curtains, and the soft glow of an evening of elegance.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Perfect place to get before or after dinner drinks, drinks and dinner, drinks and dessert, or any combination of the above. The ambience is great - fun music playlist, beautiful bar and design, attentive staff, delicious cocktails and food. I got there at 5:30, the bar was busy and lively, by the time I left at 8:30 the place was packed and alive in a very fun way. I was sad to leave.
A photo of Peak Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (156)
$50 and over
American
Chelsea
About the restaurant

It’s obvious that acclaimed architect David Rockwell designed this stunning space, wrapped in glass and offering unparalleled views from the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards. Inside, natural earth tones allow the beauty of the city and the Hudson River below to take center stage. Whether you go in for sunset cocktails and caviar, or a more formal dinner, chef Rose Noel’s elevated new American menu hits only high notes.


Top review
JFvOvip
Dined 3 days ago
The team under Fernanda Souza made this birthday a special and memorable occasion. Thank you
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