5 Must-Book Restaurants in New York City for Fall

The city’s reopening has excited diners and restored dining out to its former pre-pandemic glory days. Although many of the city’s beloved spots will be missed, newcomers are quickly stepping up their game to meet the eagerness of returning restaurant-goers and bar patrons alike. You name it — steakhouses, Greek fine-dining, Mediterranean boozy brunches, rooftop gardens, queer bars, live jazz with fried chicken — this city’s got it all.

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Restaurants:Iris, Dagon, Red Rooster Harlem
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Mediterranean, Southern
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Upper West Side, Harlem
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Iris

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Midtown West
179 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

Helmed by award-winning chef John Fraser — also of 701West, The Loyal, and formerly Nix — this Mediterranean restaurant, opened in April, draws from his Greek heritage and admiration for Turkish cuisi...

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Mediterranean in Manhattan
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Dagon

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Upper West Side
418 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine

Step inside this vibrant Tel Aviv-inspired Mediterranean restaurant that resembles a fun vacation home with Moroccan tiled floors, vintage wallpapers, and music to match. This is the restaurant that t...

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Red Rooster Harlem

$$$$·Southern·
Harlem
8,195 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

Harlem’s destination for American comfort food, Ethiopian-Swedish celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson’s flagship restaurant is home to live jazz performances, a speakeasy in the basement, and its famous ...

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Glass Ceiling Nomad

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
NoMad
79 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual

A truly Instagrammable spot, Glass Ceiling is a literal glasshouse adorned with pink couches, rattan chairs, and sweeping city views of the Empire State Building. Enjoy sunset drinks on the outdoor de...

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Henrietta Hudson

$$$$·Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service·
West Village
35 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fun
  • Good for a Date

A New York City institution, Henrietta Hudson has been serving the queer community for 30 years as the city’s longest-operating lesbian bar. Now, it’s reopened after the pandemic with an entire redesi...

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Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service in New York / Tri-State Area
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