Where Chefs Eat in New York City

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Restaurants:Loring Place, Upland, Daniel
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Contemporary American, French
Neighborhoods:New York, Gramercy / Flatiron, Upper East Side

Loring Place

$$$$·American·
New York
174 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
“A vibrant, vegetable-driven menu.” – Dan Barber
95% recommended
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,581 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“Chicken liver pasta – so unique and out of this world.” – Daniel Serfer
88% recommended
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Daniel

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
6,029 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
“Daniel was the first place I ever had a dish and wine together where something happened – it was an 'aha' moment for me. It was a sardine dish and Gewurtztraminer. Every time I haRead more
94% recommended
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Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
2,005 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
“Emma Bengtsson makes fun, perfectly balanced and executed food.” – Anita Lo
100% recommended
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Mission Chinese Food

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
5 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
“Fireworks in the mouth is an understatement. Masters of balanced flavors and bold ideas, executed brilliantly.” – Lee Tiernan
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La Grenouille

$$$$·French·
Midtown East
3,327 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
“For a fancy gentleman's lunch I love Le Grenouille.” – Larry McGuire
90% recommended
French in Manhattan
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Murray's Cheese Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Village
970 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
“I buy cheese for the restaurant here every week, but they also make good sandwiches, including the best bacon, egg and cheese. They use Nuesky's bacon which is my favorite.” – AniRead more
91% recommended
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Kosaka

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
246 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Authentic
“I generally don't go back to too many places because its my job to know all the new places in town, but Ive been back a few times to Kosaka for their superior sushi.” – Anita Lo
92% recommended
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Hakkasan - New York

$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown West
3,478 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
“I like their dim sum, ambience and drinks.” – April Robinson
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Sarabeth's Central Park South

$$$$·American·
Midtown West
4,418 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
“Incredible Eggs Benedict and a view over Central Park.” – Juan Gaffuri
83% recommended
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High Street on Hudson

$$$$·Seafood·
West Village
486 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
“It's a restaurant and bakery in the same location. Super nice bread, great al a carte breakfast menu, minimalistic decor, and just around the corner from where we live.” – Claus MRead more
90% recommended

ASKA

$$$$·Nordic·
Williamsburg
1 review
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Quiet Conversation
“It's different from all of the other fine dining places in New York. The menu is very interesting, very inspiring, and has a clear vision. There are a lot of layers to the space tRead more
100% recommended
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Atera

$$$$·Contemporary American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
825 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
“Love the discreet entrance, great staff, and they have their own underground gardens beneath the restaurant. Ask for the small private room.” – Sharon Bennett
98% recommended
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Gramercy Tavern

$$$$·American·
New York
8,507 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
“My favorite thing is wine and cheese at the bar. But this institution is also great for its casual tavern menu and special occasion dining room.” – Missy Robbins
95% recommended
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,938 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
“One of the most innovative restaurants in NYC – Daniela Soto-Innes's cooking is inspired, yet it still retains a strong connection to traditional Mexican flavors and technique.” –Read more
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,925 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
“The best new restaurant in America, period.” – Joshua McFadden
89% recommended
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Bâtard

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,477 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
“The food is prepared with precise technique and creative flare. I've been twice now and I am always impressed with their attention to every detail. From the hosts, bar staff, to tRead more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in New York / Tri-State Area
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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
606 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Late-night Find
“The only place I know where you can get a full menu up to 4.00 a.m.” – Daniel Humm
93% recommended
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Chop Shop

$$$$·Asian·
Chelsea
337 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Cozy
“They have super quick service and solid flavors and consistency, with a couple of very nice signature dishes.”—Claus Meyer
100% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in New York / Tri-State Area
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Café Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
6,180 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“They take the same care to cook breakfast as they do for lunch and dinner – delicious food with amazing ingredients.” – Daniel Humm
89% recommended
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Maison Premiere

$$$$·Seafood·
Williamsburg
529 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
“Time trip to the 1920s, with perfect shellfish and other comforting luxuries like lobster rolls. Also superb mocktails.” – Sami Tallberg
100% recommended
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JUNGSIK

$$$$·Korean·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,418 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
“Very high end, highly original Korean food.” – Thomasina Miers
98% recommended
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,977 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
“You could turn up at this restaurant almost any time of the day or night and be sure that something on the menu would suit your mood and tastes. You could also just sit there for Read more
92% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Red Rooster Harlem

$$$$·Southern·
Harlem
7,469 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fun
Recommended by Chef Carlos Perez from El Blok
90% recommended

Melba's

$$$$·American·
Harlem
191 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
Recommended by Chef Joseph Johnson from Minton's
94% recommended
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Peasant

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
2,476 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
94% recommended
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Porteno Restaurant

$$$$·Argentinean·
Chelsea
463 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Cozy
Recommended by Chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen
97% recommended

Momofuku Nishi

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Chelsea
848 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
84% recommended
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Momofuku Ko - Table Seating

$$$$·American·
East Village
72 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recommended by Chef Gabriel Rucker from Le Pigeon
100% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,633 reviews
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Paul Liebrandt
93% recommended
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
22 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Jason Atherton from Pollen Street Social
100% recommended
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Babu Ji

$$$$·Indian·
Gramercy / Flatiron
28 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Raul Correa from Zest
96% recommended
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,748 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef Jesse Schenker from The Gander
92% recommended
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Trattoria Bianca

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
822 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Pre/post Theatre
Recommended by Chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana
91% recommended
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Vic's

$$$$·Italian·
NoHo
1,050 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Recommended by Chef Sean Gray from Momofuku Ko
89% recommended
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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,285 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
87% recommended
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Hakata Tonton

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
485 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
Recommended by Chef Edward Lee from 610 Magnolia
90% recommended
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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
1,011 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
82% recommended
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La Esquina

$$$$·Mexican·
NoLita
1,265 reviews
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for Birthdays
Recommended by Chef Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin
86% recommended
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El Quinto Pino

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
589 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
88% recommended
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Casa Mono

$$$$·Spanish·
Union Square
1,642 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Recommended by Chef Grae Nonas from Carpenters Hall
89% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
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Delmonico's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Financial District
4,627 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recommended by Chef Eunmi Choi from Gotgan
88% recommended
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Kyo Ya

$$$$·Japanese·
East Village
85 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
“A place I have been coming to for years to sit at the counter where chef Sono-san prepares Kaiseki-style cuisine.” – Fredrik Berselius
97% recommended
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
2,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
“Nix makes vegetarian delicious.” – Dan Barber
92% recommended
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