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Where Chefs Eat in New York City

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Restaurants:Kyo Ya, Loring Place, Upland
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:East Village, Greenwich Village, Gramercy / Flatiron
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Kyo Ya

$$$$·Japanese·
East Village
72 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
“A place I have been coming to for years to sit at the counter where chef Sono-san prepares Kaiseki-style cuisine.” – Fredrik Berselius
89% recommended

Loring Place

$$$$·American·
Greenwich Village
136 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“A vibrant, vegetable-driven menu.” – Dan Barber
95% recommended
American in New York / Tri-State Area
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,524 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Birthdays
“Chicken liver pasta – so unique and out of this world.” – Daniel Serfer
90% recommended
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Daniel

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
5,705 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
“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
French in New York / Tri-State Area

Aquavit

$$$$·Scandinavian·
Midtown East
1,983 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
“Emma Bengtsson makes fun, perfectly balanced and executed food.” – Anita Lo
91% 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
3,120 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
“For a fancy gentleman's lunch I love Le Grenouille.” – Larry McGuire
92% recommended
French in Manhattan

Murray's Cheese Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Village
919 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
“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
88% recommended

Kosaka

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
209 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
“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
100% recommended
Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area

Hakkasan - New York

$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown West
3,262 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“I like their dim sum, ambience and drinks.” – April Robinson
Chinese in New York / Tri-State Area

Sarabeth's Central Park South

$$$$·American·
Midtown West
4,215 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
“Incredible Eggs Benedict and a view over Central Park.” – Juan Gaffuri
85% recommended
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High Street on Hudson

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Village
456 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual
“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
94% 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
751 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
“Love the discreet entrance, great staff, and they have their own underground gardens beneath the restaurant. Ask for the small private room.” – Sharon Bennett
100% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Gramercy Tavern

$$$$·American·
New York
8,502 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
“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
93% recommended
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,817 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
“Nix makes vegetarian delicious.” – Dan Barber
91% recommended

Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,794 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,852 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
“The best new restaurant in America, period.” – Joshua McFadden
92% recommended
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Bâtard

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,300 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
88% recommended

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
545 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
“The only place I know where you can get a full menu up to 4.00 a.m.” – Daniel Humm
100% recommended
Late Night Find in New York / Tri-State Area
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Chop Shop

$$$$·Asian·
Chelsea
311 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
“They have super quick service and solid flavors and consistency, with a couple of very nice signature dishes.”—Claus Meyer
100% recommended
Asian in New York / Tri-State Area

Café Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
5,957 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
“They take the same care to cook breakfast as they do for lunch and dinner – delicious food with amazing ingredients.” – Daniel Humm
88% recommended

Maison Premiere

$$$$·Seafood·
Williamsburg
461 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
“Time trip to the 1920s, with perfect shellfish and other comforting luxuries like lobster rolls. Also superb mocktails.” – Sami Tallberg
84% recommended
Best Ambiance in Brooklyn
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JUNGSIK

$$$$·Korean·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,347 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
“Very high end, highly original Korean food.” – Thomasina Miers
91% recommended
Korean in New York / Tri-State Area

Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,244 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
“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
90% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
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Red Rooster Harlem

$$$$·Southern·
Harlem
7,083 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Fun
Recommended by Chef Carlos Perez from El Blok
90% recommended
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Melba's

$$$$·American·
Harlem
190 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Joseph Johnson from Minton's
95% recommended
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Peasant

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
2,346 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Notable Wine List
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
95% recommended

Porteno Restaurant

$$$$·Argentinean·
Chelsea
426 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
Recommended by Chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen
91% recommended

Momofuku Nishi

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Chelsea
847 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
92% recommended
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Momofuku Ko - Table Seating

$$$$·American·
East Village
68 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recommended by Chef Gabriel Rucker from Le Pigeon
100% recommended
Best Service in Manhattan
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,511 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Cozy
Recommended by Chef Paul Liebrandt
88% recommended
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
14 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Jason Atherton from Pollen Street Social
100% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Babu Ji

$$$$·Indian·
Gramercy / Flatiron
27 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Raul Correa from Zest
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,561 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Jesse Schenker from The Gander
93% recommended
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Trattoria Bianca

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
724 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana
84% recommended

Vic's

$$$$·Italian·
NoHo
1,018 reviews
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Sean Gray from Momofuku Ko
100% recommended
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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,206 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
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Hakata Tonton

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
485 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
Recommended by Chef Edward Lee from 610 Magnolia
89% recommended
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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
904 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
87% recommended
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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La Esquina

$$$$·Mexican·
NoLita
1,161 reviews
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin
82% recommended
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El Quinto Pino

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
539 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
98% recommended
Spanish in Manhattan

Casa Mono

$$$$·Spanish·
Union Square
1,554 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tapas
Recommended by Chef Grae Nonas from Carpenters Hall
82% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
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Delmonico's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Financial District
4,412 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Eunmi Choi from Gotgan
93% recommended