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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Manhattan

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Manhattan? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Wildair restaurant
4.7 (144)
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Lower East Side
About the restaurant
A New York Restaurant.

Some people call us a wine bar.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Such delicious, well executed food and kind staff – one of new favorites!!!
A photo of BABY BRASA restaurant
4.6 (415)
$31 to $50
Latin American
West Village
About the restaurant
Nestled in the heart of the bustling culinary scene of the West Village, Baby Brasa stands out as a vibrant and delectable dining destination that promises an extraordinary experience. With a tantalizing fusion of Peruvian and international flavors, this restaurant is a true gem for food enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable dining adventure, renowned for infusing traditional Peruvian dishes with a contemporary twist.

Baby Brasa exudes an inviting and cozy atmosphere that's perfect for a romantic dinner, a lively gathering with friends, or a special celebration. The warm lighting, natural wood accents, and botanical touches create a welcoming space that instantly makes you feel at home. The vibrant and artful decor sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. Book your reservation now and prepare for an unforgettable journey of flavors and hospitality at Baby Brasa in New York City.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Enjoyed the salmon very much. Will be back for sure.
A photo of Shiso restaurant
4.6 (32)
$50 and over
East Village
About the restaurant
The Newest East Village Premium Omakase starting at $50
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
I came to Shiso after walking past it several times this year and was truly impressed. The restaurant was empty but that did not factor into my experience at all. My server was great and welcoming. The food was fresh and tasty. Good place great location.
A photo of Azabu New York restaurant
4.5 (269)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
The name Azabu comes from a district in Tokyo, Japan, which began as a hub for merchants and local businesses. Now the city is home to embassies from many countries, giving the area an air of diversity, while preserving the history of local commerce with a modern, nostalgic touch. Plan Do See opened one of its first restaurants in the area, The Tokyo Restaurant, inside an historic building that used to be a bank. Soon after opening, the restaurant was full of a diverse clientele, bringing a lively vibe to the neighborhood. Plan Do See Founder Yutaka, walked by and noticed the restaurant swarming with international guests. It was this moment, in the city of Azabu, that he felt certain of the imminent success of expanding the business abroad.
Top review
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Amazing experience!!! The food is unbelievably good!!!
A photo of Orient Express Cocktail Bar restaurant
4.5 (45)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
West Village
About the restaurant
Orient Express Cocktail Bar in West Village.
The Orient Express may have inspired iconic novels and films like From Russia with Love, served as the setting for bravado characters like James Bond, and been featured as the backdrop of Agatha Christie's most famous works, but the famed vintage train continues to ride through modern culture with its latest stop in NYC's West Village,
where Turks and Frogs owner Osman Cakir has re-conceptualized its famous voyages into a posh, time-reversing cocktail bar with a flair for the spirits of yesteryear.

Its look reflects the nostalgia of train travel: Amid the sexy amber glow, warm vintage-tinted beech wood panels, faux windows and bronzed luggage racks, the bar—a handcrafted Caesar Stone beauty—is the clear focal point. Above it, the ceiling curves
to each side, and behind, bartenders bedecked in old-school vests and neckties shake and
pour cocktails.

Top review
Dined on Jan 30, 2024
very unique and unusual atmosphere in a great location in the West Village - drinks were very good - we go to NYC frequently and discovered this restaurant on an earlier trip in January and will plan to return next visit!
A photo of Malibu Farm - New York restaurant
4.5 (11)
$31 to $50
Financial District
About the restaurant
The sister restaurant to Chef Helene Henderson’s SoCal phenomenon, Malibu Farm New York offers pier-side dining with year-round sunshine vibes.

Family-style seating and plenty of offerings for vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians, and omnivores make Malibu Farm the go-to destination for a laid-back dinner, lunch, or weekend brunch at the Seaport.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Really delicious food and varied menu. Staff very courteous and service was prompt though not rushed.
A photo of Grand Salon & Bar at Baccarat Hotel New York restaurant
4.4 (133)
$31 to $50
Midtown East
About the restaurant
Kindly call 212-790-8867 to speak with our reservations team or for parties larger than 7+
Book Afternoon Tea here: https://www.baccarathotels.com/dining/afternoon-tea
• Reservations for Dining requires a $75 Minimum spend per person for non-hotel guests (Not Afternoon Tea)
• Afternoon Tea in the Grand Salon Requires $140 Minimum spend per person (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan available)
*Kindly note in special requests if children are attending and or if there are any allergies or dietary restrictions.

A spirit of style, rhythm and whimsy keeps the plush, platinum and champagne-hued Grand Salon humming throughout the day and evening. Glowing inside and out, a corrugated crystal-like curtain reveals cascading chandeliers framing lush lounge-style seating clad in rich velvets and Jouffre silk.

Top review
Dined on May 9, 2024
The best all around. Classy restaurant. Would definitely go back for another lunch. Tom G
A photo of Recreation Bar restaurant
4.3 (65)
$30 and under
Financial District
About the restaurant
Recreation is a communal and lunch space by day and a cocktail lounge by night - serving as the ultimate living room for the neighborhood. Drawing inspiration from the rec room at your neighbor's house, Recreation features an old school Arcade Machine with games like Ms. Pacman, Centipede and Donkey Kong, Jenga, and - designed to host events or just play ball - a half court-sized basketball court.

Please note, the kitchen closes at 10pm; the last order we take is at 9:45pm.
Email recreationrsvp@concretehg.com for more information.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Great brunch spot, variety of dishes to choose with unique drinks to match
A photo of The Alderman restaurant
4.3 (16)
$30 and under
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Nestled right in the heart of Times Square, The Alderman, A modern American Tavern, promises an unforgettable dining experience that transcends mere sustenance—a symphony of flavors, a dance of textures, and a celebration of New York’s rich culinary heritage.
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
A great experience all around! The lighting was a bit dark but overall, lovely!
A photo of Margaritaville - Times Square restaurant
3.9 (149)
$30 and under
Garment District
About the restaurant
Paradise has come to the heart of New York City. At Margaritaville New York you can enjoy a tropical oasis in the middle of The Big Apple. Slip into the island state of mind at our bar while you sip on your favorite margarita or one of our signature frozen concoctions, enjoy a Cheeseburger in Paradise, or try our other coastal-inspired foods.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Amazing !!! Great service great food , did not have to wait long for food or drinks !!!!
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