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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Manhattan

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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!


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4.9
4.9 (7)
$30 and under
Chinese
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
Classy Chinese fusion restaurant conveniently located in Hudson Yards 9th Avenue, serving innovative Chinese dishes, with selections of spirits, cocktails, and elegant ambience.
Top review
FoodieStan
Dined 7 days ago
I love spicy cuisine, and the beef in chili oil did not disappoint. Spicy but incredibly flavorful. Good service too.
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4.8
4.8 (31)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
East Village
About the restaurant
French Japanese Tasting menu based restaurant starting at $100. With Omakase available at the bar.
Top review
FrancineD
Dined on Jan 17, 2024
Truely an amazing time. Very unique and incredibly simple clean enjoyable food. Will be back!
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4.8
4.8 (27)
$31 to $50
European
West Village
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Second time back here within a month and it did not disappoint! Service is excellent, wine selection is fantastic with a wide range of bottles for reasonable prices, and the food is so so good. The arroz a la plancha is not to be missed
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4.7
4.7 (475)
$30 and under
Cuban
Harlem
About the restaurant
Escape to a world of Cuban delicacies at Amor Cubano. The authentic 1950's Havana setting combines the classic golden age of Cuba with a younger, hip and sexy atmosphere. The air is filled with dancing, singing and performance art as you dine on Cuban cuisine at this truly unique restaurant.
Top review
FrankUvip
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Always a great choice as the food is always good along with the live music. Stopped in for a quick bite before attending an event and the service was on point. We had the churrasco and a few appetizers all were great.
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4.6
4.6 (25)
$50 and over
Barbecue
NoHo
About the restaurant
Inspired by the global travels of our team of chefs and the discipline of Japanese wood-fired grilling known as yakiniku, KYU offers a rich exploration of interpretive Asian cooking. From our open kitchens, you will discover a world of expertly grilled umami-rich meats, smoke-roasted short ribs, innovative fish and beguiling vegetable preparations, hamachi Crudo, and pork belly baos, and Thai “stone pot” fried rice, along with fabulous hand-crafted cocktails and stunning signature desserts. With award-winning restaurants in Miami, New York, Las Vegas and Mexico City, KYU’s unique brand will be expanding to Los Angeles in 2025. We welcome you with open arms.
Top review
Elyssavip
Dined on Apr 13, 2024
Absolutely delicious.. the cauliflower, the short rib and the tuna appetizer! The service was also absolutely amazing they were constantly checking in to see if we needed anything and i love the ambiance
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4.5
4.5 (629)
$30 and under
American
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Refinery Rooftop is the crowning jewel of Refinery Hotel named Americas #1 Rooftop Bar & Hotel Bar for 3 consecutive years by USA Today. With awe-inspiring views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan Skyline, Refinery Rooftop is one of NoMads most dynamic spaces. By day, the fashion set come for chef Jeff Haskell’s full lunch menu—ordering Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Grilled Hanger Steak Flatbread and the Little Gem Caesar Salad. At night, a lively crowd gathers for our signature cocktail list—developed by In Good Company Hospitality mixologists with a focus on natural ingredients paired in refreshing combinations. The industrial chic design features re-purposed water tower wood, vaulted brick walls and archways, terra cotta tiles, fairy lights, and a retractable glass roof atrium as well as a water fountain and fireplace. Refinery Rooftop is an all-season venue open 7 days a week serving lunch, brunch, evening small bites and open for late night cocktails.
Reservations encou

Top review
BrandonA
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
Great food, service, and atmosphere on a beautiful sunny spring day for lunch.
A photo of SET L.E.S. restaurant
4.5
4.5 (93)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Lower East Side
About the restaurant
At SET L.E.S. we bring "hip" and "flavor" together in our energetic restaurant/bar located in the heart of Lower East Side, New York City. Nearing almost a decade, the restaurant has grown into a neighborhood gem, most known for, the Asian-inspired menu and palatable crafted cocktails. While the restaurant is popular for it's lunch and dinner, weekend brunch has become the most quintessential experience. With customer-favorite's like the "Chicken and buttermilk waffles" and the "Steak and eggs skillet" cooked to perfection. The ambiance also makes for a great place to celebrate your birthday, with a special complimentary item with parties over 6.

Top review
ShanaB
Dined 2 days ago
No complaints. Service, server and ambiance was perfect. Will definitely visit again
A photo of Cantina Rooftop restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1435)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Cantina Rooftop Restaurant & Lounge, located on top HK Hall, features an innovative Modern Mexican Cuisine by Chef Saul Montiel and expertly crafted Cocktails and Margaritas by Mixologist Daniel Barragan.

We do not accepting reservations larger than 6 people or any combination of parties of 6 people.

Reservations are strongly encouraged for the dining room.
All Reservations on the Rooftop must have a Complete Dinner Meal.
Please visit our website for more information.

Thank you for your interest in Cantina Rooftop Restaurant and Lounge.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Definitely a vibe….Service was great…. DJ was on point! Food was just ok! I would go again for the vibe and drinks
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4.3
4.3 (6)
$30 and under
Italian
West Village
About the restaurant
From the same team that brought you Baby Brasa, this West Village charmer has the same upbeat vibes and energy that you’ve come to know and expect, only now you can feast on delectable pizzas and pastas while you’re at it.
Top review
JPBommelvip
Dined on Feb 19, 2024
Best value for good Italian food in the West Village. Best kept secret I suppose but sometimes you need a reservation. Staff is cordial, welcoming and down right sweet
A photo of Silver Lining Lounge restaurant
4.2
4.2 (81)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
NoLita
About the restaurant
Silver Lining is an intimate, dreamlike live music and piano lounge inside the Moxy Lower East Side hotel on the Bowery. Guests can expect a lively atmosphere and a vibrant crowd. This hotspot ushers in a new era of sophisticated nights out with live performances by a diverse group of local musicians, curated by The Flower Shop co-founders. Silver Lining offers an array of Japanese-inspired cuisine with small bites and table-side caviar service that pairs well with the eclectic menu of specialty cocktails that pay homage to cultural moments, movies, and music.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Apr 6, 2024
Server was awful, inattentive. The food, drinks and live music made up for the lack there.
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