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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Manhattan

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 The Den restaurant
4.9
4.9 (30)
$50 and over
Sushi
TriBeCa
About the restaurant
The Michelin-starred concept, The Den, an exclusive hidden sushi concept located inside Azabu New York. Helmed by Tokyo-trained chef, Toshihide Terado, curating an unforgettable Omakase experience. Operating with the Japanese spirit of Omotenashi as our guiding compass, The Den elevates the local culinary scene with authentic Japanese cuisine and transportive experiences. Enjoy our authentic Edomae sushi with us. Located inside Azabu New York on a beautiful cobblestone street of Tribeca neighborhood.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
Wow, what an incredible experience from The moment we stepped in and started with the spicy margarita that is infused with Shishito peppers. We enjoyed the omakase style dinner and we absolutely blown away. We will Certainly be back !
A photo of Aquavit restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1922)
$50 and over
Nordic
Midtown East
About the restaurant
Two Michelin-starred and New York Times Three-starred Aquavit, located in Midtown Manhattan showcases seasonal, Modern Nordic fare and has been a pioneer of Nordic cuisine since opening in 1987. The restaurant has an extensive wine list as well as an aquavit infusion and cocktail program. The Dining Room serves a 2 or 3 course prix fixe menu for lunch and a 5 course tasting menu or a Chef's tasting menu for dinner.
Top review
nancyhvip
Dined 6 days ago
Had a very enjoyable meal & will come back to dine here again!
A photo of San Pietro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (573)
$50 and over
Italian
Midtown East
About the restaurant
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR DINING


Welcome to the Awards Winning San Pietro Restaurant.


We believe in wisdom of "Nourishing Body and Soul" derived from our Salerno ancestors from Southern Italy. We import 85% of our ingredients from Italy.


We look forward to serving you and offering you the most authentic Italian dishes.


CANCELLATION POLICY: If you wish to cancel your reservation please let us know a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant will result in a $50 cancellation fee per person in the group.


PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE: If you decrease your party size, let us know 1 day in advance to avoid the $150 per person charge.


We don’t reserve specific tables. You will be seated to the table that is available upon your arrival.


Highchairs available. We allow strollers


Outside Items are not permitted (flowers, cakes, liquor)


DRESS CODE: We politely ask that you please avoid Shorts


Open on Sunday open only for Parties. Call to begin planning your event

Top review
Sully
Dined on May 14, 2024
We asked for no garlic on the fish and then we got garlic on the fish. For these prices you should be able to get what you want.
A photo of Veronika restaurant
4.8
4.8 (42)
$50 and over
Global, International
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant
Tucked away on the second floor of Fotografiska New York, Veronika is a place that fosters late-night conversations, moments over a shared meal, and the chance to meet new friends and colleagues within a warm and welcoming environment. The Roman and Williams designed space offers two distinct experiences: Bar Veronika and the Restaurant. Velvet furniture, high ceilings and ornate chandeliers are accented by burning candles, greenery, and a rotating photography installation in connection with Fotografiska.
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DelfinOvip
Dined on May 16, 2024
Lively ambience, engaged server made for a wonderful experience
A photo of Cucina Alba restaurant
4.8
4.8 (10)
$50 and over
Italian
Chelsea
About the restaurant
Alba transports guests to an urbanite’s Italian holiday. A restaurant where the food and ambiance is at once seductive and polished, playful and grown-up. It is the new home for gallery goers and denizens of New York’s newest starchitect high-rises.

Head chef Adam Leonti places an imaginative spin on Italian cuisine. Author of Flour Lab, Leonti bakes his signature Focaccia in a Roman oven and serves with whipped ricotta.

Cobi Levy, Julian Black, and Will Makris' Prince Street Hospitality Group established Cucina Alba in August 2022.

Top review
ElyseW
Dined on May 13, 2024
The Monday night pizza was absolutely delicious and I can definitely see myself returning just for that. I did feel like the service could have been a little better as I had to flag down someone every time I needed something as opposed to other restaurants which constantly have someone checking on you. The service was NOT terrible I just was expecting more from this place. Overall dinner was great and I will definitely be returning, just hoping for a little better service next time.
A photo of Il Cortile Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1536)
$31 to $50
Italian
Little Italy
About the restaurant
IL Cortile has been family owned and run since 1975. A neighborhood staple in the heart of Little Italy, NYC for over 40 years the Esposito family continues the tradition of sparing nothing to provide only the highest quality ingredients in all Cortile dishes.
We are a full Service Restaurant Establishment offering both A-La-Carte dining and a wide variety of pre-fix menus for group gatherings as well as off premise catering. We can accommodate gluten free and vegan diets. Everything is made to order.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Always a great dinner experience. We love Il Cortile.
A photo of BABY BRASA restaurant
4.6
4.6 (416)
$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
FrancisCielvip
Dined on May 17, 2024
Enjoyed the salmon very much. Will be back for sure.
A photo of Mel's restaurant
4.6
4.6 (10)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Chelsea
About the restaurant
Mel’s is a pizza restaurant run by Michelin-decorated Chef Melissa Rodriguez. The centerpiece of the menu is a wood-oven pizza, designed to be a cross between a Neapolitan pie and a New York slice; with a chewy, bready crust and enough structural integrity to be eaten slice in hand. The restaurant has no gas cooktops; everything is cooked over an open fire. Mel's boasts access to the deep wine cellar at Al Coro next door, so you can drink Barolo with your margherita–the most elegant combination in all of Italian cooking.
Top review
BarryS
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
No disappointment’s here. Food was outstanding, service was excellent. Even the piped in music was great (not just good music, but a high-fidelity quality sound). Our evening there was a pure delight.
A photo of Shiso restaurant
4.6
4.6 (32)
$50 and over
Japanese
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
4.5 (269)
$50 and over
Sushi
TriBeCa
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
AdrianaW
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Amazing experience!!! The food is unbelievably good!!!
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