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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Manhattan

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Little Ned at The Ned NoMad restaurant
4.9
4.9 (34)
$31 to $50
American
NoMad
About the restaurant

Expect a menu of club favourites, from caviar and steak tartare to burgers and salads. Little Ned has 1920s-style booth seating, with upholstery inspired by the former Banking Hall at The Ned London, and club chairs and burl wood tables on the mezzanine floor, with views of the Empire State Building.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Straightforward hosting, easy to be seated, great sevice
A photo of Principe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2)
$50 and over
Seafood
SoHo
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of SoHo, Principe is a seafood-focused restaurant that draws from both local and Italian influences. From Chef Abram Bissell (The Nomad, Eleven Madison Park, The Modern) the restaurant brings a vibrant and approachable dining destination to the SoHo community. Principe is a place to indulge and have fun, all while enjoying exceptional seafood and seasonal produce.
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RANDYHvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Principe was a great experience. We were welcomed warmly, and seated at a great table downstairs. The server took drink and appetizer orders quickly while we scanned the menu. We had a party of 6 so we shared - tuna crudo, scallops, then salads and finally mains. The chicken was the overall favorite, but the branzino and duck were also fantastic! Then dessert -- decadent and delicious.
A photo of Haymaker Bar & Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (190)
$30 and under
American
Chelsea
About the restaurant
American Gastropub fare & Rotating Craft Beer Bar
Top review
GaryKvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Very good food, excellent service… Just a little too loud for dinner for us… Overall a very nice place
A photo of The Spot - Drag Brunch restaurant
4.8
4.8 (198)
$50 and over
American
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
SUN JUNE 8th - If you are having difficulty booking, we may be sold out. Try booking a reservation at one of our sister Drag Brunches (RiseBarNYC.com or TheRedStache.com) for an equally as fabulous show!

The Spot Bar NYC is an LGBTQ+ bar located in Hell's kitchen Manhattan serving the gay community with entertainment and cocktails. Providing a safe place for LGBTQ+ and their allies.

PLEASE NOTE: The Spot Bar is a 21+ establishment
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Partner and I were visiting from Texas. This event was one of the ones I was most excited to experience. It was absolutely great from beginning to end! Lexington and Keisha had us cracking up from beginning to end. Such amazing chemistry on stage. The staff was very attentive and efficient with the food, drink, and personality! Absolutely would recommend!!
A photo of Cucina Alba restaurant
4.8
4.8 (12)
$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.
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BrianKvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Service and food equally incredible. My favorite Chelsea restaurant
A photo of Ponty Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7)
$30 and under
French
Harlem
About the restaurant
Ponty Bistro, creative French and African Cuisine Since 2008.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Very nice restaurant. Cecil the owner and chef is a very kind person who cares. The lobster is amazing. Sunday brunch is great.
A photo of The Red Stache restaurant
4.8
4.8 (20)
$31 to $50
American
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
The Red Stache is committed to providing our customers with an exceptional and memorable wine experience. We aim to create a warm and inviting atmosphere where our guests can relax and enjoy the best food and wines worldwide. Mix and match wines with our wine flights. Try some of our signature items like the truffle gnocchi, flatbreads, and deviled egg croquettes.

On Sundays and Saturdays, get ready to sashay into a world of fabulousness with The Red Stache Drag Brunch! Indulge in a tantalizing blend of delectable food, bottomless mimosas, and the electrifying performances by NYC's top Drag Artists. From lip-sync numbers to dazzling dance routines, each Drag Brunch is a kaleidoscope of glamour and entertainment that will leave you spellbound. So, grab your friends and join us for a feast fit for royalty at The Red Stache, where every bite is seasoned with sass and sparkle!

For any difficulty booking or for parties larger than 20 people, please call us at (212)-933-4404.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
We went here thinking that there was a RuPaul Drag Race viewing party but it didn’t happen. The place is cute, but the seats are not very comfortable. The food was good - it’s a limited menu but everything we had was good quality. The Frose was delicious! Our waitress didn’t seem to know anything about the menu or the watch party, but she was pleasant. Overall we had a good experience. I live in the neighborhood and will probably come back.
A photo of Bergdorf Goodman Men's Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (85)
$31 to $50
American
Rockefeller Center
About the restaurant
Located on the second floor of Bergdorf Goodman's Men's Store, this swanky bar is a midtown gem is not to be missed. Crafted cocktail and curated wines by the glass and bottle. All day menu for foodies and hungry shoppers alike.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Eric and Asa are always at the top of their game... Incredibly friendly and attentive.
A photo of Route 66 Bar & Grill restaurant
4.7
4.7 (40)
$30 and under
American
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
Located near theater district and Lincoln Center, on 9th Ave. between 55th and 56th St., we offer breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, and full bar with bar menu.
Top review
VinnieC
Dined on May 28, 2024
Another exceptional dinner at Route 66.....Truly cannot beat the location, food, drinks, prices, ambiance and especially the service which is absolutely fantastic!!! If you go for Happy Hour the deals are amazing for the area and the portion sizes are incredible. All the salads, burgers, sandwiches are DELICIOUS!!! My mouth is watering thinking about that menu.
A photo of Il Totano restaurant
4.5
4.5 (36)
$50 and over
Italian
West Village
About the restaurant
We will begin taking reservations on Monday May 20th!
Il Totano is a contemporary Southern Italian restaurant, focusing on pristine seafood, fresh crudo & house-made pastas. We are a casual fine dining restaurant that focuses on excellent food, service and beverage. Come say hi and have a great time with us!

*Dress Code - Smart Casual
*For parties of 7 or more, please contact the restaurant.
*Corkage Fee - $45 per bottle with a maximum of 2
*Cake Fee - $8 per person
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was delicious and the portions are decent but definitely need an appetizer and a main dish to be satiated. The drinks, music and ambiance was perfect for a birthday dinner. Look forward to going back
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