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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in New York City

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in New York City? 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 (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.
Top review
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.
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4.8
4.8 (1923)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Hands down best dining experience we’ve ever had. Food is quite literally so well thought out it was beyond exceptional. Thank you Douglas, Scott and Amy for making a memorable time for my wife and I. We’ll be coming back for every anniversary.
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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.
Top review
BrianKvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Service and food equally incredible. My favorite Chelsea restaurant
A photo of Zuma Japanese Restaurant - NY restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1674)
$50 and over
Japanese
Midtown East
About the restaurant
Zuma, the brainchild of award winning co-founder and creator, Rainer Becker, brings its internationally acclaimed style of contemporary Japanese cuisine to midtown, New York.

Serving dishes designed to share and inspired by the informal dining style of izakaya; the three kitchens present authentic yet alluring options, with bold flavors and simple presentation, highlighting quality ingredients.
261 Madison Avenue 10016
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
i love this place, been there a lot and will come back, highly recommended to my friends. great food, service, atmosphere. all above 5 stars.
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A photo of Kween restaurant
4.7
4.7 (84)
$30 and under
Dining Bar
Astoria
About the restaurant
Check out our FIERCE drag brunches on Saturday and Sunday!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Drag Brunch was great. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The show was great. The performers were talented and very professional. My Colombian boyfriend said the chicken empanadas were the best he’s had in the city.
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4.7
4.7 (30)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Chinatown
About the restaurant
The Highlight Room’s real showstopper is the spectacular view of the city through a glass wall that spans the entire width of the room and folds back to allow access to the outdoor terrace. From there, guests can lift a cocktail to the expansive views — north to the Empire State Building, south to the Freedom Tower. The north and south sides of the room are lined with two-toned leather and velvet banquettes positioned to take advantage of the cityscape views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

The bar, set off by wooden arches and antique mirrors, complements the greenery, and elaborate, candelabra-style chandeliers allude to the candles that would illuminate the German garden as evening fell. Layers of premium materials — plaster, brass, velvet upholstery, caramel drapery, terrazzo tiles — add a dose of playful luxury. Although the bar is open to the public, the overall sense is of a swank member’s club, a private Eden commanding the sky above the Lower East Side. Must be 21+.
Top review
JohnGvip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Beautiful terrace and attentive staff. Food was a surprise to compliment the delicious cocktails.
A photo of Bar Primi Penn District restaurant
4.7
4.7 (10)
$31 to $50
Italian
Chelsea
About the restaurant
Bar Primi is a pasta shop devoted to ‘primi piatti,’ the pasta course. What began as an idea for a small space in New York’s East Village has since become a downtown New York staple, housed on the Bowery for the last ten years. With this second location in Penn District, chef-partner Andrew Carmellini will carry on his same tried and true methods of making fresh pasta traditionally prepared and cooked to order, using a variety of non-GMO semolina and specialty ‘00’ flours, organic eggs and family recipes. Italian wines are offered by the glass and by the bottle. A playful list of signature cocktails, which includes the original Frosé, aperitivi, a robust beer list, amari and coffee by La Colombe are also features.
Top review
DrJ15vip
Dined 4 days ago
Finally a superb, beautiful restaurant right near Penn and the Garden. Highly recommend.
A photo of Momoya Soho restaurant
4.6
4.6 (20)
$31 to $50
Japanese
NoLita
About the restaurant
You won’t want to miss the two-level Soho outpost of this popular Upper West Side and Chelsea Japanese restaurant — with a 12-seat sushi bar, cocktails on the ground floor, and a plush dining room overlooking St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral upstairs. The fish and shellfish selection is unusually large, the kaiseki menu is imaginative, and the kitchen turns out everything from miso black cod to crispy duck.
Top review
claru1vip
Dined on May 31, 2024
Love dining outdoors here. The sushi is exceptional
A photo of Mr. Capri restaurant
4.6
4.6 (13)
$30 and under
Italian
Greenwich Village
About the restaurant
Inspired by the idyllic Italian island of Capri, Mr. Capri brings the flavors of the surrounding coasts to New York City’s West Village. The 75-seat restaurant fulfills a lifelong dream of Capri-natives owner Alessandro “Ale” Passante and his brother Mario Passante, who serves as culinary director. The four Passante brothers grew up in Capri working at their family cafe and restaurant, where their mother was the chef, and their father was a local paparazzi and photographer. Specializing in regional cuisine from Capri, the restaurant offers seafood, pasta and seasonal dishes alongside a creative cocktail program and extensive wine list anchored on wines from Campania.

The decor by Studio Valerius will be bright and airy with nods to the legendary island beauty and decor elements imported from Capri.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
Very good. Wasn’t sure if the place would live up to the reviews. But the service was great. The food was definitely better than the typical nyc Italian place. Even the bread and olive oil were memorable. I’d go back.
A photo of ART SoHo restaurant
4.5
4.5 (343)
$50 and over
Cocktail Bar
SoHo
About the restaurant
A.R.T. SoHo is a cocktail lounge located on the rooftop of Arlo SoHo. A.R.T. SoHo with its sweeping views of the city and river is a place for guests to enjoy inventive cocktails including frozen drinks, beer & wine, with a menu of finger foods. A.R.T. SoHo invites DJs from all over the world to spin and creates a great place to party the night away with friends. After undergoing a full renovation at the beginning of 2023, A.R.T SoHo is more perfect then ever for large groups, corporate gatherings, and more, A.R.T. SoHo is your destination to celebrate the Art in our world.

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**For private events please contact eventsoho@arlohotels.com
***ART SoHo does not guarantee tables in specific spaces. Guest will be seated accordingly and we accommodate as much as possible.
****All tables are subject to the allotted turn times. Guests arriving late will have less time to enjoy their stay with us. Please arrive on-time!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Great atmosphere the hostess and wait staff were all amazing. Fun drinks great rooftop great music! We did not get food but all the food we saw looked yum.
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