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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in New York City

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!

A photo of The Den restaurant
5 (28)
$50 and over
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 Dinervip
Dined on Jan 31, 2024
Best place on earth. Best omakase in nyc. Couldn’t recommend more
A photo of Christos Steak House restaurant
4.9 (1136)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Newsday calls Christos "An Astoria Steak House of Style and Substance" Zagat writes, "The top-of-the-line surf-n-turf "rocks" at this smartly served Steak House that's "worth a trip over the bridge." A "large selection of prime-aged meats" comes prepared to perfection", backed up with traditional Greek sides"
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 14, 2024
Best steaks in Queens by far! Aged and cooked to perfection with a great wine list to pair a great wine with a great steak.
A photo of Fiorentina Steakhouse restaurant
4.9 (89)
$31 to $50
Throgs Neck
About the restaurant
Come join us at the Fiorentina Steakhouse on 3617 E Tremont Ave, The Bronx, NY 10465
Top review
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Had a wonderful experience at this restaurant! The food was amazing, service was impeccable, and the ambience was wonderful. My fiancé and I had the calamari, octopus, and shrimp cocktail to start off. The seafood was very fresh and the calamari was so crispy. For our entrees, we shared the steak for 2, a porterhouse steak, their signature cut. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium, and we paired it with their unique corn crème bulee, mashed potatoes, and truffle covered Brussels sprouts. Our waiter, Jimmy, provided an excellent and personalized serving experience for us. We finished off the dinner with the chef’s special Oreo cream cake. This was arguably the best part of the dinner! Will definitely be back!
A photo of Chi Restaurant and Bar restaurant
4.9 (7)
$30 and under
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
Dined 7 days ago
I love spicy cuisine, and the beef in chili oil did not disappoint. Spicy but incredibly flavorful. Good service too.
A photo of Caviar Russe restaurant
4.8 (835)
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Midtown East
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Midtown, Caviar Russe offers two distinct dining experiences, The Bar & Lounge and The Dining Room. In the Bar & Lounge enjoy all the best of Caviar Russe in a relaxed and refined setting featuring caviar, raw bar and fun bites all paired with fantastic wines, champagnes and cocktails. The Dining room presents a Michelin Starred fine dining experience paired with an extensive selection of Caviar Russe's exclusive caviar, enjoy a 3 or 6 course tasting menu with all items available to order à la carte.
Top review
Dined on Apr 15, 2024
What an experience!! 🔥 Shout out to Kattarina for her exceptional service and attention to detail on all menu items and of course to the chefs for an amazing eating experience, each dish just kept getting better. Menu highlights - the white asparagus with caviar, the Parmesan egg, the foie gras, the mackerel with pineapple, the prime ribeye - just WOW! As a chef on a Michelin mission, I could not fault anything, how Caviar russe only has 1 star is insane. Great work team, hoping you get your second star soon ⭐️⭐️
A photo of Bhatti Indian Grill restaurant
4.8 (526)
$31 to $50
Murray Hill
About the restaurant
Bhatti Indian Grill is an ultra-authentic north Indian restaurant in the heart of NYC that’s refined yet affordable, upscale and modern. Bhatti opened its doors in 2009 to much fan fare and accolades for the authenticity it brought to indian cuisine.

One of the city’s preeminent Indian chefs and restaurateurs, Gaurav Anand of Awadh and Moti Mahal Delux has completely revamped and renovated Bhatti just in time to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. Perennially packed and attracting celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Food Network’s Duff Goldman, Bhatti became a popular dining destination due to its delicious, boldly-flavored food, especially kebabs. For its 10th anniversary, Gaurav wanted the restaurant that set him on a successful restaurant career to get a sexier new look, more elevated menu and an adventurous beverage program including an all natural wine list, befitting the next decade.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Jarvis was great and very good service. Good food recommendations.
A photo of Strip House Speakeasy restaurant
4.8 (405)
$30 and under
Union Square
About the restaurant
Strip House Speakeasy is located in the space next to the original Strip House in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Set in glamorous backdrop of the Roaring Twenties & Prohibition Era, 11 East 12th Street was one of the thousands of illegal speakeasies supplying NYC with Libations & Liberation. Its hidden connection to the room above - 13 East 12th Street - helped spark its success for when officers arrived with a search warrant in hand, they were only able to gain entrance to the physical address listed - ‘13 East’...not ‘11’.
Top review
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Amazing food, servers were a little slow at times as it was crazy busy, but overall service was still good.
A photo of Montesacro BK restaurant
4.8 (208)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Williamsburg, Montesacro introduces Pinsa and pays homage to Roman culinary traditions.

The enclosed garden with a retractable rooftop, perfect for every season, is the ideal spot for a romantic dinner, a casual get together with friends and private events.

Top review
Dined on Mar 12, 2024
We always have a terrific meal at Montesacro. The food, vibe and service are excellent. We have recommended the restaurant to many friends.
A photo of Shiso restaurant
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
Dined on Jan 16, 2024
Best sushi in NY. Definitely worth the price tag!
A photo of BABY BRASA restaurant
4.7 (413)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 28, 2024
Very nice waiter. Exceptionally pleasant experience. Would love more menu options and slightly bigger portions, but the food was tasty nonetheless.
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