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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in New York City

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Fresco's Grand Cantina restaurant
5.0
5 (93)
$30 and under
Mexican
Astoria
About the restaurant
**** Please note this page is for our 28-50 31st St, Queens, New York location.****

Beautiful Mexican-Fusion establishment with old-world accents and very Instagram-able throughout the restaurant. We pride ourselves with fresh locally sourced ingredients for our Authentic & Modern Mexican fare.

Best Happy Hour around from 3pm to 8pm from Tuesday to Friday. The strong & delicious cocktails and amazing service will keep you coming back week after week for any of our numerous events. Follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop.

If you'd like to make a reservation at our other location ( Fresco's Cantina ) located at 12-14 31st Ave Astoria, NY 11106 - Please call (347) 808-7338.

Thank you!

Top review
ChazJ
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Great experience at the restaurant and wonderful drag show as well!
A photo of Montesacro BK restaurant
4.9
4.9 (208)
$31 to $50
Italian
Williamsburg
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
JoeTvip
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 Bergdorf Goodman Men's Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (81)
$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
Nelson
Dined on Mar 14, 2024
Great experience; excellent service and bartender.
A photo of The Spot - Drag Brunch restaurant
4.9
4.9 (188)
$50 and over
American
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
SUN APRIL 7th - If you are having difficulty booking for 2:30, we may be sold out. Try booking at our sister bar (Rise Bar Drag Brunch or RiseBarNYC.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

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Amazing performances and really nice food. The drag acts are incredibly charismatic
A photo of DiWine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (10)
$31 to $50
Wine Bar
Astoria
About the restaurant
We are a New American restaurant focused on natural biodynamic wines and cocktails in a relaxed atmosphere.
Top review
JasonS
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
Great hidden gym. Portions were great, prices not bad, and the atmosphere was awesome. Will be going back 100%
A photo of Bhatti Indian Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (525)
$31 to $50
Indian
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
Olivia
Dined on Apr 3, 2024
I love bhatti grill - such delicious food, you can BYOB for only $10 corkage fee and they are very good on food allergies too.
A photo of Blooms Tavern restaurant
4.8
4.8 (90)
$30 and under
American
Midtown East
About the restaurant
Welcome to Blooms Tavern. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best Wishes

Noel Donovan
Managing Partner

Top review
Michael
Dined on Feb 23, 2024
Casual dinner with delicious food. My favorite is Chicken Pot Pie just like my mother prepared. Service is attentive but not a bother. Bloom’s is my “Go to” casual restaurant in my neighborhood.
A photo of BABY BRASA restaurant
4.8
4.8 (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.
A photo of Mera Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (106)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Gravesend
About the restaurant
A visit to Mera should refresh, recharge and de-stress our clients and function as an escape from the everyday. At Mera, the walls are not lined with flat-screen televisions, rather reclaimed wood, rustic brick, and simple stone. Mera shifts focus back onto the fundamentals of humanity: good food, good drink and good company.
Top review
TaylorHvip
Dined on Mar 24, 2024
Mera is an overall perfect date night restaurant if you want to have a good time your partner. It is a very intimate and dimly lit setting which is perfect for a date night. The food portions are generous and well seasoned. The DJ on Saturday had me dancing in my seat the whole time and played a variety of music.
A photo of Shiso restaurant
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
ShellyM
Dined on Jan 17, 2024
This sushi restaurant is phenomenal. My daughter and I highly recommend getting an excellent meal here. The sushi is memorable.
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