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Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in New York City

The OpenTable team

People say that New York is the greatest city in the world, and we may have to agree—especially when it comes to our restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to fine-dining palaces, vegetable-forward hotspots to old-school steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Marea, Upland, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary American, French
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Gramercy / Flatiron, SoHo
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,409 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
There’s a reason Marea is the power-lunch-and-dinner capital of New York City: it’s elegant, it’s luxurious, and the food is consistently some of the best Italian in the city. ChefRead more
94% recommended
176 people mentioned the Fusilli
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,338 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Upland is one of those restaurants that manages to be both elegant and comfortable at the same time; the room glows with a cozy energy usually reserved for your own living room. ThRead more
90% recommended
61 people mentioned the Duck Wings
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,572 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
In a city known for its fine dining, Le Coucou is one of the most exciting new additions to the white-tablecloth scene; chef Daniel Rose marries classic French cuisine with a downtRead more
91% recommended
39 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
6,751 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Brunch
There are few places as New York as Keith McNally’s Balthazar: an always-bustling French brasserie in the heart of Soho. You can’t go wrong with the moules frites, the salade nicoiRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
62 people mentioned the French Onion Soup

Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,593 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
When Enrique Olvera, the chef behind the world-renowned Mexico City restaurant Pujol, opened up a spot in New York, the expectations were high—and he delivered. Cosme, an upscale mRead more
98 people mentioned the Duck Carnitas
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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
818 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
Chef Alex Stupak has been impressing the downtown crowd with his Mexican cooking for years, with Empellon Cocina, Empellon Taco, and Empellon al Pastor. Empellon Midtown is his mosRead more
84% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in New York / Tri-State Area
27 people mentioned the Short Rib

Gramercy Tavern

$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
8,298 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Gramercy Tavern is the crown jewel of the Danny Meyer restaurant empire, and it’s not hard to see why; walking into the restaurant feels like stepping into a painting. Head into thRead more
95% recommended
American in Manhattan
82 people mentioned the Manhattan
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Avra Madison Estiatorio on 60th

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Midtown East
1,635 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
In a city filled with shoebox dining rooms and even-smaller kitchens, Avra Estiatorio feels like a revelation: this is a grand restaurant, with multiple floors of gilded, tableclotRead more
92% recommended
Mediterranean in New York / Tri-State Area
32 people mentioned the Greek Salad

ABC Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,743 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Have you ever been to a restaurant where you want to take everything—from the gloriously sticky, savory ricotta-squash toast to the very plates its served on—home with you? WelcomeRead more
89% recommended
96 people mentioned the Calamari
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Boulud Sud

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Lincoln Square
5,594 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
Chef Daniel Boulud has been wow-ing this city for decades with his classy, upscale French cooking, and Boulud Sud—which features the food of the Mediterranean—never fails to impresRead more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in Manhattan
128 people mentioned the Chicken Tagine

Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,421 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Walking into Minetta Tavern feels like walking into another age; the lights are dim, the martinis are strong, and the air is filled with mystery. You’re here for the Black Label BuRead more
85% recommended
45 people mentioned the Boeuf
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Maialino

$$$$·Italian·
New York
4,274 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
New York City has no shortage of excellent Italian restaurants, but Maialino—Danny Meyer’s Roman trattoria in the Gramercy Park Hotel—consistently shines as one of the brightest. TRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Exclusive
35 people mentioned the Olive Oil Cake
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The Clocktower

$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,327 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The Clocktower, housed in the Edition Hotel overlooking Madison Square Park, is a beauty of a restaurant, a place that looks airlifted from the posh London townhouse of our wildestRead more
83% recommended
25 people mentioned the Dover Sole

Estela

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
520 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
A flight of stairs up from the bustle of Houston Street, Estela feels like a well-kept secret, with gorgeous staff serving gorgeous food to a gorgeous clientele of locals and indusRead more
90% recommended
24 people mentioned the Dumplings
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The Lobster Club

$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
246 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
The Major Food Group, helmed by chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, has completely changed the restaurant landscape of New York, with restaurants like Carbone, The Pool, and The Read more
87% recommended
4 people mentioned the Bento Box

ABC Cocina

$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Union Square
2,520 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
From the team behind ABC Kitchen is ABC Cocina, another restaurant in the ABC Carpet and Home space, and another restaurant with food as dreamy as the stuff—the plates, the cups, tRead more
92% recommended
60 people mentioned the Fritters
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Ai Fiori

$$$$·Contemporary European·
Midtown West
4,135 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
These days, there are plenty of restaurants peddling some sort of amalgamation of French-Italian cuisine. Ai Fiori, however, takes that classic pairing and elevates it, serving thoRead more
89% recommended
44 people mentioned the Lobster Soup

Flora Bar

$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
422 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Tucked into the bottom floor of the Met Breuer museum is Flora Bar, a beautiful restaurant with beautiful food from Ignacio Mattos, the chef behind the downtown Estela and Cafe AltRead more
88% recommended
18 people mentioned the Dumplings
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Milos - 55th Street NY

$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown West
5,323 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
There are few things as glorious as a just-caught piece of seafood cooked thoughtfully and elegantly, and Estiatorio Milos takes that experience even farther: you can select your eRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
245 people mentioned the Fresh Fish

Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,644 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
While it’s not hard to find a vegetarian restaurant in New York these days, it is hard to find one with food just as good—as not better—as the omnivorous spots around town. Enter NRead more
89% recommended
39 people mentioned the Dumplings
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