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New York City’s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the New York City dining scene. Here are NYC’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:The Modern, Nougatine at Jean Georges, Cookshop
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, French, American
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Chelsea
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The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Midtown West
4,679 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Museum dining can get a bad rap. Not at The Modern, one of Danny Meyer’s first restaurants in New York City and a testament to his vision of elegant-yet-approachable fine dining. DRead more
93% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan
98 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche

Nougatine at Jean Georges

$$$$·French·
Midtown West
6,510 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of New York City’s most influential chefs, and his restaurants near Columbus Circle—the eponymous Jean Georges, and its sister, Nougatine—are a perRead more
93% recommended
132 people mentioned the Shrimp Salad
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Cookshop

$$$$·American·
Chelsea
5,415 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
For over ten years, Cookshop has been serving its Greenmarket-driven, Italian-influenced cooking to neighborhood regulars, hip, young party-goers, and everyone in between. It’s glaRead more
92% recommended
111 people mentioned the Bloody Mary
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Raoul's

$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,789 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
There are few places as fun to dine in as Raoul’s, where locals cram into white-tableclothed tables and dine on steak tartare, frisee salads, roast chicken, and steak au poivre. HeRead more
96% recommended
153 people mentioned the Steak Au Poivre
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Keen's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
Midtown West
8,817 reviews
For a true steakhouse experience, head to Keens, one of the most glorious places in the city to eat meat, drink martinis, and be merry. The restaurant is a picture-perfect version Read more
339 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Quality Meats

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown West
7,408 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
It’s hard to believe that Quality Meats is over twelve years old; the place still feels hip and modern, with a bustle and buzz usually reserved for newer hot spots. The menu is devRead more
84% recommended
163 people mentioned the Steak Sauce

Gotham Bar and Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Union Square
9,264 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Gotham Bar and Grill is a quintessential New York restaurant, a place with a devoted local clientele, an elegant-yet-laid-back vibe, and consistently high-quality food. This is AmeRead more
92% recommended
126 people mentioned the Manhattan
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Casa Lever

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
1,309 reviews
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
For a Midtown power lunch or dinner, head to Casa Lever, an Italian restaurant in the architectural landmark Lever House. Andy Warhol originals line the wood-paneled walls, and MadRead more
93% recommended
20 people mentioned the Dover Sole

Mercer Kitchen

$$$$·American·
SoHo
5,239 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
Mercer Kitchen, a SoHo restaurant from the Jean-Georges Vongerichten group, is a lovely spot for lunch or dinner in SoHo. The Greenmarket-focused menu has something for everyone, aRead more
67 people mentioned the Shrimp Salad

Buddakan NY

$$$$·Chinese·
Meatpacking District
12,595 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
While it may not be the most authentic or low-key Chinese restaurant in town, Buddakan certainly has its perks: it’s fun, it’s glizy, it’s sceney, and the food is—somewhat shockingRead more
90% recommended
Chinese in New York / Tri-State Area
739 people mentioned the Dumplings
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