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Every day, we have hundreds of thousands of reservations flying through our system—and some are tougher to get than others. According to our data, these are the restaurants in New York City where it’s hardest to snag a reservation. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:Sushi Ginza Onodera - NYC, Atera, Cote
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Sushi, Contemporary American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, TriBeCa - Downtown, Chelsea
$$$$·Sushi·
Midtown East
219 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
There’s no shortage of excellent sushi spots in New York City, but there are few places in this town quite like Sushi Ginza Onodera. This is a temple to raw fish, where chef MasakiRead more
81% recommended
Sushi in Manhattan
29 people mentioned the Omakase
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
631 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Atera is a tasting-menu restaurant like no other; chef Ronny Emborg’s menu aims to give diners an “immersive sensory dining experience.” The two-Michelin-starred spot certainly woRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
21 people mentioned the Caviar
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$$$$·Steakhouse·
Chelsea
111 reviews
  • Fun
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
There are few dining experiences as fun as Korean barbecue—and when that Korean barbecue is dry-aged beef, it’s even better. Cote takes the best parts of the American steakhouse—thRead more
91% recommended
17 people mentioned the Korean Bbq
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$$$$·American·
Midtown East
511 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Ever since it opened in the belly of Ralph Lauren’s flagship store, The Polo Bar has been one of the toughest places to get into—and it’s not hard to see why. This is where the citRead more
94% recommended
Best Ambiance in Manhattan
10 people mentioned the Corn Beef
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$$$$·French·
SoHo
6,017 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • People Watching
  • Great for Lunch
There are few places as New York as Keith McNally’s Balthazar: an always-bustling French brasserie in the heart of Soho. You can’t go wrong with the moules frites, the salade nicoiRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
62 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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$$$$·French·
New York
5,355 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
For a meal that is both special and timeless, head to Daniel, chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. This is a prime example of French fine dining, with clRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in Exclusive
54 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche
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$$$$·Japanese·
Williamsburg
1,317 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Tucked away on North 6th street in Williamsburg is Zenkichi, a Japanese izakaya that, even after ten-plus years, still feels like a secret. Each booth is encased by a curtain, wherRead more
92% recommended
Notable Wine List in Brooklyn
166 people mentioned the Omakase
$$$$·American·
Williamsburg
701 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
On the rooftop of Williamsburg’s William Vale hotel is Westlight, one of the best spots to drink cocktails in all of New York City. Take in the view as you work your way through thRead more
92% recommended
Scenic View in Brooklyn
68 people mentioned the Manhattan
$$$$·Mexican / Southwestern·
Bushwick
9 reviews
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Casual
It’s easy to put El Cortez in the category of “Tex-Mex” restaurants. But as chef Stephen Tanner told New York magazine, El Cortez is a restaurant focusing on “all three Mexicans”: Read more
82% recommended
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$$$$·Spanish·
Cobble Hill
629 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
Down a cozy street in Cobble Hill is La Vara, a place that looks like a casual neighborhood spot but very well might be the best Spanish restaurant in New York City. Anything from Read more
95% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
20 people mentioned the Paella
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