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New York City is one of the most vibrant cities on earth. The Big Apple is a cultural hot spot for theater, movies, music, dance, comedy... and food and drink at trendy restaurants. Combine the dozens of different cuisines from the cultures that make up NYC's population with its always-vibrant atmosphere, and you have a recipe for one of the most exciting restaurant scenes in the world. But where are the smartest, savviest Big Apple diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. 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 cozy neighborhood taverns in Manhattan and Harlem to upscale steakhouses and Brooklyn sushi restaurants—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a table; we wish we could join you.

Restaurants:The Polo Bar, Indochine, Barbuto
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Vietnamese, Italian
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, NoHo, Meatpacking District
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$$$$·American·
Midtown East
564 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Ralph Lauren is known for his fabled fashion line. The Polo Bar is his first New York restaurant, and it's just as stylish as any of his clothes. The wares here are considerably taRead more
97% recommended
Best Ambiance in New York / Tri-State Area
10 people mentioned the Corn Beef
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$$$$·Vietnamese·
NoHo
1,622 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • People Watching
  • Special Occasion
Indochine is one of the more unique spots for trendy restaurants in the entire city. The restaurant teems with tropical styles and fauna that reflects the unique French-Vietnamese Read more
26 people mentioned the Sticky Rice
$$$$·Italian·
Meatpacking District
1,370 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
The lovely Barbuto restaurant is in a prime location. It's only a quick stroll away from the Hudson riverfront and the High Line. It's a perfect place for a stop when exploring CheRead more
95% recommended
104 people mentioned the Gnocchi
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$$$$·French·
SoHo
6,334 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Vive la France! This gorgeous SoHo restaurant delivers a fine dining experience against the backdrop of its beautiful, lit-up wine cabinet. The restaurant offers New Yorkers and viRead more
91% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
68 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,363 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Le Coucou means “the cuckoo” in French. Don't worry, diners don't have to be crazy to eat there. In fact, they'd be quite sane. Le Coucou has one of the most beautiful dining roomsRead more
93% recommended
French in Manhattan
42 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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$$$$·Italian·
West Village
2,130 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
With an elegant dining area dominated by shades of black and blue and an ornate marble bar, the two-story L'Artusi is one of New York City's trendiest dining spots. L'Artusi has anRead more
91% recommended
104 people mentioned the Olive Oil Cake
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$$$$·Mexican·
Long Island City
697 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
This stylish Mexican spot is worth stopping in for the ambiance alone. The hip, warm-feeling, minimalist interior boasts an all-white pattern and a stainless steel bar top. It's onRead more
97% recommended
Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
13 people mentioned the Carne Asada
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$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown East
1,897 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
“Mr. Chow, Mr. Chow ... that name again is Mr. Chow.” Any excuse to reference “The Simpsons.” Mr. Chow is just as acclaimed as that long-running cartoon, and has been a favorite ofRead more
81% recommended
Chinese in Manhattan
65 people mentioned the Chicken Satay
$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,724 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
This fabled Spring Street eatery has a fascinating history and an eye-popping interior design. That recipe has made Raoul's into one of the trendiest places in the entire city. DinRead more
95% recommended
161 people mentioned the Steak Au Poivre
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$$$$·Italian·
Williamsburg
698 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Greenpoint in Brooklyn offers some of the best trendy restaurants in New York City, and Leuca is right at the top of that list. Darkly beautiful inside, Leuca serves up a menu of sRead more
88% recommended
Most Booked in Brooklyn
20 people mentioned the Pistachio Cake
$$$$·American·
Financial District
690 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Another hotel hot spot, Temple Court is inside the famed Beekman Hotel in Manhattan, very close to City Hall and the World Trade Center. Another outpost in the Tom Colicchio restauRead more
91% recommended
20 people mentioned the Baked Alaska
$$$$·Italian·
East Village
588 reviews
  • Casual
  • Cozy
  • Neighborhood Gem
Lil' Frankie's is one of the city's best mixtures of upscale and everyday dining. The restaurant is cash-only, so make sure to hit up an ATM before dining. Inside, it's an intimateRead more
96% recommended
15 people mentioned the Rigatoni
$$$$·French·
Lower East Side
1,121 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasion
A trendy and always-popular bistro in the Ludlow Hotel, Dirty French is an excellent choice for anyone visiting the Lower East Side. Opulent and refined inside, Dirty French is usuRead more
83% recommended
27 people mentioned the Lamb Carpaccio
$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,204 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
Upland is on the border of the Chelsea and Murray Hill neighborhoods. This is a beautiful, humming restaurant with an intriguing mix of cuisines. Upland's menu blends California anRead more
92% recommended
65 people mentioned the Duck Wings
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$$$$·French·
Gramercy / Flatiron
449 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
“Joie de Vivre” (“joy of life”) is one of the slogans for the Gramercy Park favorite, Boucherie. That's a fine description for the moods of the diners enjoying Boucherie's superb FRead more
8 people mentioned the Filet Mignon
$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Union Square
2,512 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
As easy as 1-2-3. This restaurant is part of the ABC group of trendy restaurants from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. ABC Cocina serves up fine Mexican cuisine in a stylish 19th Street Read more
90% recommended
63 people mentioned the Fritters
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,706 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Another one of the ABC group from the acclaimed Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the ABC Kitchen is an trendy Gramercy Park hot spot. The menu is full of locally sourced and organic smalRead more
89% recommended
105 people mentioned the Calamari
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$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,958 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Locanda Verde is an ideal selection for anyone looking for a hip place to dine out in the very happening TriBeCa neighborhood in New York City. Stop in while strolling for a pour oRead more
92% recommended
26 people mentioned the Lemon Ricotta
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$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,517 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
Don't “nix” the idea of going here. Nix is a paradise for vegetarians and vegans. The menu bursts with colorful, creative options from acclaimed chef John Fraser. It's a fine spot Read more
94% recommended
52 people mentioned the Dumplings
$$$$·American·
West Village
353 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Another top-notch Greenwich Village locale, The Loyal mixes old-fashioned style with modern dishes to create a much talked-about dining experience. The Loyal features both exceptioRead more
8 people mentioned the Rigatoni
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