New York City Restaurants

Ready to take a bite out of New York? Hope you've come hungry. In a city where creativity is expressed in innumerable ways, the food scene takes center stage, with literally thousands of chances to taste what Gotham is all about. Whether lining up at street stands, gobbling down legendary deli and diner grub, or chasing a coveted reservation at the latest celebrity-chef venue, New Yorkers are a demanding yet appreciative audience.

Every neighborhood offers temptations high, low, and in between, meaning there's truly something for every taste, whim, and budget. No matter how you approach dining out here, it's hard to go wrong. Planning a day of shopping among the glittering flagship boutiques along 5th and Madison Avenues? Stop into one of the Upper East Side's storied restaurants for a repast among the "ladies who lunch." Clubbing in the Meatpacking District? Tuck into a meal at eateries as trendy as their patrons. Craving authentic ethnic? From food trucks to hidden joints, there are almost more choices than there are appetites. Recent years have also seen entire food categories, from ramen to meatballs to mac 'n' cheese, riffed upon and fetishized, and at many restaurants you find an almost religious reverence for seasonal, locally sourced cuisine.

And don't forget—New York is still home to more celebrity chefs than any other city. Your chances of running into your favorite cookbook author, Food Network celeb, or paparazzi-friendly chef are high, adding even more star wattage to a restaurant scene with an already through-the-roof glamour quotient. Newfound economic realities, however, have revived appreciation for value, meaning you can tap into wallet-friendly choices at every level of the food chain. Rest assured, this city does its part to satisfy your appetite. Ready, set, eat.

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  • 1. Le Bernardin

    $$$$ | Midtown West | Seafood

    Head into the serene, teak-panel dining room at this trendsetting French seafood restaurant, and let chef Eric Ripert work his magic with anything...Read More

  • 2. Marea

    $$$ | Midtown West | Seafood

    Large picture windows in the dining room look out to expansive views of Central Park South at this upscale, seafood-centric Italian eatery....Read More

  • 3. '21' Club

    $$$$ | Midtown West | American

    Tradition's the thing at this town-house landmark, a former speakeasy that opened in 1929. Chef Sylvain Delpique tries to satisfy everyone with...Read More

  • 4. 5 Napkin Burger

    $$ | Midtown West | Burger

    This perennially packed Hell's Kitchen burger place and brasserie has been a magnet for burger lovers since day one. Though there are many menu...Read More

  • 5. Aureole

    $$$$ | Midtown West | Modern American

    An island of fine modern American dining just a stone's throw from bustling Times Square, Aureole is the second act of a New York classic from...Read More

  • 6. Becco

    $$$ | Midtown West | Italian

    An ingenious concept makes bustling Becco a prime Restaurant Row choice for time-constrained theatergoers. There are two pricing scenarios at...Read More

  • 7. Benoit

    $$$ | Midtown West | French

    Who needs to go to Paris when the world's most famous French chef, Alain Ducasse, can come to you? The interior of Ducasse's imported Right...Read More

  • 8. Brasserie Ruhlmann

    $$$ | Midtown West | French

    Sublime French bistro cookery is on display in a plush 120-seat dining room with just enough Art Deco touches to harmonize with its Rockefeller...Read More

  • 9. burger joint New York

    $ | Midtown West | Burger

    What's a college burger bar, clad in wood paneling and rec-room design straight out of Happy Days, doing inside a five-star Midtown hotel...Read More

  • 10. Carmine's

    $$$ | Midtown West | Italian

    Savvy New Yorkers line up early for the affordable family-style Italian meals at this large, busy Midtown eatery where family photos line the...Read More

  • 11. Danji

    $$ | Midtown West | Korean

    Helmed by talented chef Hooni Kim, this diminutive white-walled Hell's Kitchen Korean spot stands out among the rows of restaurants that attract...Read More

  • 12. db Bistro Moderne

    $$$ | Midtown West | French

    Daniel Boulud's "casual bistro" (it's neither, actually) consists of two elegantly appointed dining rooms. The menu features classic dishes...Read More

  • 13. Ellen's Stardust Diner

    $$ | Midtown West | American

    If you haven't had enough Broadway singing and dancing, you'll get a kick out of Ellen's, a retro, 1950s-style diner, complete with a singing...Read More

  • 14. Esca

    $$$ | Midtown West | Seafood

    The name is Italian for "bait," and this restaurant lures diners in with delectable crudo preparations—such as tilefish with orange and Sardinian...Read More

  • 15. Havana Central

    $$ | Midtown West | Cuban

    A little slice of Havana in the center of the Big Apple, Havana Central is a great place for reasonably priced group dining and sampling Cuban...Read More

  • 16. La Bonne Soupe

    $$ | Midtown West | French

    Midtown office workers and in-the-know out-of-towners keep this French restaurant bustling for the ever-popular La Bonne Soupe special—a bowl...Read More

  • 17. Le Pain Quotidien

    $$ | Midtown West | Bakery

    This casual international Belgian chain brings its homeland ingredients with it, treating New Yorkers to crusty organic breads, jams, chocolate...Read More

  • 18. Lugo Cucina Italiana

    $$$ | Midtown West | Italian

    The area around Madison Square Garden is a restaurant wasteland with the rare, sparkling exception of this spacious Italian "brasserie," serving...Read More

  • 19. Marseille

    $$$ | Midtown West | Mediterranean

    With great food and a convenient location near several Broadway theaters, Marseille is perpetually packed. The Mediterranean creations are...Read More

  • 20. Oceana

    $$$ | Midtown West | Seafood

    Entering this restaurant is like walking into the dressy stateroom of a modern luxury ocean liner, a perfect setting for some of the most vivid...Read More

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