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 covete
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, gobb
Ready to take a bite out of New York? Hope you've come hungry. In a city where creativity is expressed in innumerable wa

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. Cosme

    $$$ | Flatiron District | Mexican

    When Enrique Olvera, chef at Pujol, arguably Mexico's best restaurant, announced he was coming north of the border, New York foodies went loco...Read More

  • 2. Craft

    $$$$ | Flatiron District | American

    At the flagship of Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio's mini empire of excellent restaurants around the country, the top-notch seasonal fare...Read More

  • 3. Daniel

    $$$$ | Upper East Side | French

    Celebrity-chef Daniel Boulud has created one of the most elegant dining experiences in Manhattan in an equally elegant formal (jacket required...Read More

  • 4. Eleven Madison Park

    $$$$ | Flatiron District | American

    Luxury, precision, and creativity are the driving forces at this internationally renowned prix-fixe restaurant in a refined high-ceilinged space...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Per Se

    $$$$ | Upper West Side | American

    The New York interpretation of what many consider one of America's finest restaurants (the Napa Valley's French Laundry), Per Se is chef Thomas...Read More

  • 7. Peter Luger Steak House

    $$$$ | Williamsburg | Steakhouse

    Steak lovers come to Peter Luger for the exquisite dry-aged meat and the casual atmosphere. You can order individual steaks, but the porterhouse...Read More

  • 8. The NoMad Restaurant

    $$$ | Flatiron District | American

    Named for the hotel, which itself is named for the up-and-coming neighborhood north of Madison Square Park, the NoMad is brought to you by Daniel...Read More

  • 9. Babbo Ristorante

    $$$ | Greenwich Village | Italian

    It shouldn't take more than one bite of tender barbecue squab to understand why it's so hard to get a reservation at this casually elegant restaurant...Read More

  • 10. Battersby

    $$$ | Carroll Gardens | American

    The five-course tasting menu is the $75 ticket to a reservation at this small, acclaimed restaurant. Chefs and co-owners Walker Stern and Joe...Read More

  • 11. Blue Hill

    $$$ | Greenwich Village | American

    This tasteful den of a restaurant—formerly a speakeasy—on a quiet side street maintains an impeccable reputation for excellence and consistency...Read More

  • 12. Kurumazushi

    $$$$ | Midtown East | Japanese

    Only a small sign in Japanese indicates the location of this extraordinary restaurant that serves sushi and sashimi exclusively; among the selections...Read More

  • 13. M. Wells Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Long Island City | Steakhouse

    From the team that made Long Island City a dining destination with M. Wells Dinette inside MoMA PS1 comes this mecca devoted to meat. Once you...Read More

  • 14. Sushi Nakazawa

    $$$$ | West Village | Japanese

    It's all omakase at this acclaimed sushi spot from master Daisuke Nakazawa, who practices an old Tokyo style of sushi making—putting all his...Read More

  • 15. Luksus

    $$$$ | Scandinavian

    Greenpoint’s only Michelin-starred restaurant is also the world’s only Michelin-starred restaurant without a wine list. Instead, Luksus—hidden...Read More

  • 16. Semilla

    $$$$ | Williamsburg | American

    If dining has become a lot like theater then consider this Off-Off-Broadway sensation in Williamsburg to be about as entertaining on the taste...Read More

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