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. Bar Boulud

    $$$ | Upper West Side | French

    Acclaimed French chef Daniel Boulud, known for upscale New York City eateries Daniel and Café Boulud, shows diners his more casual side with...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Balthazar

    $$$ | SoHo | French

    Even with long waits and loud noise levels, most out-of-towners agree that it's worth the effort (make reservations) to experience restaurateur...Read More

  • 4. Bar Tabac

    $$ | Boerum Hill | French

    A happening French bistro, with well-worn decor and live jazz several nights a week, Bar Tabac has been a neighborhood mainstay since opening...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Café Boulud

    $$$$ | Upper East Side | French

    Manhattan's "who's who" in business, politics, and the art world come to hobnob at Daniel Boulud's café-in-name-only, where the food and service...Read More

  • 8. Cafe Luluc

    $$ | Carroll Gardens | French

    This French bistro is a longtime, lively neighborhood favorite, especially for weekend brunch, when lines can spill out onto the sidewalk....Read More

  • 9. Cafe Luxembourg

    $$$ | Upper West Side | French

    The old soul of the Lincoln Center neighborhood seems to inhabit the tiled and mirrored walls of this lively, cramped French bistro, where West...Read More

  • 10. Café Rue Dix

    $$ | Crown Heights | French

    Whether it’s the rhythmic African music, the aromatic Ataya tea, or the stylish diners from all parts of Brooklyn, be prepared for this romantic...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Dirty French

    $$$ | Lower East Side | French

    Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, the chefs who created a small empire of Italian American restaurants (Parm, Carbone, ZZ's Clam Bar) go Gallic...Read More

  • 13. Fada

    $$ | French

    A typical French bistro in the heart of Williamsburg, Fada serves Provençal specialties, including classic moules marinière, steak au poivre...Read More

  • 14. Five Leaves

    $$ | Greenpoint | French

    Tattooed servers wait tables at this prime spot on the corner opposite McCarren Park where chefs take fanciful (and successful) liberties with...Read More

  • 15. Jean-Georges

    $$$$ | Upper West Side | French

    This culinary temple in the Trump International Hotel and Towers focuses wholly on chef célèbre Jean-Georges Vongerichten's spectacular creations...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. Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery

    $$$ | East Village | French

    Food-media-darling chef Andrew Carmellini (of Locanda Verde, Bar Primi, and the Dutch) goes Gallic here. There's no culinary trickery, just...Read More

  • 18. Le Barricou

    $$ | Williamsburg | French

    The team behind nearby Maison Premiere operates this Parisian-style brasserie serving escargots, coq au vin, and other French bistro classics...Read More

  • 19. Le Paddock

    $$ | French

    Run by a French and French-Canadian couple, this casual corner restaurant with lots of windows and wood accents serves an outstanding brunch...Read More

  • 20. Lucky Strike

    $$ | SoHo | French

    Whether you're lucky enough to nab a table at this sceney SoHo bistro at 1 pm or 1 am, Lucky Strike always seems like the place to be. The French...Read More

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