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. Cote

    $$$$ | Flatiron District

    Cote has blown up the staid New York steak house formula by infusing the experience with Korean twists: that shrimp cocktail might look classic, for...Read More

  • 2. Craft

    $$$$ | Flatiron District

    At the flagship of Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio's nationwide, mini empire of excellent restaurants, the top-notch seasonal fare is exceptionally prepared with little...Read More

  • 3. Daniel

    $$$$ | Upper East Side

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

  • 4. Dirt Candy

    $$$$ | Lower East Side

    One of the most inspired vegetarian restaurants in the country, Dirt Candy shines thanks to chef Amanda Cohen, who knows how to coax every bit...Read More

  • 5. Eleven Madison Park

    $$$$ | Flatiron District

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

  • 6. Empire Steak House

    $$$$ | Midtown East

    Formerly the famous Versailles nightclub, Empire Steak House offers the finest cuts of steaks, an ample assortment of fish and seafood, and a premium wine...Read More

  • 7. Gotham Bar & Grill

    $$$$ | Union Square

    Every bit as thrilling as when it opened in 1984, this culinary landmark continues to focus on a foundation of simple, clean flavors to create...Read More

  • 8. Gramercy Tavern

    $$$$ | Gramercy

    Danny Meyer's perennially popular restaurant tops many a New Yorker's list of favorite dining spots, as much for the exemplary food as for the clubby,...Read More

  • 9. Indian Accent

    $$$$ | Midtown West

    Helmed by renowned chef Manish Mehrotra, this refined Midtown restaurant is arguably the Big Apple's best place for creative and classic Indian dishes. The menu,...Read More

  • 10. Iris

    $$$$ | Midtown West

    Bringing the best flavors of Greece and Turkey to the Times Square north area, chef John Fraser made Iris an instant Midtown favorite with his...Read More

  • 11. Le Bernardin

    $$$$ | Midtown West

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

  • 12. Per Se

    $$$$ | Upper West Side

    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 Keller's Broadway...Read More

  • 13. Peter Luger Steak House

    $$$$ | Williamsburg

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

  • 14. The River Café

    $$$$ | Brooklyn Heights

    A deservedly popular special-occasion destination, this waterfront institution complements its exquisite Brooklyn Bridge views with memorable top-shelf cuisine served by an unfailingly attentive staff. Lobster,...Read More

  • 15. Aquavit and Aquavit Café

    $$$$ | Midtown East

    This elegant and refined Scandinavian restaurant in the steady hands of Emma Bengtsson has prix-fixe options that include three- and five-course meals or an eight-course...Read More

  • 16. Atoboy

    $$$$ | Flatiron District

    The minimalist concrete space and Ikea-ish tables and chairs might lack gravitas, but the beautifully plated, delicious food shows where Atoboy is focusing its energy....Read More

  • 17. Aureole

    $$$$ | Midtown West

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

  • 18. Benoit

    $$$$ | Midtown West

    The world's most famous French chef, Alain Ducasse, brings to New York a Right Bank bistro—with cozy, red-velour banquettes and wall lamps illuminating each table—plucked...Read More

  • 19. BLT Steak

    $$$$ | Midtown East

    Chef Laurent Tourondel may no longer be involved with his namesake steak house, but this classy space, decked out in beige with resin-top black tables,...Read More

  • 20. Café Boulud

    $$$$ | Upper East Side

    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 are top-notch. The...Read More

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