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The Best Bars for Foodies in New York

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated December 15, 2023

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason: there's always something going on. The city is home to some of the most unique nightlife in the world, and the best bars in NYC range from local dives to high-end restaurants, to everything in between. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. 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 neighborhood gems to rooftop views, classic hotel spots to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a spot; we wish we could join you.

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4.6
4.6 (1335)
$50 and over
American
Financial District

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About the restaurant
Curated by Tom Colicchio and located in the landmark Beekman Hotel, Temple Court makes our list of the best bars in NYC because of its sensational design and its unparalleled commitment to unique offerings with both its food and its spirits. In addition to beer and wine, Temple Court offers a variety of ciders and spirits.
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WilsonZ
Dined on Feb 18, 2024
This place is great, excellent food, drinks, and service
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4.3
4.3 (7)
$50 and over
Contemporary Mexican
SoHo

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About the restaurant
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description:
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Sep 17, 2023
Service was wonderful and food was delish! The vibes were very Instagram worthy and the drinks were practically perfect. Loved the espressado martini and the guacamole.
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4.6
4.6 (1328)
$50 and over
French
Lower East Side

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About the restaurant
Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick have curated this restaurant, located in the legendary Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side, and created a one-of-a-kind dining experience for locals and tourists alike. Within the Dirty French lies the Lobby Bar, curated by Thomas Waugh, famous for his work with the Major Food Group.
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TracyV
Dined on Feb 11, 2024
We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Although busy night had us seated late, the food , hospitality and ambiance were excellent and we’d happily return on a date night or with friends.
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4.6
4.6 (2487)
$31 to $50
Italian
TriBeCa

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About the restaurant
This TriBeCa hotspot offers modern Italian cuisine and a matching modern Italian wine list. It's one of the pricier bars on this list, however, and getting a reservation is extremely difficult. However, if you're lucky enough to get in here, it's well worth the money spent.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 9, 2024
Food was great as always and great service and nice vibe
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4.9
4.9 (346)
$50 and over
Japanese
Midtown East

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About the restaurant
For a different type of Upper East Side bar, check out The Lobster Club, which is located on East 53rd Street. Offering high-end Japanese fare, including sushi and teppanyaki dishes, The Lobster Club offers a wide selection of sake, Japanese beer, and light wines to complement the Asian fare.
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SorinR
Dined on Feb 17, 2024
Food was incredible. Service was amazing - thank you Tofer (not sure about the spelling)
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4.8
4.8 (2861)
$31 to $50
Italian
Midtown West

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About the restaurant
Unlike many Italian restaurants that specialize in pan-Italian fare suited for the American palate, Masseria dei Vini near Columbus Circle boasts strictly Puglian fare and exclusive Italian wines suited for a more refined palate.
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gmNYCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic, as always. The food, the staff, the ambiance, everything.
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4.4
4.4 (2385)
$31 to $50
French
Gramercy Park

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About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the West Village, Boucherie prides itself on having patrons experience authentic French culture and cuisine. As a result, the bar features absinthe and various mixed drinks with absinthe as the main ingredient. If you're looking for one of the best bars in NYC for absinthe, you've come to the right place.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 20, 2024
I came here to dine with my girlfriend for a late Valentine’s Day dinner since I’m always in the kitchen. The cocktails were amazing I would definitely recommend the bourbon. Evan was very helpful in describing all the cocktails and wines. Super knowledgeable I was in awe made me want to try all the cocktails. The sparkling white wine he recommended was also very good. The steak tartare was prepared very well and was delicious would highly recommend if you come to eat here. I had the Rabbit for the entree it was cooked to perfection compliments to the chef. The service was amazing as well, servers are very knowledgeable and attentive. Overall experience was amazing highly recommended. Will def be going back.
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4.5
4.5 (1756)
$50 and over
English
Gramercy Park

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About the restaurant
Centrally located near Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building, The Clocktower is curated by master Chef Jason Atherton and located in the New York EDITION building. In addition to offering cleverly-named signature drinks (The French Connection and All Along The Clocktower, to wit), it boasts a wine list that is more than 30 pages long!
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KevinK
Dined on May 26, 2023
The service and food were amazing. Everything was on-point from the moment we arrived to when we left. The beef Wellington and salmon stake were perfect. The only suggest I have is to turn down the music a tad as I couldn't hear half of what my wife was saying. Otherwise, the ambiance and decor were great as well. The bread served at the beginning of the meal was so flavorful and delicious.
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4.6
4.6 (2573)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Gramercy Park

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About the restaurant
This is perhaps the only bar on this list that's based in New York City but prides itself on its California influences. Changing its menu with the seasons, Upland is located near Madison Square Park and boasts a robust wine and spirits list alongside its full bar.
Top review
JeremyKvip
Dined on Nov 12, 2019
Great food, great atmosphere. Shame they ran out of the hen of the woods mushrooms!
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