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People say that New York is the greatest city in the world, and we may have to agree—especially when it comes to our restaurants. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? 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 fine-dining palaces, vegetable-forward hotspots to old-school steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. You'll want to follow their lead.

Restaurants:Marea, Upland, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary American, French
Neighborhoods:Midtown West, Gramercy / Flatiron, SoHo
$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,182 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
There’s a reason Marea is the power-lunch-and-dinner capital of New York City: it’s elegant, it’s luxurious, and the food is consistently some of the best Italian in the city. ChefRead more
93% recommended
176 people mentioned the Fusilli
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,077 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Upland is one of those restaurants that manages to be both elegant and comfortable at the same time; the room glows with a cozy energy usually reserved for your own living room. ThRead more
91% recommended
61 people mentioned the Duck Wings
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$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,212 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
In a city known for its fine dining, Le Coucou is one of the most exciting new additions to the white-tablecloth scene; chef Daniel Rose marries classic French cuisine with a downtRead more
94% recommended
French in Manhattan
39 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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$$$$·French·
SoHo
6,004 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • People Watching
  • Authentic
There are few places as New York as Keith McNally’s Balthazar: an always-bustling French brasserie in the heart of Soho. You can’t go wrong with the moules frites, the salade nicoiRead more
93% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
62 people mentioned the French Onion Soup
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$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,292 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
When Enrique Olvera, the chef behind the world-renowned Mexico City restaurant Pujol, opened up a spot in New York, the expectations were high—and he delivered. Cosme, an upscale mRead more
82% recommended
98 people mentioned the Duck Carnitas
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$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
678 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef Alex Stupak has been impressing the downtown crowd with his Mexican cooking for years, with Empellon Cocina, Empellon Taco, and Empellon al Pastor. Empellon Midtown is his mosRead more
91% recommended
27 people mentioned the Short Rib
$$$$·American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
7,897 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Gramercy Tavern is the crown jewel of the Danny Meyer restaurant empire, and it’s not hard to see why; walking into the restaurant feels like stepping into a painting. Head into thRead more
92% recommended
American in Manhattan
82 people mentioned the Manhattan
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
Midtown East
1,362 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
In a city filled with shoebox dining rooms and even-smaller kitchens, Avra Estiatorio feels like a revelation: this is a grand restaurant, with multiple floors of gilded, tableclotRead more
94% recommended
Mediterranean in New York / Tri-State Area
32 people mentioned the Greek Salad
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$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
6,526 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Have you ever been to a restaurant where you want to take everything—from the gloriously sticky, savory ricotta-squash toast to the very plates its served on—home with you? WelcomeRead more
88% recommended
96 people mentioned the Calamari
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$$$$·Mediterranean·
Lincoln Square
5,247 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef Daniel Boulud has been wow-ing this city for decades with his classy, upscale French cooking, and Boulud Sud—which features the food of the Mediterranean—never fails to impresRead more
93% recommended
Mediterranean in Manhattan
128 people mentioned the Chicken Tagine
$$$$·French·
West Village
2,272 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Walking into Minetta Tavern feels like walking into another age; the lights are dim, the martinis are strong, and the air is filled with mystery. You’re here for the Black Label BuRead more
87% recommended
45 people mentioned the Boeuf
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$$$$·Italian·
Gramercy / Flatiron
4,091 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
New York City has no shortage of excellent Italian restaurants, but Maialino—Danny Meyer’s Roman trattoria in the Gramercy Park Hotel—consistently shines as one of the brightest. TRead more
92% recommended
35 people mentioned the Olive Oil Cake
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$$$$·English·
Gramercy / Flatiron
1,174 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
The Clocktower, housed in the Edition Hotel overlooking Madison Square Park, is a beauty of a restaurant, a place that looks airlifted from the posh London townhouse of our wildestRead more
81% recommended
25 people mentioned the Dover Sole
$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
516 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
A flight of stairs up from the bustle of Houston Street, Estela feels like a well-kept secret, with gorgeous staff serving gorgeous food to a gorgeous clientele of locals and indusRead more
91% recommended
24 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·Japanese·
Midtown East
164 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
The Major Food Group, helmed by chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, has completely changed the restaurant landscape of New York, with restaurants like Carbone, The Pool, and The Read more
87% recommended
4 people mentioned the Bento Box
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$$$$·Tapas / Small Plates·
Union Square
2,401 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
From the team behind ABC Kitchen is ABC Cocina, another restaurant in the ABC Carpet and Home space, and another restaurant with food as dreamy as the stuff—the plates, the cups, tRead more
89% recommended
Tapas / Small Plates in New York / Tri-State Area
60 people mentioned the Fritters
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$$$$·Contemporary European·
Midtown West
3,982 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
These days, there are plenty of restaurants peddling some sort of amalgamation of French-Italian cuisine. Ai Fiori, however, takes that classic pairing and elevates it, serving thoRead more
88% recommended
44 people mentioned the Lobster Soup
$$$$·Seafood·
Upper East Side
420 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Tucked into the bottom floor of the Met Breuer museum is Flora Bar, a beautiful restaurant with beautiful food from Ignacio Mattos, the chef behind the downtown Estela and Cafe AltRead more
92% recommended
18 people mentioned the Dumplings
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$$$$·Seafood·
Midtown West
4,888 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
There are few things as glorious as a just-caught piece of seafood cooked thoughtfully and elegantly, and Estiatorio Milos takes that experience even farther: you can select your eRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
245 people mentioned the Fresh Fish
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$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,393 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
While it’s not hard to find a vegetarian restaurant in New York these days, it is hard to find one with food just as good—as not better—as the omnivorous spots around town. Enter NRead more
94% recommended
39 people mentioned the Dumplings
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