The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016
Mission Chinese Food is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

1. Mission Chinese Food

9.0
171 E Broadway (btwn Rutgers & Jefferson St), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Two Bridges · 336 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Chef/proprietor Danny Bowien and executive chef Angela Dimayuga have added a raw bar, two generous family-style set menus, and showstoppers like duck baked in clay. Read more.

Russ & Daughters Café is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

2. Russ & Daughters Café

9.4
127 Orchard St (btwn Rivington St & Delancey St), New York, NY
Café · Lower East Side · 198 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Head to this all-day cafe from the team behind century-old appetizing shop Russ & Daughters for smoked fish platters, caviar, blintzes, borscht, scrambled eggs with lox, and latkes with salmon roe. Read more.

Wildair is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

3. Wildair

8.6
142 Orchard St (at Rivington St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · Lower East Side · 38 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A meal here might include Southern-style white shrimp, rich pork rillettes, crispy squid with green onions, bright scallop ceviche, and spicy chopped tuna on toast. Read more.

Balthazar is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

4. Balthazar

9.4
80 Spring St (at Crosby St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · SoHo · 880 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Restaurateur Keith McNally's enduring Soho brasserie is the best every day restaurant in New York City. Period. Read more.

Uncle Boons is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

5. Uncle Boons

9.4
7 Spring St (btwn Bowery & Elizabeth St), New York, NY
Thai Restaurant · NoLita · 218 tips and reviews

EaterEater: At Uncle Boons, they serve tweaked versions of traditional dishes from all over Thailand. Eater critic Ryan Sutton loves the rotisserie chicken, frog legs, curry snails, crab rice, and short ribs. Read more.

The Dutch is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

6. The Dutch

9.0
131 Sullivan St (at Prince St), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · SoHo · 394 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Dutch is a great choice when you’re craving a steak, a burger, or oysters, and the menu always includes plentiful seafood options as well as pastas. It's an indelible part of the Soho landscape. Read more.

Lure Fishbar is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

7. Lure Fishbar

9.2
142 Mercer St (at Prince St), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · SoHo · 348 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Great for dates & business lunches alike, the subterranean Lure Fish Bar offers up a solid roster of sushi offerings as well as seafood, steak, & one of the best burgers in the city. [Eater 38 Member]

Katz's Delicatessen is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

8. Katz's Delicatessen

9.3
205 E Houston St (at Ludlow St), New York, NY
Sandwich Place · Lower East Side · 1079 tips and reviews

EaterEater: In 127 years, little has changed. Katz's remains one of New York's—and the country's—essential delis. Order at the counter, and don't forget to tip your slicer—your sandwich will be better for it. Read more.

Estela is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

9. Estela

9.3
47 E Houston St (at Mulberry St), New York, NY
American Restaurant · NoLita · 183 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Ignacio Mattos serves rustic, market-driven dishes that don't easily fit into any one classification. Standouts include mussels escabeche, ricotta dumplings, and excellent beef tartare with sunchokes. Read more.

Ballato's is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

10. Ballato's

8.5
55 E Houston St (at Mott St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · NoHo · 44 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The clubby Italian restaurant that's for everyone. The dining room looks like something out of an old Martin Scorsese film and the red sauce fare is cooked with care. Make sure to get the bolognese. Read more.

Oiji is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

11. Oiji

9.0
119 1st Ave, New York, NY
Korean Restaurant · East Village · 55 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The ideal meal at Oiji starts with the honey butter chips followed by the house-made soba noodles, braised beef, and mackerel smoked over pine needles. Read more.

Fedora is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

12. Fedora

9.0
239 W 4th St (btwn Charles & W 10th St), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · West Village · 125 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Although the menu includes many lighter options, Fedora is really the place to go when you want to indulge a bit. Every night here feels like a party, and the kitchen is open late. Read more.

Momofuku Ssäm Bar is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

13. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

9.4
207 2nd Ave (at E 13th St), New York, NY
Asian Restaurant · East Village · 468 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Under current chef Mathew Rudofker, we have seen the pendulum swing in the direction of innovation. There has been a progression not just on the a la carte menu, but in large format meals as well. Read more.

Santina is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

14. Santina

9.0
820 Washington St (btwn Gansevoort & Little W 12th St), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · Meatpacking District · 131 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The theme at this restaurant under the High Line is, roughly: spring break on the Amalfi coast in 1989. Santina offers terrific grilled fish dishes, as well as some very good vegetable-based pastas. Read more.

Toro is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

15. Toro

9.0
85 10th Ave (Entrance on 15th St & 11th Ave), New York, NY
Spanish Restaurant · Chelsea · 124 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The menu at Toro is a heady mix of traditional tapas and original creations. Standouts on the 60 + item menu include the carabineros, the pig ear terrine, and the octopus with potatoes. Read more.

Gramercy Tavern is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

16. Gramercy Tavern

9.6
42 E 20th St (btwn Broadway & Park Ave), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Flatiron District · 337 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Gramercy Tavern is the king of farm-to-table cuisine in New York City. The front room is one of the best places in New York for a leisurely lunch, or a romantic meal during the week. Read more.

Upland is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

17. Upland

9.4
345 Park Ave S (at E 26th St), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · Rose Hill · 158 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A few highlights from the menu: the bucatini cacio e pepe, the estrella pasta with chicken liver ragu, the crispy duck wings, the 'nduja pizza, and the roasted short rib for two. Read more.

The NoMad Restaurant is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

18. The NoMad Restaurant

9.3
1170 Broadway (inside NoMad Hotel), New York, NY
American Restaurant · NoMad · 333 tips and reviews

EaterEater: A grand choice for a dinner date, business breakfast, or leisurely lunch. Dinner reservations are recommended for the main dining room, but The Nomad Bar is first-come, first-serve. Read more.

The Breslin is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

19. The Breslin

9.0
16 W 29th St (btwn Broadway & 5th Ave), New York, NY
Gastropub · NoMad · 643 tips and reviews

EaterEater: From large format lamb feasts to full English breakfasts to the game-changing lamb burger to what is quite possibly NYC’s finest rib steak, The Breslin is firing on all cylinders. Read more.

Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

20. Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong

9.3
1 E 32nd St (at 5th Ave), New York, NY
Korean Restaurant · NoMad · 111 tips and reviews

EaterEater: If it’s available, make sure to order the kimchi and rice “lunchbox.” Kang Ho is a great place for large groups and birthday parties. Read more.

Gabriel Kreuther is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

21. Gabriel Kreuther

9.3
41 W 42nd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
French Restaurant · Midtown East · 44 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This cushy restaurant has a main dining room where elegant prix fixe meals are served, plus a barroom where the menu includes Alsatian tarts, beef tartare, housemade sausages, and a foie gras torchon. Read more.

Porter House is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

22. Porter House

8.4
4/F, 10 Columbus Cir (at W 60th St), New York, NY
Steakhouse · Lincoln Square · 79 tips and reviews

EaterEater: In addition to some of the best dry-aged beef in town, Porter House Bar and Grill offers plentiful seafood options, seasonal specials, a terrific wine list, and great service to boot. Read more.

Bar Boulud is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

23. Bar Boulud

8.5
1900 Broadway (btwn 63rd & 64th St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · Lincoln Square · 154 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Bar Boulud is a destination for wine-lovers, charcuterie fanatics, and anyone that loves good French food. Read more.

Amali is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

24. Amali

9.1
115 E 60th St (Park Ave), New York, NY
Mediterranean Restaurant · Upper East Side · 61 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This handsome Mediterranean restaurant serves one of the city's top brick chickens, and the seafood, pasta dishes, and charcuterie are just as good. Read more.

Tanoshi Sushi is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

25. Tanoshi Sushi

9.4
1372 York Ave (73rd St), New York, NY
Sushi Restaurant · Upper East Side · 73 tips and reviews

EaterEater: An omakase will set you back around $80—a bargain for New York City. Guests can also supplement their omakase meals with a small selection of a la carte sushi. Tanoshi has three seatings per night. Read more.

Dovetail is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

26. Dovetail

8.7
103 W 77th St (at Columbus Ave), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · Upper West Side · 121 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Dovetail was revamped last summer but the effect is the same: it’s a serene, highly civilized space to enjoy Fraser’s thoughtful cooking. The restaurant offers a variety of dining options. Read more.

The Cecil is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

27. The Cecil

9.0
210 W 118th St (at St Nicholas Ave), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Central Harlem · 114 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Cecil has a stylish dining room and a cool vibe, but the real reason to go here is the eclectic menu. Standouts include oxtail dumplings, feijoada, “mini yard dogs,” and the fried guinea hen. Read more.

Ganesh Temple Canteen is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

28. Ganesh Temple Canteen

9.0
45-57 Bowne St, Flushing, NY
Indian Restaurant · Flushing · 35 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Here find one of the city’s best vegetarian menus, with the dosas, idlis, and utapams of Southern India as its bedrock. [Robert Sietsema] Read more.

Casa Enrique is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

29. Casa Enrique

9.3
5-48 49th Ave (at Vernon Blvd), Queens, NY
Mexican Restaurant · Hunters Point · 141 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Head to New York's only Michelin-starred Mexican restaurant for beef tongue tacos, chicken smothered in a heady mole sauce, and a monster crab tostada. Read more.

St. Anselm is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

30. St. Anselm

9.4
355 Metropolitan Ave (btwn Havemeyer & Roebling St), Brooklyn, NY
American Restaurant · Williamsburg · 240 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The tender, butter-drenched Butcher's Steak is the best $20 slab of meat in New York City, no question, but the pricier cuts at Joe Carroll's Williamsburg steakhouse are even better. Read more.

Roberta's Pizza is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

31. Roberta's Pizza

9.5
261 Moore St (at Bogart St), Brooklyn, NY
Pizza Place · East Williamsburg · 695 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Roberta's is the epicenter of the modern Brooklyn food scene. The pizzas are fantastic, but the restaurant really flexes its muscles with the vegetable dishes. Read more.

Peter Luger Steak House is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

32. Peter Luger Steak House

9.2
178 Broadway (at Driggs Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · 563 tips and reviews

EaterEater: It was founded in 1887 when Williamsburg was a city onto itself, and some say Luger is the greatest steakhouse in the world. Even if we can’t go quite that far, the steaks are damn good. Read more.

Marlow & Sons is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

33. Marlow & Sons

9.4
81 Broadway (btwn Berry & Wythe St), Brooklyn, NY
American Restaurant · Williamsburg · 220 tips and reviews

EaterEater: You can always find oysters, cured meats, and the famous brick chicken on the dinner menu, as well as rustic, market-driven specials. Read more.

Emily is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

34. Emily

9.5
919 Fulton St (btwn Clinton & Waverly Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Pizza Place · Clinton Hill · 193 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This cozy Clinton Hill restaurant excels at both straightforward and unusual wood-fired pizzas. The menu also includes a burger that some meat connoisseurs consider to be among the best in the city. Read more.

La Vara is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

35. La Vara

9.3
268 Clinton St (btwn Warren St & Verandah Pl), Brooklyn, NY
Spanish Restaurant · Cobble Hill · 114 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Head to this cozy Cobble Hill restaurant for standout dishes that include the anchovies with sesame and hazelnuts, the stuffed rabbit loin, the lamb meatballs, and the seafood-studded fideua. Read more.

Prime Meats is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

36. Prime Meats

9.4
465 Court St (at Luquer St), Brooklyn, NY
New American Restaurant · Carroll Gardens · 224 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The Amish chicken and pork schnitzel are highlights from the dinner menu. If you’re dining in a large group, make sure to get a few of the housemade sausages for the table. Read more.

Hometown Bar-B-Que is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

37. Hometown Bar-B-Que

9.4
454 Van Brunt St (at Reed St), Brooklyn, NY
BBQ Joint · Red Hook · 203 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Straightforward classics like smoked brisket and baby back ribs are always a strong choice, but there are also options like pork belly tacos and a lamb belly banh mi. Read more.

Bamboo Garden Restaurant is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2016.

38. Bamboo Garden Restaurant

6.3
6409 8th Ave (at 64th St.), Brooklyn, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Sunset Park · 25 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Bamboo Garden offers old favorites as well as such cutting edge specialties as sweet potato dumplings stuffed with black beans, braised chicken with black mushrooms, and humongous soup dumplings. Read more.