The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017
Mission Chinese Food is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

1. Mission Chinese Food

8.8
171 E Broadway (btwn Rutgers & Jefferson St), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Two Bridges · 370 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.

Spicy Village is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

2. Spicy Village

9.1
68B Forsyth St (btwn Grand & Hester), New York, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Lower East Side · 144 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This postage stamp sized, low-fi, BYOB, cash-only restaurant punches far above its weight class offering some of the city’s best noodles. Don’t overlook the big tray chicken or the pork pancakes. Read more.

Wildair is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

3. Wildair

8.9
142 Orchard St (at Rivington St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · Lower East Side · 52 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.

Momofuku Noodle Bar is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

4. Momofuku Noodle Bar

9.1
171 1st Ave (btwn E 10th & E 11th St), New York, NY
Ramen Restaurant · East Village · 798 tips and reviews

EaterEater: David Chang’s seminal, ground-breaking East Village noodle shop has arguably been the most influential restaurant to emerge from NYC this century. Read more.

Balthazar is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

5. Balthazar

9.3
80 Spring St (at Crosby St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · SoHo · 955 tips and reviews

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

The Dutch is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

6. The Dutch

9.0
131 Sullivan St (at Prince St), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · SoHo · 426 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, Winter 2017.

7. Lure Fishbar

9.2
142 Mercer St (at Prince St), New York, NY
Seafood Restaurant · SoHo · 369 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, Winter 2017.

8. Katz's Delicatessen

9.3
205 E Houston St (at Ludlow St), New York, NY
Deli / Bodega · Lower East Side · 1173 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, Winter 2017.

9. Estela

9.1
47 E Houston St (at Mulberry St), New York, NY
American Restaurant · NoLita · 215 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.

Oiji is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

10. Oiji

9.1
119 1st Ave, New York, NY
Korean Restaurant · East Village · 65 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.

Superiority Burger is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

11. Superiority Burger

8.8
430 E 9th St (btwn 1st Ave & Ave A), New York, NY
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant · East Village · 118 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Headley and his crew turn seasonal vegetables into delectable salads and riffs on American comfort food favorites. The specials menu changes daily, and the rest of the menu is constantly evolving. Read more.

Hearth is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

12. Hearth

9.0
403 E 12th St (at 1st Ave), New York, NY
Italian Restaurant · East Village · 181 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Marco Canora recently transformed the menu at his 13-year-old East Village Italian restaurant, to align it with his newfound vision of health, but the food is as rich and pleasing as ever. Read more.

Gramercy Tavern is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

13. Gramercy Tavern

9.5
42 E 20th St (btwn Broadway & Park Ave), New York, NY
American Restaurant · Flatiron District · 376 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.

Cosme is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

14. Cosme

9.1
35 E 21st St (btwn Broadway & Park Ave S), New York, NY
Mexican Restaurant · Union Square · 191 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Enrique Olvera brings his vision of modern Mexican cuisine filtered through a global prism to NYC. The stark room and concise menu reveal unexpectedly bright, inventive, and often forceful flavors. Read more.

The NoMad Restaurant is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

15. The NoMad Restaurant

9.3
1170 Broadway (inside NoMad Hotel), New York, NY
American Restaurant · NoMad · 362 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.

El Quinto Pino is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

16. El Quinto Pino

8.9
401 W 24th St (at 9th Ave), New York, NY
Wine Bar · Chelsea · 103 tips and reviews

EaterEater: This Chelsea tapas restaurant from chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero is still going strong after nearly 10 years in business. Do not miss the uni panini or the fried garbanzo beans. Read more.

The Breslin is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

17. The Breslin

8.9
16 W 29th St (btwn Broadway & 5th Ave), New York, NY
Gastropub · NoMad · 676 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.

New Wonjo is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

18. New Wonjo

8.6
23 W 32nd St (btwn Broadway & 5th Ave), New York, NY
Korean Restaurant · Koreatown · 194 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The wood charcoal used to power the grill at every table makes all the difference, imbuing meat with a smoky flavor. Emerge from New Wonjo perfumed by the smoke and beef fat and leave fully satisfied. Read more.

Gazala's Place is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

19. Gazala's Place

7.6
709 9th Ave (btwn 48th & 49th St.), New York, NY
Mediterranean Restaurant · Hell's Kitchen · 54 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Representing the esoteric cuisine of the Druze tribe of Israel whose religion is a mix of Islam and ancient Roman gnosticism, Gazala Place is named after chef / owner Gazala Habibi. Read more.

Sake Bar Hagi is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

20. Sake Bar Hagi

9.0
152 W 49th St (btwn 6th & 7th Ave), New York, NY
Japanese Restaurant · Theater District · 179 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Open until 3 a.m. nightly, this subterranean izakaya has become a neighborhood staple offering interesting pub fare like Japanese barbecue and yakitori, rice balls, okonomiyaki, and noodles. Read more.

Porter House is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

21. Porter House

8.3
4/F, 10 Columbus Cir (at W 60th St), New York, NY
Steakhouse · Lincoln Square · 88 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.

Indian Accent is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

22. Indian Accent

9.2
123 W 56th St, New York, NY
North Indian Restaurant · Theater District · 37 tips and reviews

EaterEater: New Delhi import Indian Accent brings high-minded, upscale Indian cuisine to Midtown in an opulent, modern dining room accented with imported “Calcutta gold” white marble. Read more.

Bar Boulud is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

23. Bar Boulud

8.4
1900 Broadway (btwn 63rd & 64th St), New York, NY
French Restaurant · Lincoln Square · 159 tips and reviews

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

Tanoshi Sushi is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

24. Tanoshi Sushi

9.4
1372 York Ave (73rd St), New York, NY
Sushi Restaurant · Upper East Side · 88 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, Winter 2017.

25. Dovetail

8.8
103 W 77th St (at Columbus Ave), New York, NY
New American Restaurant · Upper West Side · 128 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.

Patsy's Pizza - East Harlem is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

26. Patsy's Pizza - East Harlem

9.2
2287 1st Ave (btwn E 117th & E 118th St), New York, NY
Pizza Place · East Harlem · 121 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Patsy’s serves the quintessential example of the New York Neapolitan style of pizza — cooked in a grandfathered coal oven. Few, if any, places provide a more lucid touchstone to old New York. Read more.

SriPraPhai is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

27. SriPraPhai

9.3
64-13 39th Ave (btwn 64th & 65th St), Woodside, NY
Thai Restaurant · Woodside · 342 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The menu is a sprawling pan-regional affair, but the attention to detail is exacting, the spice level bombastic, yet it is tempered by a particularly gentle price point. Read more.

Mu Ramen is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

28. Mu Ramen

8.9
1209 Jackson Ave (btwn 47th Rd & 48th Ave), Queens, NY
Ramen Restaurant · Hunters Point · 148 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Joshua Smookler’s two-year-old ramen shop serves one of the best tonkotsu broths around. Beyond ramen, Mu also offers some high minded plates, like dry-aged Japanese Wagyu beef specials. Read more.

Casa Enrique is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

29. Casa Enrique

9.3
5-48 49th Ave (at Vernon Blvd), Queens, NY
Mexican Restaurant · Hunters Point · 180 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.

Lilia is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

30. Lilia

9.5
567 Union Ave (at Frost St), Brooklyn, NY
Italian Restaurant · Williamsburg · 113 tips and reviews

EaterEater: Chef Missy Robbins serves an inventive and highly-personal style of Italian cuisine. Standouts include the veal steak, the cacio e pepe fritters, and the mafaldine pasta with pink peppercorns. Read more.

St. Anselm is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

31. St. Anselm

9.4
355 Metropolitan Ave (btwn Havemeyer & Roebling St), Brooklyn, NY
American Restaurant · Williamsburg · 261 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, Winter 2017.

32. Roberta's Pizza

9.5
261 Moore St (at Bogart St), Brooklyn, NY
Pizza Place · East Williamsburg · 767 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, Winter 2017.

33. Peter Luger Steak House

9.2
178 Broadway (at Driggs Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Steakhouse · Williamsburg · 608 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, Winter 2017.

34. Marlow & Sons

9.4
81 Broadway (btwn Berry & Wythe St), Brooklyn, NY
American Restaurant · Williamsburg · 237 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.

Prime Meats is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

35. Prime Meats

9.3
465 Court St (at Luquer St), Brooklyn, NY
New American Restaurant · Carroll Gardens · 232 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.

Olmsted is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

36. Olmsted

9.0
659 Vanderbilt Ave (Park Pl), Brooklyn, NY
New American Restaurant · Prospect Heights · 50 tips and reviews

EaterEater: The quirky, comforting, and delicious menu is both whimsical and earnest. It is constantly evolving but standout items have included a novel twist on crab rangoon and the carrot crepe. Read more.

Hometown Bar-B-Que is one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Winter 2017.

37. Hometown Bar-B-Que

9.4
454 Van Brunt St (at Reed St), Brooklyn, NY
BBQ Joint · Red Hook · 263 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, Winter 2017.

38. Bamboo Garden Restaurant

6409 8th Ave (at 64th St.), Brooklyn, NY
Chinese Restaurant · Sunset Park · 26 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.