The bar is a perfect place to park yourself for a quick drink before the main event, and the outside tables are a nice warm-weather respite from the noisy dining room. Read more.
Shimizu specializes in and prefers the purity and class of simple, raw cuisine. He delights in teaching customers about his culinary techniques, often using his own special chart to demonstrate. Read more.
The eats are reliably delish–just classic Italian fare with subtle gourmet flourishes. We also like how seamless the service is, and the decent selection of wines by the glass is a nice perk too. Read more.
The scene in Aburiya's dining room is straight outta Tokyo−in all the right ways. It rises above the hard-competing NYC Japanese dining crowd with authentic dishes in a mature, congenial setting. Read more.
Good to know: The general rules: customers can only order from the pre-set menu (no create-your-own), condiments are not offered, and they only accept cash (no credit cards). Read more.
Even when the place gets packed, the romance factor never falters. The second floor offers natural sunlight and privacy fit for an intimate date, plus a great people-watching perch. Read more.
Though both the kitchen and dining rooms appear more cozy than cutting-edge, the plates served are mini-masterpieces of a much higher caliber than their humble neighborhood digs suggest. Read more.
Enjoy high-quality fish that tastes like it came right off the boat at this lively SoHo seafood bar & neighborhood corner hotspot. Good to know: reservations recommended for main dining room seating. Read more.
We love the creative, modern take on traditional cuisine, bringing unexpected sophistication to herring and Swedish meatballs, the creative drinks at the bar, and the hip bistro in front. Read more.
Many of the wines have interesting back stories, like they’re from funky organic vineyards or made by fearless female vintners. Also, two words: Venetian meatballs. Read more.
You may have seen New York, but seldom like this. With views this spectacular, a sunset reservation seals the deal for possibly the most romantic evening you may ever encounter. Read more.
Perfect for a lunch with old friends or a first date, August offers a small plate and snack menu at the bar for walk-ins and those waiting to be seated. Read more.
Babbo serves one of the best Italian meals anywhere, with a lively atmosphere to boot. Enjoy it alongside foodies, celebrities, and the power set droping in to get their pasta on. Read more.
Aureole is conveniently close to Times Square, which makes it easy to stop in for a drink or a prix fixe lunch of Michelin-star quality before braving the densely popular area. Read more.
Breakfast is fantastic here: we like the USD 19 full English breakfast, or, when we just want a quick bite, a plain croissant or pain au chocolat and a café au lait. Read more.
Bar Boulud is just the right amount of cool and casual without trying too hard to be trendy. We like how the wait staff is laidback yet perfectly professional, and the communal table adds to the fun. Read more.
Bar Pitti is less pricey than neighboring Da Silvano but the food is of nearly equal quality. Good to know: It's cash only, so be sure to stop by an ATM before dining on your penne all arrabbiata. Read more.
We wouldn't change a thing at Barbuto. The ambiance, food, and service are consistently spot on, and we love coming here to kick off the warm weather with a table on the sidewalk and a glass of rosé. Read more.
The décor exudes Paris–reminding us of elegant bistros on the rive droite. Also, Benoit New York borrows menu classics from the Parisian original, such as paté en croûte (an 1892 recipe) Read more.
We love that the pasta is made fresh daily, and the service is flawless. The front café section and sidewalk seating provide (slightly) more low key alternatives. Read more.
Don't miss the cupcakes! We think they just might be the best in New York. Read more.
The food is fresh and tasty, the ambiance pleasingly casual, and the service laidback but very attentive. Also, the special events can be super fun; we went for a crabfest, and it was a blast! Read more.
We love how Blaue Gans is so simple yet so sophisticated in ambiance and cuisine (all of the schnitzels are really wonderful). Plus, it’s much easier on our wallets than Wallsé... Read more.
As expected of Tourondel’s mastery with seafood, the fish served here is delightful. Good to know: The more casual oyster bar and chowder house (BLT Fish Shack) sits downstairs on the ground floor. Read more.
This isn’t your grandfather’s steakhouse; it’s more about polish than tradition and testosterone. Note: Due to its location, the restaurant tends to get overrun by power suits and business lunchers. Read more.
Be warned: While the signature popovers served at the beginning of each meal are delicious, it’s easy to fill up on them before the mouthwatering steak you originally came for... Read more.
We love how the farmhouse touches tone down the Ritz-Carlton ritziness to a more cozy-and-casual (yet sophisticated) feel. Plus, the complimentary pigs in blankets are a fabulous start to any meal. Read more.
Organic ingredients and a spectacular eating experience. We had the most amazing vegetables (served naked and in all their natural glory) and a phenomenal veal chop from its own Stone Barns. Read more.
This delicious restaurant boasts a mix of American and French cuisine, including a cheese menu. Brunch is our favorite time to go, but this is also a great late-night dinner place. Read more.
This romantic hotspot is open late every day, which allows for unforeseen extended hours with that special someone, while nibbling on some of the freshest raw seafood the city has to offer... Read more.
The Blue Water Grill offers great seafood in a lively, agreeable atmosphere. And the cozy jazz room is a great contrast to the upstairs’ airiness, perfect for all our moods! Read more.
Bluebird coffee is pretty darn good. It would be nice if there were more space to hang out though–this isn’t exactly an ideal spot for us to set up with our laptops and travel blog the afternoon away. Read more.
If you’re looking for fun and relaxation, this is a great spot to bring a large group without worrying about reservations or too much rowdiness. In the summer, waterside seating can’t be beat. Read more.
Inspired by European dinner parties, entrepreneur Carlos Suarez brought to life his vision of marrying creative bohemia with the achieving bourgeoisie (hence its name). Read more.
We go swoony for the old school charm. The coffee is the real deal; the blueberry muffins are still hot in the morning; and the pastries, sandwiches, and soups are all great too. Read more.
Food purists and chefs alike concur that the tapas and pinxtos served at Boqueria are some of the most delicious and true-to-Spain flavors found in Manhattan. Read more.
It seems like every city is overrun by countless “authentic” Italian restaurants, but this one truly plays the part. If you don’t have time for a meal, pop in for an espresso in the front café. Read more.
The display of apples as you enter really gives you a sense of the agricultural abundance to come. The fresh ingredients and attentive, unobtrusive service make for a wonderful dining experience. Read more.
Two words: buttermilk biscuits. This is a great spot for a late night (post bars) bite too, they feature a special midnight menu including eggs, pancakes, fried chicken, mac and cheese and the like. Read more.
The scene is exciting enough, but then again, we could just settle with a night of authentic Chinatown fare topped off by clubbing in the Lower East Side. Read more.
It’s kind of exciting to know a place like this not only exists, but thrives within one of the fanciest hotel establishments in town. The menu is simple but sweet, offering the best of burger fare... Read more.
Look the part, and they will really spoil you here. We were especially pleased with the amuse-bouche prior to our meal. (The risotto balls were a treat!) Read more.
It’s the perfect neighborhood spot: comfortable, charming, and with a great menu of bistro classics. We like to come for a chatty brunch or light dinner with friends. Read more.
It strikes just the right balance between buttoned up and fun loving. We dig the great food and accessible menu, as well as the surprisingly friendly vibe right near business-heavy Park Avenue. Read more.
The bar, with its colorful bottles, is the focus of the interior. And looks are not deceiving: it offers a selection of 110+ beers, extensive and distinguished. Ask the savvy barkeep for suggestions.. Read more.
Fantastic place for quality dim sum, all without those painful Chinatown lines! Since Evergreen is not in Chinatown, it is pricier, but it's also cleaner and friendlier with more solid flavors. Read more.
This tiny eatery may be known for its ridiculously long lines, but the hearty homemade food is worth the wait. Each item is cooked to perfection…every time. It's always difficult to choose fillings! Read more.
We always enjoy Brazilian fare, but we especially loved how there’s even more to love here, thanks to the generous portion sizes. You definitely won’t leave hungry! Read more.
We love sitting stool top and seeing the magic happen in the open kitchen. (That said, the food is so good it can be hard to take our eyes off our plates long enough to watch.) Read more.
The sleek sensibility provides a breather from the many rustic Italian places around town. If you’re at a loss with the menu, go for any of the pastas (they are the house specialties). Read more.
On rainy afternoons, we like to trade lunch for nibbling our way through the yummy selection of snacks on offer–pretty much everything is delish. There's something to please everyone. Read more.
The gelato is delectably rich, and the creativity in flavors (we adore the key lime graham) ensures a new experience every visit. It’s the perfect place to stop during a spree in SoHo and Nolita. Read more.
Shop here to appear, and feel, like a true local: it is THE place for fish and meat in New York, and you will find no better outlet for tasty fresh, gourmet ingredients to wow your friends and family. Read more.
The food is delicious and prepared in a way that showcases the natural flavors of the ingredients. We love their juices and warm beverages (Hot Buttered Cider, anyone?). Read more.
It's a West Village staple–cheap and cheerful pub grub and beers on tap. Fab place for a casual pint without resorting to a dive. A real NY experience. Read more.
Craft caters to every customer. Dietary restrictions? They graciously accommodate. Confused about the menu? Staff are eager to explain. We cannot get over how savory, juicy, and tender every bite is. Read more.
Craftbar works for everything from a quick meal on the fly to a hearty dinner with friends. We like to come for brunch–the portions are perfect, the vibe is laidback but with it, and... Read more.
A quintessential NY bagel joint. The smoked fish and spreads are mouthwateringly good, and there’s no substitute for a hangover breakfast of a fried egg, bacon, and cheese on an everything bagel. Read more.
Its one of the best options in the theater district in terms of both food and overall experience. Join the crowd of theater goers, Times Square executives, and francophile foodies. Read more.
The masculine, sexy design with the gourmet comfort food menu makes this one of the better spots to take a lively bunch. Fun fact: DBGB is a play on the now-vanished Bowery punk institution CBGB. Read more.
It’s definitely not your everyday grocery store–it’s a foodie mecca. You can find anything your taste buds desire, from fully prepared meals to desserts, breads, coffee, flowers, and kitchenware. Read more.
We can't get enough of the excellent food and dramatic surroundings. And because (at least) five courses are expected of diners at dinnertime, there is no guilt in enjoying a true feast! Read more.
Dovetail is in a great location if you’re interested in taking in some sights as well as eats. More good news? Dessert here is no afterthought: you can’t go wrong. Read more.
Batali definitely knows how to put together a kitchen–the pizzas and the pastas are gorgeous. The reasonably priced wine list packed with great Italian picks, many by Bastianich, is a big bonus, too. Read more.
They keep to the Spanish tradition of serving great wine with authentic and small-enough-to-tease dishes. We love the intimacy and the flirtatious vibes of both atmosphere and staff. Read more.
We love the beauty of it all: the Art Deco room, the windows overlooking the park, the exquisite food, the impeccable service, and the surrounding scene of classy New Yorkers. Read more.
Absolutely don't miss the fresh scooped tofu, and while it requires a wait (i.e., order this first), the rice clay pot with salmon and roe is a solid choice too. Read more.
There are many reasons to love Estiatorio Milos, but we especially love selecting our fish (almost like fishing, without the boat)! Recommendation for summer days: their outdoor seating. Read more.
Looking for a good brew and respite from the ritzy neighborhood? The history of Fanelli Cafe is delicious, and we get a thrill from finding an economical meal in SoHo. Read more.
We love how Fatty Crab goes all out to make this an authentic Malaysian dining experience, from making all condiments and pastes from scratch to encouraging eating with your hands. Read more.
We adore the charming space, the flawless service, and, of course, the chance to chat with Lidia. Be sure to try the limoncello tiramisu at the end of your meal. Read more.
This is a gorgeous spot for people watching while enjoying a Sunday brunch. It’s also a lively place for a group dinner–the atmosphere teems with energy so it's perfect for getting the night started. Read more.
This is yet another addition to David Burke’s culinary empire, though the first to focus on seafood. We can’t help but be charmed by the complicated dishes, vivid colors, and wacky art installations. Read more.
We love the killer cocktail bar. There is never a bad cocktail served here (don’t miss the Bloody Marys!), and word is, whatever you ask for, they’ll whip up something even better. Read more.
If you’re looking for a delicious sushi dinner on the UWS, this is the place to go. Enjoy but be warned: Sugio’s sushi omakase starts at $65 for 10 pieces. Sushi is also available à la carte. Read more.
We fell in love with the fun, hip scene and the sexy, moody look (especially the circular chandeliers and candles). Plus, the menu is filled with easy, crowd-pleasing favorites. Read more.
The dishes highlight regional American ingredients, keeping the food fresh and seasonal. We appreciate the high level of food and service quality this restaurant maintains year after year. Read more.
We enjoy the pairing of classic American fare and an upscale, refined setting. We also like how the staff is savvy about the local ingredients that many of the dishes are crafted from. Read more.
It’s a landmark–we love the sense of history. Plus, it gives us an excuse to pass through Grand Central even if we don’t have a train to catch. Note: the menu here changes daily. Read more.
The Sichuan dishes are intense, with authentic made-in-China spiciness. When we’re here with friends who don’t necessarily dig Sichuan spice, we appreciate the menu's “American Chinese” food section. Read more.
There’s nothing like sitting down for a pie at one of (if not THE) best pizza places in the city. It’s a tourist trap, maybe, but you’ll quickly forget any misgiving after one mouthful. Read more.
We love how the staff is so knowledgeable about both the extensive wine list and the daily changing food menus. They take great pains to serve you, and it's very much appreciated. Read more.
Nothing says Texas like live entertainment, and Hill Country never disappoints. Their Club & Bar stage has live Austin-style music throughout the week, making dinner the precursor to a fun evening. Read more.
We can’t help but fall for Il Buco's rustic and romantic charms. The food is phenomenally fresh, the antique décor transports you to Italy, and the service fantastic Read more.
The attention from the staff makes us feel like the most important people in the room; from rattling off minute details about the food preparation to making smart comments about wine selections. Read more.
The food is simply delightful (Phoenician fries and Brussels sprouts are must-haves). And even though we may not always be in the mood for clubbing afterwards, we feel quite festive sipping cocktails. Read more.
The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable, and almost every wine delightfully affordable. The private downstairs wine cellar w/ an antique farm table is a wonderfully rustic venue for dinner parties. Read more.
Pretty much anything you order is a winner. They make their own fresh noodles every day, making the flavors even better. Another bonus, the décor is surprisingly modern for a noodle shop. Read more.
Everything is fantastic, but we never go wrong with the ultra-fresh seafood. Because the $38 prix fixe lunch menu continually changes, this is one to do over and over again. Read more.
This is some of the finest sushi, and we appreciate the gracious, knowledgeable staff. Good to know: Co-owners Jack & Grace Lamb can often be seen strolling the room, offering descriptions and advice. Read more.
They’ve got a lot of burger alternatives on the menu, but we suggest sticking to classics like the hamburgers (be bold and order two if you’re really hungry) and the cottage fried potatoes. Read more.
This is truly quality coffee, and the signature latte art is the icing on the…coffee. Some even claim this is the best espresso in the West Village. FYI: Cash only. Read more.
J-G’s venues rarely disappoint, JoJo is no exception. The fare is simple, modern, and creative (peekytoe crab is especially good). The décor is lush and romantic. And that chocolate cake? To die for. Read more.
Katz's Delicatessen is the classic New York experience, from the service to the food. Plus, they’ve got the best pastrami in the world (in our opinion, anyway). Read more.
It’s impossible not to love the fantastic, traditional Greek, especially given the unbeatable prices. Popular dishes include the Kefi salad, spinach pie, and moussaka. Read more.
The distinct design elements make for a magical evening. Though one of the most popular deals is the prix-fixe weekend brunch ($25 for unlimited brunch cocktails & an entrée) from 11:30am-3:00pm. Read more.
The design is hot. (Check out the white honeycomb-like structure on the ceiling.) But we really come for Koi’s famous crispy rice with tuna. Read more.
Kurumazushi is a culinary heaven. The fish is amazingly fresh! We saw the most beautiful cut of o-toro imagineable when we were there, an ate several pieces of the hamachi. Read more.
It’s a beautiful space and possesses a transportive quality that makes 7th Street seem like a world away. We also loved their tea selections, you must try them! Read more.
With so few seats, eating here feels like you're part of an exclusive dining club. The service is knowledgeable, personable, & attentive, and there's a nightly tasting menu ($190) for the indecisive. Read more.
The place has this air of exclusivity and mystery that New Yorkers never cease to crave. We also like to come to the quiet café for lunch on a weekend–the tacos make surprisingly good hangover cures. Read more.
There is nothing like Victorian décor to evoke some old fashioned romance. It’s impossible not to be seduced by the exquisite surrounds. Read more.
This colorful, bite-sized resto on the Upper West Side serves up swell Thai treats from Thai-born chef David Bank. The food is consistently tasty and very reasonably priced, too Read more.
The low-key atmosphere is a definite plus, given its high profile location. Its large windows allow for great natural lighting during the day, and the views of Columbus Circle are impressive. Read more.
The food and the service are brilliantly executed. Also, we love details like how the sauces arrive separately from the main courses, so we can decide how much to add. Read more.
What could have been just another French bistro has made a name for itself with a convivial party atmosphere, day and night. And we like the inventive take on French bistro cuisine Read more.
What can we say? The décor, the service, and the food are all equally stunning. It’s also a bit of a trip to dine amongst Manhattan’s most powerful. Read more.
We can't get enough of the great party atmosphere. You don’t have to be German to enjoy a good pint of pilsner and a sausage with sauerkraut. Read more.
This is a versatile spot, perfect for a casual rendezvous over espresso with an old friend or a full dinner with a rambunctious group of friends. It strikes the perfect balance of stylish and casual. Read more.
It’s a New York institution−what’s not to love? The pies are out of this world, even when delivered (opting for delivery is one of the best ways to avoid the lines). Read more.
With stunning flavors and fantastic wines that are offered at such very reasonable prices, wining and dining here is a steal. Read more.
Happy hour at the bar is great fun (the bartenders are friendly, the fare is fabulous, and the prices beat any Uptown establishment of equal caliber). Also, the Bloody Mary Royale is fabulous. Read more.
The food is divine. Plus, the venue is surprisingly versatile and also has a bit more flair than typical, clubby Midtown joints. Don’t miss the chamomile daiquiri! Read more.
We appreciate Maialino's “academic devotion” to those Roman dishes, painstakingly prepared by master chef Nick Anderer. Our turnip ravioli was petite but super delicious. Read more.
We love the painstaking attention to detail: everything from the tableware to the exotic species of fish is chosen with utmost care. And that spaghetti with crab and sea urchin… we can't get enough! Read more.
We love the simply delicious fish and shellfish. Good to know: Fish is delivered in minimum quantities 6 days a week. Ask your server about availability before you set your heart on anything. Read more.
Because of its cavernous feel, this venue works well for both sexy dates and big group dinners–there are dim corners for tête-à-têtes and enough space for getting boisterous with rowdy friends. Read more.
Though the house specializes in noodle soups, its long menu also lists some notable small plates and traditional Japanese dishes that are worth trying (don’t miss the owen!). Takeout is available. Read more.
We appreciate the spaciousness and the clean, modern feel. Go here with a small group of friends (who share your taste in delicious Catalonian tapas and don’t mind eating family style). Read more.
We love the great location. Dinner here works well as a classy prelude to a Broadway show, while lunch offers respite from Fifth Avenue shopping. Note: Menus here change seasonally. Read more.
The food here really is worth it. Note: you can only reserve by accessing their website and submitting a request at exactly 10:00am (EST) six days prior to the day you wish you dine. Good luck! Read more.
As at any Momofuku establishment, the well-executed, unique cuisine is a definite draw. We recommend going for the ramen and pork buns. Sadly, there aren’t many meat-free dishes for vegetarians. Read more.
Of all David Chang's restaurants, this is arguably his masterpiece. Also, Momofuku Milk Bar is just across the street, ready to satisfy any post-meal sweet tooth. “Dairy Queen with pork buns.” Read more.
Though perhaps not of the same caliber as his famous brasseries, McNally scores again with this venue’s solid menu, romantic ambiance, and quaintly charming décor. The weekend brunch is a solid hit. Read more.
The design-conscious space is almost as alluring as the food itself. (Just check out the downstairs bathrooms.) We fell in love with the omakase in Philadelphia, and our love affair has continued. Read more.
It’s pricey to the point of ridiculousness. And waiters here just love to make recommendations and order for you: be sure to insist on reading a menu to be sure that you get what you want…we do. Read more.
Unlike so many other spots in the area, this restaurant is clean, the fare is reliable, and the prices unbeatable. It’s a great spot to grab some authentic Vietnamese without breaking the bank. Read more.
Nobu 57 feeds our Matsuhisa cravings and is a great place for a stylish business lunch. Good to know: the first floor bar and lounge are worth checking out (especially for the good cocktails). Read more.
The flagship of 24 locations globally, this sushi house appears careworn (vs the 57th St outpost) but it still attracts the same well-heeled crowds with its inventive menu and infectious energy. Read more.
The easy-entry policy at this restaurant is a breath of fresh air after the struggles we’ve had getting in the door at other Nobu spots. We like the more relaxed ambiance too. Read more.
Sometimes we just want breakfast for lunch. And with items like foie gras brioche French toast, super blueberry pancakes, & breakfast dumplings, it’s hard not to pick Norma’s when those cravings hit. Read more.
Nougatine offers Jean Georges’s cuisine for a fraction of the price. Plus, we like the way we can usually just walk in. And in the right weather, the terrace is divine. Read more.
We love the intimacy, which can really up the ante when we’re out on a date. And aside from the tasty food, the cocktails are quite delicious (try the blood orange martini). Read more.
These delicious and portable treats make for a great snack between meals, especially if you’ve been trekking around Midtown all day. And when we're trying to be healthy, we get the brown rice option. Read more.
The Cantonese food offerings here are similar to what you’d find in Hong Kong–the dim sum is some of the best in town. Good to know: there's no reservation policy; arrive early to secure a table. Read more.
The clam chowder and lobster rolls at Pearl Oyster Bar are arguably the best in the city. Good to know: be sure to ask for that day’s price tag before ordering if you are on a tight budget. Read more.
As a late-night café and wine bar, Pastis has the perfect balance of lively and laidback. We also dig owner's worldly design, the fabulous French fare, the social scene, and, of course, the wine. Read more.
Passersby are unlikely to stumble upon this charming below-street-level venue, making it a best-kept secret. Apart from its wonderfully extensive wine list, the menu draws from the restaurant upstairs Read more.
Three words: Super. Crispy. Skin. Another reason we love Peking Duck House? You can take the rest of the duck home and make a succulent broth. Read more.
Everything is spot-on, from the impeccable and accommodating service and the flawless food (perfect in both presentation and taste) to the gorgeous views. What’s not to love? Read more.
Perry St. is definitely a pared-down, less dramatic version of what you’d normally expect from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. And the lunch prix fixe deal is a steal at USD 28. Read more.
We like to order the steak rare, or “black and blue”–with meat this good, rare is really the way to go. Good to know: they only accept cash, so bring a wad of it. Read more.
Picholine is perfect for those who appreciate spiffing themselves up in their Sunday best for a formal wine-and-dine night out. And this is an ideal choice for an elegant pre-Lincoln Center meal. Read more.
Hooray for home cooking without having to break the bank! We love that spaghetti a la carbonara is on the brunch menu, & the pickled veggies that come with the Chicago Matchbox Bloody Mary are divine. Read more.
The prix fixe dinner (USD 52) includes six courses–a bargain when you consider what you’d be charged by other restaurants with food of this caliber. Read more.
We like how it’s casual yet still retains that something special that’s perfect for date nights. Given unusual combinations of ingredients, the cuisine always provides food for conversation. Read more.
Eschewing the masculine vibes of most steakhouses, this restaurant is very polished–great for satisfying your beau without feeling like you’re in an old boys club. Read more.
We love sitting at the countertop where we can see the ultra-fresh ingredients being prepared right in front of us. It makes for a fun meal with all the ruckus created by the chefs and waitstaff. Read more.
The strength of the tasty margaritas is an open secret among locals. A gluten-free menu, kids menu, and delivery, and takeout are all available. Absolutely come for the guacamole prepared table side. Read more.
The business lunch prix fixe is a great value at USD 29. Note that the dinner menu is made up of small servings, which are to be combined by you to create a full meal (or opt for the $89 tasting menu) Read more.
There can really be no better selection of sake in the city than the 200 varieties offered here. Chances are if you’ve heard of it, they stock it. Read more.
One taste of the delectable gelato will transport you right to Milan. Sant Ambroeus was lovely even before the renovations took place, and now it’s truly a winner. Read more.
Come here for brunch; Sarabeth's is definitely worth the early morning wait. The fluffy pancakes are to die for, as is the French toast. Read more.
The fact that ordering omakase is required is actually a great perk–you don’t have to agonize over an extensive menu or take great pains in constructing a well-varied sushi dinner. Read more.
Fabulous food aside, we dig the relaxing and inclusive air about this restaurant, which embraces Meatpacking’s scene. The main dining room's retractable roof lets in a good amount of light when open. Read more.
Schiller’s is chic without being pretentious. Good to know: Despite its booze-centric name, Schiller’s is open for all daytime meals and welcomes the kiddies with a decent children’s prix fixe menu. Read more.
We love how there's no pomp or pretention about the place-everyone feels comfortable here. It works for all occasions. Good to know: There’s a great kids’ menu available. Read more.
So what if you have to wait through most of lunch hour? The burgers make it worthwhile. Plus, the opening of the additional branches around the city has eased the lines a bit at this spot. Read more.
This has to be one of the best places in NYC for paella–no one else can match on quality or range of options. Expect to stuff yourself silly because the portions are huge. Read more.
The understated and sign-less exterior is tricky to spot. Come for the uni though--it’s Soto’s raison d'être. Good to know: The seats at the sushi counter are the best in the house. Read more.
This is a quintessential NYC steakhouse. The food, the ambiance, and the service are all part of the experience, and every aspect is excellently executed. Also, make a reservation! Read more.
The dramatic interiors are to die for. And the food is much better than one would expect from a massive, trendy Meatpacking hangout. The tasting menu is a great choice to get a feel for the options. Read more.
The coffee is really, really good, every single time we come. Other plus points: the gorgeous doughnuts (try the PBJ) and the fun of hanging out in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. Read more.
Every bite of sushi is sublime, and the non-sushi dishes are just as delightful. Plus, the atmosphere is as refined as the extensive menu. Good to know: The omakase doesn't have a set price. Read more.
This restaurant scores on quantity. We appreciate the more-is-better attitude (though our flaming taste buds occasionally disagree!) Read more.
We love the semi-private raised banquettes that sit along the edge of the restaurant. A great spot for a small group dinner. Read more.
In addition to the delicious and delicate Shanghainese food, we love the well-dressed surrounds. Plus the complimentary pickled radishes and seaweed-seasoned peanuts are great. Read more.
One bite of the decadent fare (especially the brunch and the tarts) and you’ll forget all about the wait. You can’t say you’ve really done the West Village without stopping here. Read more.
Telepan's market-driven menu is creative without trying too hard, and the atmosphere is sufficiently refined for a proper dinner with the family or a date. Read more.
The expertly crafted cuisine gives this spot an upscale edge. At the same time, the worn, casual surrounds keep it comfortable enough for a low-key meal with family or friends. Read more.
The Boathouse is one of those surreally rural-feeling places. Were it not for the eclectic, oh-so Manhattan clientele and those skyscraper glimpses, you could easily forget you were in the city. Read more.
The food never disappoints, but to be honest, we come for the scene. This is one of New York’s quintessential “power” restaurants–huge deals get made and the most special of occasions fêted here. Read more.
Little Owl's super cozy vibe makes dining here with a special someone that much more special. Keep in mind: Reservations are notoriously difficult to secure. Read more.
Its pure New England charm is a bright spot in the surrounding industrial cityscape. We also like how short and sweet the menu is, the wines delectable, & the prices more affordable than we’d expect. Read more.
The best seats in the house are at the sushi bar. The chef’s omakase starts at USD 100; if you wish to really taste the finest the house has to offer, give your sushi chef carte blanche. Read more.
From the food to the space, there is a consistency of theme, and it works. FYI: While they're linked by overall aesthetics and cuisine concepts, Bar Room and the Dining Room function separately, Read more.
This is a clubhouse of Downtown cool, and its inviting, glowing exterior stands out from the city like a real-life Edward Hopper painting. The Odeon is beacon for the hip and brasserie-loving. Read more.
The market-driven ingredients are so fresh that there’s no need to reach for that salt and pepper. Plus, what a perk not to have to dash around town to source all of these famous New York eats. Read more.
The scene is electric–while we enjoyed the food, we loved the atmosphere even more. Good to know: Chef Dan Silverman used to be a chef at Lever House. Read more.
The décor is super chic and super accommodating–we’d feel comfortable bringing friends one night and a hot date the next. We love the sharing aspect of the tapas experience. Read more.
There’s nothing like scoring one of the intimate tables or a prime place at the bar and gorging on tapas and cerveza. Tía Pol really reminds us of the laidback bars in the heart of Madrid. Read more.
The freshness of the fish, at these prices, is pretty amazing. Especially in this city, where sushi of equal caliber can (and usually does) go for pretentiously sky-high rates. Read more.
Event nights and cheap drinks–need we say more? Tortilla Flats one of the best places to start out a party night, which is convenient since it’s walking distance from the Meatpacking District. Read more.
Its dependable food and service (both consistently outstanding) make this restaurant a sure bet. Though a reservation can be a challenge... Read more.
The sandwiches are delicious, and it’s hard to find a better cup of cappuccino. We also love the fantastic croissant selection (made fresh each morning). Read more.
In this city, you’d be hard-pressed to find sushi of this quality at such great prices. (But note: the portions are traditionally delicate.) Plus, this place is about as unpretentious as they come. Read more.
It is very West Village cool–the cultured diners appreciate the impressive original art and outstanding food, but do their best to appear immune to the allure of the celebrity clientele. Read more.
The food is unlike anything we’ve had before. We were most surprised by the “everything bagel” (ice cream, crispy cream cheese, smoked salmon threads) & tastes exactly like an everything bagel should. Read more.
Unlike at Peter Luger’s, Wolfgang’s offers more than just steak. (And his place accepts credit cards.) As long as you're hungry, Porterhouses are ideal for sharing among two, three, or four guests. Read more.
If you’re a meat lover, this place will become your new go-to. And the prime Midtown location means you don’t need to journey too far from the city’s main attractions to satisfy your appetite. Read more.
While pricey, EAT is ideal for a pick-me-up on the way to or from Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, or before Central Park. Along with main meals, EAT offers To-Go, Café, Sweets, Teatime, and Picnic menus. Read more.
The food, especially the daily “Market Table” specials, is seriously delish. We like to come with a few friends for a long lunch of sampling small plates. Read more.
This retro bakery looks and tastes like a grandmother’s kitchen–sweet, traditional, and full of love. We especially dig the seasonal treats available for holidays like Christmas and Easter. Read more.
If we can actually manage to order a coffee (so hard to know what to get with a slew of brewing options ranging from aeropress to French press), the coffee (beans by Stumptown Roasters) is crazy good. Read more.
Head chef Sugiyama is super friendly and answers any questions about his cuisine with delight. It’s so refreshing and encouraging knowing how much he loves what he prepares... Read more.