Serious Eats: Best of New York Equals Best in the World

New York restaurant culture has produced some of the best rated dining experiences in the world. 10Best explores for you only those hotspots with the most appeal and the best reputations. From Zagat and Michelin star ratings to New York Times reviewer favorites, we have the most highly talented chefs combined with the best ambiance and service in the city. We did the hard part for you. For a truly renowned meal, look no further than our 10 best restaurants of New York City.

10 Del Posto
At Del Posto, Chef Mark Laudner serves up rich and balanced Italian dishes in New York's trendy Meatpacking District at an outlet of Mario Batali's ever-expanding empire. With a four star New York Times review and a Michelin star among other accolades, Del Posto doesn't need to deconstruct or reinvent Italian cuisine to be popular. In fact, traditional flavors and hominess are staples here. The dining room is rich and luxorious but focused on comfort. The cuisine is rich and flavorful, reassuringly Italian. Signature dishes include lobster risotto for two, abalone carpaccio and lamb alla Romano. TRAIN: A, C, E to 14th St; L to 8th Ave. (212-497-8090)

9 Peter Luger Steakhouse
Established in 1887, Peter Luger embodies seriously old school dining in New York. The menu as well as the atmosphere create an experience that one can imagine enjoying in a past century. This is the antithesis of modern, prime grade steaks are served family style with gigantic side dishes and perhaps a glass of Scotch. Try the porterhouse for two or four and tomato and onion salad with house sauce for a slice of historic NYC. Peter Luger has been Zagat's best steakhouse for 28 years running and also boasts a Michelin star. The gift shop offers Luger's popular sauce and souvenirs. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Marcy Ave. (718-387-7400)

8 Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Make a reservation in advance to get into this tiny18-seat chef's table featuring the innovative seafood combinations of Chef Cesar Ramirez. Each seat has an intimate view of this masterful chef preparing a vast tasting menu of unique dishes. The tasting menu is the only option, but paired with the new wine program this only enhances the allure of this up and coming Brooklyn restaurant. Chef's Table is on the map of New York's best restaurants thanks to a 2012 three star Michelin rating. It is the only restaurant in Brooklyn to earn that highest rating. TRAIN: A, C, G at Hoyt-Schermerhorn, 2, 3 at Hoyt St. (718-243-0050)

7 Sushi Yasuda
Entering Sushi Yasuda one is immediately aware of the absence of art, decorations, anything that might attract the eye. It is minimalist to the extreme, bamboo-plank walls and open spaces. This simplicity is reflected in Chef Naomichi Yasuda's cuisine as well. The filets of fish are custom cut for each order as pre-cut fish will begin to break down almost immediately, losing some of its delicate textures and flavors. The pure and clean dishes built out of respect for tradition have helped this restaurant to a three star review in the New York Times. TRAIN: S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St-Grand Central. (212-972-1001)

6 Gramercy Tavern
Don't be fooled by the word "tavern" in the name of this chic and upscale American eatery. Opened in 1994, Gramercy Tavern is a relaxed and comfortable destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Seamlessly combining a casual atmosphere with a menu featuring seasonal and organic ingredients, Gramercy Tavern was awarded a 2012 James Beard for Best Chef NYC and a Michelin star. Signature dishes include striped bass with white sweet potatoes and caviar, and barley risotto. TRAIN: N, R, 6 to 23rd St (212-477-0777)

5 Jean Georges
Since 1997, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has been fusing Asian influences with traditional French cuisine. The clean, bright interior matches the cultural harmony in dishes like Yellowfin Tuna Ribbons, Avocado, spicy radish and ginger marinade, and Halibut steamed with kaffir lime, herbal lemongrass sauce and white asparagus. Jean Georges earned a four star review in the New York Times and three stars from Michelin. TRAIN: A, C, B, D, 1, 9 to 59th St-Columbus Cir (212-299-3900, 212-356-0688)

4 Daniel
At Daniel, Chef Daniel Boulud uses seasonal inspiration to create an innovative take on traditional French fare. Enjoy signature dishes like Slow Baked Black Sea Bass with Sarawak Pepper and Duo of Beef in an atmosphere of European aristocracy. Daniel's signature style earned the restaurant four stars from the New York Times and three from Michelin 2012. TRAIN: 6 to 68th St-Hunter College (212-288-0033)

3 Eleven Madison Park
Winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, Daniel Humm creates innovative combinations to match the over-the-top opulence of Eleven Madison Park's dining room. Vaulted Ceilings and wrought iron chandeliers create a truly Gotham-like atmosphere. Traditional French cuisine with a twist is the basis for this menu featuring items like honey lavender roasted muscovy duck and suckling pig. Eleven Madison Park was awarded the highest three star rating by Michelin. TRAIN: N, R, 6 to 23rd St (212-889-0905, 646-747-2583)

2 Per Se
Opened in 2004, Per Se is a close second to Le Bernadin. The name comes from an interview in which restaurant mastermind Thomas Keller was asked if his new restaurant would be a repeat of much acclaimed French Laundry. He responded by saying it would not be the same "per se," and the name stuck. Boasting a comfortable yet luxurious interior and the best views of lower Central Park possible, this American Bistro is a New York staple. It also earned a coveted four star review in the New York Times, a Michelin three star rating and a 2011 James Beard Award for Outstanding Service. Signature dishes: Cappuccino of forest mushrooms, Oysters & Pearls. TRAIN: A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to Columbus Cir (212-823-9335)

1 Le Bernardin
At Le Bernadin, world renowned Chef Eric Ripert creates simple and elegant French seafood dishes in an atmosphere of elegance designed by Bentel & Bentel. With a Michelin three star rating and the honor of being one of only six restaurants ever to earn a four star review in the New York Times, it is definitely where the Big Apple's Elite dine. It is also the highest Zagat rated restaurant in New York 2012 and Restaurant Magazine said, "[Is Le Bernadin] the World's Best Seafood Restaurant? Quite possibly." With sustainable seafood dishes like Kobe Beef and Lobster Surf n' Turf and laquered grouper with safrito broth, Le Bernadin might just be worth the price tag. TRAIN: B, D, F, Q to 47-50th St-Rockefeller Center (212-554-1515)


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Del Posto 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Chelsea
COST: $$$
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Peter Luger Steakhouse 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: DUMBO
COST: $$$$
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Fusion, Japanese
Dining Options: Chef's Table
Neighborhood: Brooklyn
COST: $$$$
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Sushi Yasuda 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $$$$
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Gramercy Tavern 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef
Neighborhood: Flatiron District
COST: $$$
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Jean Georges 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian, European, French, Fusion
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef
Neighborhood: Midtown West
COST: $$$$
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Daniel 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
COST: $$$$
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Eleven Madison Park 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: Continental, European, French
COST: $$$$
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Per Se 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, New American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Pastry Chef, Sommelier, Wine Cellar
COST: $$$$
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Le Bernardin 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Midtown West
COST: $$$$