Best of the Best: Explore New York City's Top Restaurants

To write a list about the ten best restaurants in New York City is to call upon yourself a certain sense of doom and gloom. For one, there are so many to wade through, and then to choose from - think for a moment of every small patisserie hidden down an alleyway to the sprawling dining rooms that stand guard over Central Park. And then there's the personal opinion of every New Yorker and visitor - each with their own favorite fare and neighborhood gem. 

Now that we've all agreed it's fully impossible to write a list of the ten best restaurants in New York City, let's get down to business presenting you with a list of contenders for best restaurant. By no means is this list comprehensive, but it does offer a glimpse into New York's culinary greatness. From obvious front runners like Eleven Madison Park and Jean-Georges, to rough-and-tumble shops packed with character like Black Tree, we're willing to bet that these restaurants will leave you supremely satisfied no matter their price point, location or crowd.

Below, we take a look at ten of the best New York City restaurants and break down exactly why you should add them to your list of musts on your visit to the Big Apple. 

Garment District
Keen's Steakhouse

Unless it's freakishly low, or ridiculously lofty, a restaurant's ceiling probably isn't the first thing that draws your attention. At Keen's, it'll be all you can look at - that is, until they bring your meal. Keen's Steakhouse - established in...  Read More

Lower East Side

Usually prix-fixe dinners can be a tad annoying, if for no other reason than their exorbitant costs. But at Contra in the Lower East Side, the prix-fixe is a welcomed surprise: a seasonally-focused, 5-course menu for just $55. An unassuming...  Read More

West Village

Tucked at the corner of Bedford and Grove Streets in the West Village, this small eatery is the perfect place for a romantic date night rendezvous. Serving up winning Mediterranean fare, The Little Owl utilizes seasonal ingredients to enhance...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Betony

Helmed by two former Eleven Madison Park alums, Betony earned its Michelin star in 2015. But lest you think that the restaurant caters to the corporate suit environment of its Midtown neighborhood, you'll be pleased to know that the atmosphere...  Read More

Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongrichten has a culinary empire that spans the globe, but his eponymous restaurant connected to the Upper West Side's Trump Hotel remains a gold standard for the chef's subtly Asian-inflected, French haute cuisine....  Read More

Upon entering Sushi Yasuda, one is immediately aware of the absence of art, decorations, or anything that might attract the eye. It is minimalist to the extreme with bamboo-plank walls and open spaces. This simplicity is reflected in Chef...  Read More

Lower East Side

*Temporarily closed and set to reopen on December 31. Visit Brooklyn outpost instead.* The bar at Black Tree doesn't stock limes. It doesn't stock lemons or oranges either, and you can kiss the prospect of avocados goodbye. That's because the...  Read More

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...  Read More

West Village

Oh, Keste. Let us sing your praise. As a relative newcomer to the New York pizza scene, Keste has carved out a space for itself in the center of the West Village's historic pizza row. Located on Bleecker Street across from John's, Keste's...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Yuko Torihara

Yes, Semilla is "veggie-forward" but that's not to say it's lacking style, substance or taste. In fact, everyone in town is buzzing about this new spot on Havemeyer Street, tucked between some unlikely neighbors and serving to a crowd willing to...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea

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