10 Restaurants That Will Make You Swoon Over Midtown Manhattan

For years, New Yorkers shied away from Midtown restaurants, instead opting to head down south once the office closed up shop. But now, something miraculous has happened. Dotted among the Michelin-starred heavy hitters like Le Bernardin - easily one of the best restaurant in the city - and Marea - often named the best Italian in the Big Apple - downtown chefs began to bring their coolness a little further north.

Celebrity chef David Chang shocked all when he opened Ma Peche in all of its Asian-inspired, hipster glory, and even Eric Ripert took note with his opening of Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, a casual off-shoot of Le Bernardin complete with comfy couches and bookcase lined walls.

While it's true that you'll never fully be able to channel the downtown funk of Manhattan into Midtown's sometimes-sterile streets, this list of the ten best restaurants in Midtown will have you wondering if you ever really need to leave. In true 10Best fashion, below you'll find something for every budget, every taste, and most shockingly for still-wary New Yorkers, every style - no matter whether you're a downtown socialite, a group of ladies who lunch or a banker with a company card and a roster of rich and famous clientele.

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

There's something to be said for staying power, and Le Bernardin certainly delivers. Celebrity chef Eric Ripert has created a New York space that's romantic, refined and seductive, while still managing to infuse his French-Spanish influence into...  Read More

If you're interested in Le Bernardin but aren't so keen on the price tag, allow us to introduce to you Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. Opened at the end of 2014, this living room-esque venture is the latest from the Eric Ripert camp and pays homage to who...  Read More

Totto Ramen
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Totto Ramen opened a new location in Midtown East, so if you're on the right side of the island, you'll be happy to know you can get a fix nearby. Both locations are open late, so take solace in the fact that your soup fix can be served (almost)...  Read More

Danny Meyer's Shake Shack has taken over the world. That may sound like a bit of a stretch, but we can assure you it's true. After the first location sprouted up in Madison Square Park, New Yorkers adopted the Shack with a fervor usually...  Read More

Quality Meats
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What Peter Luger is to old-school steakhouses, Quality Meats is to the modern wave of beefy hotspots in New York City. While you'll find nearly all of the same cuts here – bone-in rib-eyes, strips, filets – you'll recognize immediately that...  Read More

What do you get when you mix an ingredients-driven, award-winning Italian menu, impeccable service, and a fantastic wine list with more than 750 selections? The answer is Marea. Meaning "tide" in Italian, Marea is manned by Chef Michael White...  Read More

For those who eat gluten-free, Bistango is something sent straight from the heavens. The decor here is modest, even homely, but the food more than makes up for it. From gluten-free stuffed pastas to breads and cakes, the restaurant prides itself...  Read More

Head down to the underground world of celebrity chef David Chang's Ma Peche to immerse yourself in a world of pork buns, ramen and fried chicken. Ma Peche is the place you go when you're uptown, but want to feel downtown. The interior is crisp...  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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