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 quaint pizzerias offering modern, gluten-free pies like Keste, 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. 

Flatiron District

Have you ever visited Los Angeles and thought, "Man, I wish we had food like this on the East Coast?" With the arrival of Upland to the neighborhood, that dream is now a reality. Centered around California-inspired fare with an Italian lean,...  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


When a past love re-enters your life, it can either go horribly wrong or beautifully right. At Union Square Cafe, the iconic Danny Meyer spot recently re-opened after a two-year hiatus, we're reminded exactly of why the good old days were so...  Read More

Garment District

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. Keens Steakhouse - established in...  Read More

Flatiron District

One of New York's most recognized restaurants, Gramercy Tavern is an old standby that functions like a delicious utility knife. You can dress it up or dress it down, visit on a random weekday or save it for a special occasion and it will mold...  Read More

Flatiron District

Helmed by Executive Chef, Daniela Soto-Innes, a 27-year-old force to be reckoned with, Enrique Olvera's Cosme burst onto the scene leaving New Yorkers clamoring for a seat. Olvera's Chef's Table episode featuring his Mexico City joint, Pujol,...  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

Yes, Daniel Humm won the 2012 James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, but unlike some others who've fallen out of diner's good graces, he's continued to deliver at the highest level. Along with innovative food combinations, the over-the-top...  Read More

West Village

Oh, Keste. Let us sing your praise. Keste has carved out a space for itself in the center of the West Village's historic pizza row, in addition to an outpost in Williamsburg. The original is located on Bleecker Street across from John's, Keste's...  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