Best Restaurants in Midtown New York

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 restaurants in the city - and Marea - often named the best Italian in the Big Apple - the downtown cool spread a little further north.

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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.


Sushi Yasuda

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 Naomichi Yasuda's cuisine as well. The fillets of fish are custom-cut for each order, as pre-cut fish begins to break down almost immediately, losing some of its delicate textures and flavors. The pure and clean dishes are built out of respect for tradition have helped this restaurant to earn a three-star review in the New York Times, and numerous accolades on lists like these ones the city over.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: It's one of the most famous sushi restaurants in NYC.

Andrea's expert tip: Make a reservation at least two weeks in advance or forget about getting a table.

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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) until the clock strikes 12. The name of the game at Totto is, of course, ramen, a Japanese soup laden with wheat noodles and served with accouterments ranging from bean sprouts and nori to salted kelp and spicy pork. Regulars rail against the impossibly long waits during dinner, but despite their protests, you'll still find them lining up in droves to slurp this local favorite.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: Totto Ramen serves up some of the best ramen in town, and it's one of the cheapest eats on the list.

Andrea's expert tip: The Westside location is open 30 minutes later than the East side one.

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The Grill
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First things first: you're not coming here for any type of bargain. The Grill is one of the most expensive restaurants in New York, but if you want to experience the opulence of the city, there's nowhere better. The Grill is a remake of the iconic Four Seasons, meaning its set in a historic building and feels like you've stepped into 1950. Only in this version of the past, lobster à la Newberg will run you $92 and your dessert will be lit on fire table-side by a server wearing Tom Ford. Like, we said, it's opulent. But if you can afford it, it's a must.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: It's reminiscent of the old New York that nearly everyone wishes still existed.

Andrea's expert tip: Don't slack off on your outfit. While you'll probably get seated wearing jeans, slacks and a button-down or a dress are a better bet.

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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 this trendy space defies the norm of what a steakhouse is known to be. For one, steel meat hook chandeliers dangle from the ceiling, a nod to pushing the boundaries. The menu follows suit, with dishes like Hamachi sashimi with Black Mission figs and Thai chili vinaigrette, or the Cajun short rib with potato gnocchi and burgundy truffles. Luckily, the chefs in the kitchen hold their own against the cool vibe of the space, turning out near perfectly executed cuts of meat on the regular.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: Quality Meats doesn't take itself too seriously, but it takes its food very seriously. That's a good thing.

Andrea's expert tip: Step outside of your box and ask for the wackiest thing on the menu - the grilled bacon with peanut butter and jalapeno is a good place to start.

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What do you get when you mix an ingredient-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 and has earned three stars from The New York Times, two stars from Michelin, and a city of devoted regulars who claim that this is the best Italian seafood in the city. Dishes like dressed blue prawns with carrot crisp and tarragon to share, or choose from the Crudo al Taglio, or sliced raw fish and shellfish or choose from four different types of caviar, starting at a mind-boggling $150 per ounce. Our recommendation: opt for the 4-course prix fixe, a modest $99 affair that allows you to sample a crudo, pasta (fatta in casa, or homemade), main and dessert.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: Two Michelin stars mark this high-end seafood destination from Michael White in a chic Central Park South setting; one of Anthony Bourdain's favorites.

Maria's expert tip: If crudo or raw fish is what tickles your palate, look no further, this is a special seafood experience, so handle your pocketbook with care.

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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 Keens, it'll be all you can look at - that is until they bring your meal. Keens Steakhouse - established in 1885 - is one of New York's oldest and most revered eateries. It also happens to have the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world literally hanging from its rafters. The tradition stems from the days when travelers left their delicate pipes at their favorite inns until they returned. Today, Keen's is well-known for its mutton chop - a deep cut of meat so succulent you'll wonder why its popularity ever waned. NY trivia: Keens is the only survivor of what was known as the Herald Square Theatre District.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: It's an iconic New York spot that still turns out top quality cuts of meat cooked to perfection.

Andrea's expert tip: You'll want to make reservations at least a couple of weeks in advance. If you forget, try going on the later side of the evening when they may have a few open tables.

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Greek-focused Estiatorio Milos boasts locations in Montreal, Athens, Vegas, Miami and London, as well as New York. Don't let that dissuade you. While widespread exposure might be off-putting, the food is most certainly not. Beware that the menu - and the prices - are higher-brow, and inspiration's drawn from locations closer to Manhattan than Athens. (Maryland crab cakes, anyone?)

Because of its close proximity to the Theater District, it also conveniently offers a special 4-course dinner both pre- and post-show, with choices ranging from fresh calamari to tomato salad, and grilled salmon served with crown broccoli. Even if you're not catching a show, it's still worth a visit.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: In the Midtown world of steakhouses and sushi, it stands out from the crowd.

Andrea's expert tip: If you're having trouble choosing, go for the prix-fixe and let someone else decide.

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Helmed by two Japanese chefs by way of Paris' Michelin-starred circuit, MIFUNE is a breath of fresh air. Yes, they serve delicious sushi and sashimi, but if you turn your attention to the rest of the menu, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
The food is a unique take on Japanese with dishes like foie gras terrine served with hacho miso and corn chips or the straw-­smoked lamb chop in black garlic miso sauce.
Our vote? Opt for the tasting menu and let the geniuses in the kitchen perform magic with the menu. Another option: If you have three others in tow, book the semi-private downstairs dining room for the shabu-shabu (Japanese hot pot) tasting menu, featuring fish flown in daily from Japan's Tsukiji fish market, washugyu beef, and MIFUNE's unique Japanese risotto.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: It's cheffed by two Michelin-star veterans and the food is a great twist on traditional Japanese.

Andrea's expert tip: Don't skip the expertly crafted cocktails, such as the Seven Samurai, a blend of rye, aged sake, East India sherry, bitters and smoke.

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Burger Joint
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When you walk into Le Parker Meridian, you'll be sure you're in the wrong spot. How could this luxury hotel with marble interior and gloved doormen be the home of a grungy rock n' roll burger joint? Well, better believe it. Burger Joint is hidden in plain view through a hallway in the lobby of the hotel. The line of people will likely tip you off, but if you can't find it, just ask the hotel staff. Surprisingly for a spot that seems so kitschy, the burger here is good. Really good. In fact, we'd rank it among the best burgers in the city, so don't miss it.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: A grungy burger joint inside an upscale luxury hotel is something worth writing about.

Andrea's expert tip: Look for the floor length drop curtains (and probably the line of people) to find Burger Joint.

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Opened in 2019, HYUN isn't your typical steakhouse. There's a quiet serenity to the atmosphere here, which fits the revelatory experience of consuming what's arguably the best beef you'll ever eat.

HYUN is a Korean steakhouse that serves A5 Japanese wagyu, the finest cut of wagyu beef available.

You may have heard rumors about the cows that A5 comes from: as calves, they're hand-fed milk, they are named, not numbered, they're massaged daily and as they get older, they drink beer. It's all true. The process of raising A5 takes 3 years, while regular beef is ready in roughly 15 months.

All of this is done in an effort to maximize the fat and flavor of the final product, which suit-wearing HYUN servers then artfully grill, cube and present to perfection table-side. This is a steakhouse of precision, intimacy and excellence. Run there now before reservations are impossible to come by.

Recommended for Midtown's Best Restaurants because: It's arguably the best beef you'll ever eat in the city, or in your life.

Local Expert tip: Along with requesting a private dining table, opt for the omakase where the chef chooses the best cuts of beef to offer the table.

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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.

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