10 Sexiest Restaurants in NYC

From a DUMBO stunner with waterfront views to a Chinatown date spot
September 20, 2017
by Zagat Staff

In NYC you can find some of the most beautiful dishes in the world, but equally sexy are the gorgeous spaces that house all those pretty plates. Here are some of the sexiest spots to see and be seen, including a few new hot restaurants from DUMBO to Chinatown.

​In addition to stunning waterfront views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, this DUMBO outpost of the global chain has a sexy interior vibe as well. Exposed-brick walls, crystal chandeliers, wispy white curtains and royal-blue velvet chairs set the mood for the luscious Italian-inspired menu that's heavy on pastas, pizza and aperitivo snacks.

​55 Water Street, Brooklyn; 718-650-3900

Chinese Tuxedo
The space it occupies was a former Chinatown gang hideout in the early 1900s, and this newish restaurant from owners Jeff Lam and Eddy Buckingham is the ultimate mash-up of grit and glam. Its sunken main dining room is beset by stripped/distressed walls and cozy marble-topped banquettes are lined with tall candles and palms. The 15-foot ceiling adds drama as you descend the staircase. To no one's surprise, this spot was a NY Fashion Week destination in early September.

5 Doyers Street; 646-895-9301

The Pool
The Four Seasons revamp courtesy of Major Food Group (Carbone, Santina) meant updated interiors for the landmarked space in Midtown (as well as its sibling concept, The Grill). The iconic pool room, which won accolades over the years for its stunning design, has been reimagined by designer William T. Georgis. New carpet as well as restored decor pieces like Marie Nichols' chain curtains make for a glamorous vibe.

99 E. 52nd St.; 212-375-9002

This Fort Greene stunner designed by Home Studios is known for its wood-fire cooking from chef Negro Piattoni. But its space is equally hot — complete with handmade terra cotta tile, natural woods and marble, and an open kitchen where you can view all the action.

197 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn; 718-233-9134

Le Coucou
This SoHo stunner offers takes on French fare within a gorgeous Roman and Williams–designed space. The old-school glamour is achieved with triple-hung glass windows, pewter-steel chandeliers (with hand-blown glass shades), blue-gray banquettes and vintage chairs. The white-tablecloth space evokes an early 20th-century manor house...with an exciting open kitchen to boot. 

​138 Lafayette Street; 212-271-4252

While it will be too cold to enjoy the magic of Olmsted's backyard garden soon (which was recently expanded to twice the size), the interior is still plenty sexy for winter. The dining room features a living plant wall, nodding to the vibes of its charming string-light adorned garden. The chef's counter offers an intimate glimpse of chef Greg Baxtrom and his team preparing plates of carrot crêpes and savory duck breast. 

659 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn; 718-552-2610

Stunning on both the inside and outside, this rooftop bar and lounge atop the new William Vale hotel in Williamsburg features 360-degree views, yellow and white accents including lush velvet banquettes, a beamed ceiling and wraparound balcony with additional seating for 100. Designed by Studio Munge (Park Hyatt Los Angeles, Prohibition at the Rosewood Hotel), the interior features black-and-white tiled floors, and a bar area that features a honed stone bar with metal mesh shelving and a wall of white oak-wood panels whose alternating light and dark sections mimic the vertical lines of the hotel’s exterior architecture. 

111 N. 12th Street, Brooklyn; 718-307-7100

Metrograph Commissary
Food and film converge at this glamorous LES restaurant. Metrograph founder Alexander Olch, also a filmmaker and designer, created the space outfitted with whitewashed brick walls, a skylight, midcentury-inspired dining chairs, leather banquettes and a terrazzo floor.

7 Ludlow Street; 212-660-0312

Still one of the toughest tables in town, Missy Robbins' charming Italian is set in a former auto garage. The whitewashed 70-seat space features long lines and a massive open kitchen running alongside the dining room. American Construction League and architect Craig Shilito are behind the design, which includes original iron casement windows (refurbished), skylights and wooden banquettes. There's also a semiprivate dining room near the entrance.

567 Union Ave., Brooklyn; 718-576-3095

What's sexier than a secret? This charming Japanese restaurant hidden behind Walter Foods is serving killer plates of uni pasta, sashimi and donburi thanks to 2016 Zagat 30 Under 30 chef Yael Peet (a Shuko alum). The 40-seat space, formerly a doctor's office, has no windows or signage, but its beautiful art deco style contributes a lush, exclusive feel. 

166 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn; 347-223-4811