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10 Sexiest Restaurants in NYC

By Zagat Staff  |  October 12, 2016
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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 (and pretty people). Here are some of the sexiest spots to see and be seen, including a few new hot restaurants from SoHo to Williamsburg. 

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    Olmsted
    While it's getting to be too cold to enjoy the magic of Olmsted's backyard garden (complete with live quail and a crawfish tub), 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 other cooks preparing plates of carrot crêpes and savory duck breast. 

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

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    Le Coucou
    ​Undoubtedly the sexiest new restaurant of the year, 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, pewtered-steel chandeliers (with hand-blown glass shades), blue-grey banquettes and vintage chairs. The white-tableclothed space evokes an early 20th-century manor house...with an exciting open kitchen to boot. 

    ​138 Lafayette Street; 212-271-4252

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    Westlight
    Stunning on both the inside and outside, this new 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

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    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

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    Lilia
    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 semi-private dining room near the entrance.

    567 Union Ave, Brooklyn; 718-576-3095

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    Karasu
    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 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

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    Loosie's Kitchen
    The folks behind Loosie Rouge, a NOLA-inspired piano bar in Williamsburg, opened a charming sister restaurant called Loosie's Kitchen last summer, right next door to the bar. The mostly outdoor restaurant is like an LA oasis in the middle of Brooklyn complete with plant life, whitewashed walls and quirky details. But passing by on the street, you might just miss it. Here's a full look at the sexy digs

    91 S. Sixth St., Brooklyn

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    Acme
    The swanky NoHo eatery got a revamp earlier this year that included a new menu from chef Brian Loiacono and an interior update. Wood-paneled walls, dark leather booths, vintage light fixtures and contemporary art by Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Alex Katz, make it one of the sexiest spots in town.

    9 Great Jones St.; 212-203-2121

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    Dirty French
    While the name alone suggests a wink and a nod to...something, the Torrisi gang's latest eatery also has sexy digs to back it up. A vintage feel reminiscent of a French countryside tavern is evoked by burgundy leather banquettes, wood-beamed ceilings, lighted mirrors and chandeliers that wouldn't look out of place in an episode of Game of Thrones. Hot-pink accents throughout, including on coasters, and felt chickens that line the walls add to the space's mischievous feel.

    180 Ludlow St.; 212-254-3000

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    Gato
    ​Given its prime NoHo location and spacious digs, Bobby Flay's Spanish-inspired eatery has been a runaway hit since opening two years ago. But Gato's swanky space is also worthy of praise. If you can snag a table here (the place is typically packed), you'll be charmed by the candlelit tables, vintage floors, exposed ceilings and intimate corners hiding within the industrial-chic space.

    324 Lafayette St.; 212-334-6400