NYC Foodie Travel Guide: Where to Dine Survey-Style

By Kelly Dobkin  |  October 2, 2013

NYC is a food lover's paradise, and to celebrate the release of our 2014 NYC Restaurants Survey results, we've put together a guide to some of the city's best restaurants, perfect to keep in your back pocket for your next visit. Check out our suggestions below.

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    Top Toques

    Newcomer The Elm in the King & Grove Williamsburg Hotel is one of North Williamsburg's latest hot spots and the perfect place to try the food of famed toque Paul Liebrandt (previously of the pricey Corton). The inventive takes on Italian-American at Torrisi make for a special night out, while Anita Lo's Annisa continues to be a favorite year after year in the West Village. And of course, if you can foot the bill, Eric Ripert's temple to French seafood, Le Bernardin, is the city’s No. 1-rated restaurant.

  • Brooklyn Rising

    Brooklyn continues to lead the pack when it comes to hot new openings. From the Scandinavian tasting menus at Aska in Williamsburg to the comfort food of locavore favorite Battersby, there's something for every palate on the east side of the river. For edgy plates, check out Luksus, attached to futuristic beer den Tørst in Greenpoint. Speaking of Greenpoint, the nabe is stacked with new favorites like River Styx, Alameda and the recently opened Glasserie.

  • Hot Newcomers

    Trendy spots like Wylie Dufresne's Alder and Pearl & Ash are drawing buzz for their innovative New American fare, while Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone (of Torrisi) continue their nostalgia spree with Carbone. Michael White pays homage to his Midwestern roots at The Butterfly, and April Bloomfield has gone Mexican at Salvation Taco.

  • Brunch Favorites

    This year, brunch is conveniently divided up and rated by area in Manhattan. Starting with Downtown, you've got classic spot Prune topping the list (although expect to wait); in Midtown Danny Meyer's Maialino is a best bet, while Uptown, classic spot Telepan prevails. Finally, in the Financial District, Floyd Cardoz's North End Grill is the No. 1 stop. Other favorites include Hearth (which just started offering brunch after 12 years) in the East Village and Marea, conveniently located across from Central Park.

  • Splurge-Worthy Meals

    If you're in town to live large, check out Downtown newcomer ZZ's Clam Bar from the Torrisi team, classic spot Bouley (which comes in second for Food) or Masa for the priciest omakase experience around. More sushi splurges can be had at Soto in the West Village and Gari Uptown.

  • NYC Signatures

    No visit to NYC would be complete without a bagel/pizza run. Top deli winner Barney Greengrass is a go-to classic when it comes to finding that perfect bagel and lox, plate of smoked fish, or just about any other Jewish delicacy. For a modern spin on deli fare, check out the top-rated Mile End, which serves up Montreal-style Jewish classics like smoked cured beef and Montreal-style bagels (locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan). 

    For top-notch pie, check out our #1 pizza spot this year, Lucali, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, or Paulie Gee's in Greenpoint. Or if you're too lazy to make it out to Brooklyn, Motorino in the East Village is also in our top 10.