Best American Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

From traditional cuisine to new takes on classics, these American restaurants rank highest in NYC.

New American · East Village · $$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

Fit “for foodies or fun times” , this “sleek” East Villager “distinguishes itself” as “passionate” staffers deliver “masterful” French-American cuisine that takes market ingredients “to another level” ; add “fancy infused cocktails” from the “spectacular” bar, and those who “can’t get enough” confide it’s a “best-kept secret – but not for long.”
Gotham Bar and Grill
New American · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.7

“Longevity tells it all” at this circa-1984 Village “treasure” where Alfred Portale’s “picture-perfect” New American plates plus “savvy service” and a “gothamy” setting add up to “superior dining with no corners cut” ; longtime fans are “glad to pay the tariff” for an experience that “refuses to disappoint” , and the $38 greenmarket lunch “truly is a steal.”
French · Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.6

“Sophisticated” dining “to be savored” awaits at this “top-of-the-line” Flatiron “oasis” , where chef Marco Moreira’s “knockout” French–New American plates pair with a “wine list that dazzles” in a “pristine” “adult” setting; it runs “expensive, of course” , but that makes a $29 prix fixe lunch even more of “a steal.”
Gramercy Tavern
American · Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.7

You can rely on “top-class” dining with “no gimmicks” at Danny Meyer’s enduring Flatiron New American, where chef Michael Anthony’s “outstanding” set menus are presented by “eminently suave” staffers in an “upscale-country” dining room arrayed with “gorgeous” flower displays; it’s “not cheap by any means” , though the front tavern offers a “reasonable” à la carte menu in a “colorful” walk-in setting; P.S. gratuity is now built into menu prices.
Upholstery Store: Food and Wine
Seafood · West Village · $$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.8

There’s “nothing stuffy about” Kurt Gutenbrunner’s “wonderfully warm” West Village wine bar, where the “excellent” American bites, “stellar cocktails” and “well-chosen” vinos are hailed as “the perfect mix” ; a “super” staff and “relaxed” vibes round out “a rare find.”
Eleven Madison Park
Flatiron · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

“Brilliant as ever” , Daniel Humm’s New American “knockout” on Madison Square Park is “a total indulgence” where a “spectacular” tasting menu with pairings from a “massive” wine list provides a “culinary adventure” that’s “expertly” served in a “magnificent” art deco space; the “jumbo bill” is a given, but “throw the budget out the window” “you can’t afford to miss this place.”
Blue Hill
American · Greenwich Village · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.7

A true “farm-to-table pioneer” , Dan Barber’s Village American “does a magnificent job” producing “unbelievably fresh and flavorful” American fare with “thoroughly satisfying” seasonal “integrity” ; set in a “lovely, calm” room run by an “especially caring” staff, it “isn’t cheap” but the performance is “worth repeat visits.”
Momofuku Ko
American · East Village · $$$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.6

A “phenomenal experience” for an “open-minded foodie” , David Chang’s East Village “event” provides a “fascinating tour” of Asian-inspired American cuisine via “extraordinary” tasting menus crafted at a sleekly “comfortable” chef’s counter; the “steep” price tag is considered “well worth” it, so reservations are still as “tough” as “getting past heaven’s gates.”
New American · Williamsburg · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

The flavors are “on point” at this Williamsburg “standout” from former Dressler chef Polo Dobkin whose “ever-changing” New American menu highlights his “ingenuity” ; the “bright, airy” space has a “hip” , “laid-back” vibe, and the “attentive” staff is another big plus.