Best of the Best

The 50 Best Restaurants in NYC

In New York City, we’re lucky enough to have tens of thousands of restaurants at our doorsteps, many of which turn out stunning dishes that range from rustic to ultra-refined. A few, though, rise to the very top when it comes to the food they serve. Presenting the very best restaurants in New York City for food.

  • 1. Le Bernardin
    • Seafood
    • West 50s
    Food
    29
    Decor
    28
    Service
    29
    Cost
    $182

    “Nothing comes close” to this “widely acclaimed” Midtown exercise in “luxury” from Maguy Le Coze and chef Eric Ripert, providing “absolute bliss” in the form of “ethereal” French seafood and a “mind-blowing wine list” dispatched in a “calming”, “opulent” milieu by “read-your-mind” servers; its prix fixe–only format, starting at $140, will put a “substantial dent in your wallet” (lunch is cheaper), yet it has garnered No. 1 honors for Food, Service and Popularity in NYC for a reason – this “sine qua non” dining experience remains “the best splurge in town.”

    What to order: Sauteed langoustine; Crispy black bass Yellowfin tuna; foie gras and toasted baguette.

  • 2. Bouley
    • French
    • TriBeCa
    Food
    29
    Decor
    28
    Service
    28
    Cost
    $141

    A “wow by any standard”, David Bouley’s “glorious” TriBeCa flagship is an “icon of fine dining”, where the “masterful” French cuisine is “a revelation” brought on by an “exemplary” staff in a “gorgeous formal” setting (jackets are required); tabs for such a “bucket-list” experience are unsurprisingly "très cher”, but the $55 prix fixe lunch is “a terrific deal.”

    What to order: Hot Valrhona chocolate frivolous; Porcini flan with Dungeness crab and black-truffle dashi; Farm egg with polenta and Comté

  • 3. Daniel
    • French
    • East 60s
    Food
    29
    Decor
    28
    Service
    29
    Cost
    $176

    "Perennially at the top of its game”, Daniel Boulud’s “incomparable” UES “pamperville” delivers “life-changing” New French prix fixes with the “pomp and circumstance” of “white-glove service” and a “magnificent”, jackets-required setting; the main room is the "epitome" of fine dining, but the bar area is also "lovely” for à la carte bites with a side of "people-watching" – either way, be ready to “call your broker” when the bill comes.

    What to order: Duck terrine; Duo of beef; Black sea bass with Syrah sauce 

  • 4. Jean-Georges
    • French
    • West 60s
    Food
    28
    Decor
    28
    Service
    28
    Cost
    $166

    Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s “superlative” CPW namesake “pulls out all the stops” for a "rarefied dining experience”, with “heavenly” New French “culinary artistry” bolstered by a “top wine list”, “orchestrated” service and “civilized" surroundings; just “dress up” (jackets are required), “forget the mortgage this month” and prepare to be “wowed.”

    What to order: Scallops with cauliflower and caper-raisin emulsion; Caviar egg; Yellowfin tuna ribbons

  • 5. Gotham Bar and Grill
    • American
    • Greenwich Village
    Food
    28
    Decor
    26
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $91

    Chef Alfred Portale has “excellence down to a science” at this longtime Village “champ” known for “expertly prepared”, “stunningly presented” New American fare dispatched by a “high-caliber” crew in “elegant” surrounds; the “top-flight” experience will cost you, but the “killer” prix fixe lunch is one of the “best deals” in town.

    What to order: Tuna tartare; Seafood salad; 28 Day Dry Aged New York Steak

  • 6. Peter Luger Steak House
    • Steakhouse
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    28
    Decor
    17
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $88

    Voted NYC’s No. 1 steakhouse for the 32nd year in a row, this 1887-vintage Williamsburg chop shop remains a “long-standing Brooklyn tradition” thanks to its “sublime” steaks and “outstanding” sides; “no-nonsense” service and “German-beer-hall” decor ratchet up its “throwback” allure, but make sure to “bring plenty of cash” (it doesn’t take plastic) and, above all, “never mention the words ‘well done.’”

    What to order: Porterhouse steak; Sizzling bacon; Luger-Burger (lunch only)

  • 7. Eleven Madison Park
    • Flatiron
    Food
    28
    Decor
    28
    Service
    28
    Cost
    $325

    “This one goes to 11” cheer fans of Daniel Humm’s “transcendent” New American housed in a soaring, “spectacular” art deco space on Madison Square Park, where the “exciting” tasting menu is “full of discoveries”, the wine pairings “heighten the experience” and it’s all delivered by an “impeccable” staff; sure, you’ll “drop big bucks”, but it's a “culinary event” that will "leave you breathless” (“wowzers!”) – “what more can one ask?”​

    What to order: Tasting-menu only

  • 8. Blue Hill
    • Greenwich Village
    Food
    28
    Decor
    23
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $103

    Defining the “farm-to-table ethos”, this “intimate” Village American from chef Dan Barber is a shrine to “spectacular” seasonal dining where “ultrafresh” ingredients and “loving preparation” yield “nuanced” cuisine “that excites”; overseen by an ever-“hospitable” staff, it’s a definite “splurge”, but also an “utterly unforgettable experience.”

    What to order: This morning’s farm fried egg; Farmer’s Feast tasting menu; Blue Hill farm pig

  • 9. Per Se
    • New American
    • West 50s
    Food
    28
    Decor
    27
    Service
    28
    Cost
    $341

    “Still over-the-top magnificent”, Thomas Keller’s French–New American “milestone” in the Time Warner Center offers an “incomparable” chance to savor an “exquisite” nine-course tasting menu along with “well-choreographed” service, “ultraplush decor” and “breathtaking” park views; while the $310 set price “will get your attention” (“ka-ching!”), the lounge provides “excellent” à la carte small plates at less astronomical rates.

    What to order: Tasting menu-only

  • 10. Gramercy Tavern
    • American
    • Flatiron
    Food
    28
    Decor
    26
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $120

    A “landmark” that “never wavers”, Danny Meyer’s “exemplary” Flatiron New American remains “totally on point” thanks to chef Michael Anthony’s “phenomenal” menu, “off-the-charts” service and a “vibrant” setting adorned with “fanciful flowers”; prix fixe–only at dinner, the dining room is “high-end” but "not stuffy”, while going à la carte in the “less formal” front tavern is “not too eye-popping” pricewise.

    What to order: Smoked trout; Seasonal pasta; Cookie plate with milk

  • 11. graffiti
    • East Village
    Food
    28
    Decor
    23
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $58

    An “inventive original” from “truly awesome” chef Jehangir Mehta, this “teensy” East Villager’s “sublime” Eclectic plates highlight “exotic”, Indian-inspired flavors, matched with a remarkably affordable wine list and served with “gracious hospitality”; the shared seating is undeniably “tight”, but “an unforgettable meal” at these rates is “a rare treat.”

    What to order: Eggplant buns; Chili pork dumplings; Hazelnut chocolate caviar cupcake

  • 12. La Grenouille
    • French
    • East 50s
    Food
    27
    Decor
    28
    Service
    28
    Cost
    $129

    The “charm remains” at this “magnifique” Midtown “grande dame” offering a “sublime” selection of “refined” French fare dispatched by “faultless” staffers in an “opulent” room festooned with “heavenly” floral arrangements; granted, all this “elegance” comes at a price, but it’s “worth every franc” – and the requisite jacket.

    What to order: Les quenelles de brochet "Lyonnaise"; La sole grillée; sauce moutarde Les souffles 

  • 13. Sushi Yasuda
    • Sushi
    • East 40s
    Food
    27
    Decor
    21
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $99

    Though “Mr. Yasuda has left the building”, his “legacy lives on” at this Grand Central–area destination for “sublime” sushi crafted by “chefs who've devoted their lives to the art"; the space is “light and crisp”, the service “unparalleled” (there’s no tipping) and, despite the “hit to your wallet”, ordering omakase at the bar delivers the “full experience.”

    What to order: Omakase menu; flash-fried shrimp

  • 14. Marea
    • Italian
    • West 50s
    Food
    27
    Decor
    26
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $119

    First class all the way”, this “civilized” Central Park South Italian shows off chef Michael White’s “culinary mastery” with “dream-worthy” seafood and housemade pastas delivered by a “cosseting” team in “stylish” contemporary quarters; it caters to a “moneyed crowd” with “prices for the one percent”, but for wallet-watchers the lunch menu remains a “fiscal possibility.”

    What to order: Fusilli with octopus and bone marrow; Sea urchin with lardo and sea salt; Crudo tasting

  • 15. Nougatine At Jean-Georges
    • French
    • West 60s
    Food
    27
    Decor
    23
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $76

    While “not as opulent” as the adjacent Jean-Georges, this “appealing” front room (plus a "beautiful terrace") delivers the “same excellence” thanks to an “impressive” New French lineup and service that “goes the extra mile”; though it’s “surprisingly affordable” all day, the lunch prix fixe stands out as a “shockingly good value.”

    What to order: Tuna tartare; Foie gras brulé; Warm chocolate cake

  • 16. Estiatorio Milos
    • Greek
    • West 50s
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $91

    “Pristine” seafood is the “heavenly” specialty of this “upscale” Midtown Greek, where “consummate professionals” oversee a “spacious”, whitewashed setting with a “classy” but “convivial” mien; while the by-the-pound pricing may “make your head spin”, the lunch and pre-theater prix fixes win kudos for “outstanding value.”

    What to order: Grilled whole fish; Meze plate; Yogurt with honey

  • 17. L'Artusi
    • Italian
    • West Village
    Food
    27
    Decor
    23
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $71

    “Impeccably executed” modern Italian fare pairs with an “impressive” wine list at this “busy”, date-worthy West Villager where “cordial” staffers ratchet up the “class” factor; what’s “upbeat” to some is “loud” to others, but the majority feels it ultimately “hits all the marks.”

    What to order: Grilled mushrooms; Garganelli; Olive oil cake

  • 18. Annisa
    • American
    • West Village
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $99

    Star chef Anita Lo “never ceases to dazzle” at this “phenomenal” West Village “oasis”, where American cuisine crafted with “exquisite” Asian "flair” is presented by a “smooth” staff; set in “serene” quarters with “understated” decor, it’s “about as good as it gets” for a high-end “special occasion.”

    What to order: Seared foie gras with soup dumplings; Miso marinated sable; Poppyseed bread and butter pudding

  • 19. Del Posto
    • Italian
    • Chelsea
    Food
    27
    Decor
    27
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $134

    “You'll be transported” to Italy at this “mind-blowing” Chelsea “masterpiece”, where the Batali-Bastianich "empire” offers “the ultimate” in Italian dining with “superbly realized” cuisine and “exceptional” wines served by a “stellar” team in a “grand space” resembling a “stately” “villa”; diners “pay dearly” for the “luxurious experience”, though the set-price lunch “is a fabulous deal.”

    What to order: Pork and veal agnolotti; Lamb alla Romana; Tuna ventresca

  • 20. Cafe Boulud
    • French
    • East 70s
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $90

    A “quintessential UES” fixture, Daniel Boulud’s “civilized“ “oasis” “hasn’t skipped a beat” crafting “flawless” French fare that’s “impeccably served” by a “professional staff” in a “charming” setting; well-to-do regulars “expect to pay” for the “extreme pleasure”, though the lunch prix fixe is “a great deal for what you get.”

    What to order: Octopus Nicoise; Long Island duck breast; Ricotta gnocchi

  • 21. Union Square Cafe
    • American
    • Union Square
    Food
    27
    Decor
    23
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $78

    A “perennial favorite with good reason”, Danny Meyer’s “stellar” Union Square “cornerstone” still fires “on all cylinders” with “exceptional” New American food served with “signature warmth” by “informed” staffers in an “inviting”, “civilized” milieu; it “can still be a tough reservation”, but “go now” as it’s closing at the end of 2015 and relocating to Park Avenue South.

    What to order: Fried calamari; Lamb chops scotta dita; USC banana tart

  • 22. The Sea Fire Grill
    • Seafood
    • East 40s
    Food
    27
    Decor
    25
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $84

    Regulars feel “welcome and very well cared for” at this “outstanding” East Midtown seafooder offering “top-class” catch and “juicy” steaks paired with a “strong” wine list; a “civilized but not stuffy” setting equipped with a fireplace lends “warm” notes, leaving the “extravagant” price tags as the only sticking point.

    What to order: Garlic prawns; Lobster mac and cheese; Yellowfin tuna (pictured)

  • 23. Nobu New York
    • Japanese
    • TriBeCa
    Food
    27
    Decor
    23
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $89

    A “perennial” “shining star”, Nobu Matsuhisa’s “magical” TriBeCa “posh spot” is the “sine qua non” for “spectacular” Japanese-Peruvian fare that “leaves you in a state of bliss” boosted by “top-class service” and David Rockwell’s “chic, modern” surrounds; joined by a “slightly less fancy” next-door neighbor and a “supersized” Midtown satellite, its “flair” is as “unforgettable” as the “astronomic prices.”

    What to order: Tiradito; Nobu style Black cod with miso; Rock shrimp tempura with creamy spicy sauce

  • 24. Benjamin Steak House
    • Steakhouse
    • East 40s
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $85

    You can “eat like a man” at this “first-class” chop shop in the Dylan Hotel, supplying “perfectly prepared” beef and “top-shelf” service in “clubby” quarters with a “soaring ceiling” and “massive fireplace”; it’s certainly “not cheap”, but then again this “sublime experience” is always “memorable.”

    What to order: Porterhouse steak; Creamed spinach; Canadian bacon

  • 25. Pearl Oyster Bar
    • Seafood
    • West Village
    Food
    27
    Decor
    16
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $51

    “Succulent lobster rolls” to “swoon” over lead the lineup of “primo” New England seafood at this ever-“popular” West Village “treasure” from Rebecca Charles; “small” dimensions and a no-reservations rule make it “hard to get in”, so savvier sorts go early to beat the lines.

    What to order: Pearl Caesar; Lobster roll with shoestring fries; Fried oysters

  • 26. Sushi Nakazawa
    • Sushi
    • West Village
    Food
    27
    Decor
    23
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $184

    “Sushi nirvana” awaits at this West Village Japanese “epiphany” from chef Daisuke Nakazawa (a protégé of “famous mentor” Jiro Ono), which “leaves you in awe” with “artfully crafted” omakase meals served by a “polished” team; even though it’s “not cheap” (menus start at $120), getting a rezzie is a challenge both in the dining room and overlooking “the action” at the bar.

    What to order: Omakase

  • 27. Aquagrill
    • Seafood
    • SoHo
    Food
    27
    Decor
    20
    Service
    23
    Cost
    $68

    A seafood "mecca", this “consistently terrific” SoHo longtimer is known for “exceptionally good” oysters and fish “so fresh” you can almost “feel the sea breeze”; “upscale yet still homey”, it’s presided over by a “warm” crew, and the brunch is “one of the best scenes” around.

    What to order: Oysters; Seared diver sea scallops; Falafel-crusted Atlantic salmon

  • 28. Estela
    • New American
    • NoLita
    Food
    27
    Decor
    19
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $70

    “Paradise for adventurous eaters”, this "spectacular" Med-influenced American from Isa alum Ignacio Mattos "lives up to the hype" with “clever but not overwrought” small plates and "interesting" wines in a compact NoLita space; sure, it’s “crowded and noisy”, and seating is “cramped”, but this doesn’t seem to faze its “young, sophisticated” following one bit.

    What to order: Mussels escabeche, Steak tartare with sunchoke; Lamb ribs with chermoula and honey

  • 29. 15 East
    • Japanese
    • Union Square
    Food
    27
    Decor
    22
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $114

    “The real deal” for “pristine” sushi, this Union Square Japanese “maintains high standards” to rival “the big hitters” with its “incredible” food, “array” of sakes and “flawless” service; the “stylish”, “Zen-like atmosphere” even softens the blow of “over-the-top pricing.”

    What to order: Omakase; Slow-poached octopus 

  • 30. Batard
    • European
    • TriBeCa
    Food
    27
    Decor
    22
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $101

    Restaurateur Drew Nieporent scores “another hit” with this “sophisticated” TriBeCa New American, which takes a “modern approach” to fine dining with its “ambitious” customizable tasting menus, “beautifully cooked” dishes and “excellent” wines, all offered in “relaxed”, “minimalist” surrounds; it’ll cost you, but it’s considered a “relative deal” compared to its peers.

    What to order: Octopus "pastrami"; Duck breast; Caramelized milk bread

  • 31. Bohemian
    • Japanese
    • NoHo
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $78

    "You'll need a reservation" and a referral (there's "no listed phone number") to access this "exclusive" NoHo Japanese hidden "behind a butcher shop", where the "exceptional" food and cocktails are presented by "truly wonderful people"; an "intimate", denlike room furnished with "low couches" is perfect for conversation, and while prices run "steep", it will leave a "lasting memory."

    What to order: Uni croquettes, short rib sashimi, Bohemian mac 'n' cheese

    • Italian
    • Astoria
    Food
    26
    Decor
    20
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $39

    “Neighborhood” spots don’t get much more “cozy” than this “off-the-beaten-path” Astoria Italian fielding “spot-on”, “farm-to-table” fare dispatched by an “attentive” team; though the menu is rather “limited”, it “changes often”, while the “warm, intimate” vibe is a constant.

    What to order: Hangover pizza, L'Italiano, Baby Jesus Cake

  • 33. Tocqueville
    • Flatiron
    Food
    26
    Decor
    26
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $95

    A bona fide “revelation” in the Flatiron, this “foodie’s delight” showcases Marco Moreira’s “refined” French–New American fare and “stellar” wine list in a “calm”, “grown-up” room presided over by a “superb” staff; of course, it’s even more “divine” when “someone else is picking up the check”, though the $29 prix fixe lunch is a “real buy.”

    What to order: Sea urchin and angel hair carbonara; Seared sea scallops and foie gras; 60 second-seared steak

  • 34. Brushstroke
    • Japanese
    • TriBeCa
    Food
    26
    Decor
    26
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $152

    At this “Zen-like” TriBeCa Japanese from David Bouley and Osaka’s Tsuji Culinary Institute, “little works of art” make up the “incredible” kaiseki menus, while the “brilliant” à la carte offerings include sushi so “extraordinary” it’s akin to a “religious experience”; yes, it’s “shockingly expensive”, but those who manage a seat at “maestro” Eiji Ichimura’s 12-person omakase “heaven” deem it “worth every yen.”

    What to order: Kaiseki tasting menu Chawanmushi; truffle ankake; Pork belly

  • 35. Di Fara Pizza
    • Pizza
    • Midwood
    Food
    26
    Decor
    6
    Service
    10
    Cost
    $19

    Pizzaiolo “legend” Dom DeMarco is “a master plying his art” at this 1964 Midwood “institution”, where his “lovingly handmade” pies are “a must for the pizza addicted”; despite “unappealing” digs, “interminable waits” and service with “zero sense of urgency”, it’s “thronged” with those who urge “patience – it’s worth it.”

    What to order: Plain regular pie; Sicilian square pie; Di Fara classic pie

  • 36. Rubirosa Ristorante
    • Italian
    • NoLita
    Food
    26
    Decor
    19
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $41

    “Amazing” thin-crust pizzas and “to-die-for” meatballs are the fortes of this “charming” NoLita Italian done up in “rustic-chic” style; “cozy” turns “tight” during prime times, and reservations can be “a pain”, but “cool” vibes and “reasonable” tabs compensate.

    What to order: Vodka pie, Rubirosa salad, baked clams

  • 37. The River Café
    • American
    • DUMBO
    Food
    26
    Decor
    28
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $156

    Renowned for “enchanting” Lower Manhattan views made for “popping the question”, this riverfront Dumbo “classic” proves it’s “all it’s cracked up to be” as “anticipatory” servers set down “top-notch” New American plates in a “flower-bedecked” dining room; romantics vow the pricey prix fixe–only dinners are “worth the tariff” for an “indulgence” that “never fails to impress.”

    What to order: Chef's tasting menu; Duck breast; Chocolate Brooklyn bridge

  • 38. Russ & Daughters Cafe
    • Jewish
    • Lower East Side
    Food
    26
    Decor
    19
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $36

    Smoked “fish is the star of the show” at this “glorious” sit-down offshoot of the “venerable” LES appetizing store, where the “creative” Jewish comfort fare (think halvah ice cream) reflects a “21st-century deli” sensibility; the “streamlined” diner setting is “more refined” than the genre norm, though “long” prime-time lines make fans “wish they took reservations.”

    What to order: Bagel and lox; Super Heebster; Egg Cream

  • 39. Porter House New York
    • Steakhouse
    • West 50s
    Food
    26
    Decor
    26
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $95

    From "exceptional cuts of meat" to "interesting" sides, a "feast awaits" at Michael Lomonaco's Time Warner Center "destination steakhouse"; "impeccable" service helps justify the "expensive" tab, as do the "elegant" room's Central Park views that are as "impressive" as the food.

    What to order: Jumbo lump crab cake; Porterhouse for two; Truffle mashed potatoes

  • 40. Fette Sau
    • Williamsburg
    Food
    26
    Decor
    18
    Service
    17
    Cost
    $32

    It's the "quintessential Williamsburg experience" to "join the hipsters" at this "serious foodie" "heaven" for "awesome" dry-rub, by-the-pound BBQ paired with "artisanal" beers and bourbons; no rezzies means "crazy lines" for "cafeteria-style" service in a "former garage" outfitted with "communal picnic tables" – but to most it's so "worth it."

    What to order: Berkshire St. Louis-style pork ribs; Brisket; Dante’s German potato salad

  • 41. Perry St
    • New American
    • West Village
    Food
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $79

    "Another Jean-Georges gem", this high-end West Villager sees chef Cedric Vongerichten continue the family legacy ("like father, like son") with "top-notch" New American cuisine served by a "pro" staff in a "modern" Richard Meier–designed space opposite the Hudson River; sure, it's "expensive and a little out of the way", but most feel this "memorable" experience is "well worth" it.

    What to order: Rice cracker crusted tuna; Butter-poached lobster; Chocolate pudding

  • 42. BLT Prime
    • Gramercy Park
    Food
    26
    Decor
    24
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $86

    “They know their way around a cow” at this “chic” Gramercy steakhouse touted for “perfectly cooked” chops and “light-as-a-feather” popovers; “stellar” wines, “solicitous” service and “sleek” decor add to the overall “special experience” and help explain tabs that may “leave your credit card smoking.”

    What to order: Cowboy bone-in rib eye (pictured) Crab cake Peach cobbler

  • 43. Mas (farmhouse)
    • American
    • West Village
    Food
    26
    Decor
    24
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $96

    “Impeccable from start to finish”, this West Village American is a showcase for chef Galen Zamarra’s “splendid” seasonal dishes served by “informed” staffers in a “romantic” room exuding “understated elegance”; sure, it’s “expensive” and the seating a tad “tight”, but ultimately this “special-occasion” nexus is “so worth it.”

    What to order: Prix fixe or chef's tasting menu; Yellowfin tuna l’Occidental; Roasted duck 

  • 44. Momofuku Ko
    • Asian
    • East Village
    Food
    26
    Decor
    21
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $228

    David Chang rolls out “dinner and a show” at this pioneering East Village “culinary adventure” offering a “memorable” tasting menu of Asian-inflected Americana at an “intimate”, 23-seat chef’s counter; a recent move to “bigger”, “more relaxing” digs – the barstools now have backs! – makes the “splurge”-worthy, $175 prix fixe tab more palatable, though it’s still as “hard to get into” as ever.

    What to order: Tasting menu; Mackerel sabazushi; Uni with chickpea sauce and Hozon

  • 45. Keens Steakhouse
    • Steakhouse
    • West 30s
    Food
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $87

    The “granddaddy of all NYC steakhouses”, this circa-1885 Midtown “temple to meat” remains “rock solid”, with “sinful” "Flintstones-sized” mutton chops and other “succulent” slabs of beef in “masculine” “museum”-like surrounds with “lines upon lines” of antique pipes on the ceiling; it’s “not for the weak of wallet", but “welcoming” service and an “endless” scotch selection are other reasons you “won't regret splurging.”

    What to order: Mutton chops; Burger; Porterhouse for two 

  • 46. The Four Seasons
    • American
    • East 50s
    Food
    26
    Decor
    28
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $112

    As “iconic” as it gets, Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini’s “storied” Midtown New American provides a “first-class dining experience from every angle”, with “flawless” staffers ferrying “impressive” fare in “gorgeous” Philip Johnson–designed surrounds voted No. 1 for Decor in NYC; the Pool Room is “incomparable” for a “romantic” dinner, while the Grill Room hosts the “ultimate power lunch”, and though both require “serious cash” (and jackets), it’s “one of the all-time greats”; P.S. a relocation is in the works for 2016.

    What to order: Crabmeat cakes; Crisp farmhouse duck; Filet of bison

  • 47. Morimoto
    • Japanese
    • Chelsea
    Food
    26
    Decor
    26
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $91

    “The guy’s an Iron Chef”, and Masaharu Morimoto’s “high-class” West Chelsea Japanese upholds his rep with “mind-blowing” cuisine – including a “stunning” omakase option – delivered by “exceptional” servers in “glitzy” surroundings; sure, it’s “very expensive”, but admirers have only “one word: wow.”

    What to order: Omakase; Tuna pizza; Hamachi crudo

  • 48. The NoMad Restaurant
    • American
    • NoMad
    Food
    26
    Decor
    26
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $97

    This “stylish” “trendsetter” in the NoMad Hotel draws a “chic crowd” that’s “blown away” by Daniel Humm’s “superb” American-European menu (the roast chicken is “one for the books”); “spot-on service” and a “beautifully designed” space spread out over several cozy rooms help distract from the “heavy” tabs.

    What to order: Roast chicken for two; Butter poached lobster; Milk & honey

  • 49. Don Peppe
    • South Ozone Park
    Food
    26
    Decor
    13
    Service
    19
    Cost
    $54

    An "old-school", cash-only red-sauce joint "unburdened by pretension", this circa-1968 South Ozone Park Italian is home to "marvelous" meals that end with "sacks of leftovers"; the house wines might have been "made yesterday" and the digs "could use redecorating", but it's hard to find a more authentic "NY experience."

    What to order: Linguini and clam sauce, baked clams, tiramisu

  • 50. Ai Fiori
    • Italian
    • West 30s
    Food
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $91

    “High standards” are a given at Michael White’s “swanky” showcase in the Langham Place Fifth Avenue Hotel, where “discreet” servers set down “swoon-worthy”, Riviera-inspired cuisine led by “exceptional pastas” in a sanctum of “ultrasleek” luxury made for “celebrating something special”; the prices are predictably “splurge”-worthy, yet its “upscale” clientele has “no complaints.”

    What to order: White Label burger, spaghetti with blue crab and lemon, agnolotti

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