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Diners' Choice: Best Ambience restaurants in New York City

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Updated 05 April 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambience in New York City? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Ueki Sushi restaurant
4.9 (49)
$50 and over
West Village
About the restaurant
Ueki is an intimate 12 seat Omakase sushi restaurant created by the founders, team and chefs of Blue Ribbon Sushi. Ueki pays tribute to the culinary tradition, heritage and vision of the late Toshi Ueki, our partner, master sushi chef and spiritual leader. Ueki is guided by Toshi's exuberance for Japanese culinary tradition and compassionate approach to life.
Top review
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Dishes were original, flavorful, and delicious with top-notch ingredients. Service was impeccable. Could not have asked for a better omakese experience!
A photo of Fresco's Grand Cantina restaurant
5 (93)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
**** Please note this page is for our 28-50 31st St, Queens, New York location.****

Beautiful Mexican-Fusion establishment with old-world accents and very Instagram-able throughout the restaurant. We pride ourselves with fresh locally sourced ingredients for our Authentic & Modern Mexican fare.

Best Happy Hour around from 3pm to 8pm from Tuesday to Friday. The strong & delicious cocktails and amazing service will keep you coming back week after week for any of our numerous events. Follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop.

If you'd like to make a reservation at our other location ( Fresco's Cantina ) located at 12-14 31st Ave Astoria, NY 11106 - Please call (347) 808-7338.

Thank you!

Top review
Dined on 31 Mar 2024
Great experience at the restaurant and wonderful drag show as well!
A photo of That Place | Omakase restaurant
5 (74)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
At That Place Omakase our chefs serves two exquisite experiences.
18-course Omakase at $168.00 and 14-course Omakase at $98.00.
Kindly allow approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes for an optimal Omakase experience.
Please inform us of any allergies when making your reservation.
Prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Please contact the restaurant for parties of 6 or more,
by phone 929-593-7991 or IG @thatplace_omakase.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 9 Apr 2024
JT, the co-owner, showed amazing customer service and was super friendly! The food was high quality and for a great value. Restaurant is intimate. Great for dates and small gatherings. Highly recommend. You won’t be disappointed. Please note the actual restaurant is in the back. You have to walk through the Poke Wave to find That Place. A total vibe! We will be back!
A photo of Sushi on Me - Jackson Heights restaurant
5 (534)
$50 and over
Jackson Heights
About the restaurant
Sushi On Me is a secret hideout where customers can enjoy premium omakase in a speakeasy vibe. Our chefs and staffs are committed to delivering not only the best omakase sushi but also the best omakase experience to all the guests!

Guests can enjoy both the 15-course omakase and the relaxing, speakeasy vibe in the 1-hour seating for the price of $99/person (tax and tip not included). [No vegetarian and celiac options, Can’t accommodate pregnant guests]

We have 4 seatings as follows:
5.00pm - 6.00pm
6.30pm - 7.30pm
8.00pm - 9.00pm
9.30pm - 10.30pm

Private party and at-home omakase are available, all inquiries can be made via 917-821-5598 or @sushionmenyc. 50% deposit is required as booking confirmation.

Cancellation/modification less than 24hours will result in a charge of $50/person (under all circumstances including COVID). Please make sure you can come before booking. Late arrival may not get the full experience. Inquiries can be made via IG @sushionmenyc or phone 917-821-5598.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Such a fun time and great food! Recommend, especially for a special occasion.
A photo of Baraki restaurant
4.8 (46)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
You’ll want to put this stylish Queens addition in your personal hit list. The ambiance gives a Manhattan cool vibe with unique greek small plates & signature cocktails. The bar’s still the best place to be, whether you’re in a pair or dining solo. Catch our live Dj & celebrate date night, friends night out, & even brunch in our garden. This is everything anyone could want from a New York hot spot right in the heart of Queens.

Top review
Dined on 12 Apr 2024
We came for an early lunch during the week, so it was pretty quiet at Baraki. We ordered from both the brunch and regular menus. The food was excellent, and the bartender/waitress was lovely. We will definitely be back.
A photo of Lady Mendls restaurant
4.9 (1051)
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
Union Square
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE: Our afternoon tea prix fixe will increase to $89 per person beginning May 1, 2024.

Our prix fixe tea service offered Wednesday through Sunday.

Lady Mendl's is an unconventionally chic tea salon housed within a Georgian brownstone in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. An opulent five-course tea is served in an eclectic and whimsical parlor by a doting staff. Patrons sip tea from hand culled vintage Wedgwood teacups as they nibble dainty finger sandwiches and house baked scones.


Please note that our entrance is only accessible via a staircase of 10 steps. We do not have an elevator.

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
We had a fun birthday celebration at Lady Mandl's. Will be fun to go back with friends and other occasions.
A photo of The Champagne & Caviar Bar at RH Guesthouse restaurant
4.9 (40)
$50 and over
Meatpacking District
About the restaurant
The Champagne & Caviar Bar recalls the distinctive glamour of a vintage jewel box, presenting a carefully curated selection of the finest Champagnes, Petrossian Caviar and a menu of classic dishes in which caviar is the star. The space features a progression of hand-blown chandeliers, geometric floors of Italian marble, and an ornate coffered ceiling, punctuated by camel mohair velvet seating for an intimate, immersive experience.

For group dining inquiries, please email: GHNYDR@rh.com

Top review
Dined on 29 Mar 2024
Wonderful find among a shallow sea of NYC champagne bars. Took a friend there for pre-Bday dinner drinks and made the first reservation of the evening so we could take photos without bothering others and to have some quiet. We had the place to ourselves and didn't notice as others trickled in. The service was welcoming and generous and the server was happy to help me choose the correct amounts for our trio. The decor is champagne dreams. The light is flattering. If you want to treat yourself or others, this is the place. I plan to incorporate this into my rotation of celebratory drinks bars. Worth the price and it's a great place not to be seen. Very discreet.
A photo of The River Cafe restaurant
4.8 (8907)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
The River Café is one of New York and America’s most unique locations. Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge with sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, this elegant restaurant has, since 1977, been a favorite destination for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world who demand the highest level of cuisine. Renowned for its exquisite setting, beautiful decor and seamless service The River Café serves a wonderful classic New American menu using only the finest, freshest and often rare ingredients. With an award winning and outstanding wine list, romantic piano music nightly, breathtaking floral arrangements, the River Café is more than simply dining, it is often a magical experience. Whether you are coming for dinner or a private party, be sure to leave some time to enjoy The River Café’s spectacular garden.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
A table near had many little children and it was quite noisy. Also my fish was very dry We had been there many times over the years
A photo of Divya's Kitchen restaurant
4.5 (960)
$30 and under
Vegetarian / Vegan
East Village
About the restaurant
We present organic vegetarian and vegan fare rooted in the Ayurvedic tradition that meets us where we are today. Cuisines served range from Italian, Indian, Mediterranean and Asian, using Ayurvedic culinary principles to combine the right ingredients to support balance and enjoyment, through familiar yet unexpected dishes. 

Some of our most popular dishes include our Lasagna (both a vegetarian and vegan option), Vegetable Curry in Cashew Sauce, Carrot Risotto, Beet Hummus, Soothing Mung Soup, Avocado Toast (on homemade gluten free toast), and more. We also serve a unique Brunch menu with items like Sweet Waffles, Savory Waffles, and Vegetable Pancakes. Our beverages are all homemade everyday like our fresh limeades, shakes, teas and more. Please note we do not serve alcohol.

We are currently serving outdoor/patio dining only during this time for lunch, brunch, and dinner. We look forward to serving you!

Top review
Dined on 28 Mar 2024
Fantastic service, delicious food, and really relaxing atmosphere. Great place to enjoy some good veg entrees and specialty teas!
A photo of Mike's Bistro - UES restaurant
4.9 (625)
$50 and over
Midtown East
About the restaurant
"Mike's Bistro combines an elegant menu with a relaxed, spacious atmosphere in a convenient Midtown East location. Chef Michael Gershkovich creates and executes a contemporary, internationally inspired, Glatt Kosher (OU) gourmet menu with seasonally-inspired nuances."
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Chef Mike’s worldview, aesthetic, palette, and culinary skills harmonize to achieve a consistently superior gastronomic experience: YUM! Diner’s with special food requests & restrictions are graciously accommodated. The front of house staff are well trained, so the service is balanced as friendly while impeccably professional. Whenever I visit NYC, I make a reservation to eat a delicious meal, in a convivial setting (fully renovated January 2024) at Mike’s Bistro.
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