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The Best Bars for Foodies in New York

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated 15 December 2023

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps, and for good reason: there's always something going on. The city is home to some of the most unique nightlife in the world, and the best bars in NYC range from local dives to high-end restaurants, to everything in between. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to our Tastemaker List. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to rooftop views, classic hotel spots to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your friends and family and score a spot; we wish we could join you.

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4.5
4.5 (1340)
$50 and over
American
Financial District
About the restaurant
Curated by Tom Colicchio and located in the landmark Beekman Hotel, Temple Court makes our list of the best bars in NYC because of its sensational design and its unparalleled commitment to unique offerings with both its food and its spirits. In addition to beer and wine, Temple Court offers a variety of ciders and spirits.
Top review
DrPurr
Dined 6 days ago
We were there celebrating our 5 year anniversary. The staff was just amazing and so sweet. They gave us a glass of wine and the food and bottle we were ordered were just phenomenal. I cannot say enough about this place. The place was beautiful and the food and staff top notch!
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4.3
4.3 (7)
$50 and over
Contemporary Mexican
SoHo
About the restaurant
Our perspective is coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the restaurant’s description:
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 17 Sept 2023
Service was wonderful and food was delish! The vibes were very Instagram worthy and the drinks were practically perfect. Loved the espressado martini and the guacamole.
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4.8
4.8 (1330)
$50 and over
French
Lower East Side
About the restaurant
Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick have curated this restaurant, located in the legendary Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side, and created a one-of-a-kind dining experience for locals and tourists alike. Within the Dirty French lies the Lobby Bar, curated by Thomas Waugh, famous for his work with the Major Food Group.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on 11 Apr 2024
Excellent Food is very very tasty Service superb Great experience
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4.6
4.6 (2488)
$31 to $50
Italian
TriBeCa
About the restaurant
This TriBeCa hotspot offers modern Italian cuisine and a matching modern Italian wine list. It's one of the pricier bars on this list, however, and getting a reservation is extremely difficult. However, if you're lucky enough to get in here, it's well worth the money spent.
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GemNYvip
Dined on 21 Mar 2024
Godfrey made out dining experience wonderful! The classic roasted chicken is still the best option in the menu! Thank you!
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4.8
4.8 (349)
$50 and over
Japanese
Midtown East
About the restaurant
For a different type of Upper East Side bar, check out The Lobster Club, which is located on East 53rd Street. Offering high-end Japanese fare, including sushi and teppanyaki dishes, The Lobster Club offers a wide selection of sake, Japanese beer, and light wines to complement the Asian fare.
Top review
Rep25
Dined on 23 Mar 2024
Love the mid-century vibe and ambiance. The lobster dumplings are wonderful as is the chef’s choice sashimi, flown in daily from Tokyo.
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4.8
4.8 (2887)
$31 to $50
Italian
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Unlike many Italian restaurants that specialize in pan-Italian fare suited for the American palate, Masseria dei Vini near Columbus Circle boasts strictly Puglian fare and exclusive Italian wines suited for a more refined palate.
Top review
Annievip
Dined 3 days ago
My husband and I shared the fried calamari and shrimp which was light and tasty. We also shared a salad from the specials of the day with beets and goat cheese- also very tasty. I ordered the penne alla Masseria which I loved, very tasty with the bacon and smoked mozzarella. My husband also loved his pasta dish, orecchiette w broccoli rabe. We had to take home half the pasta dishes - note, only one appetizer!!
A photo of Boucherie - Union Square restaurant
4.4
4.4 (2419)
$31 to $50
French
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of the West Village, Boucherie prides itself on having patrons experience authentic French culture and cuisine. As a result, the bar features absinthe and various mixed drinks with absinthe as the main ingredient. If you're looking for one of the best bars in NYC for absinthe, you've come to the right place.
Top review
weggvip
Dined 4 days ago
Love Boucherie. Vibrant interior, excellent service, and delicious French onion soup and Niçoise salad.
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$50 and over
English
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant
Centrally located near Madison Square Park and the Flatiron Building, The Clocktower is curated by master Chef Jason Atherton and located in the New York EDITION building. In addition to offering cleverly-named signature drinks (The French Connection and All Along The Clocktower, to wit), it boasts a wine list that is more than 30 pages long!
Top review
KevinK
Dined on 26 May 2023
The service and food were amazing. Everything was on-point from the moment we arrived to when we left. The beef Wellington and salmon stake were perfect. The only suggest I have is to turn down the music a tad as I couldn't hear half of what my wife was saying. Otherwise, the ambiance and decor were great as well. The bread served at the beginning of the meal was so flavorful and delicious.
A photo of Upland restaurant
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant
This is perhaps the only bar on this list that's based in New York City but prides itself on its California influences. Changing its menu with the seasons, Upland is located near Madison Square Park and boasts a robust wine and spirits list alongside its full bar.
Top review
SusanF
Dined on 16 Nov 2019
We totally enjoyed our dinner at Upland. The entire evening was perfect. The food was outstanding. My husband never likes the menu when we go out and he loved everything we ordered. We shared a salad, pizza, pasta and chicken. Our waiter, Sam, was fabulous and the manger, Jennifer, came over and she was delightful. thank you for a wonderful evening. Susan & Alan Fishman
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