Where Chefs Eat in New York City

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Restaurants:Kyo Ya, Loring Place, Upland
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Japanese, American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:East Village, Greenwich Village, Gramercy / Flatiron

Kyo Ya

$$$$·Japanese·
East Village
85 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for a Date
“A place I have been coming to for years to sit at the counter where chef Sono-san prepares Kaiseki-style cuisine.” – Fredrik Berselius
94% recommended
Best Service in New York / Tri-State Area
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Loring Place

$$$$·American·
Greenwich Village
174 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“A vibrant, vegetable-driven menu.” – Dan Barber
95% recommended
American in Manhattan
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,580 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
“Chicken liver pasta – so unique and out of this world.” – Daniel Serfer
90% recommended
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Daniel

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
5,980 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romance
“Daniel was the first place I ever had a dish and wine together where something happened – it was an 'aha' moment for me. It was a sardine dish and Gewurtztraminer. Every time I haRead more
94% recommended
French in Manhattan
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Aquavit

$$$$·Scandinavian·
Midtown East
1,999 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
“Emma Bengtsson makes fun, perfectly balanced and executed food.” – Anita Lo
100% recommended
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Mission Chinese Food

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
5 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
“Fireworks in the mouth is an understatement. Masters of balanced flavors and bold ideas, executed brilliantly.” – Lee Tiernan
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La Grenouille

$$$$·French·
Midtown East
3,309 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
“For a fancy gentleman's lunch I love Le Grenouille.” – Larry McGuire
90% recommended
Best Ambience in Manhattan
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Murray's Cheese Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Village
970 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
“I buy cheese for the restaurant here every week, but they also make good sandwiches, including the best bacon, egg and cheese. They use Nuesky's bacon which is my favorite.” – AniRead more
88% recommended
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Kosaka

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
243 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
  • Tasting Menu
“I generally don't go back to too many places because its my job to know all the new places in town, but Ive been back a few times to Kosaka for their superior sushi.” – Anita Lo
96% recommended
Japanese in Manhattan
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Hakkasan - New York

$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown West
3,478 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“I like their dim sum, ambience and drinks.” – April Robinson
Chinese in New York / Tri-State Area
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Sarabeth's Central Park South

$$$$·American·
Midtown West
4,415 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
“Incredible Eggs Benedict and a view over Central Park.” – Juan Gaffuri
84% recommended
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High Street on Hudson

$$$$·American·
West Village
482 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“It's a restaurant and bakery in the same location. Super nice bread, great al a carte breakfast menu, minimalistic decor, and just around the corner from where we live.” – Claus MRead more
93% recommended
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ASKA

$$$$·Nordic·
Williamsburg
1 review
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Quiet Conversation
“It's different from all of the other fine dining places in New York. The menu is very interesting, very inspiring, and has a clear vision. There are a lot of layers to the space tRead more
100% recommended
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Atera

$$$$·Contemporary American·
TriBeCa - Downtown
821 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
“Love the discreet entrance, great staff, and they have their own underground gardens beneath the restaurant. Ask for the small private room.” – Sharon Bennett
99% recommended
Contemporary American in New York / Tri-State Area
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Gramercy Tavern

$$$$·American·
New York
8,508 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
“My favorite thing is wine and cheese at the bar. But this institution is also great for its casual tavern menu and special occasion dining room.” – Missy Robbins
93% recommended
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
2,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
“Nix makes vegetarian delicious.” – Dan Barber
90% recommended
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,935 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
“One of the most innovative restaurants in NYC – Daniela Soto-Innes's cooking is inspired, yet it still retains a strong connection to traditional Mexican flavors and technique.” –Read more
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,925 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
“The best new restaurant in America, period.” – Joshua McFadden
93% recommended
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Bâtard

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,440 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“The food is prepared with precise technique and creative flare. I've been twice now and I am always impressed with their attention to every detail. From the hosts, bar staff, to tRead more
89% recommended
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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
600 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Late-night Find
  • Good for a Date
“The only place I know where you can get a full menu up to 4.00 a.m.” – Daniel Humm
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan
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Chop Shop

$$$$·Asian·
Chelsea
335 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
“They have super quick service and solid flavors and consistency, with a couple of very nice signature dishes.”—Claus Meyer
100% recommended
Asian in New York / Tri-State Area
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Café Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
6,178 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“They take the same care to cook breakfast as they do for lunch and dinner – delicious food with amazing ingredients.” – Daniel Humm
88% recommended
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Maison Premiere

$$$$·Seafood·
Williamsburg
525 reviews
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
“Time trip to the 1920s, with perfect shellfish and other comforting luxuries like lobster rolls. Also superb mocktails.” – Sami Tallberg
94% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
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JUNGSIK

$$$$·Korean·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,418 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
“Very high end, highly original Korean food.” – Thomasina Miers
95% recommended
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,972 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
“You could turn up at this restaurant almost any time of the day or night and be sure that something on the menu would suit your mood and tastes. You could also just sit there for Read more
91% recommended
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Red Rooster Harlem

$$$$·Southern·
Harlem
7,421 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fun
Recommended by Chef Carlos Perez from El Blok
90% recommended
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Melba's

$$$$·American·
Harlem
191 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for Birthdays
Recommended by Chef Joseph Johnson from Minton's
95% recommended
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Peasant

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
2,441 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
93% recommended
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Porteno Restaurant

$$$$·Argentinean·
Chelsea
461 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Cosy
  • Authentic
Recommended by Chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen
93% recommended
Best Overall in Manhattan
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Momofuku Nishi

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Chelsea
848 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
90% recommended
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Momofuku Ko - Table Seating

$$$$·American·
East Village
72 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Gabriel Rucker from Le Pigeon
100% recommended
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,632 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
Recommended by Chef Paul Liebrandt
91% recommended
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
22 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Comfort Food
Recommended by Chef Jason Atherton from Pollen Street Social
100% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Babu Ji

$$$$·Indian·
Gramercy / Flatiron
28 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Bar Seating
Recommended by Chef Raul Correa from Zest
86% recommended
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,747 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
Recommended by Chef Jesse Schenker from The Gander
91% recommended
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Trattoria Bianca

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
821 reviews
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana
87% recommended
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Vic's

$$$$·Italian·
NoHo
1,050 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Sean Gray from Momofuku Ko
93% recommended
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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,285 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
83% recommended
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Hakata Tonton

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
485 reviews
  • Casual
  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
Recommended by Chef Edward Lee from 610 Magnolia
90% recommended
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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
1,010 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
85% recommended
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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La Esquina

$$$$·Mexican·
NoLita
1,265 reviews
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin
85% recommended
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El Quinto Pino

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
588 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
93% recommended
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Casa Mono

$$$$·Spanish·
Union Square
1,597 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Grae Nonas from Carpenters Hall
84% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
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Delmonico's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Financial District
4,625 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef Eunmi Choi from Gotgan
91% recommended
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