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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
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Kyo Ya

$$$$·Japanese·
East Village
75 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
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Loring Place

$$$$·American·
Greenwich Village
146 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
“A vibrant, vegetable-driven menu.” – Dan Barber
94% recommended
American in Manhattan
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,572 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
“Chicken liver pasta – so unique and out of this world.” – Daniel Serfer
88% recommended
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Daniel

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
5,754 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

Aquavit

$$$$·Scandinavian·
Midtown East
1,983 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
“Emma Bengtsson makes fun, perfectly balanced and executed food.” – Anita Lo
91% recommended

Mission Chinese Food

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
5 reviews
“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
3,161 reviews
  • Romance
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
“For a fancy gentleman's lunch I love Le Grenouille.” – Larry McGuire
91% recommended
Best Ambience in Manhattan
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Murray's Cheese Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Village
931 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Cosy
“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
84% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan

Kosaka

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
217 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
“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
100% recommended
Japanese in Manhattan

Hakkasan - New York

$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown West
3,304 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
“I like their dim sum, ambience and drinks.” – April Robinson
Chinese in New York / Tri-State Area

Sarabeth's Central Park South

$$$$·American·
Midtown West
4,243 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Sunday Lunch
“Incredible Eggs Benedict and a view over Central Park.” – Juan Gaffuri
85% recommended
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High Street on Hudson

$$$$·American·
West Village
461 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
97% 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
762 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
“Love the discreet entrance, great staff, and they have their own underground gardens beneath the restaurant. Ask for the small private room.” – Sharon Bennett
100% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area

Gramercy Tavern

$$$$·American·
New York
8,503 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
92% recommended
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
1,852 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
“Nix makes vegetarian delicious.” – Dan Barber
90% recommended
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,822 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

Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,905 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
“The best new restaurant in America, period.” – Joshua McFadden
92% recommended
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Bâtard

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,322 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • 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
86% recommended

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
552 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Fit for Foodies
“The only place I know where you can get a full menu up to 4.00 a.m.” – Daniel Humm
94% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan

Chop Shop

$$$$·Asian·
Chelsea
316 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
“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

Café Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
5,992 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • 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

Maison Premiere

$$$$·Seafood·
Williamsburg
470 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Romance
“Time trip to the 1920s, with perfect shellfish and other comforting luxuries like lobster rolls. Also superb mocktails.” – Sami Tallberg
85% recommended
Best Ambience in Brooklyn

JUNGSIK

$$$$·Korean·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,362 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
“Very high end, highly original Korean food.” – Thomasina Miers
97% recommended
Korean in New York / Tri-State Area

Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,373 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
“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
90% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
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Red Rooster Harlem

$$$$·Southern·
Harlem
7,130 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fun
Recommended by Chef Carlos Perez from El Blok
90% recommended

Melba's

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

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
2,363 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
96% recommended

Porteno Restaurant

$$$$·Argentinean·
Chelsea
433 reviews
  • Cosy
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen
94% recommended

Momofuku Nishi

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Chelsea
847 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
100% recommended
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Momofuku Ko - Table Seating

$$$$·American·
East Village
69 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Recommended by Chef Gabriel Rucker from Le Pigeon
100% recommended
Best Service in New York / Tri-State Area
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,530 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Recommended by Chef Paul Liebrandt
95% recommended
French in Manhattan
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
15 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
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
27 reviews
Recommended by Chef Raul Correa from Zest
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,594 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef Jesse Schenker from The Gander
92% recommended
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Trattoria Bianca

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
738 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
Recommended by Chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana
85% recommended

Vic's

$$$$·Italian·
NoHo
1,021 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
Recommended by Chef Sean Gray from Momofuku Ko
96% recommended
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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,224 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Hot Spot
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
83% recommended
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Hakata Tonton

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
485 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Authentic
Recommended by Chef Edward Lee from 610 Magnolia
89% recommended
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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
926 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
84% recommended
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area

La Esquina

$$$$·Mexican·
NoLita
1,181 reviews
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin
82% recommended
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El Quinto Pino

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
547 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
98% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area

Casa Mono

$$$$·Spanish·
Union Square
1,562 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Grae Nonas from Carpenters Hall
86% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
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Delmonico's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Financial District
4,449 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Eunmi Choi from Gotgan
92% recommended