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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in New York City

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Mel's restaurant
4.7
4.7 (7)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Chelsea
About the restaurant
Mel’s is a pizza restaurant run by Michelin-decorated Chef Melissa Rodriguez. The centerpiece of the menu is a wood-oven pizza, designed to be a cross between a Neapolitan pie and a New York slice; with a chewy, bready crust and enough structural integrity to be eaten slice in hand. The restaurant has no gas cooktops; everything is cooked over an open fire. Mel's boasts access to the deep wine cellar at Al Coro next door, so you can drink Barolo with your margherita–the most elegant combination in all of Italian cooking.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 8 Nov 2023
Perfect pizza, great atmosphere, gelato game on another planet entirely.
A photo of Shiso restaurant
4.7
4.7 (31)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
East Village
About the restaurant
French Japanese Tasting menu based restaurant starting at $100. With Omakase available at the bar.
Top review
MyraG
Dined on 17 Jan 2024
Service was excellent and very knowledgeable of the different types of Sushi available.
A photo of Refinery Rooftop restaurant
4.6
4.6 (623)
$30 and under
American
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Refinery Rooftop is the crowning jewel of Refinery Hotel named Americas #1 Rooftop Bar & Hotel Bar for 3 consecutive years by USA Today. With awe-inspiring views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan Skyline, Refinery Rooftop is one of NoMads most dynamic spaces. By day, the fashion set come for chef Jeff Haskell’s full lunch menu—ordering Seared Yellowfin Tuna, Grilled Hanger Steak Flatbread and the Little Gem Caesar Salad. At night, a lively crowd gathers for our signature cocktail list—developed by In Good Company Hospitality mixologists with a focus on natural ingredients paired in refreshing combinations. The industrial chic design features re-purposed water tower wood, vaulted brick walls and archways, terra cotta tiles, fairy lights, and a retractable glass roof atrium as well as a water fountain and fireplace. Refinery Rooftop is an all-season venue open 7 days a week serving lunch, brunch, evening small bites and open for late night cocktails.
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Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Food was fresh and delicious. Great atmosphere. Go outside to corner of patio for amazing view of Empire Stare Building.
A photo of Veronika restaurant
4.6
4.6 (37)
$50 and over
Global, International
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant
Tucked away on the second floor of Fotografiska New York, Veronika is a place that fosters late-night conversations, moments over a shared meal, and the chance to meet new friends and colleagues within a warm and welcoming environment. The Roman and Williams designed space offers two distinct experiences: Bar Veronika and the Restaurant. Velvet furniture, high ceilings and ornate chandeliers are accented by burning candles, greenery, and a rotating photography installation in connection with Fotografiska.
Top review
ElizabethH
Dined 5 days ago
The scallops melt in your mouth literally, the Arugula salad too?!
A photo of Savvy Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (143)
$30 and under
Bistro
Crown Heights
About the restaurant
At Savvy, our mission is to provide our patrons with a hybrid of savory Caribbean Cuisine and an enthralling ambience. Located in Crown Heights where there is a diverse array of cultures and ongoing gentrification, Savvy intends to augment the area’s culinary interest with authentic Caribbean fusion cuisines- flavorful, vibrant, colorful, textured, and healthy- in an urbane and family-friendly atmosphere.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We were so late but the host was so nice holding our table I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! Julian is the best waiter EVER! He made us so comfortable and was goofy and fun we would definitely come back we gonna make this place a regular because of him!
A photo of Milestone - Georgetown restaurant
4.5
4.5 (147)
$30 and under
American
Wilton
About the restaurant
A Classic Neighborhood "Joint" featuring simply prepared, boldly flavored comfort food made from scratch, classic cocktails and music all served up in a uniquely warm and casual atmosphere.
Top review
BillieH
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Burgers are a must at milestone! They have great music at night too. Nice pub in a great neighborhood too.
A photo of KŌ Omakase restaurant
4.4
4.4 (30)
$50 and over
Sushi
East Village
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
NatA
Dined on 7 Feb 2024
Incredibly good sushi - lovely dining room. Already craving for more. It doesn’t say anywhere on their website that they don’t have a liquor license. It’s a pity but luckily there’s a sake wine shop right around the corner.
A photo of Bahama Breeze - Woodbridge - Woodbridge Center restaurant
4.3
4.3 (924)
$30 and under
Caribbean
Woodbridge
About the restaurant
Bahama Breeze Island Grille offers a To Go menu with easy online ordering. Take home a taste of the islands today. Bahama Breeze offers all your favorites: burgers, salads, seafood, chicken-all with our island flair. From jicama or plantains to jerk chicken pasta, you can enjoy the islands one taste at a time, discovering new flavors along the way. If our Latin and Caribbean-inspired recipes sound delicious but you're not sure you're ready to explore, ask us about the ingredients or preparation. We're always happy to share our knowledge of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 10 Feb 2024
Delicious food, great service and reasonable prices!
A photo of Silver Lining Lounge restaurant
4.3
4.3 (75)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
NoLita
About the restaurant
Silver Lining is an intimate, dreamlike live music and piano lounge inside the Moxy Lower East Side hotel on the Bowery. Guests can expect a lively atmosphere and a vibrant crowd. This hotspot ushers in a new era of sophisticated nights out with live performances by a diverse group of local musicians, curated by The Flower Shop co-founders. Silver Lining offers an array of Japanese-inspired cuisine with small bites and table-side caviar service that pairs well with the eclectic menu of specialty cocktails that pay homage to cultural moments, movies, and music.
Top review
EmilioP
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
Loved the atmosphere, drinks, food and service were really good !!
A photo of Tablao Wine Bar & Restaurant - Norwalk restaurant
4.2
4.2 (233)
$30 and under
Traditional Spanish
Norwalk
About the restaurant
Welcome! TO TABLAOSONO

Food, Drink, Music, Social.

We at Tablao would Love to Welcome All of you as our guests. Traditional tapas with a edge, surrounded by an up beat, entertaining atmosphere.

Please call us for large parties (7+) for reservations on Fridays and Saturdays.

http://www.tablaosono.com/about/

Top review
MaryR
Dined on 21 Dec 2023
Food was delicious - tapas to dessert and coffee. Atmosphere charming, and service great
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