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The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in New York City

The OpenTable team

Where’s the best Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, or Indian food in town? Where’s the best steak, the best pizza, the best plate of oysters? We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among New York City’s most expert, seasoned diners, broken down by each type of cuisine.

Restaurants:Maialino, Gramercy Tavern, Le Coucou
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, American, French
Neighborhoods:New York, Gramercy / Flatiron, SoHo
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New York
4,274 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
ITALIAN: New York City has no shortage of excellent Italian restaurants, but Maialino—Danny Meyer’s Roman trattoria in the Gramercy Park Hotel—consistently shines as one of the briRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Exclusive
35 people mentioned the Olive Oil Cake
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Gramercy Tavern

Gramercy / Flatiron
8,300 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
AMERICAN: Gramercy Tavern is the crown jewel of the Danny Meyer restaurant empire, and it’s not hard to see why; walking into the restaurant feels like stepping into a painting. HeRead more
95% recommended
American in Manhattan
82 people mentioned the Manhattan

Le Coucou

2,572 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
FRENCH: In a city known for its fine dining, Le Coucou is one of the most exciting new additions to the white-tablecloth scene; chef Daniel Rose marries classic French cuisine withRead more
92% recommended
39 people mentioned the Dover Sole
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Milos - 55th Street NY

Midtown West
5,326 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
SEAFOOD: There are few things as glorious as a just-caught piece of seafood cooked thoughtfully and elegantly, and Estiatorio Milos takes that experience even farther: you can seleRead more
95% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
245 people mentioned the Fresh Fish


Midtown East
465 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
STEAKHOUSE: The Major Food Group, helmed by chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, has completely changed the restaurant landscape of New York, with restaurants like Carbone becominRead more
91% recommended
30 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Boulud Sud

Lincoln Square
5,596 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
MEDITERRANEAN: Chef Daniel Boulud has been wow-ing this city for decades with his classy, upscale French cooking, and Boulud Sud—which features the food of the Mediterranean—never Read more
95% recommended
Mediterranean in Manhattan
128 people mentioned the Chicken Tagine


$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,594 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
MEXICAN: When Enrique Olvera, the chef behind the world-renowned Mexico City restaurant Pujol, opened up a spot in New York, the expectations were high—and he delivered. Cosme, an Read more
98 people mentioned the Duck Carnitas
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Buddakan NY

Meatpacking District
12,589 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
CHINESE: While it may not be the most authentic or low-key Chinese restaurant in town, Buddakan certainly has its perks: it’s fun, it’s glizy, it’s sceney, and the food is—somewhatRead more
89% recommended
Chinese in New York / Tri-State Area
739 people mentioned the Dumplings

15 East Restaurant

Union Square
1,046 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
JAPANESE: 15 East is a gem of a restaurant, a place that feels rare and special and unique each time you eat there. You’re here for some of the best sushi in the city, prepared witRead more
81% recommended
Sushi in Manhattan
103 people mentioned the Omakase

La Vara

Cobble Hill
713 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
SPANISH: Down a cozy street in Cobble Hill is La Vara, a place that looks like a casual neighborhood spot but very well might be the best Spanish restaurant in New York City. AnythRead more
94% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
20 people mentioned the Paella


TriBeCa - Downtown
1,274 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
KOREAN: Half an island away from bustling Koreatown you’ll find Jungsik, a fine-dining restaurant in Tribeca serving elegant, refined, and modern version of Korean food. You’ll dinRead more
95% recommended
Korean in New York / Tri-State Area
28 people mentioned the Amuse Bouche

The Bombay Bread Bar

576 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fun
  • Good Vegetarian Options
INDIAN: Chef Floyd Cardoz has spent his career as one of the city’s most influential Indian chefs, beginning with his beloved restaurant Tabla. Now, he’s the man behind the Bombay Read more
7 people mentioned the Short Rib


Greenwich Village
1,647 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Vegan
  • Healthy
VEGETARIAN/VEGAN: While it’s not hard to find a vegetarian restaurant in New York these days, it is hard to find one with food just as good—as not better—as the omnivorous spots arRead more
88% recommended
39 people mentioned the Dumplings

Somtum Der

East Village
220 reviews
  • Spicy
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
THAI: “Somtum” is the Thai word for green-papaya salad, and you’ll find eight exemplary versions of it at Somtum Der, a cozy neighborhood spot in the East Village. Come here for thRead more
86% recommended
Thai in New York / Tri-State Area
22 people mentioned the Papaya Salad

Llama Inn

118 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Neighborhood Gem
PERUVIAN: There’s no restaurant in New York quite like Llama Inn: the glass-walled structure feels like it should exist anywhere but this area of Williamsburg, and the food—which iRead more
91% recommended
7 people mentioned the Anticuchos
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