New York is possibly the best place in the world to go looking for fine dining opportunities. It is such a sophisticated metropolis that it’s impossible to not find anything you like in the ever-expanding roster of New York City restaurants. It doesn’t matter if you’re into haute fusion dining, classic, all-American dishes or modern decors as a backdrop to your meal. New York City has got it all, when it comes to restaurants and we’ve got a selection of la crème de la crème.
1. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
We kick off the list of best New York City restaurants with the Four Seasons hotel dining bar, located at 57 E. 57th Street. Dinner for two will have you spending about $210, but it will definitely be well worth your buck. You can enjoy such sophisticated dishes as cauliflower puree, lobster gelee or sea urchin nuggets. The tuna sashimi is also to die for, and the house special is… gulp… house-cured pastrami wrapped in curls of foie gras. The franchise also operates in Paris and Tokyo and is partly the love child of executive chef Yosuke Suga.
Craft, the second name on our top New York City restaurants list, is located on 43 East 19th Street and it was opened by restaurateur extraordinaire Tom Colicchio. Dinner for two will typically have you taking out $150 from your pocket. Favorite courses here include fresh sturgeon from the Columbia River, roasted baby lamb and some of the most yummy side dishes you can have in the Big Apple – such as chanterelle-and-sorrel risotto.
Where else could this item on our list of great New York City restaurants be located, other than the city’s famous Museum of Modern Art? With dinner for two coming it at only $164, this place is approachably priced and a true sight for sore eyes for all you modern art lovers out there. The place is run by Danny Meyer, and he sure does know how to run a tight, yet relaxed dining ‘ship’. Don’t expect run-of-the-mill courses with those low price tags. You can enjoy truffled pheasant velouté, pink grapefruit-braised hamachi and a wonderful $38 lobster salad.
Yes, that exotic name will bring you to one of the most scrumptious exotic menus featured on our list of New York City restaurants. This casual, yet delicious dining bar on 163 First Avenue is run by former Craft-chef David Chang, of Korean-American Descent. Dinner for two costs an average of $65 and you’ll be more than happy to pay for a dinner at the place that basically launched the Manhattan bar dining craze. If you get past the queue, you’ll enjoy barbecued-Berkshire-pork-filled Chinese buns, oysters braised in kimchee and ramen noodles that are simply divine.
5. Room 4 Dessert
For exquisite, Asian-tinged deserts, there is no better name among New York City restaurants that the 17 Cleveland Place Room 4 Dessert. Dessert for two costs a mere $25 and it’s well worth it, when you know you’re going to enjoy one of the near-perfect creations of pâtissier supreme Will Goldfarb. What to expect? A dessert simply called “red”, made out of beet sorbet, meringue and hibiscus gelatin, for instance. Also, plenty of hipsters, an outlandishly charming décor and a wisecracking restaurateur that will give you a run for your money.
If you’re not that much into exotic, Asian or fusion cuisine, why not try one of the awesome New York City restaurants with an all Italian menu? Falai, run by Iacopo Falai, the former pastry chef at Le Cirque, will give you the time of your life where Italian food is concerned, all for no more than $90 – dinner for two. The menu abounds in deliciously-looking and sounding items, such as ultra light ricotta-and-spinach gnudi, a ‘deconstructed’ tiramisu or, alternatively, superb raspberry jam bomboloni at the Falai Pannetteria.
Yes, the name will tip you off right – this is one of New York City’s best restaurants… if you’re feeling adventurous and are up for a taste of experimental cuisine. It’s located at 50 Clinton Street and run in style and culinary grace by Wylie Dufresne. Your experiment is bound to be rather reasonably, with dinner for two coming in at just $105. If you’re not exactly sure what experimental dining is all about, fear not. You won’t be eating anything out of a test tube. Instead, think lamb chops with a side of banana consommé topped with dehydrated olives, or a pine nut and smoked octopus cassoulet.
Japanese cuisine is all the rage in Manhattan and with so many choices around, it may be hard to determine which the top Japanese eating hall is. Make no mistake, it’s the 88 10th Avenue-located Morimoto, lavishly designed in white, canvas, concrete and shimmering bottles by architect Tadao Ando. Chef Masaharu Morimoto is also a name to look out for, as he will tickle your taste buds with superb ginger and shiso bud seasoned lamb carpaccio, panko-covered fried bread with curried beef inside and o-toro sashimi. Also, this place has got the most awe-inspiring robotized toilets you will ever set foot in. And that’s a promise!
For a true fusion experience, do make sure to try out the best of the best amongst such New York City Restaurants: Bouley, located at 130 West Broadway. Dinner for two is roughly $90, and you can sample such a wide array of cuisines, you’re likely to come out dizzy, but dazzled. It’s Tokyo-meets-Paris-via-Barcelona. Tofu in truffled dashi, a smoked duck, eggplant and bitter microgreen salad, crab and asparagus in lemon and parsley sauce. David Bouley can pull everything off wonderfully and also make it seem easy.
If you decide that you want to go all-out Spanish in NYC, there is no better place to indulge your taste for tapas than this restaurant, located at 53 West 9th Street. Dinner for two costs about $90, and you’ll be getting much more than finger food. Chef Seamus Mullen will provide you incredible starters such as bacon-wrapped dates with Cabrales, move you onward to media raciones, such as wild-boar terrine with candied almonds, to dishes fit for two, which include black rice studded with rabbit and cuttlefish. To boot, the place features a picture-perfect décor, completed in homage of Barcelona’s most famous food market by the same name.