New York City’s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

The OpenTable team

Seasons change, trends come and go, but these restaurants have withstood the test of time—and have become integral parts of the New York City dining scene. Here are NYC’s OpenTable Classics: the places that continue to excel after 10+ years. There’s a reason they’re still around: they keep giving us a reason to come back.

Restaurants:The Modern, Nougatine at Jean Georges, Cookshop
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, French, American
Neighborhoods:New York, Midtown West, Chelsea
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The Modern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
4,791 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
Museum dining can get a bad rap. Not at The Modern, one of Danny Meyer’s first restaurants in New York City and a testament to his vision of elegant-yet-approachable fine dining. DRead more
95% recommended
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Nougatine at Jean Georges

$$$$·French·
Midtown West
6,517 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Lunch
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is one of New York City’s most influential chefs, and his restaurants near Columbus Circle—the eponymous Jean Georges, and its sister, Nougatine—are a perRead more
90% recommended
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Cookshop

$$$$·American·
Chelsea
5,737 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
For over ten years, Cookshop has been serving its Greenmarket-driven, Italian-influenced cooking to neighborhood regulars, hip, young party-goers, and everyone in between. It’s glaRead more
94% recommended

Raoul's

$$$$·Contemporary French·
SoHo
1,838 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romance
There are few places as fun to dine in as Raoul’s, where locals cram into white-tableclothed tables and dine on steak tartare, frisee salads, roast chicken, and steak au poivre. HeRead more
95% recommended
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Keen's Steakhouse

$$$$·Steak·
Midtown West
8,946 reviews
For a true steakhouse experience, head to Keens, one of the most glorious places in the city to eat meat, drink martinis, and be merry. The restaurant is a picture-perfect version Read more
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Quality Meats

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Midtown West
7,981 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
It’s hard to believe that Quality Meats is over twelve years old; the place still feels hip and modern, with a bustle and buzz usually reserved for newer hot spots. The menu is devRead more
89% recommended

Gotham Bar and Grill

$$$$·Contemporary American·
New York
9,385 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
Gotham Bar and Grill is a quintessential New York restaurant, a place with a devoted local clientele, an elegant-yet-laid-back vibe, and consistently high-quality food. This is AmeRead more
95% recommended
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Casa Lever

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown East
1,440 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
For a Midtown power lunch or dinner, head to Casa Lever, an Italian restaurant in the architectural landmark Lever House. Andy Warhol originals line the wood-paneled walls, and MadRead more
85% recommended

Mercer Kitchen

$$$$·American·
SoHo
5,603 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Special Occasions
Mercer Kitchen, a SoHo restaurant from the Jean-Georges Vongerichten group, is a lovely spot for lunch or dinner in SoHo. The Greenmarket-focused menu has something for everyone, aRead more

Buddakan NY

$$$$·Chinese·
Meatpacking District
13,495 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Birthdays
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—somewhat shockingRead more
90% recommended
Chinese in New York / Tri-State Area