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
85 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“A place I have been coming to for years to sit at the counter where chef Sono-san prepares Kaiseki-style cuisine.” – Fredrik Berselius
100% recommended
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Loring Place

$$$$·American·
Greenwich Village
174 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Healthy
“A vibrant, vegetable-driven menu.” – Dan Barber
93% recommended
American in Manhattan
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Upland

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,580 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Special Occasions
“Chicken liver pasta – so unique and out of this world.” – Daniel Serfer
92% recommended
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Daniel

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
5,979 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
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in Manhattan
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Aquavit

$$$$·Scandinavian·
Midtown East
1,999 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Business Meals
  • Good for a Date
“Emma Bengtsson makes fun, perfectly balanced and executed food.” – Anita Lo
100% recommended
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Mission Chinese Food

$$$$·Chinese·
Chinatown
5 reviews
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Creative Cuisine
“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
3,308 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
“For a fancy gentleman's lunch I love Le Grenouille.” – Larry McGuire
91% recommended
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Murray's Cheese Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Village
970 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
“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
89% recommended
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Kosaka

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
243 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
“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
88% recommended
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Hakkasan - New York

$$$$·Chinese·
Midtown West
3,478 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
“I like their dim sum, ambience and drinks.” – April Robinson
Chinese in New York / Tri-State Area
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Sarabeth's Central Park South

$$$$·American·
Midtown West
4,415 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
“Incredible Eggs Benedict and a view over Central Park.” – Juan Gaffuri
86% recommended
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High Street on Hudson

$$$$·American·
West Village
482 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Group Bookings
“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
92% 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
821 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
“Love the discreet entrance, great staff, and they have their own underground gardens beneath the restaurant. Ask for the small private room.” – Sharon Bennett
97% recommended
Best Overall in New York / Tri-State Area
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Gramercy Tavern

$$$$·American·
New York
8,508 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
“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
95% recommended
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Nix

$$$$·Vegetarian·
Greenwich Village
2,023 reviews
  • Vegan
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Healthy
“Nix makes vegetarian delicious.” – Dan Barber
90% recommended
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Cosme

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Gramercy / Flatiron
2,934 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
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Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,925 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
“The best new restaurant in America, period.” – Joshua McFadden
92% recommended
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Bâtard

$$$$·French·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,440 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
94% recommended
French in Manhattan
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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
600 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Late-night Find
“The only place I know where you can get a full menu up to 4.00 a.m.” – Daniel Humm
95% recommended
Contemporary American in Manhattan
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Chop Shop

$$$$·Asian·
Chelsea
335 reviews
  • Cosy
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
“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
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Café Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
6,177 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
90% recommended
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Maison Premiere

$$$$·Seafood·
Williamsburg
524 reviews
  • Romance
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
“Time trip to the 1920s, with perfect shellfish and other comforting luxuries like lobster rolls. Also superb mocktails.” – Sami Tallberg
100% recommended
Seafood in New York / Tri-State Area
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JUNGSIK

$$$$·Korean·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,418 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
“Very high end, highly original Korean food.” – Thomasina Miers
97% recommended
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Balthazar

$$$$·French·
SoHo
7,970 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Brunch
  • Authentic
“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
93% recommended
Most Booked in New York / Tri-State Area
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Red Rooster Harlem

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Harlem
7,421 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Recommended by Chef Carlos Perez from El Blok
88% recommended
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Melba's

$$$$·American·
Harlem
191 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
Recommended by Chef Joseph Johnson from Minton's
94% recommended
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Peasant

$$$$·Italian·
SoHo
2,440 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
89% recommended
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Porteno Restaurant

$$$$·Argentinian·
Chelsea
461 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Cosy
Recommended by Chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen
95% recommended
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Momofuku Nishi

$$$$·Contemporary Italian·
Chelsea
848 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
84% recommended
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Momofuku Ko - Table Seating

$$$$·American·
East Village
72 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Gabriel Rucker from Le Pigeon
100% recommended
Notable Wine List in New York / Tri-State Area
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Minetta Tavern

$$$$·French·
West Village
2,632 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Paul Liebrandt
92% recommended
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Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
22 reviews
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Comfort Food
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
28 reviews
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Raul Correa from Zest
96% recommended
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Marea

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
7,747 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef Jesse Schenker from The Gander
93% recommended
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Trattoria Bianca

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
821 reviews
  • Group Bookings
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
Recommended by Chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana
88% recommended
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Vic's

$$$$·Italian·
NoHo
1,050 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
Recommended by Chef Sean Gray from Momofuku Ko
92% recommended
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Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,285 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar
86% recommended
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Hakata Tonton

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
485 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
Recommended by Chef Edward Lee from 610 Magnolia
90% recommended
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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
1,010 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House
89% recommended
Contemporary Mexican in New York / Tri-State Area
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La Esquina

$$$$·Mexican·
NoLita
1,265 reviews
  • Fun
  • Hot Spot
  • Authentic
Recommended by Chef Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin
86% recommended
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El Quinto Pino

$$$$·Spanish·
Chelsea
588 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Claus Meyer from Studio at the Standard
85% recommended
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Casa Mono

$$$$·Spanish·
Union Square
1,598 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Cosy
  • Fit for Foodies
Recommended by Chef Grae Nonas from Carpenters Hall
85% recommended
Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area
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Delmonico's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Financial District
4,624 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
Recommended by Chef Eunmi Choi from Gotgan
87% recommended
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