Where Chefs Eat in New York City

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Restaurants:Aquavit, La Grenouille, Kosaka
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Nordic, French, Japanese
Neighborhoods:Midtown East, West Village
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Aquavit

$$$$·Nordic·
Midtown East
1,969 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance

“Emma Bengtsson makes fun, perfectly balanced and executed food.” – Anita Lo

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La Grenouille

$$$$·French·
Midtown East
3,413 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries

“For a fancy gentleman's lunch I love Le Grenouille.” – Larry McGuire

Best Ambience in Manhattan
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Kosaka

$$$$·Japanese·
West Village
345 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date

“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

Japanese in New York / Tri-State Area

Sarabeth's Central Park South

$$$$·American·
Midtown West
4,307 reviews
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem

“Incredible Eggs Benedict and a view over Central Park.” – Juan Gaffuri

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High Street on Hudson

$$$$·Seafood·
West Village
562 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch

“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 Meyer

Le Coucou

$$$$·French·
SoHo
2,962 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

“The best new restaurant in America, period.” – Joshua McFadden

Bâtard

$$$$·Modern European·
TriBeCa - Downtown
1,644 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • 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 the servers, the serv...

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Blue Ribbon Brasserie

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SoHo
812 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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

Contemporary American in Manhattan

Chop Shop

$$$$·Asian·
Chelsea
387 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Casual

“They have super quick service and solid flavors and consistency, with a couple of very nice signature dishes.”—Claus Meyer

Asian in New York / Tri-State Area

Café Boulud

$$$$·French·
Upper East Side
6,012 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

“They take the same care to cook breakfast as they do for lunch and dinner – delicious food with amazing ingredients.” – Daniel Humm

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Maison Premiere

$$$$·Seafood·
Williamsburg
529 reviews
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

“Time trip to the 1920s, with perfect shellfish and other comforting luxuries like lobster rolls. Also superb mocktails.” – Sami Tallberg

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Red Rooster Harlem

$$$$·Regional American (Southern)·
Harlem
8,345 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
  • Fit for Foodies

Recommended by Chef Carlos Perez from El Blok

Melba's

$$$$·American·
Harlem
318 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
  • Group Bookings

Recommended by Chef Joseph Johnson from Minton's

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Porteno Restaurant

$$$$·Argentinean·
Chelsea
501 reviews
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Bar Seating

Recommended by Chef Bevan Smith from Riverstone Kitchen

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

$$$$·French / Japanese·
Midtown West
66 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

Recommended by Chef Jason Atherton from Pollen Street Social

Best Overall in Manhattan
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Trattoria Bianca

$$$$·Italian·
Midtown West
875 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Pre/post-theatre

Recommended by Chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana

Locanda Verde

$$$$·Italian·
TriBeCa - Downtown
2,329 reviews
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries

Recommended by Chef David Chang from Momofuku Noodle Bar

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Empellon Midtown

$$$$·Contemporary Mexican·
Midtown East
1,014 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date

Recommended by Chef John Jackson & Connie DeSousa from CHARCUT Roast House

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La Esquina

$$$$·Mexican·
NoLita
1,377 reviews
  • Hot Spot
  • Late-Night Find
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

Recommended by Chef Eric Ripert from Le Bernardin

Mexican in Manhattan
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Casa Mono

$$$$·Spanish·
Union Square
1,964 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tapas
  • Neighbourhood Gem

Recommended by Chef Grae Nonas from Carpenters Hall

Spanish in New York / Tri-State Area

Delmonico's

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Financial District
4,453 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies

Recommended by Chef Eunmi Choi from Gotgan

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