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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in New York City

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in New York City? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Shaking Crab - Hell's Kitchen restaurant
4.9 (136)
$30 and under
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
Put on a bib and get ready to make a mess!

Channeling New Orleans by way of New England, Shaking Crab offers a variety of fresh shellfish drenched in house sauces featuring rich butter, ample garlic, and bold Cajun spices. Throw in spice level customization and the option to add sides and you'd best believe that your meal will be different every time you shake!

We are open for dine-in! Due to limited space reservations can only be held for 15 minutes so please show up on time. If you want to book a large part 6+ please call us.

Book now reservations go fast, we look forward to Shakin' with y'all.

Top review
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
The staff was great the went over above and beyond. I would recommend this locution.
A photo of Sushi by Bou - Bayside NY @ Baraki restaurant
4.9 (94)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Step into Sushi By Bou Bayside, our one-of-a-kind Disco Sushi Omakase Experience. Our curated Omakase, meaning "Chef's Choice," promises an exhilarating journey through delectable flavors and disco beats. Choose from our signature 12-course offering at $60, or indulge in the opulent 'Bougie' Omakase, $100 for 17 pieces, seated hourly. Located within Baraki restaurant, Bayside Bou, delivers the beats of 80s disco set in a visual wonderland of pop-culture iconography. Elevate your experience with exotic cocktails and premium sake, perfect for pairing with delectable sushi bites. Date Nights, Birthdays, or intimate private seatings, let us whisk you away on a journey of urban mystique. Visit all of our unique locations, each with its own culture-inspired vibe! Reserve now to secure a coveted seat at Sushi By Bou.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 1, 2024
Had a great first experience here with Chef Sam. The ambience was amazing and the staff were just great and so observant. The menu was delicious. I especially loved the akami, wagyuni and the unagi. Chef sam was awesome- loved his personality! He explained the courses well and we had great conversations. 100% would come back again for Chef Sam and for the food.
A photo of Salumeria Rosi restaurant
4.8 (1299)
$31 to $50
Upper West Side
About the restaurant
** Currently offering outdoor seating**

Salumeria Rosi is an authentically Northern, dining restaurant and Italian delicatessen. Originating in Parma, Italy, and then debuting in NYC, Salumeria Rosi is acclaimed as a true taste of Italy with fresh imported food and wine, plus homemade dishes made with the highest quality ingredients from age old recipes.

Our dining experience offers our guests an opportunity to try a plethora of italian dishes in a tasting menu. Made for sharing with a date or a group of friends, Salumeria Rosi offers an absolutely unique dining experience in NYC.

Follow us on Instagram: salumeriarosinyc

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 10, 2024
Great spot for a date. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the food as well as the drinks. Evan our server was 10/10 all around amazing service and experience. Carbonara and Pesto pasta were amazing. The ricotta cheesecake dessert was outstanding. Will definitely be back for more date nights. Thank you!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku - Flushing, NY restaurant
4.8 (820)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Love it hereeee, definitely recommendd!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
A photo of Dive Bar LIC restaurant
4.8 (43)
$31 to $50
Long Island City
About the restaurant
Dive Bar LIC, a Latin gastropub, offers a chill vibe with great concoctions and a hybrid of dive bar snack classics with some deep dive nautical grub. We are located in between Astoria and Long Island City, steps away from Kaufman Astoria Studios, Museum of Moving Image.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 25, 2024
Absolutely amazing service and accommodations love this place 🫶🏽❤️ Our bartender Amber is simply amazing she’s good at what she does
A photo of Suyo Gastrofusion restaurant
4.7 (454)
$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Mount Eden
About the restaurant
Located in the High Bridge section of the Bronx, and less than 10 blocks away from the Yankee Stadium, SUYO Gastrofusion is a purveyor of a fusion of Asian and Latin American fine dining enveloped in a warm and sophisticated atmosphere, which will serve both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food.
Top review
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
It was a spotless and fun place, and the waiter was great at making appropriate suggestions. Our drinks were delicious Great food at a reasonable price Not disappointed at all and was very happy
A photo of Mr. Capri restaurant
4.7 (15)
$30 and under
Greenwich Village
About the restaurant
Inspired by the idyllic Italian island of Capri, Mr. Capri brings the flavors of the surrounding coasts to New York City’s West Village. The 75-seat restaurant fulfills a lifelong dream of Capri-natives owner Alessandro “Ale” Passante and his brother Mario Passante, who serves as culinary director. The four Passante brothers grew up in Capri working at their family cafe and restaurant, where their mother was the chef, and their father was a local paparazzi and photographer. Specializing in regional cuisine from Capri, the restaurant offers seafood, pasta and seasonal dishes alongside a creative cocktail program and extensive wine list anchored on wines from Campania.

The decor by Studio Valerius will be bright and airy with nods to the legendary island beauty and decor elements imported from Capri.

Top review
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
The food was absolutely delicious! There wasn't a morsel left of any of the appetizers. The entree portions were generous so 3 of the 4 of us had leftovers to bring home. We will be back!
A photo of Yukka Latin Bistro restaurant
4.6 (54)
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
North Riverdale
About the restaurant
Yukka Latin Bistro is in business to create latin food with simple yet elegant latin food. Yukka’s industrial open space brings a communal atmosphere, bridging the dining room and open kitchen, which features a wood-burning grill. Our constant pursuit for contemporary renditions of classic seafood preparations, achievement of excellence in every detail of service, and the most pleasurable wines; is our commitments to our guests. We want to introduce fine dining, furthermore create a long term patron by enlightening with a causal; free of pressure ambiance, that makes return time and again to enjoy signature dishes.
Top review
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
Guacamole was delicious, served with plantain chips. Pork chop looked good but was incredibly dry. Steak was quite tasty although not the best in town. Overall would recommend.
A photo of Kween restaurant
4.6 (84)
$30 and under
Dining Bar
About the restaurant
Check out our FIERCE drag brunches on Saturday and Sunday!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Drag Brunch was great. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The show was great. The performers were talented and very professional. My Colombian boyfriend said the chicken empanadas were the best he’s had in the city.
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