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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in New York City

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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 Christos Steak House restaurant
5.0
5 (1147)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Astoria
About the restaurant
Newsday calls Christos "An Astoria Steak House of Style and Substance" Zagat writes, "The top-of-the-line surf-n-turf "rocks" at this smartly served Steak House that's "worth a trip over the bridge." A "large selection of prime-aged meats" comes prepared to perfection", backed up with traditional Greek sides"
Top review
CarolR
Dined 4 days ago
Porterhouse steak for two was excellent --but extremely costly and should have come with complimentary sides for that price. Staff was very attentive and accommodating. I would have had a 2 lb lobster but it was $60 per pound! I think Christos might rise from the dead if he saw the current menu! Overall, it was an experience -- but not likely to be repeated, unfortunately.
A photo of Sip Sak restaurant
4.9
4.9 (194)
$30 and under
Turkish
Midtown East
About the restaurant
The Turkish experience at SipSak is both straightforward and refined. Our primary concern is the quality of the food we provide, and we strive to provide you with the tastiest and most recently prepared items possible.

SipSak is a restaurant in which you can indulge in a meal and, while there, allow the aromas and bustle of the establishment to take you to the Mediterranean. We are confident that you will acknowledge that nobody else does it quite like we do. We are excited to be of service to you.
Top review
Blossomvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
CiCi took very good care of us. Dinner was great. We will be back soon. Joan and Randy
A photo of Sushi by Bou - Bayside NY @ Baraki restaurant
4.9
4.9 (92)
$50 and over
Sushi
Bayside
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 Dinervip
Dined on Jun 7, 2024
Only been here for the omakase but it’s soo good and the staff are extremely friendly.
A photo of Principe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2)
$50 and over
Seafood
SoHo
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of SoHo, Principe is a seafood-focused restaurant that draws from both local and Italian influences. From Chef Abram Bissell (The Nomad, Eleven Madison Park, The Modern) the restaurant brings a vibrant and approachable dining destination to the SoHo community. Principe is a place to indulge and have fun, all while enjoying exceptional seafood and seasonal produce.
Top review
RANDYHvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Principe was a great experience. We were welcomed warmly, and seated at a great table downstairs. The server took drink and appetizer orders quickly while we scanned the menu. We had a party of 6 so we shared - tuna crudo, scallops, then salads and finally mains. The chicken was the overall favorite, but the branzino and duck were also fantastic! Then dessert -- decadent and delicious.
A photo of Aquavit restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1924)
$50 and over
Nordic
Midtown East
About the restaurant
Two Michelin-starred and New York Times Three-starred Aquavit, located in Midtown Manhattan showcases seasonal, Modern Nordic fare and has been a pioneer of Nordic cuisine since opening in 1987. The restaurant has an extensive wine list as well as an aquavit infusion and cocktail program. The Dining Room serves a 2 or 3 course prix fixe menu for lunch and a 5 course tasting menu or a Chef's tasting menu for dinner.
Top review
LeoVvip
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Great food/service/ambiance. All hard things done well. And then you serve a cold double espresso at the end of the meal... At this level of advertised/expected excellence, this matters.
A photo of Veronika restaurant
4.8
4.8 (43)
$50 and over
Global, International
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant
Tucked away on the second floor of Fotografiska New York, Veronika is a place that fosters late-night conversations, moments over a shared meal, and the chance to meet new friends and colleagues within a warm and welcoming environment. The Roman and Williams designed space offers two distinct experiences: Bar Veronika and the Restaurant. Velvet furniture, high ceilings and ornate chandeliers are accented by burning candles, greenery, and a rotating photography installation in connection with Fotografiska.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
After looking at some spectacular photographs we decided to enjoy a birthday dinner at Veronika, and it was one of those evenings where everything was perfect. Absolutely welcoming and professional hospitality built up our appetite for delicious food and drinks. When in Fotografiska, you must stop by Veronika.
A photo of Cucina Alba restaurant
4.8
4.8 (12)
$50 and over
Italian
Chelsea
About the restaurant
Alba transports guests to an urbanite’s Italian holiday. A restaurant where the food and ambiance is at once seductive and polished, playful and grown-up. It is the new home for gallery goers and denizens of New York’s newest starchitect high-rises.

Head chef Adam Leonti places an imaginative spin on Italian cuisine. Author of Flour Lab, Leonti bakes his signature Focaccia in a Roman oven and serves with whipped ricotta.

Cobi Levy, Julian Black, and Will Makris' Prince Street Hospitality Group established Cucina Alba in August 2022.
Top review
BrianKvip
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Service and food equally incredible. My favorite Chelsea restaurant
A photo of Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare restaurant
4.7
4.7 (514)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Inspired by Japanese cuisine & French technique, world-renowned Chefs Max Natmessnig and Marco Prins present a spectacular journey through epicurean delights in their exquisite 3 Michelin star Tasting. Lasting upwards of two and a half hours, Guests can expect an experience of a lifetime. Each dish served is its own work of art, expertly crafted with meticulous precision, tasting as incredible as it is beautiful.

Our expansive 7,000-bottle wine cellar, featuring the most extraordinary vintages from classic European regions, as well as sakes, and whiskeys from all over the world, provides an enviable selection to satisfy even the most discerning of palates.

We are honored to have received 'The Best of Award of Excellence' from Wine Spectator and Feature in "13 Best Three Michelin star Restaurants in America" By Restaurant Clicks.
Top review
JessicaC
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
Such an incredible experience!!! The food was amazing, the ambiance and staff were so impressive. Would definitely recommend!
A photo of San Pietro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (575)
$50 and over
Italian
Midtown East
About the restaurant
INDOOR AND OUTDOOR DINING


Welcome to the Awards Winning San Pietro Restaurant.


We believe in wisdom of "Nourishing Body and Soul" derived from our Salerno ancestors from Southern Italy. We import 85% of our ingredients from Italy.


We look forward to serving you and offering you the most authentic Italian dishes.


CANCELLATION POLICY: If you wish to cancel your reservation please let us know a minimum of 24 hours in advance. Failure to notify the restaurant will result in a $50 cancellation fee per person in the group.


PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE: If you decrease your party size, let us know 1 day in advance to avoid the $150 per person charge.


We don’t reserve specific tables. You will be seated to the table that is available upon your arrival.


Highchairs available. We allow strollers


Outside Items are not permitted (flowers, cakes, liquor)


DRESS CODE: We politely ask that you please avoid Shorts


Open on Sunday open only for Parties. Call to begin planning your event
Top review
StephenB
Dined 7 days ago
We were met at the door by the maitre’d, who was attentive to our needs all through the meal. He remembered a long list of specials and later of desserts. Food was amazing! Melazanie was best I’ve had in a long time. My friend had trout and artichokes and loved it. I enjoyed the sea bass. The food, the atmosphere, and the wonderful staff have assured that I will return here on my next visit to New York
A photo of Kween restaurant
4.7
4.7 (84)
$30 and under
Dining Bar
Astoria
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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