10 Of New York City's Must-Visit New Restaurants (2023)

Whether it’s glamorous fine dining, cocktails with epic skyline views, or chefs exploring their heritage in innovative ways, New York City’s newest hot spots are all offering something special when it comes to creativity. As this list of T&C's new favorites proves, dining out in the Big Apple has never been more thrilling.

Fasano

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Eric Medsker

The Fasano hospitality group known for its luxurious hotels and restaurants throughout Brazil has opened its first American restaurant in New York, at Park Avenue and East 49th Street in an exquisite space designed by architect Isay Weinfeld, a longtime collaborator. “Opening a restaurant in New York has been a dream of mine,” says partner Gero Fasano. “The energy and elegance of Manhattan is the perfect place for the evolution of the Fasano brand.”

Fasano has two beautiful dining rooms. The relaxed yet refined Osteria focuses on Italian crowd favorites like eggplant Parmigiana, spaghetti cacio e pepe, veal scaloppine, and panna cotta. While the plush and sophisticated main dining room, with its amber glow, perfectly spaced well-set tables, and white-jacketed staff, is the epitome of elegance. Chef Nicola Fedeli’s menu celebrates northern Italian dishes including veal Milanese, ossobuco with saffron risotto, veal tortellini with fonduta of 48 month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano, and a classic northern Italian selection of boiled meats and vegetables accompanied by signature sauces. A robust wine list curated by wine director Danio Braga and sommelier Manoel Beato complements the menu.

Opening later this year on the second floor is Barreto, a lounge and cabaret that will showcase Bossa Nova and other musical acts, making the Fasano a one-stop destination for a beautiful night on the town. Dinner and a show has never been more enchanting.

Wenwen

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Jessie YuChen

A taste of Taipei has landed in Greenpoint. Young gun chef Eric Sze, along with partner Andy Chuang, have opened Wenwen (named after Sze’s mother and wife, Wenchi and Wenhui), a restaurant that celebrates the Taiwanese home cooking they both grew up eating.

The menu is comprehensive and covers everything from small bites and wok-tossed dishes to noodles, rice, and larger plates meant to be shared by the table. A perfect meal, preferably with a large group of friends, should include the highly addictive seaweed fries (you have no idea!), Sacha hot honey popcorn chicken, tender pea shoots with tofu skin, the umami-rich water spinach with shrimp paste, the texturally complex shrimp floss lettuce cups, the Fly’s Head (garlic chives, ground pork, thai chili, garlic, and fermented black beans), and the rich and savory You Fan with uni (steamed sticky rice and Nueske’s bacon tossed with a wok-fried sauce of soy sauce, shallots, shiitake, dried shrimp and dried scallops and topped with sea urchin).

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Cocktails, not surprisingly, also reflect the flavors of the restaurateurs’ upbringing. The Bird’s Eye Daiquiri gets a punch from the eponymous chili, the Jungle Negroni mixes Campari with pineapple rum and banana liqueur, and the Boiling Point is a fizzy drink with gin, lychee, thai basil, apple cider vinegar, and soda.

Mel's

The first part of the reinvisioned Del Posto space has opened and the focus is on pizza. Michelin-starred chef Melissa Rodriguez, along with partners Jeff Katz and James Kent (Crown Shy, Saga, Overstory), have created a menu and space that revolve around the mirror-tiled disco ball pizza oven and a wood-fire grill in the center of the restaurant.

With no gas cooktops at Mel’s, everything is made in the oven or grill. Starters include great vegetable antipasti like grilled, smoked turnips and broccoli rabe with cured egg yolk and roasted shallot vinaigrette. Pizzas range from the classic margherita to the Frutti di Mari, topped with octopus, squid, shrimp, tomato, chilis, and basil. Mains, which are meant to be shared, include a grilled branzino with lemon and fennel conserva and a whole roasted cauliflower served with grilled radicchio. If you’ve saved room for dessert, which you should, treat yourself to one of the gelato sundaes. Mel’s sister restaurant, Al Coro, a fine-dining restaurant, opens later this spring.

Darling

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Michael Kleinberg

Manhattan’s newest rooftop lounge is located on the 47th floor of the reimagined and whimsically chic Park Lane New York on Central Park South. Conceived by Scott Sartiano, the nightlife impresario and founder of Bond Hospitality, which also owns buzzy members club Zero Bond, Darling is a sexy oasis featuring a lush wraparound patio offering stunning views of Central Park and the surrounding skyline.

The menu is as glamorous as the view, with seafood towers, caviar grilled cheese sandwiches, and Wagyu katsu sandos. The food is complimented by a slew of creative cocktails including Harry’s Old Fashioned (a nod to the hotel’s original owner, Harry Helmsley); Park Lane Margarita; Darling Unlimited (Grey Goose vodka, spiced pear, ginger, lemon, angostura), and the Central Park South (Tanqueray gin, Campari, Melon de Provence, sweet vermouth, lemon).

An ongoing DJ series helps to keep the good times rolling into the night. As the hotel’s managing director Prince A. Sanders noted, “you will be transported to a time when you can feel the energy of the city celebrating its renaissance”.

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Place des Fêtes

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Chris Coe

The team behind the Michelin-starred Oxalis has opened Place des Fêtes, a neighborhood restaurant and wine bar in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Named after the pedestrian square in Paris’s 19th arrondissement just north of the neighborhood of Belleville—where Oxalis chef Nico Russell spent some happy times—and inspired by the lively, creative wine bars of Spain and France, the menu is a mix of French, Spanish, and Portuguese dishes.

Diners can expect a collection of beautiful small plates including chilled dishes like raw scallops on the half shell with hazelnut, kelp, and horseradish, a raw beef salad with chicories and anchovy, Don Bocarte anchovies, charcuterie, Tempesta mortadella, and special small producer American cheeses. A handful of more substantial main courses round out the menu, and are also nice to share, including a Berkshire pork country rib with green pepper and dried clam and ricotta cavatelli with white asparagus.

Most of the wine list is from Spain and the Americas (Peru, Chile, Ontario Canada), and skews natural. "We will have many options for wines by the glass, and with an ever-changing list, it will give an interesting, new experience for our guests, each time they visit," says beverage director Piper Kristensen. The bar will also be serving cider made in collaboration with Shacksbury cider from Vermont.

Chez Zou

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Teddy Wolff

Zou Zou’s, the hot Eastern Mediterranean restaurant from chef Madeline Sperling in the Pendry Manhattan West hotel, just added a chic new cocktail lounge. Located a few floors up, Chez Zou is serving up cocktails in a plush jewel-toned space designed by AvroKO.

Joey Smith, the much-celebrated bartender (previously of The NoMad, EMP Summer House, and Booker and Dax), has created a menu of libations that are inspired by the flavors of Sperling’s food. The savory, spicy, herbaceous, and zesty cocktails include the Dirty Zou (olive oil washed vodka, grape leaf, and Levantine cheese-stuffed olives), Fresh Prince (white rum, dill, cucumber, yogurt, and aloe), Fig and Honey (sherry, red wine, fig leaf, honey, soda), and the Pickle Spritz (vermouth, champagne, verjus, and pickled fennel). Light bites include flaming turkish pistachios, Scotch olives with merguez and cured lemons, and Kumamoto oysters with barberry mignonette.

l’abeille

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Nicole Franzen

Chef Mitsunobu Nagae, a veteran of Michelin-starred Joël Robuchon, Le Doyen and other celebrated kitchens in Paris, New York and Tokyo, has opened l’abeille, the first restaurant of his own, on a charming cobblestoned Tribeca corner. The name l’abeille, marries chef Mitsunobu’s heritage with his deeply rooted French background: chef’s name, Mitsunobu, translates to ‘honey’ in Japanese, and l’abeille translates to ‘the bee’ in French.

Like his name, the prix-fixe and a la carte menus reflect this cross-cultural marriage leaning heavily on ingredients sourced from farms in New York and curated using French techniques and Japanese flavors. Roasted Squab Glazed with Miso and Bourbon Sauce; White Asparagus with Kumquat Compote and Crème Fraiche; and a Lychee & Rose Mousse with Shiso Granite and Strawberry Ice Cream are just a few of the dishes that embody this spirit.

A French-focused wine list and cocktail menu curated by beverage director and certified sommelier, John Mckenna (also ex- L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon) is available along with a seasonal pairing that changes with the ingredients on the menu.

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Panorama Room

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Noah Fecks

One of the best places in New York to view the annual cherry blossom explosion is Roosevelt Island, where blooming trees line the East River waterfront all the way down to the Louis Kahn-designed FDR Memorial Park (a fairly unknown architectural gem) at the southern tip of the island.

To celebrate this spring ritual, the Panorama Room, the lounge located on the 18th floor of the Graduate Hotel, is featuring cherry blossom themed cocktails. These include the non-alcoholic Forever Young (clarified cherry, New York State apple, hibiscus), Spring Fever (Marasca cherry, rum, pink grapefruit, apricot brandy), and Last Dance (bourbon, sour cherry, blackberry, benedictine).

With its prime position on the river and its 360 degree views of NYC, the Panorama Room is the perfect place to take in this once-a-year show from Mother Nature.

El Condor

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Melissa Hom

Who says a coffee shop has to be grab-and-go? El Condor Coffee Roasters is posing that question with an all-day coffee shop that encourages you to stay and hang. With table service, outlets at every seat, high-speed WiFi, and a menu that includes morning congee, roti with pulled lamb shoulder, a black rice bowl, and beer and wine, guests can enjoy the mid-century inspired space at their leisure.

The coffee program, created with coffee guru Jacob Ibarra of Tenfold Coffee in Houston, features beans from Sumatra, Ethiopia, Brazil, and Guatemala. In addition, a relationship with Mil Cumbres Farm in Panama—located at the foot of Baru Volcano in the Talamanca mountain range—allows El Condor to source and serve Geisha beans, considered to be some of the best in the world. All roasting takes place in-house and beans are available by the bag to take home.

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La Brasserie

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Teddy Wolff

Francis Staub, founder of the French cookware company, has opened La Brasserie in the iconic space that once housed Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles. The dining room, which has preserved the original ceiling and floors of the space, includes a 20-foot long zinc bar and new completely retractable bay windows along Park Avenue South that create a lovely al fresco option this spring.

The contemporary French brasserie menu has kept the steak frites in honor of Bourdain, but also features fresh takes on classics. Starters include hamachi with avocado, black radish and yuzu dressing, foie gras torchon with date-lemon chutney, Comte souffle with caviar, and a duck terrine with pistachios and bacon. The mains lean into comfort with a roast chicken with shoestring potatoes and tarragon jus, Arctic char grenobloise with haricots verts, and a côte de boeuf for two, finished with brandy and served with grilled mushrooms, shallot marmalade, and Béarnaise.

Beverage options include a mostly French wine list with many natural options, as well as a large selection of beers and ciders from Belgium, France, and New York available on tap—a nod to the 19th century origins of the word brasserie which meant brewery.

Brunch is now served on weekends and “the order” is a Bloody Mary, Camembert fondue, and an Ile Flottante, to be clear.

William LiContributing Editor William Li is the Emmy-nominated co-host of Lucky Chow, a series about Asian food and culture on PBS, and the cofounder of The Hao Life.

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FAQs

What food should you not miss in New York? ›

11 Foods Only NYC Does Right
  • Pizza. NYC background: Pizza can be traced back to Naples, Italy, but the distinctly American version we know and love was born in New York City. ...
  • Bagel. ...
  • Cheesecake. ...
  • General Tso's Chicken. ...
  • Egg Cream. ...
  • Pastrami and Corned Beef. ...
  • Street Meat. ...
  • Cronut.
29 Sept 2015

How many restaurants are there in New York? ›

CityFigureDate
New York26,6972017
Oslo4002018
Paris37,9152021
Rome13,7212017
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What is the number 1 attraction in New York? ›

1. Statue of Liberty. America's most iconic sight, the Statue of Liberty is at the top of every first-time visitor's list of things to do in New York.

What is the most visited place in New York? ›

With over 39 million visitors annually, Times Square is the world's most visited tourist attraction. The bright lights and big city feel of this commercial intersection have iconified this spot as “The Crossroad of the World.” Today, Times Square is a major center of the world's entertainment industry.

What is the national dish of New York? ›

List of U.S. state foods
StateFood typeFood name
New YorkState fruitApple
State muffinApple muffin
State snackYogurt
North CarolinaState vegetableSweet potato
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What is the most popular dessert in New York? ›

  • Chocolate Cake. Blackout Cake. New York City. ...
  • Sweet Pastry. Cronut. New York City. ...
  • Cookie. Black and White Cookie. New York City. ...
  • Cake. Baked Alaska. New York City. ...
  • Chocolate Dessert. Chocolate Fondue. New York City. ...
  • Chocolate Cake. Molten Chocolate Cake. ...
  • Cheese Dessert. New York-Style Cheesecake. ...
  • Ice Cream. Ice Cream Sandwich.
24 Sept 2022

What is the most popular food in New York State? ›

You can't think of New York food without one thing coming to mind: pizza! The first pizzeria in the country, Lombardi's, was opened in Manhattan's Little Italy in 1905.

What food is famous in York? ›

  • Pontefract cakes (liquorice discs). ...
  • Nidderdale lamb.
  • Black pudding (famous in Lancashire too, very trendy in restaurants at the moment, often eaten for breakfast).
  • Black Sheep beer (you can visit the brewery at Masham and it has an excellent bistro attached) ...
  • Yorkshire Fat Rascals.
  • Yorkshire curd tart.

Which city has most restaurants in the world? ›

New York. New York is a city of superlatives and that obviously also applies to its food scene. It has over 10,000 restaurants, where you find every kind of cuisine imaginable -- and for every budget. It's the world's true food mecca, allowing you to go on a gastronomic trip around the world without leaving the city.

What is the prettiest city in New York? ›

Lake Placid

Technically more of a village than a city, Lake Placid is perhaps the most beautiful town in New York State. If you're looking for a scenic spot to eat good food, shop in small boutiques, and spend the day skiing down hills or kayaking on a lake, Lake Placid is the place to be.

What are 5 interesting things about New York? ›

Cool facts about New York City (Post Summary)
  • New York City is home to the first pizzeria in America.
  • New York was originally called New Amsterdam.
  • Central Park is the most filmed location in the world.
  • Lady Liberty was not made in the USA.
  • About 22% of New York City's land is used for public parks.
2 Nov 2022

What is the number 2 attraction in New York? ›

2: Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic and beloved New York City tourist attractions.

What is the number 3 attraction in New York? ›

3 – Rockefeller Center

A Midtown beacon of entertainment, shopping, and tourists that takes up an entire city block, Rockefeller Center is one of the most famous landmarks in all of New York City and a must on any first-time trip to the Big Apple.

What attracts people to New York? ›

Major destinations include the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island, Broadway theatre productions, Central Park, Times Square, Coney Island, the Financial District, museums, and sports stadiums.

What food is Bronx known for? ›

The Bronx is more than just home to those pinstriped Yanks. It's home to the city's real Little Italy and subsequently some of the best pizza in NYC, as well as exemplary interpretations of global foods representing the Boogie Down's rich diversity.

What is New York's state snack? ›

The governor of New York got the idea that New York should have an official snack from students in his state and signed a bill into law that named yogurt the state snack.

Which state is famous for food? ›

Cuisine Map of India
State / UT'sCuisine
DelhiChaat, Tandoori Chicken Paranthe, Chole Bhature,
HaryanaRabadi, Bajre ki Khichdi, Cholia, Chaach-Lassi, Kachri ki Sabzi,
ChandigarhButter Chicken, Tandoori , Chicken, Mutton Pulao,
PunjabDal Makhni, Makke di Roti-, Sarson da Saag, Chana Bhature,
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9 Apr 2020

How much spending money will I need for a week in New York? ›

How much money should you budget for a week trip to New York City?
Tight BudgetAverage budget
Flightfrom $900 to $ 1200from $1300 to $1600
Housingfrom $630 to $700from $910 to $1400
Transportationaprox. $94from $170 to $185
Mealsfrom $275 to $460from $460 to $650
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How much is pizza in NYC? ›

The highest average price can be found in Manhattan, where a regular slice will set you back $3.26 on average. The Bronx follows at $3.15, Staten Island at $3.12, Queens at $3.10 and the "cheapest" slice can be found in Brooklyn, at an average of $3.06.

Why is pizza so popular in New York? ›

NYC is home to hundreds of slice joints, pizzerias, and pizza restaurants serving the city's iconic and unique pizza. The New York-style slice grew out of Neapolitan-style pizza when Italian immigrants brought pizza to NYC—and America—in the early 1900s.

What is New York's most popular sandwich? ›

1) New York's Signature Sandwich

It's a simple creation of thinly sliced pastrami piled high on rye bread and slathered with spicy brown mustard. Some delis might also add corned beef, but it's the simple three-ingredient signature pastrami sandwich that is considered one of New York City's best sandwiches.

What is New York's favorite candy? ›

Can you guess New York's favorite? It's Sour Patch Kids. The sour-then-sweet candy by Mondelez International is the most popular Halloween candy in New York. It's followed by Hot Tamales in second place, and Candy Corn in third place.

What is the most popular fruit in New York? ›

New York: Peach

New York may have the Big Apple, but its residents search for peaches the most.

What is Coke called in New York? ›

The soda, pop and coke Civil War continues to rage in America and the Mason-Dixon line lies in Upstate New York. That's because in Rochester, Buffalo and the rest of Western New York, the sweet, carbonated drink is typically called a pop. In the rest of the state, it's a soda.

At what age can you drink in NY? ›

What is the legal drinking age in New York? The legal age to consume alcoholic beverages is 21.

Can you drink soda in New York? ›

NYC is the first in the nation to pass a rule barring restaurants, cafeterias, and concession stands from selling sodas and other calorie-rich beverages in containers larger than 16 ounces.

Who is the richest person in New York? ›

1 – Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg's money comes from Bloomberg LP. Leon Black and Chase Coleman III were among the 10 richest in New York in 2021, but were edged out in 2022. To view the full list from Forbes, click here.

Where do most celebs live in NY? ›

Living on the Upper West Side can be quite relaxing compared to the rest of the city. The residential feel, the many exceptional Upper West Side restaurants and bars, and plus it borders Central Park. So, it comes as no surprise that it's one of the most popular neighborhoods for celebrities living in NYC.

Do any celebrities live in New York? ›

One of the most famous celebrities that lives in NYC is Robert De Niro. The academy award winner and Tribeca Film Festival co-founder is a native New Yorker who grew up in Manhattan's Greenwich Village and Little Italy neighborhoods and still lives in the big apple today.

What is America's #1 favorite food? ›

The Number 1 Most Popular Foods in America are Hamburgers!

Why is food in New York so good? ›

The secret behind the good quality of NY street food is care. Usually, the one cooking the food is also the owner of the business. Hence the extra care that goes into preparing the food. New York street food is always fresh as well.

What is the oldest thing in York? ›

The Norman House is one of York's hidden treasures, standing in a secluded courtyard accessed through an archway from Stonegate. The house was built of freestone about 1180, and it is the oldest house in York of which any substantial remains still stand in place.

What sweets IS York famous for? ›

Smarties were first created in York in 1882 and went through a transition from the beginning. Originally known as 'Chocolate Beans', before becoming 'Smarties Chocolate Beans', before finally becoming just Smarties.

Why is York shambles famous? ›

'The Shambles' is sometimes used as a general term for the maze of twisting, narrow lanes which make York so charming. At its heart is the lane actually called the Shambles, arguably the best preserved medieval street in the world. It was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of William the Conqueror in 1086.

Which is the No 1 restaurant in the world? ›

World's Best Restaurant
Year1st2nd
2016Osteria FrancescanaEl Celler de Can Roca
2017Eleven Madison ParkOsteria Francescana
2018Osteria FrancescanaEl Celler de Can Roca
2019MirazurNoma
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Which American city has the best food? ›

Best Food Cities in the US
  • New York City, New York.
  • Chicago, Illinois.
  • San Francisco, California.
  • Houston, Texas.
  • Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Seattle, Washington.
  • Portland, Oregon.
  • Philadelphia, PA.
17 Jul 2022

Which city eats the most pizza? ›

According to their latest list, Worcester has the most pizza shops per capita in the U.S. -- 38.4 pizza shops per 1ook people -- making it the #1 city for pizza lovers.
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Worcester Named #1 City for Pizza Lovers in America.
WorcesterScranton
MAPA
185,87777,182
331200
7242
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30 Oct 2019

What is considered the best restaurant in New York City? ›

1. Gramercy Tavern, one of the best restaurants in NYC. First, Gramercy Tavern is a Michelin-star restaurant with nine James Beard Awards.

Where do most celebrities go in NYC? ›

The most celebrities live in Tribeca, Chelsea, East Village, Greenwich Village, Soho, and Upper West Side.

What was Frank Sinatra's favorite restaurant in New York? ›

History. Patsy's Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant Frank Sinatra made famous, and in fact, his family still enjoys dining at Patsy's Italian Restaurant whenever they are in town.

What is New York's most famous sandwich? ›

1) New York's Signature Sandwich

Sussman Volk, an immigrant from Lithuania, is credited with creating the pastrami sandwich in the late 1800s. It's a simple creation of thinly sliced pastrami piled high on rye bread and slathered with spicy brown mustard.

What is the most busy street in New York? ›

As it turns out, the stretch of I-95 eastbound between the Alexander Hamilton Bridge and I-278 in the Bronx is not only the most-congested street in the city but also the entire country.

What is the most famous street in New York? ›

The most famous street and the main artery of New York is Fifth Avenue. It connects the north and south of Manhattan. The Big Apple's most famous street is Fifth Avenue, also known as Millionaire's Row. It crosses the whole of Manhattan from north to south.

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