Restaurants

Top Choice Italian in Financial District & Lower Manhattan

Locanda Verde

Step through the velvet curtains into a scene of loosened button-downs, black dresses and slick barmen behind a long, crowded bar. This celebrated brasserie showcases modern, Italo-inspired fare like house-made papp…
Top Choice Noodles in East Village & Lower East Side

Momofuku Noodle Bar

With just 30 stools and a no-reservations policy, you will always have to wait to cram into this tiny phenomenon. Queue up for the namesake special: homemade ramen noodles in broth, served with poached egg, pork bel…
Top Choice Modern American in SoHo & Chinatown

Dutch

Whether perched at the bar or dining snugly in the back room, you can always expect smart, farm-to-table comfort grub at this see-and-be-seen stalwart. Flavors traverse the globe, from sweet potato tempura with Thai…
Top Choice Japanese in Midtown

Totto Ramen

There might be another two branches in Midtown, but purists know that neither beats the tiny 20-seat original. Write your name and the number of guests on the clipboard and wait your turn. Your reward: extraordinary…
Top Choice Market in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Chelsea Market

In a shining example of redevelopment and preservation, the Chelsea Market has taken a factory formerly owned by cookie giant Nabisco (creator of Oreo) and turned it into an 800ft-long shopping concourse that caters…
Top Choice Modern American in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

Red Rooster

Transatlantic super chef Marcus Samuelsson laces upscale comfort food with a world of flavors at his effortlessly cool, swinging brasserie. Here, mac ’n’ cheese joins forces with lobster, blackened catfish pairs wit…
Top Choice American in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Blue Hill

A place for slow-food junkies with deep pockets, Blue Hill was an early crusader in the local-is-better movement. Gifted chef Dan Barber, who hails from a farm family in the Berkshires, Massachusetts, uses harvests …
Top Choice Modern American in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

Jeffrey's Grocery

A West Village classic, Jeffrey's is a lively eating and drinking spot that hits all the right notes. Seafood is the focus: there's an oyster bar and beautifully executed seafood selections such as razor clams with …
Top Choice Fusion in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

RedFarm

RedFarm transforms Chinese cooking into pure, delectable artistry at this small, buzzing space on Hudson St. Fresh crab and eggplant bruschetta, juicy rib steak (marinated overnight in papaya, ginger and soy) and pa…
Top Choice Seafood in Midtown

Le Bernardin

The interiors may have been subtly sexed-up for a 'younger clientele' (the stunning storm-themed triptych is by Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner), but triple Michelin-starred Le Bernardin remains a luxe, fine-dining holy …