Restaurants in New York City

Description

“Straight-up delicioso” describes both the food and the scene at this ever-“trendy” SoHo Mexican comprising a “dive”-like taqueria, casual indoor/outdoor cafe and “ultracool”, hard-to-access underground grotto; the Williamsburg spin-off set in a “futuristic retro diner” comes equipped with a moody back room and “huge outdoor patio.” --Zagat

Address

114 Kenmare St

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Classy Late Night Pickup Lively

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

“Watch the game in style” at this “dressed-up” Flatiron sports bar, where “tons of TVs” team up with a “trendy”, “social” scene fueled by an “extensive cocktail list” and “above-average” bar bites; “guys with popped collars” are understandably stoked, even if the tabs are “not cheap.”

Address

122 W 26th Street

Neighborhood

Chelsea

Vibes

Chill Sports

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

A “semi-speakeasy” behind a semi-hidden entrance, this “sceney” but “relaxed” West Villager ranks among the “all-time favorites” for “phenomenal cocktails” via “bartenders who treat their craft as an art”; since it “tends to get packed”, those in the know employ it as a “late-night alternative.” --Zagat

Address

510 Hudson St

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night Lively

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

This “transformed” NoHo bistro’s latest iteration is a “pleasant surprise” offering “tasty” upmarket French-Italian dishes and “sophisticated” cocktails, downed by a “lively”, “trendy” crowd; with its downstairs lounge and “party” vibe, it “fits the neighborhood to a T.” --Zagat

Address

9 Great Jones St

Neighborhood

NoHo

Vibes

Classy Club Fancy Social Late Night Lively Pickup Romantic

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Primo “people-watching” abounds at this “fun”, all-day Bowery Hotel Italian that lures “scenesters” with a “romantic”, “country-chic” setting festooned with “hundreds of candles”, plus a sidewalk patio; “tasty” fare, “attentive service” and “fair prices” make the “no-rez” policy (except for hotel guests) less of a drag. --Zagat

Address

335 Bowery

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Social Romantic

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Funky hangout with vinyl-record & disco-ball decor serving upscale American & Thai comfort food. --Zagat

Address

100 3rd Ave

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Club Fancy Late Night Lively Social

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Creative Mexican fare with Eastern flavors in hip surrounds with a retro vibe, booths & funky lamps.

Address

151 Essex Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Classy Club Social Late Night Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Missy Robbins’ “mind-blowing” housemade pastas and wood-fired entrees are declared “exactly what Italian food should be” at this “outstanding” arrival to the Williamsburg dining scene; the “spare-but-warm” space – complete with “lovely open kitchen”, “sweeping bar” and plenty of “buzz” – is overseen by an “excellent” staff, so the only real problem is “getting a reservation.” --Zagat

Address

569 Union Ave

Neighborhood

Williamsburg

Vibes

Classy Romantic

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Casual Swiss spot with European rail-station-restaurant vibe & a hidden late-night space in back. --Zagat

Address

212 Lafayette St

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Chill Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

“Beautiful people” and random “Kardashians” populate this “trendy” Meatpacking “scene” for “very good” seafood in a sprawling, “pumping” duplex with a rooftop lounge; “expensive” tabs aside, it’s “good for groups.” --Zagat

Address

21 9th Ave

Neighborhood

Meatpacking District

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

Elevated American comfort food is served at this all-day eatery, bar, boutique lounge & biergarten. --Zagat

Address

18 9th Ave

Neighborhood

Meatpacking District

Vibes

Chill Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

This “stylish” “trendsetter” in the NoMad Hotel draws a “chic crowd” that’s “blown away” by Daniel Humm’s “superb” American-European menu (the roast chicken is “one for the books”); “spot-on service” and a “beautifully designed” space spread out over several cozy rooms help distract from the “heavy” tabs. --Zagat

Address

10 W 28th St

Neighborhood

NoMad

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Romantic Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

The Bar Room at Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court is located beneath The Beekman’s stunning, nine-story Victorian era atrium and offers a singular New York setting to enjoy a list of handcrafted cocktails alongside an all-day menu. With plush lounge seating and a distinctly old New York feel, The Bar Room at Temple Court is a new entry in New York City’s canon of destination bars.

Address

5 Beekman St

Neighborhood

Financial District

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

Stylish, sophisticated bistro with imaginative New American plates, craft beer & cocktails. --Zagat

Address

117 E 60th St

Neighborhood

Midtown East

Vibes

Chill Classy Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

“Incredible” pastas and other “creative” Italian dishes are “done with great care” at this “happening” West Village “standout” where the “polished” staffers also curate an “impeccable wine list”; the “intimate” bi-level digs “bustle” with a “youngish crowd”, so “bring ear plugs” – and good luck getting a reservation. --Zagat

Address

228 W 10th St

#1

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Classy Lively

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Behind an “extra-cool” hidden entrance in a pawn shop, this “vibrant” LES resto-lounge draws a “glam crowd” to “splurge” on “imaginative” New American bites in a bi-level space that “truly is a beauty”; if you “don’t mind a bit of shameless trendiness” (free champagne in the ladies’ room is a “nice touch”), it “does impress.” --Zagat

Address

146 Essex Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Classy Club Fancy Late Night Lively Pickup Social Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

“Go with a group” and “order everything” say fans at this LES New American that puts a “creative spin on classic dishes” via “delicious” share plates; the sleek duplex space may “no longer be a place to be seen”, but it remains “lively”, with an “especially good brunch” and many who “still love the vibe.” --Zagat

Address

99 Stanton Street

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

Earning an “A+ for creativity”, this “so cool” Lower Eastsider from the Tao Group and chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) dispenses “elevated” global street fare offered tapas-style amid “stunning” murals (including one by Shepard Fairey); with a “secret entrance” and a downstairs DJ lounge, it’s got “hip” types “obsessed.” --Zagat

Address

199 Bowery

Neighborhood

Lower East Side

Vibes

Club Fancy Lively Speakeasy

Establishment Type

Bar Restaurant

Description

“Marvelous” “cucina rustica” pairs with a “well-crafted” wine list in “intimate farmhouse-inspired” surrounds that’ll “transport” you to a “Tuscan home” at this NoHo Med-Italian; if it gets “loud”, the downstairs wine cellar is a “beautiful” alternative, though it’s “not cheap” no matter where you sit. --Zagat

Address

47 Bond St

Neighborhood

NoHo

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Romantic

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Something “different from the norm”, this “cutting-edge” NoLita hangout offers a “new-school” take on Thai cuisine via “vibrant flavors” and very “serious spicing”; an “attentive” team tends the “knickknack”-filled basement space, where “must-try” beer slushies can be ordered from the “cozy” bar. --Zagat

Address

7 Spring Street

Neighborhood

NoLita

Vibes

Chill Classy

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

“Definitely not your father’s steakhouse”, these more “accessible” Quality Meats spin-offs court a “young crowd” with “lesser-known” but “still delicious” cuts of meat, plus “inventive” starters and sides; “chill” settings with whimsical details further the “great buzz.” --Zagat

Address

19 Greenwich Ave

Neighborhood

West Village

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Cozy venue offering updated dishes & sustainable cuts plus playful artwork & drinks.

Address

1496 2nd Avenue

Neighborhood

Upper East Side

Vibes

Chill Classy

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

“Casually elegant” and “expensively” priced, this bamboo-lined East Village Japanese slices a “flawless symphony” of “incredibly fresh fish”; for best results, insiders “sit at the sushi bar” and go the omakase route, though no matter where you land, owners Jack and Grace Lamb “really take care of you.” --Zagat

Address

239 East 5th Street

Neighborhood

East Village

Vibes

Classy Fancy

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Underground lounge where dark nooks & a waterfall lend a romantic, intimate vibe.

Address

65 W 70th St

Neighborhood

Upper West Side

Vibes

Chill Classy Romantic

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

Fans praise the “authentically spicy Sichuan” fare at this “novel” Murray Hill Chinese that offers “outstanding” specialties in a setting recalling a “circa-1930 Shanghai teahouse”; “moderate” prices make some amends for sometimes “spotty service.” --Zagat

Address

13 E 37th St

Neighborhood

Midtown East

Vibes

Chill

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Italian fare with a modern twist is served in a tiny space with doors that open to the street. Late night weekends turn into a lively event with the waiters doing a congo line. --Zagat

Address

184 Prince Street

Neighborhood

SoHo

Vibes

Lively Pickup

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

This TriBeCa “charmer” from “talented” Iron Chef Marc Forgione “excels in every way” with “superlative” New American cooking and “warm”, “knowledgeable” service in a “rustic” space with “romantic” vibes; it’s usually “mobbed” despite “platinum-card” pricing, so reservations are a foregone conclusion. --Zagat

Address

134 Reade Street

Neighborhood

TriBeCa

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy

Establishment Type

Restaurant

Description

Miami vibe cocktail bar and restaurant with chill vibes, and great rooftop views. Social and young scene with fantastic drinks.

Address

23 Lexington Ave

Neighborhood

Kips Bay

Vibes

Classy Fancy Lively Social

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar

Description

Like a “garden party” nested atop Chelsea’s guestless McKittrick Hotel (actually a stage set for the interactive theater piece Sleep No More), this “stellar” roof bar delivers “a dash of the unusual” thanks to a rustic setting lush with greenery combined with “delicious” cocktails, notably punch by the bowlful; sure, it’s “pricey”, but its show-going crowd calls it “a lovely place for a splurge.”

Address

542 W 27th St

Neighborhood

Chelsea

Vibes

Chill Classy Fancy Late Night

Establishment Type

Restaurant Bar