Top 25 Restaurants in New York City 2016
Posted on November 9, 2016 by
Xploritall announces the 1st annual list of the 25 Best Restaurants in New York City. We sorted through several key diner and critic ranking lists to determine the overall winners. This "poll of polls" balances the opinions of dining critics with ratings of actual diners. The winners represent a diverse offering of cuisines and ranging from casual to fine dining.
Though Xploritall places less emphasis on opinions and rankings than other travel sites, the Top 25 list is a great tool for planning a visit to the Big Apple. There are lots of other great places to eat in and around New York, so consider this list a starting point. And don't forget to sign up to add these places to your Xploritall travel planner.
The Top 25 list for 2016:
42 East 20th Street
Gramercy Tavern made the cut on every top list we sourced for our ranking – the only restaurant in any of our ranked cities to accomplish this consistency. Which is remarkable when dealing with so much competition in a place like New York.
155 West 51st Street
Le Bernadin is no stranger to "best"" of lists. They are currently #24 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016, and were #1 on Zagat and Zomato (formerly UrbanSpoon) at the time our list was compiled.
60 East 65th Street
Traditional American, French
Contemporary French by Chef Daniel Boulud. Restaurant Daniel rose to the top for both critics (#3 on Zagat), and the general public alike (#1 on TripAdvisor).
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave
Traditional American, French
Eleven Madison Park is currently ranked as #3 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016. It also recently won the James Beard award for Outstanding Service.
163 Duane St
Chef David Bouley's French namesake TriBeCa restaurant scores well with critics (#2 on Zagat) and diners (#2 TripAdvisor). But make a reservation soon, as it will be going on hiatus at the end of January 2017 while David Bouley takes a sabbatical to travel and gain more culinary inspiration.
Peter Luger Steak House
If an establishment has been at it since 1885, and can still mix it up with the best (ranked on Zagat, Zomato, and Eater 38), you know it is worth the trip to Brooklyn to experience.
4th Floor, The Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th St
Chef Thomas Keller is no stranger to accolades - both Per Se and his California based The French Laundry have previously been in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Per Se ranked on both Zagat and TripAdvisor.
Los Tacos No. 1
75 9th Ave
An authentic Mexican (by way of the West Coast) food stand in the Chelsea Market.
The Spotted Pig
314 West 11th Street at Greenwich Street
British, Burgers, Gastropub
The self-proclaimed first gastropub in New York, ran by Chef and co-owner April Bloomfield, who was previously named Best New Chef by Food & Wine Magazine.
205 E Houston St
What would a NYC list be without an iconic delicatessen? Katz's has been in business since 1888. But, these institutions shouldn't be taken for granted after learning about Carnegie Deli's plan to close at the end of the year.
80 Spring St
Balthazar serves traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night supper. Opened by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by chef de cuisine Shane McBride. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads and pastries from Balthazar bakery.
29 E 29th St
Traditional and unconventional takes on pizza by Chef Nick Anderer. Marta is part of the Union Square Hospitality Group, headed by Danny Meyer and including, among others, #1 Gramercy Tavern.
75 9th Ave
A modern Asian semi-chain, there's also Buddakans in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Part of the Starr Restaurant Organization.
134 Reade St
Chef Marc “Forge” Forgione and partner Christopher Blumlo opened their neighborhood restaurant in June 2008, offering their signature style of contemporary food and drink served by their very personable staff in a comfortable and energetic atmosphere.
Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar
95 1st Avenue
A tiny East Village oyster bar. The menu is entirely market-driven, as they proudly don't even own a freezer.
424 E 9th St
New American, Fusion, Korean, Tapas/Small Plates
A self-described "New Korean" restaurant pulling influences from New American, French, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. Thursday Kitchen was #3 on Yelp when we compiled our list.
232 8th Ave
New American, Italian, Korean
Momofuku Nishi (which means “west”) opened in January 2016 and is Momofuku’s first restaurant on the west side. Located in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, guests can choose from a la carte offerings for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
85 10th Ave
Seafood, Spanish, Tapas/Small Plates, Vegan, Vegetarian
Barcelona style tapas bar in NYC's Chelsea by James Beard Award-winning Chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 1st Ave
Fusion, Noodles, Ramen
Momofuku Noodle Bar was the first Momofuku restaurant. It serves ramen and a roster of dishes that changes with the seasons.
142 Orchard St
A small eatery in the Lower East Side of New York City that focuses on seasonal produce and natural wines.
102 Norfolk St
A small Mexican spot with subtle French influence, as Chef and co-owner Luis Arce Mota has French training. La Contenta was #4 on Yelp at the time we compiled our list.
1 Central Park W
The flagship of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s empire, Jean-Georges offers fine dining with a blend of French, American, and Asian influences.
Lincoln Square Steak
208 W 70th St
A classic steakhouse designed with a nostalgic decor that is reflective of the 1960s era, offering steaks that are dry aged to perfection, succulent seafood dishes and an extensive global wine list.
Gotham Bar and Grill
12 E 12th St
Still going strong since opening in 1984, Chef Alfred Portale’s Gotham Bar & Grill earns a spot in our inaugural top list by placing at #5 on Zagat.
200 Fifth Avenue
Cafe, Grocery, Italian
Imagine a department store dedicated to Italian food. That’s Eataly. Inside are several eateries, markets, bookstore, housewares section, cooking school, and a rooftop beer garden.