Best Restaurants in NYC to Try Now

Where do you begin narrowing down a list of the best restaurants in NYC? You could visit time and time again and never eat in the same place twice. If you know what type of meal you’re looking for, check out our list of essential spots to try now.

For pizza: Rubirosa

Ask any New Yorker what their favorite pizza is and you’ll get a different answer almost every time. Skip the mainstays and try Rubirosa, a new pizza place known for its thin-crust pies. The wait may be long, but well worth it.

For Italian: L’Artusi

Sex and the City vibes are on the menu at this West Village hot spot. There’s no better spot than L’Artusi for bowls of pasta, an excellent wine list, and fresh olive oil cake to finish. Looking for a more unique experience? Try the chef’s counter overlooking the open kitchen or private dining in our 2,500-bottle walk-in wine cellar.

For Thai: Uncle Boons

Can’t swing a trip to Thailand? No problem. Bangkok flea market decor decorates the brick walls of funky Uncle Boons, a creative spot for Thai eats and cocktails. Head to their late-night dining room for charcoal-grilled Thai dishes with bold, intriguing flavors.

For sushi: Sushi Seki

There are better sushi spots in New York. But Sushi Seki is open late (until 2:30am late). They serve everything from sushi to noodles to the Omakase chef’s tasting menu. It’s located in an old-school, hole-in-the-wall spot in the Upper East Side. Sit at the bar to make it an unrepeatable New York experience.

For American: Minetta Tavern

Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and E.E. Cummings have all dined at Minetta Tavern since it opened in the 1930s. The restaurant is where Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern. The menu is extensive, but the Black Label burger is an absolute classic.

For Mexican: Cosme

Locally-sourced, shared Mexican dishes, tequila, and mezcal cocktails are all just a short walk from the Gotham Hotel. Don’t underplay “shared” dishes — you’ll need a group of friends to finish it all. Don’t miss the whole duck served carnitas style with homemade tortillas.

For steak: Wolfgang Puck

Peter Luger alum Wolfgang Zwiener learned his craft well, then opened his Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. Conveniently located at the Gotham Hotel, enjoy the upscale chophouse serving dry-aged steaks, seafood, and wine in an elegant setting.

For an experimental tasting menu: Blanca

Everyone knows Roberta’s, the experimental pizza spot in Brooklyn’s Bushwick. Hidden behind the pizza counter is a secret restaurant called Blanca, offering a tiny 12-seat tasting menu that feels like no other restaurant in New York. The chef hand selects the menu every night, meaning you’re sure to be surprised and delighted.

Looking for something even more unique? Check out a couple of Instagram-worthy restaurants in our roundup of the best NYC Instagram spots.