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Top NYC Restaurants for the month of October 2020  print
21 Club

21 Club

Cuisine: American
21 W 52nd St (Between 5th Ave & 6th Ave) | New York , NY 10019
(212) 582-7200
https://www.21club.com/?utm_source=local_search&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=google_business&utm_content=21C
Upscale former speakeasy serving classic American fare in an old New York setting.This fabled institution has been in business for over 85 years, and there’s nothing slowing it down. Traditional American dishes in an old-school, dress-up setting (jackets required, no jeans) with spectacular old toys hanging from the ceiling and serene private rooms upstairs; an impeccable staff furthers the welcoming vibes, though you may have to liquidate some stocks to cover the bill.
Blue Hill

Blue Hill

Cuisine: American
75 Washington Pl (Between Washington Sq W & 6th Ave) | New York , NY 10011
(212) 539-1776
https://www.bluehillfarm.com/dine/new-york
Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients abound on the American menu served at this townhouse-set spot. A majority of ingredients come from Stone Barns Center in Westchester County and the eponymous farm in Massachusetts. Diners decide between a six-course “Farmer’s Feast” tasting or a four-course “Daily Menu." Dishes are described in refreshingly terse terms to reflect the relative simplicity of what’s on the plate, whether that’s this morning's farm egg with seasonal vegetable pistou or Montauk black bass with dill purée. This is food that tastes and feels good.
Contra

Contra

Cuisine: American
138 Orchard St (Between Rivington St & Delancy St) | New York , NY 10002
(212) 466-4633
http://www.contranyc.com
Trendy New American venue offering a dinner-only fixed-price menu in bare-bones but chic surrounds.Offering six courses for under $80, their prix-fixe menu is renowned not just for its ambition and creativity but also as one of good value. While the menu format may be fixed, dishes change frequently to reflect the young chefs’ wide-ranging talents and contemporary flair. This kitchen really plays it up, presenting textures and ingredients in unusual, but appealing ways. Guinea hen, served in a light vin jaune sauce, is proof that simple can be spectacular. Whipped potato over a smoked date purée that is topped with fried kombu chips is equal parts fun and fantastic. Even dessert shows off a little sass: the elderflower granita with preserved celery, which imparts a dill pickle quality, is exceptional.
DunHuang Lanzhou Beef Noodle

DunHuang Lanzhou Beef Noodle

Cuisine: Chinese
136-93 37th Avenue (Between Main St & Union St) | Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 359-2188
https://www.dunhuangfood.com/
Unassuming Chinese eatery featuring hand-pulled noodle soups, salads & lamb entrees. The service is also excellent. There are other locations listed below: 320 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10027 1268 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027 300 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003 1717 NJ-27, Edison, NJ 08817 817 60th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220 531 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Shanghai 21

Shanghai 21

Cuisine: Chinese
21 Mott St (Between Worth St & Mosco St) | New York, NY 10013
(212) 766-6311
https://shanghai21togo.com/
No-frills place offering a big menu of beyond-the-basics Chinese dishes including soup dumplings. Fried pork buns, garlic eggplant, and twice cooked pork are great as well.
Wo Hop

Wo Hop

Cuisine: Chinese
17 Mott St (Between Worth St & Mosco St) | New York, NY 10013
(212) 962-8617
http://www.wohopchinese.com/
Longtime restaurant serving Chinese eats in bright, no-frills digs amid customer photos. Open late. This is a great place to go to after a late night out.
Dominique Ansel Bakery

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Cuisine: Desserts
189 Spring St (Between Sullivan St &Thompson St) | New York , NY 10012
(212) 219-2773
http://www.dominiqueanselny.com
This bakery-cafe headed by pastry chef Dominique Ansel serves up creative & beautiful French treats.A cookie shot glass is completed with cool milk poured in right before your eyes. This dessert isn’t just a treat: it’s an experience. They are also known for the Cronut. Its a combo of a doughnut and a croissant. The line outside Dominique Ansel Bakery is worth it to try one of these donut-croissant hybrids
Dough Doughnuts

Dough Doughnuts

Cuisine: Desserts
14 W 19th St (Between 5th Ave & 6th Ave) | New York , NY 10011
(212) 243-6844
https://www.doughdoughnuts.com
Spin-off of a Brooklyn shop for yeast donuts with creative seasonal glazes & French-press coffee. They have crazy flavored doughnuts like Dulce De Leche, Passion Fruit, Hibiscus, Lemon Poppy, Cheesecake, Nutella, ect..
Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar

Cuisine: Desserts
251 E 13th St (Between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave) | New York , NY 10003
(646) 692-4154
https://milkbarstore.com
Bakery for quirky, inventive desserts from lauded pastry chef Christina Tosi. Our personal favorite is Crack Pie, its a buttery sugary masterpeice. They are also known for cereal milk ice cream, and best of all, birthday cake truffles. There are other locations listed below: 382 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (347) 799-2732 220 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (917) 475-1187 246 Mott St, New York, NY 10012 (646) 896-1612 561 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024 (212) 256-0586 74 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014 (855) 333-6455 110 Wall St, New York, NY 10005 (646) 964-4241
Balthazar

Balthazar

Cuisine: French
80 Spring St (Between Broadway & Crosby St) | New York , NY 10012
(212) 965-1414
https://balthazarny.com
Iconic French brasserie with steak frites, brunch & pastries in a classy space with red banquettes. This spot is great for a party brunch, come here with a group of friends for a great time with DJ and bottle service. Also great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Daniel

Daniel

Cuisine: French
60 E 65th St (Between Park Ave & Madison Ave) | New York , NY 10065
(212) 288-0033
https://www.danielnyc.com
Daniel Boulud's elegant French flagship where jackets are required & expense accounts come in handy. Daniel is a New York City fine dining classic. Save it for a special occasion and eat in the salon, where things are a bit more laid back. Daniel has opulent helpings of veal with artichokes, and dainty portions of suckling pig that the kitchen simmers in milk and garnishes with the freshest farm vegetables from upstate.
La Grenouille

La Grenouille

Cuisine: French
3 E 52nd St (Between Madison Ave & 5th Ave) | New York , NY 10022
(212) 752-1495
http://la-grenouille.com
Longtime restaurant serving time-honored French delicacies in a flower-arrangement-filled space. It’s also true that the quality of ageless mid-20th-century specialties on the famous frog-decorated menu — like lobster bisque, grilled sole, and crêpes flambées — can go up and down with the passage of time. But the clientele is as loyal as ever, the famous flowers are still delivered each morning to be placed in tall vases around the famous dining room, and as long as the family manages to hang onto the midtown townhouse off Fifth Avenue, the gilded, rose-scented, essentially French pleasures of this fin de siècle fine-dining landmark will endure.
Bar Sardine

Bar Sardine

Cuisine: Hamburgers
183 W 10th St (Between W 4th St & 7th Ave S) | New York , NY 10014
(646) 360-3705
http://www.barsardinenyc.com
Upscale American pub fare & cocktails in a compact space with bar seats & a couple of tables. You may not think burger when you walk in, but the Fedora Burger might be the best thing on the menu. A juicy Pat LaFrieda patty topped with smoked Cheddar and BBQ mayo, which add flavor that's at once smoky and sweet, plus crispy shoestring fries for some crunchy texture. Amazing.
Boilermaker

Boilermaker

Cuisine: Hamburgers
13 1st Avenue (Between E 1st St & E 2nd St) | New York , NY 10003
(212) 995-5400
http://www.boilermakernyc.com
Retro-style bar with leather banquettes, serving kitschy drinks, beer cocktails & burgers. One of the best burgers made my a Filipino chef Migel Trinidad. It's inexpensive and delicious. The burger comes topped with Jeepney's Atchara -- traditional pickled vegetables from the Philippines that pair an interesting sweet & sour taste with the meat.
Raoul

Raoul

Cuisine: Hamburgers
180 Prince St (Beween Sullivan St & Thompson St) | New York , NY 10012
(212) 966-3518
http://raouls.com
Raoul's is classic New York; its hamburgers have been rated among the best in the country. The burger at Raoul’s was named the best in Manhattan by Thrillist’s National Burger Critic. There are only 12 made each night, and they’re only available at the bar. If you can make it there a little before the kitchen opens at 5:30, you may be lucky enough to experience the perfectly seared, brisket-heavy patty topped with rich, triple-cream Saint-André, red onions, cornichons, and peppery greens for extra acid and spice, inside a squishy challah bun.
Bar Pitti

Bar Pitti

Cuisine: Italian
268 6th Ave (Between Bleeker St & W Houston St) | New York, NY 10014
(212) 982-3300
http://www.barpitty.com/
Cash only pasta spot with a small selection of tasty dishes.Home to many a celeb sighting,this jet-set Village Italian is best known for its excellent people-watching from indoor/outdoor tables,even if the easygoing fare is pretty delicious as well; no reservations.
Carbone

Carbone

Cuisine: Italian
181 Thompson St (Between Bleeker & W Houston St) | New York, NY 10012
(212) 254-3000
http://carbonenewyork.com/
Excellent all around. The space is small but the staff navigates it precisely. The service is excellent, the focus is on maximizing your experience, not the bill. The food is perfect, you won't be disappointed with anything, but trust your captain, they will not let you down. Just an overall amazing dining experience.Carbone is a tiny red-sauce Italian spot in Greenwich Village, and it both looks and feels like the set of a film about mobsters who eat a lot.
La Artusi

La Artusi

Cuisine: Italian
228 W 10th St (Between Christopher St & W 10th St) | New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-5757
https://www.lartusi.com/
This is the Italian restaurant that has won the respect of restauranteurs and chefs the city over.L’Artusi is the sister restaurant to Dell’anima. The cuisine is Italian, and it’s the kind of Italian cooking that’s not afraid to go heavy on big flavors like garlic, lemon, olives, chiles, and fat to win your favor.
Sushi AMANE

Sushi AMANE

Cuisine: Japanese
245 E 44th St (Between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave) | New York , NY 10017
(212) 986-5300
http://www.sushi-amane.com
This 8-seat omakase counter inside Mifune offers $250 multicourse sushi menus from chef Shion Uino.His $250 omakase spans from otsumami (appetizers) to a succession of nigiri carefully formed using rice seasoned with a blend of Japanese salts and red vinegars. Using connections from Japan, Uino sources rare cuts of fish, like longtooth grouper, and a plethora of exceedingly scarce types of uni, which only become available at certain times of year.
Sushi Sasabune

Sushi Sasabune

Cuisine: Japanese
401 E 73rd St (Between York Ave & 1st Ave) | New York , NY 10012
(212) 249-8583
https://sushisasabune.tumblr.com/Locations
The high-end sushi spot occupies a simple setting & offers a chef's-choice-only menu.Sushi masters craft absurdly delicious works of art at this UES Japanese from Kenji Takahashi, a tiny hideaway known for both à la carte options and an incredible omakase experience; though the “decor’s very basic, sampling the first-class fish requires “really deep pockets.
Uchu

Uchu

Cuisine: Japanese
217 Eldridge St (Between Rivington St & Stanton St) | New York , NY 10002
(212) 203-7634
http://uchu.nyc
Two tiny bars set the stage for prix fixe omakase sushi, Japanese tasting menus & spirits.This omakase-style Japanese spot on the Lower East Side offers two options: an understated 10-seat sushi bar serving a tasting menu by chef Eiji Ichimura, and a modern eight-seat kaiseki counter with rich wood decor and an emphasis on drink pairings. There’s a business-casual dress code and strict reservation policy, and meals last about two-and-a-half hours. If you have $300 in your pocket (before tax, tip, and the invariable carafes of sake), we suggest you run, don’t walk, down to Eldridge Street.
Joes Pizza

Joes Pizza

Cuisine: Pizza
7 Carmine St (Between Bleeker St & 6th Ave) | New Yorkk , NY 10014
(212) 366-1182
http://www.joespizzanyc.com
West Village locals have depended on this counter-service pizzeria for quick slices since 1975. The slices taste and look the way they did 30 years ago. This is by far the best pizzeria in NYC. Make sure to order a pie & not just a slice. There are other locations listed below: 1435 Broadway, New York, NY 10018 (646) 559-4878 150 E 14th St, New York, NY 10003 (212) 388-9474 216 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (718) 388-2216
L&B Spumoni Gardens

L&B Spumoni Gardens

Cuisine: Pizza
2725 86th St (Between W 10th St & W 11th St) | Brooklyn , NY 11223
(718) 449-1230
http://www.spumonigardens.com
Line up at the outside window for a tray of Sicilian pizza. Sicilian square pizza & ice cream from an old-school Italian counter that opened in 1939.Every single pizzeria that’s making a Sicilian pizza with a sauce on top of the cheese in some way references L&B. If youre in Brooklyn definitely stop by, its worth the wait.
Mamas Too!

Mamas Too!

Cuisine: Pizza
2750 Broadway (Between W 105th St & W 106th St) | New York , NY 10025
(212) 510-7256
http://mamastoo.com
Pint-sized counter-service pizzeria drawing crowds for slices with classic & gourmet toppings.Mama’s Too is a tiny pizza place on the Upper West Side, and it’s where you’ll find some of the best slices in the area. Get the square pepperoni one.
Aquagrill

Aquagrill

Cuisine: Seafood
210 Spring St (Between Sullivan St & 6th Ave) | New York , NY 10012
(212) 274-0505
https://www.aquagrill.com
Aquagrill is consistently excellent seafood, this SoHo institution offers perfectly cooked fish and super-fresh oysters, plus a fabulous brunch. Order the seafood tower for appetizer. If you're not prepared to eat a dozen oysters on your own, you're not prepared to eat here.
Marea

Marea

Cuisine: Seafood
240 Central Park S (Between 7th Ave & Broadway) | New York , NY 10019
(212) 582-5100
https://www.marearestaurant.com/new-york
High-end Italian seafood & housemade pastas from Michael White in a chic Central Park South setting.Marea is about as good as upscale eating gets in Midtown, and there’s a lot of that around. Don’t miss the bone marrow and octopus fusilli.
Nerai

Nerai

Cuisine: Seafood
55 E 54th St (Between Park Ave & Madison Ave) | New York , NY 10022
(212) 759-5554
http://nerainyc.com
Chic Greek venue offering updated specialties & seafood priced by the pound, in an airy setting. Outstanding Greek/Mediterranean dining, equally outstanding service, very pricy. Make sure to get the grilled octopus to start.
La Fonda Del Sol

La Fonda Del Sol

Cuisine: Spanish
200 Park Ave Located in: MetLife Building | New York, NY 10166
(212) 867-6767
https://www.patinagroup.com/la-fonda-del-sol/
La Fonda Del Sol is the modern re-incarnation of New York’s famous restaurant of the same name which was in operation between 1961 and 1971. Staying true to its roots, the restaurant serves classic Spanish cuisine and tapas with fresh, contemporary accents.La Fonda Del Sol is the modern re-incarnation of New York’s famous restaurant of the same name which was in operation between 1961 and 1971. Staying true to its roots, the restaurant serves classic Spanish cuisine and tapas with fresh, contemporary accents.
Mercado Little Spain

Mercado Little Spain

Cuisine: Spanish
10 Hudson Yards | New York, NY 10001
(646) 495-1242
https://www.littlespain.com/
There are three restaurants within El Mercado: Leña, Mar, and Spanish Diner. Leña brings together the best elements of Spain’s favorite grill-focused restaurants, including the steakhouses and asadores of the Basque Country and Asturias. Mar represents the culture of Spain’s diverse regions and their obsession with all things marine, from the shellfish of the rocky Atlantic cliffs of the North to the beautiful bluefin tuna of the Mediterranean. An Iberian take on the classic American all-day restaurant, Spanish Diner features larger portions of Spanish favorites in a casual, high-energy vaulted space set right under the High Line.
Tomiño Taberna Gallega

Tomiño Taberna Gallega

Cuisine: Spanish
192 Grand St (Between Mulberry St & Mott St) | New York, NY 10013
(212) 933-4763
https://www.tominonyc.com/
Tomiño Taberna Galega is a treasure trove of delicious tapas from Northwestern Spain, located here on the border of Little Italy and Chinatown. Informal Spanish storefront restaurant & tapas bar featuring Galician fare with wines & cocktails.
Bowery Meat Company

Bowery Meat Company

Cuisine: Steakhouse
9 E 1st St (Between Bowery & 2nd Ave) | New York, NY 10003
(212) 460-5255
http://www.bowerymeatcompany.com/
Steakhouse with classic cuts in modern preparations plus pasta & more in a retro-styled setting.One of the city’s best cheeseburgers for the legions of burger loons.
Cote

Cote

Cuisine: Steakhouse
16 W 22nd St (Between 5th Ave & 6th Ave) | New York, NY 10010
(212) 401-7986
https://www.cotenyc.com/
This spot is great to go with friends. Guests cook their own dry-aged steaks on tabletop grills at this upscale Korean spot.They also do a great prix fixe.
Porter House Bar and Grill

Porter House Bar and Grill

Cuisine: Steakhouse
10 Columbus Cir (Between W 58th St & W 60th St) | New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9500
http://porterhousenyc.com
Upscale steakhouse in Time Warner Center offering the genre standards with Central Park views. First-class service, opulent side dishes, grand wines, and traditional and trendy cuts of beef.