The Forbes 2021 All-Star Eateries In New York

Food & Drink

Chef Hillary Sterling of Ci Siamo with her cast-iron focaccia

T

he best thing for the future of Big Apple restaurants is the city’s new mayor, Eric Adams, who actually likes the industry and delights in dining out. He’s the happy antithesis of his lazy, nasty, utterly inept, chip-on-the-shoulder predecessor, Bill de Blasio, who took grim joy in making life unnecessarily more miserable for eateries during the pandemic. Adams, who wants his city to thrive again, is also well aware of how critical this industry is to such a renaissance. Fine dining in places with traditional and excitingly creative offerings was a crucial attraction for tourists of all kinds, not to mention one of the things that made Gotham a magnet for the ambitious. Our stellar team of discerning tasters—Forbes’ chief content officer, Randall Lane; Forbes contributor Richard Nalley; preeminent media maven Monie Begley; and brothers Kip and Tim—herewith unveil their list of where you can enjoy the city’s most savory comestibles.


Aquavit

Owner(s): Hakan Swahn

Address: 65 East 55th Street

Michelin Stars: 2

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Bâtard

Owner(s): Drew Nieporent

Address: 239 West Broadway

Michelin Stars: 1

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Daniel

Owner(s): Daniel Boulud

Address: 60 East 65th Street

Michelin Stars: 2

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Gramercy Tavern

Owner(s): Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group

Address: 42 East 20th Street

Michelin Stars: 1

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The Grill

Owner(s): Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick, Mr. Mario Carbone

Address: 99 East 52nd Street

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Jean-Georges

Owner(s): Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Phil Suarez

Address: 1 Central Park West

Michelin Stars: 2

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La Grenouille

Owner(s): Philippe Masson

Address: 3 East 52nd Street

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Le Bernardin

Owner(s): Éric Ripert, Maguy Le Coze

Address: 155 West 51st Street

Michelin Stars: 3

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Le Pavillon

Owner(s): Daniel Boulud

Address: One Vanderbilt Avenue

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Marea

Owner(s): Ahmass Fakahany

Address: 240 Central Park South

Michelin Stars: 1

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The Modern

Owner(s): Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group

Address: 9 West 53rd Street

Michelin Stars: 2

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Momofuku Ko

Owner(s): David Chang

Address: 8 Extra Place

Michelin Stars: 2

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Per Se

Owner(s): Thomas Keller

Address: 10 Columbus Circle

Michelin Stars: 3

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Balthazar

Owner(s): Keith McNally

Address: 80 Spring Street

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Grand Central Oyster Bar

Owner(s): Sandy Ingber, Mohammed Lawal, Janet Poccia

Address: 89 East 42nd Street

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Katz’s Delicatessen

Owner(s): Jake Dell

Address: 205 East Houston Street

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Keens Steakhouse

General Manager: Bonnie Jenkins

Address: 72 West 36th Street

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Nippon

Owner(s): Yasuhiro Makoshi

Address: 155 East 52nd Street

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Nobu Downtown/Nobu 57

Owner(s): Nobu Matsuhisa, Drew Nieporent

Address: 195 Broadway and 40 West 57th Street

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Peter Luger Steak House

Owner(s): Marilyn Spiera, Amy Rubenstein, Jody Storch

Address: 185 Broadway, Brooklyn

Michelin Stars: 1

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The River Café

Owner(s): Michael O’Keeffe

Address: One Water Street, Brooklyn

Michelin Stars: 1

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ABC Kitchen

Owner(s): Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Phil Suarez

Address: 35 East 18th Street

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Ai Fiori

Owner(s): Ahmass Fakahany

Address: 400 Fifth Avenue

Michelin Stars: 1

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Antonucci Cafe

Owner(s): Francesco Antonucci

Address: 170 East 81st Street

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Aretsky’s Patroon

Owner(s): Ken Aretsky

Address: 160 East 46th Street

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Atera

Owner(s): Jodi Richard

Address: 77 Worth Street

Michelin Stars: 2

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Avra Madison

Owner(s): Marc Packer, Nick Pashalis, Nick Tsoulos

Address: 14 East 60th Street

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Carbone

Owner(s): Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick, Mario Carbone

Address: 181 Thompson Street

Michelin Stars: 1

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The Clocktower

Owner(s): Jason Atherton, Stephen Starr

Address: 5 Madison Avenue

Michelin Stars: 1

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Cote

Owner(s): Simon Kim

Address: 16 West 22nd Street

Michelin Stars: 1

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Crown Shy

Owner(s): James Kent, Jeff Katz

Address: 70 Pine Street

Michelin Stars: 1

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Estela

Owner(s): Ignacio Mattos

Address: 47 East Houston Street

Michelin Stars: 1

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Frenchette

Owner(s): Lee Hanson, Riad Nasr

Address: 241 West Broadway

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Gage & Tollner

Owner(s): Sohui Kim, Ben Schneider, St. John Frizell

Address: 372 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

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Gotham

Owner(s): Bret Csencsitz

Address: 12 East 12th Street

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Hawksmoor

Owner(s): Will Beckett, Huw Gott

Address: 109 East 22nd Street

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JoJo

Owner(s): Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Address: 160 East 64th Street

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Junoon

Owner(s): Rajesh Bhardwaj

Address: 19 West 24th Street

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La Goulue

Owner(s): Jean Denoyer

Address: 29 East 61st Street

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L’Artusi

Owner(s): August Cardona, Kevin Garry

Address: 228 West 10th Street

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Majorelle

Owner(s): Charles Masson

Address: 28 East 63rd Street

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Marc Forgione

Owner(s): Marc Forgione, Christopher Blumlo

Address: 134 Reade Street

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The Mark Restaurant

Owner(s): Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Address: 25 East 77th Street

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Michael’s

Owner(s): Michael McCarty

Address: 24 West 55th Street

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Milos

Owner(s): Costas Spiliadis

Address: 20 Hudson Yards

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Misi

Owner(s): Missy Robbins

Address: 329 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn

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Nougatine

Owner(s): Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Address: One Central Park West

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Nur

Owner(s): Meir Adoni

Address: 34 East 20th Street

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Perry St

Owner(s): Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Phil Suarez

Address: 176 Perry Street

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Portale

Owner(s): Alfred Portale

Address: 126 West 18th Street

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The Simone

Owner(s): Chip Smith, Tina Vaughn, Robert Margolis

Address: 151 East 82nd Street

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Sixty Three Clinton

Owner(s): Sam Clonts, Raymond Trinh

Address: 63 Clinton

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Sushi Nakazawa

Owner(s): Alessandro Borgognone, Daisuke Nakazawa

Address: 23 Commerce Street

Michelin Stars: 1

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Union Square Cafe

Owner(s): Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group

Address: 101 East 19th Street

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Wayan

Owner(s): Cédric Vongerichten

Address: 20 Spring Street

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abcV with Jean-Georges

Owner(s): Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Address: 38 East 19th Street

It’s no surprise that vegans and vegetarians love the original offerings here, but meat eaters are wowed as well.

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Al Vaporetto

Owner(s): Francesco Antonucci

Address: 168 East 81st Street

Venice itself would be envious of the ways in which the variety of food is prepared.

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Amaranth

Owner(s): Paola Pedrignani

Address: 21 East 62nd Street

Reopened and as popular as ever with the Midtown lunch crowd—and the crowd is correct when it comes to the food served.

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Bistrot Leo

Owner(s): John McDonald

Address: 60 Thompson Street

Its outdoor dining area is one of the most attractive in the city, and the desserts are beyond sublime.

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Brasserie Cognac East

Owner(s): Vittorio Assaf, Fabio Granato

Address: 963 Lexington Avenue

Cognac is king, but the mix of French classic dishes and bistro fare makes for a royal experience.

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Café D’Alsace

Owner(s): Philippe Roussel

Address: 1695 Second Avenue

A visit to this spot is like being transported to Strasbourg. The food is as good as any you’ll find in eastern France.

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Donohue’s Steak House

Owner(s): Maureen Donohue-Peters

Address: 845 Lexington Avenue

No one has a beef with these unmistakably stunning steaks.


Ernesto’s

Owner(s): Ryan Bartlow

Address: 259 East Broadway

Basque in the beauty of this particular cuisine.

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The Fulton

Owner(s): Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Address: 89 South Street

A fabulous waterfront view, including the Brooklyn Bridge, that’s matched by fabulous fish fare.

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Gem

Owner(s): Flynn McGarry

Address: 116 Forsyth Street

Creation of wunderkind chef Flynn McGarry, whose terrific tasting menus are internationally inspired. The menu is a colorful pamphlet with a history of each dish.

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Hudson Yards Grill

Owner(s): Michael Lomonaco

Address: 20 Hudson Yards

The place to go to get the epitome of American fare.

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Lamalo

Owner(s): Gadi Peleg

Address: 11 East 31st Street

A mouthwatering modern Middle Eastern menu that has patrons returning again and again.

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L’Amico

Owner(s): Laurent Tourondel

Address: 849 Avenue of the Americas

Incredibly creative Italian renderings.

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Les Trois Chevaux

Owner(s): Angie Mar

Address: 283 West 12th Street

An over-the-top-fantastic “food vacation.” Setting is Paris formal, with mirrors and carts galore. What’s French for “delicious indulgence”?

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Llama San

Owner(s): Erik Ramirez

Address: 359 Sixth Avenue

Scrumptiously creative cuisine that impressively combines influences of Peruvian and Japanese cooking.

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Mercado Little Spain

Owner(s): José Andrés

Address: 10 Hudson Yards

Sensational Spanish-inspired fare.

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Milk Bar

Owner(s): Christina Tosi

Address: 1196 Broadway

Here you can personalize your perfect dessert with an array of cookies, cakes, ice creams and pies that will send you on a sweet, heavenly high.

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Sabor Argentino

Owner(s): Alessandro Uva

Address: 57 Seventh Avenue South

Great steaks, and the flan really has its fans.

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Sistina

Owner(s): Giuseppe Bruno

Address: 24 East 81st Street

Outstanding Italian offerings, especially the special pastas, at this longtime Upper East Side gem.

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Tomokase

Owner(s): Mier Wang

A complete, fully catered omakase dinner delivered to your home. A maître d’ and chef arrive with a suitcase or two and serve up a mouthwatering 15-course tasting menu of sushi and sashimi, concluding with a delectable dessert.

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UVA Next Door

Owner(s): Massimo Lusardi

Address: 1484 Second Avenue

Designed as an authentic Italian trattoria, this place feels like it’s been here forever but courageously opened last April. Fare is authentically excellent and is accompanied by hip music.

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Wayla

Owner(s): Erika Chou, Tom Naumsuwan

Address: 100 Forsyth Street

Thai food for a culinary adventure.

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Wild ink

Owner(s): Peter Jin

Address: 20 Hudson Yards

Unique dining menu creatively blends flavors from around the world. That goes for the cocktails, too.

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