New York City's culinary scene is vibrant and ever-changing, offering hip restaurants to suit every international palate and dietary need. The city's top chefs are constantly offering experimental fare at chef-driven ventures and lively neighborhood joints, many of which have received Michelin stars and James Beard Awards for their high-quality cuisine. Diners can enjoy some of the world's most unique restaurants throughout the borough of Manhattan, ranging from Japanese-style izakayas to restaurants specializing in street vendor cuisine from around the world. Many restaurants offer exclusive tasting menus and chef's table experiences throughout the week, serving up seasonal selections alongside impressive and unique beverage pairings.
Shuko is a delightful Japanese restaurant in Manhattan's Union Square that is helmed by executive chef duo Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim, serving up delicious daily tasting menus showcasing the best of traditional Japanese cuisine. The acclaimed restaurant, which first opened as a pop-up in East Hampton, brings the chefs' experience at Michelin-starred restaurant Masa Columbus Circle to a new venture emphasizing elegant seasonal dishes showcasing time-tested Japanese cooking techniques. Guests can enjoy sushi omakase experiences nightly, featuring a chef's selection of sushi and sashimi prepared with seasonal ingredients. A multi-course sushi kaiseki menu also takes diners through a progression of composed dishes. Both tasting menus are available with beverage pairings, highlighting fine international wines and imported sake.
47 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003, website, Phone: 212-228-6088
Hi-Collar is a combination Japanese-style cafe and bar in Manhattan's East Village, named in honor of a fashion term popularized during Japan's jazz era. Throughout the morning hours, the cafe is operated as a kissaten-style Westernized Japanese cafe, serving a rotating list of coffee beans that are available prepared as siphon, AeroPress, or pourover coffee. Mizudashi-style cold brew is also served by the cafe, along with a selection of iced and hot Japanese teas. Limited cafe-style lunch selections include Japanese-inspired deli and hot sandwiches and traditional omurice rice cakes. At night, the restaurant transforms into a hip Japanese bar, serving up a list of international sake accompanied by creative dessert offerings like coffee zenzai.
214 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003, website, Phone: 212-777-7018
3.The Bombay Bread Bar
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The Bombay Bread Bar pays homage to the delicious street food of Bombay, housed within a vibrantly colorful dining space in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. The restaurant, which is overseen by executive chef Floyd Cardoz, features gorgeous decor crafted by Kris Moran, known for her work on a number of Wes Anderson movies. Diners can share large and small plate offerings like goan pork ribs vindaloo, cauliflower masala roast, asparagus chaat, and aloo tikki potato cakes, accompanied by a varied selection of traditional Indian naan breads, chutneys, and kulchas. Family-style Bombay Bread Bar Experience meals are also available for the entire table, showcasing three courses of delectable Indian fare complemented by a choice of traditional desserts.
195 Spring St. at Sullivan, New York, NY 10012, website, Phone: 212-235-1098
4.L'Atelier and Le Grill
© L'Atelier and Le Grill
L'Atelier and Le Grill are the latest dual offerings from legendary New York City chef Joël Robuchon, who has held more Michelin stars for his restaurant offerings than any other chef in history. The delightful Meatpacking District restaurants evoke the atmosphere and menu offerings of Robuchon's acclaimed Parisian restaurants of the same name, which were opened in the city's Saint-Germain neighborhood in 2003. Counter seating service at L'Atelier allows for direct interaction between the chef and diners, while intimate seating at Le Grill creates a cozy atmosphere for a la carte and prix fixe menu options throughout the week. Creative fare served up at both restaurants includes foie gras burgers, caramelized free-range quail, sweet pea veloute, and poached Maine lobster with anise hyssop broth.
85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011, website, Phone: 212-488-8885
© The Crown
The Crown is the rooftop bar and lounge of the Hotel 50 Bowery, located atop the resort's lofty 21st floor. The Asian-centric joint serves up a full menu of globally-inspired small bites designed for sharing with dates and groups, including classic sliders, Maine-style lobster rolls, and fluke crudo tostadas. Creative dessert offerings range from homemade miso cream-filled doughnuts to decadent Hong Kong-style bubble waffle sundaes decked out with colorful toppings. A clever cocktail program is cultivated under the direction of beverage director Gates Otsuji, featuring drinks such as the prosecco and rhubarb-infused Free Spiri-tz and the Mint To Be Majestic, which blends apple, mint, lime, and white rum. Diners should note that the lounge is exclusively 21+ after 6:00pm each evening and strictly enforces a downtown-chic dress code.
50 Bowery, New York, NY 10013, website, Phone: 646-630-8057
© Restaurant Ukiyo
Restaurant Ukiyo is a clever French-Japanese hybrid restaurant offering from executive chef Marco Prins, a famed Dutch chef known for his work at Brooklyn Fare's chef's table. The restaurant is named for a term that translates as "the floating world," evoking a concept of living for the moment and detaching oneself from the troubles of the world. It operates as the sister restaurant to Michelin-starred favorite Jewel Bako Sushi, serving up unique culinary workshop experiences Tuesdays through Saturdays at its 18-seat intimate chef's bar. Menus rotate with seasonal ingredients, but often feature delicious options such as Dutch grey shrimp croquettes, Japanese-style iwashi tempura, oxtail bouillon with foie gras, and rhubarb cheesecake with yogurt creme. Diners can select from dishes a la carte or enjoy five- or eight-course tasting menus throughout the week paired with high-quality beverage selections.
239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003, website, Phone: 212-979-1012
Hasaki is an East Village favorite that has been known for its excellent Edomae-style sushi and sashimi offerings since 1984. The restaurant is a popular draw at lunchtime for its excellent sushi bar platters, which feature high-quality takes on favorites such as spicy tuna, California, eel, and avocado rolls. At dinner, guests can enjoy Early Bird bento box selections before 6:00pm, which feature diners' choice of tekka don, una-ju, or salmon oyako don paired with sashimi, steamed shumai, and miso soup. Traditional, premium, and special omakase chef's selection meals feature up to 12 pieces of seasonal sushi and sashimi, complemented by wagyu, truffles, and seasonal fish.
210 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003, website, Phone: 212-473-3327
© Leonelli Taberna
Leonelli Taberna is a rustic restaurant offering from executive chef Jonathan Benno, inspired by his childhood memories of dining on delicious Italian fare prepared by his family. The restaurant, which is inspired by the classic trattorias of Rome, is named in honor of a term indicating the lion's cultural significance in Roman history as a symbol of courage, strength, leadership, and majesty. Diners can enjoy high-quality land and sea entrees such as Tuscan-style fried chicken, bistecca with dry-aged ribeye and bone marrow, or classic branzino prepared with cherry peppers, cannellini beans, and capers. Hearty pasta entrees include Tuscan kale pansotti, duck ragu bucatini, and littleneck clam linguine. Prix fixe menus are available at lunch and dinner, accompanied by a splendid Italian-centric beverage program.
7 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016, website, Phone: 212-451-9495
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Casa Apicii is a charming Greenwich Village restaurant owned and operated by executive chef Casey Lane, known for his work at Venice, California's Tasting Kitchen. The restaurant sits on the garden level of a beautiful 19th-century townhouse, named in honor of the immortalized recipe book of first-century Roman chef Marcus Apicius. Pan-Italian dishes are crafted with Pacific coastal sensibilities, served up in the restaurant's gorgeous cupola-crowned dining room. Diners can choose from hearty land and sea offerings like New York strip steaks or roasted half-chicken with couscous or enjoy savory pasta platters like beef Bolognese, tagliatelle with Abalone mushrooms and pancetta, or bucatini all'amatriciana with 'nduja sausage. An extensive European wine list is paired with house cocktails and a selection of fine vermouths.
62 W 9th Street, New York, NY 10011, website, Phone: 212-353-8400
© La Lotería
La Lotería serves up high-quality modern Mexican fare in an inviting dining space in Manhattan's West Village, crafted by executive chef Julieta Ballesteros, best known for her work at Los Feliz and Crema. The restaurant's name is a nod to the traditional Mexican bingo-style game of the same name, which is played with 54 recognizable Mexican characters and symbols like skulls, mermaids, and roosters. Diners can choose from a varied menu of Mexican favorites, including entrees such as street-style enchiladas callejeras, quesadillas con camarón, callos de hacha, or fajitas de la casa. Clever empanadas and street tacos are also served up throughout the day, stuffed with unique ingredients such as chipotle chicken, squash blossoms, pineapple escabeche, and crispy pork belly.
29 7th Ave South, New York, NY 10014, website, Phone: 212-858-9096
Azasu is a laid-back Japanese-style izakaya on Manhattan's Lower East Side, owned and operated by restaurateur Gaku Shibata, known for his work at sister restaurant Yopparai. The delicious restaurant presents a more casual alternative to Shibata's other offering, serving up a delectable menu of Japanese comfort food and bar snacks throughout the evening hours. Shareable snacks such as pork gyoza and crispy fried chicken karaage are served up family-style, accompanied by a selection of hearty Japanese-style curry, fried rice, and noodle dishes. The restaurant is best known for its impressive selection of Japanese beverages, which ranges from non-alcoholic Hoppy beer spiked with shochu to more than 18 varieties of cup sake.
49 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002, website, Phone: 212-777-7069
© Tender Restaurant
Tender Restaurant is one of Manhattan's swankiest steakhouses, set within Times Square's luxurious Sanctuary Hotel. The restaurant is known for its unique fusion American-Japanese cuisine, serving up the best of classic Continental steakhouse fare alongside an inventive sushi menu. Diners can enjoy excellent steak entrees like filet mignon, New York strip, classic ribeye, and porterhouse service for two prepared with a choice of truffle butter, béarnaise, chimichurri, peppercorn, or Pinot Noir sauces. Hearty pasta dishes are also served up, along with clever pan-Asian fusion fare like shrimp shumai, spicy tuna crispy rice, and ginger edamame. Creative craft cocktails prepared at the restaurant's lounge are complemented by an impressive international wine list.
130 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036, website, Phone: 212-514-6000
© The Grill
The Grill is an elegant American chophouse in Manhattan's legendary Seagram Building, which formerly housed the iconic historic NY Steakhouse, a staple on the midcentury New York City dining scene as the signature restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel. Today, the restaurant is helmed by the Major Food Group, recreating its 20th-century splendor and serving up gourmet steaks and chops with extensive tableside preparation. Beautiful land and sea selections such as Amish ham steak, minted black bass, lobster à la Newburg, and succulent spit-roasted prime rib are served up via trolley service, accompanied by classic side dishes like French-fried asparagus, hashbrown O'Brien, and Carolina-style pilaf. For dessert, diners can enjoy classic selections like lemon curd and buttercream chiffon cake, paired with international wine selections and traditional cocktails.
99 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022, website, Phone: 212-375-9001
© Don Angie
Don Angie is the vision of married duo Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, who were inspired by Rito's family's famed Italian bakery in Cleveland, which has been in operation since 1965. Charming modern Italian-American fare takes center stage at the restaurant, which combines the couple's experience working at favorite NYC restaurant such as the East Village's Dinner Table. Succulent pasta options served up at lunch and dinner include stracchino poppyseed gnocchi, smoked mussels sopressini, buffalo milk caramelle, and classic lasagna service for two. Diners can also enjoy hearty land and sea selections like orata alla griglia, chicken scarpariello, veal da pepi, or prime rib braciole, complemented by fine Italian cocktails and stuffed garlic flatbread service for the table.
103 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014, website, Phone: 212-889-8884
15.Don Antonio Pizza
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Don Antonio Pizza offers one of New York City's most extensive pizza menus, featuring more than 60 creative wood-fired Neapolitan-style pie offerings. The restaurant, which combines the talents of world-renowned pizza chefs Antonio Starita and Roberto Caporuscio, brings the culinary traditions of Naples to life in a vibrant Midtown Manhattan dining space. Guests can choose from a selection of fried pizze fritte options, which are prepared with homemade mozzarella and fine imported Italian toppings. Signature pizza selections include the Montanara Truffle, which pairs fresh mozzarella and truffle cream, or the decadent Vesuvio stuffed pizza, which features ricotta and salami in its interior crush and Italian ham, mushrooms, artichokes, and basil baked into its exterior.
309 West 50th Street at 8th Ave, New York, NY 10019, website, Phone: 646-719-1043
Zoute is a vibrant Belgian-style pub in Manhattan that is helmed by the BXL Restaurant Group, which also operates a hip Midtown Belgian-style cafe on 43rd Street. Diners can enjoy classic Belgian entrees at breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the week, including favorites such as Belgian-style boulettes de viande meatballs, poulet roti roasted chicken, and bouchées à la Reine stuffed puff pastries. A full menu of moules frites is also served up throughout the day, along with hearty signature beef, lamb, or vegetarian burgers. An extensive selection of Belgian beers is served up throughout the day, including hard-to-find imports. At brunch, diners can enjoy classic morning cocktails accompanied by specialties such as pain perdu, Brussels-style waffles, and terrine maison.
50 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010, website, Phone: 646-692-9282
Morso is the latest offering from acclaimed chef Pino Luongo, known for his work at storied Italian-style restaurants such as Le Madri, Coco Pazzo, and Mad 61. The vibrant Manhattan restaurant showcases skillfully-crafted Italian fare throughout the day, highlighting hearty classic entrees such as salmone arrosto, vitello parmigiana, veal scaloppine saltimbocca, and pollo martini. Delicious artisanal pasta offerings include spaghetti rustica with caramelized onions, rigatoni buttera with hot and sweet sausage, and spinach and ricotta ravioli prepared with brown butter and sage sauce. Daily specials such as lobster fra diavola are available throughout the week, paired with elegant traditional appetizers like oven-baked calamari and breaded clams baked on the half shell.
420 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022, website, Phone: 212-759-2706
© Green Fig
Green Fig is a sleek brunch and dinner spot located on the fourth floor of hip Manhattan hotel YOTEL NYC, serving up sumptuous modern Israeli cuisine drawing on Middle Eastern, African, and Mediterranean culinary influences. The restaurant, which is helmed by chef de cuisine Yuval Litmanovich, is housed within an airy, vibrant dining space and crafts all of its entree options with fresh, seasonal local ingredients. Diners can enjoy delicious entree options like eggplant chateau, chicken Marrakesh, or pan-seared salmon prepared in an orange and fennel seed sauce. Shareable plates include falafel baskets, Moroccan-style cigars, pork belly sliders, and mezze platters stuffed with hummus, tahini, labneh, and pita bread. At brunch, diners can select from classics like shakshuka paired with make-your-own breakfast cocktail kits.
3001, 570 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036, website, Phone: 646-449-7790
Lalito has been acclaimed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, GQ, and Eater as one of Chinatown's hippest dining spots, housed within the space that was formerly home to karaoke dive bar favorite Winnie's. Today, the beloved Bayard Street space has been transformed into a vibrant Mex-Californian restaurant serving up trendy dishes at brunch, lunch, and dinner throughout the week, emphasizing vegetarian and vegan options for diners with dietary restrictions. Guests can choose from savory fare such as pork carnitas, achiote chicken, and chili and fennel pan-seared porgy, accompanied by clever twists on old favorites like chickpea guacamole with moringa and fried shallots. Lunch offerings include street tacos and Mexican-style doner, while brunch service highlights masa pancakes, coconut chimichurri grits, and smoked sable scrambles.
104 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013, website, Phone: 646-998-3408
20.Benares Indian Restaurant
© Benares Indian Restaurant
Benares Indian Restaurant is one of TriBeCa's best Indian cuisine offerings, named for the Utter Pradesh city of the same name, which is known for its famed vegetarian culinary scene. The restaurant specializes in contemporary Indian fare with an emphasis on vegetarian and vegan offerings, featuring over 20 delicious plant-based entrees that are accessible for diners of all diets. Vegetarian selections include favorites such as saag paneer, navratan korma, mutter paneer, and dal makhani, served up alongside unique offerings like soy tikka masala with fenugreek plum tomato sauce. Traditional chicken, goat, lamb, and seafood dishes are also served up, along with a creative selection of Indian beers, wines, spirits, and cocktails.
45 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007, website, Phone: 212-766-4900
Clancey is a delightful American-style gastropub on the Lower East Side, owned and operated by Todd Birnbaum and Dennis Bogart. The restaurant, which takes its name from its corner location at Clinton and Delancey Streets, serves up upscale American fare throughout the day complemented by a selection of specialty craft brews and excellent house cocktails. Diners can enjoy Southern-skewing fare such as fried chicken and challah toast, shrimp and grits, truffle grilled cheese sandwiches, and Mexican-style fish tacos, served up with hearty side dishes like Mexican street corn and fingerling potatoes. Shareable apps draw on international influences, ranging from Malaysian-style chicken satay and sticky ginger ribs with sambal to hot pretzel sticks paired with beer cheese and housemade mustard.
79 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002, website, Phone: 917-388-3575
21 Unique NYC Restaurants To Try This Summer
- Shuko, Photo: neirfy/stock.adobe.com
- Hi-Collar, Photo: Hi-Collar
- The Bombay Bread Bar, Photo: The Bombay Bread Bar
- L'Atelier and Le Grill, Photo: L'Atelier and Le Grill
- The Crown, Photo: The Crown
- Restaurant Ukiyo, Photo: Restaurant Ukiyo
- Hasaki, Photo: Hasaki
- Leonelli Taberna, Photo: Leonelli Taberna
- Casa Apicii, Photo: Casa Apicii
- La Lotería, Photo: La Lotería
- Azasu, Photo: Azasu
- Tender Restaurant, Photo: Tender Restaurant
- The Grill, Photo: The Grill
- Don Angie, Photo: Don Angie
- Don Antonio Pizza, Photo: Don Antonio Pizza
- Zoute, Photo: Zoute
- Morso, Photo: Morso
- Green Fig, Photo: Green Fig
- Lalito, Photo: Lalito
- Benares Indian Restaurant, Photo: Benares Indian Restaurant
- Clancey, Photo: Clancey
- Cover Photo: TIMDAVIDCOLLECTION/stock.adobe.com