Encircled by the Hudson River to the west, East River to the east and Harlem to the north, Manhattan is undoubtedly the most beautiful of the five boroughs making up New York City. It’s easy to fathom why the picturesque long island with its breathtaking skyline is the heart of the Big Apple. Apart from iconic sites such as the famous Empire State Building, the scintillating Times Square and the Theatres of Broadway, history lovers and design enthusiasts can also revel in the old architectural marvels at South Street Seaport. The densely populated metropolis which attracts tourists in droves each day is more than parks, monuments, museums, and Broadway though! Thriving with a vibrant gastronomic air, Manhattan is home to some of the world’s most elite restaurants. If you are a local or a tourist and are wondering where to suit up and indulge in a fancy meal, check out our curated list of the best fancy restaurants in Manhattan, New York City.
1. Don Angie
Like the symphonic sound of its name, this classic restaurant serves poetry on its plate! Located in West Village, Don Angie presents the future of Italian-American cuisine crafted with traditional techniques. With chequered floors, golden-rimmed mirrors for wallpapers, warm lighting adding to the elegance of the decor, the antique ambiance resembles a retro scene from a classic movie. Food is synonymous with divinity for the husband and wife duo - Angie Ritto and Scott Tacinelli - who run the restaurant with sanctified zeal. Needless to say, every dish on the menu is created with passionate expertise which is communicated through impeccable flavors and the heavenly taste of it. If you are looking for a place to treat yourself with a fine dining experience to redefine the definition of food, reserve a table here and uplift your mood!
Address: 103 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA
Website: Don Angie
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 5pm - 11pm; Thu - Sat: 5pm - 12am
Situated in Upper West Side, Leonti is an uptown, private dining experience glamorously hosted by Chef Adam Leonti. The opulence of the decorous ambiance is accentuated by a white-tablecloth setting with candle lamps lighting up every table, gold chandeliers hanging down the ceiling and plush leather upholstery adding a grand feel to it. The menu is small and brief offering the most delectable of Northern Italian delicacies like wheels of a stuffed rabbit, Tuscan white-bean soup and Roman artichoke lasagne. While service is known to be incredible, the full-service bar is stocked with a great collection of wines adding glitter to the aristocratic dining event.
Address: D103 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5.30pm - 10.30pm (closed on Sun)
3. Momofuku Ko
Awarded the 62nd rank on the list of World’s Best Restaurants in 2018 and pinned with two Michelin stars since 2009, Momofuku Ko is an exemplary dining spot located in East Village of downtown Manhattan. Ko, which means ‘child of’ is one of the strings of restaurants by the established culinary brands - Momofuku. The small, ornate space is segregated into the main dining room which serves a tasting menu with an inventive multi-course meal and The Ko Bar with a constantly evolving a-la-carte menu. While the former works on tight reservations; the latter - overlooking a meticulously functioning kitchen giving it a Master Chef-like feel operates on the basis of walk-ins. Every plate, pot, and porringer speaks a story of its own, innovatively put together by its conversant culinary craftsmen. We recommend!
Address: 8 Extra Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA
Website: Momofuku Ko
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 5pm - 11.30pm; Fri - Sat: 12.30pm - 11.30pm
4. Intersect by Lexus
Sergio Barroso at the pass. Read more about the current Chef-In-Residence: https://lexus.us/2I2H3K9 #IntersectByLexusNYC #Room09AtIntersect #IntersectNYC #040AtIntersectPosted by INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC on Sunday, 9 June 2019
‘Creativity knows no bounds,’ and this is proved at Intersect by Lexus - an innovative, new-age culinary concept executed with futuristic perfection in the heart of NYC’s Meatpacking District. Spread across three stories, the melting pot hosts a world-class restaurant and lounge that serves tasting menus from rotating chefs, a café serving delicious brews and bites, an avant-garde cocktail bar and a private gallery promoting cultural exchange of ideas and programs. The plush design of the contemporary decor, impeccable service and a creatively crafted, elaborate course enhances every moment of a delightful gastronomic encounter. To experience culinary-meet-culture infused with creativity at this newfangled lifestyle hub, ensure you reserve a table in advance!
Intersect by Lexus
Address: 412 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Website: Intersect by Lexus
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 8am - 10pm; Thu - Sat: 8am - 11pm
True to the meaning of its adjective, this distinct restaurant in NYC’s Lower East Side is a bold creation in terms of culinary craft and is a must-try for foodies who derive sinful pleasure from experimental Japanese cuisine. Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura has traveled with his traditional kitchen from the east to treat the west with savory mazemen ramen, in other words, an evolved version of saucy ramen minus the broth. Every bowl that comes out of the Japanese chef’s kitchen communicates through taste as to why he is hailed as one of the four ‘Ramen Gods’ in the other hemisphere. The cozy space can seat 14 people and functions on the basis of 'first come, first serve.’ They do not accept reservations.
Address. 172 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, USA
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11.30am - 11.30pm (closed on Sun)
6. Tabe Tomo
It’s what’s on the inside that matters... like the runny yolk of our precisely timed soft boiled marinated eggs....Posted by TabeTomo on Tuesday, 12 February 2019
If you are craving conventional Japanese food Tabe Tomo is the place to be! Located in East Village, this little restaurant with a cozy ambiance serves traditional ramen, rich rice-bowls, sake, and other Japanese small-eats. Managed by Japanese chef Tomo Kubo, their specialty is tsukemen with a flavorsome broth brewed in-house for over sixty hours. The price is worth the size of the portion; the contentment experienced by tastebuds provide value for every penny spent! If you walk in and there’s a wait ahead of you, remember it is worth the small trouble for your bowl of tasty tsukemen.
Address: 131 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, USA
Website: Tabe Tomo
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 11pm; Fri: 5pm - 1am; Sat: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 1am; Sun: 11am - 3pm, 5pm-11pm
7. Madame Vo BBQ
The East Village is a culinary hub hosting delectable creations from across the world. Madame Vo BBQ at the corner of Second Avenue and East 6th Street adds essence to its globally empowered gastronomic lanes with traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Backed by the esteemed Madame Vo team, the modern barbeque restaurant specializes in a homestyle seven-course beef tasting meal known as ‘Bo 7 Mon’ in Vietnamese. Each item of the menu follows the traditional course of recipe handed-down via the family tree. Every table is equipped with a Korean-style grill where you can make your own spring rolls. Madame Vo BBQ brings a traditional, outdoor barbeque experience to the modern streets of NYC. We recommend it highly!
Madame Vo BBQ
Address: 104 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, USA
Website: Madame Vo BBQ
Opening hours: Sun-Fri: 5.30pm - 11pm; Sat: 12pm - 3.30pm, 5.30pm - 11pm
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Located in Gramercy Park, GupShup is an upscale Indian restaurant offering inventive cocktails and improvised Old Bombay delicacies with rich flavors inspired by the culturally diverse subcontinent. The tastefully decked up ambiance resembles a technicolor scene from an old Bollywood movie taking one back to the retro times with its artistic and vibrant decor. Food is presented in traditional elements like steel tiffin boxes and brass cutlery which enhances the Indian-feel imparted by the exquisitely curated fine-dining place. Frequented by popular Indian celebrities, Gupshup is a much-raved-about hang-out in Union Square. It makes lunch or dinner at this fancy restaurant a glamorous event!
Address: 115 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Thu - Fri: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 5pm - 11pm; Sat: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm; Sun: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm
9. Max Brenner
Max Brenner is an enchanting la-la-land for chocolate lovers; it is a fantasy-store turned into reality to assure humankind that fairytales do exist! Situated in Union Square, the bi-level chocolate bar and restaurant offers a variety of chocolate-based dishes such as waffles and crepes, martinis and smoothies, ice-creams and fondues with a wide range of non-chocolate items too. Their signature ‘chocolate pizza’, featured on Food Network’s 'The Best Thing I Ever Ate’, is a must-try along with the heavenly hot chocolate which proves to be a blissful combination. The open kitchen also treats visitors with a peek-a-boo into their chocolate-making process. It is a visual delight to watch them make waffles and other delicacies as you indulge in chocolate-laden treats. If you have harbored a wish to feel like Charlie in a chocolate factory, Max Brenner joyously fulfills your dream!
Address: 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, USA
Website: Max Brenner
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 9am - 1am; Fri - Sat: 9am - 2am; Sun: 9am - 12am
10. Henry at Life Hotel
Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed
Situated in Midtown NYC, Henry at Life is an elegant eatery led by James Beard Award-winning chef Joseph J.J Johnson who narrates the fabulous tales of his worldwide travels in an antiquated setting through dishes that euphorically roll out of his kitchen. With a culinary style largely inspired by melodic afro-beats, it is an ideal place to treat yourself with flavored Pan-African cuisine. Enriching the gastronomic experience is the creatively crafted cocktail program with its wide selection of delicious blends with sapid twists. The menu card also boasts of a specially curated section to celebrate Pride and the restaurant they also host events to inspirit the movement. For a hassle-free experience, reservations are recommended though they welcome walk-ins with the same fervour.
Henry at Life Hotel
Address: 19 W 31st St, New York, NY 10001, USA
Website: Henry at Life Hotel
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 3.30pm - 10.30pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 10.30pm
Gift yourself a grand gastronomic experience in Manhattan
Create an opulent memory by treating your senses with the divine experience it deserves. Follow the voice of your heart as you decide on a dream-like destination from our curated list of best fancy restaurants in Manhattan to surprise your loved one with an intimate evening or celebrate a special occasion with the family. While you put on your best dress and turn on the sparkle, we hear your stomach grumble!
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