Before heading to the city that never sleeps and checking out its numerous landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Broadway, the Met, and Central Park, check out this list of the best fancy restaurants in New York City. This bustling city filled with people and yellow cabs nearly everywhere you walk, offers some of the best dining in the world and it would be a shame to leave this popular metropolis without trying one of these upscale restaurants. Make your evening out perfect before you head to a Broadway play, the ballet, or the opera at Lincoln Center and refer to this list of the best fancy restaurants in New York City, during your visit.
1. The NoMad Restaurant
NoMad is the creation of Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, taking its culinary inspiration from California, Switzerland, and New York City. The interior has been designed with the European luxury of past centuries in mind, with brocade and velvet furnishings, along with dark wood throughout the dining room. It also features high ceilings and skylights to allow views of the city in. This upscale restaurant offers a wide range of wines from around the world, along with French-inspired cuisine, including duck, roast chicken with lavender, and intricately created pastries, reminiscent of a voyage to Paris’ patisseries.
The NoMad Restaurant
Address: 1170 Broadway
Website: The NoMad Restaurant
Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
L'Artusi offers diners a modern take on traditional Italian cuisine, combining elements of comfort with a twist of creativity. Specializing in wines from Italy, visitors can dine in the private cellar, housing a number of these selections. There is a mezzanine upstairs with a skylight decorated with half booths and many tables to choose from while enjoying their spaghetti, ravioli, salad, and olive cake, accented with a rainbow of gelato scooped to the side. There is a large, marble bar downstairs, where guests can indulge in a cocktail while relaxing to the hustle and bustle of the busy open kitchen, across the bar.
Address: 228 W 10th Street
Opening hours: Monday - Wednesday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm, Thursday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 12:00 am, Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
3. Bob's Steak & Chop House At Omni Berkshire Place
Madison Avenue’s location of this American Steakhouse franchise, Bob’s Steak & Chophouse provides an elegant, fine dining atmosphere, coupled with award-winning food and superior service. Known for its fine wines and large cuts of the finest prime steaks, chops, and seafood, Bob’s provides guests of its Manhattan location a quality evening out experience.
For 25 years, they have presented quality steaks, seafood, salads, and dessert throughout its locations nationwide. Stop by for a mouth-watering tender filet, served up with a warm loaf, glazed carrots, jar of pickles, and either a tower of onion rings, creamy spinach, or sauteed mushrooms and finish it off with a large glass of cabernet sauvignon and a slice of key lime pie or bread pudding with Grand Marnier caramel sauce.
Bob's Steak & Chop House At Omni Berkshire Place
Address: 19 East 52nd Street
Opening hours: Monday - Friday 6:30 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 7:00 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
This fine dining Korean restaurant and bar is the innovation of husband and wife team, Junghyun and Elia Park. It is a hidden gem on the second floor of an apartment building in Midtown NYC. Visitors have the option of two seatings to enjoy the tasting menu, featuring a modern and traditional combination of Korean cuisine. The dishes are presented artistically with floral and leaf accents and small cards detailing their inspiration at a 14-seat u-table, from where they can observe Chef Park creating each delicate plate.
Address: 104 East 30th Street
Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 12:00 am, Closed Sunday - Tuesday
5. The Modern
At the Modern, diners can indulge in contemporary creations inspired by French, Italian, and American cuisine, either by ordering the multi-course tasting menu or a la carte. Either dine at the bar, the kitchen table where the staff is bustling in front of you, or enjoy a more serene, peaceful setting while taking in the floor-to-ceiling views of MoMA’s Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Each dish is painstakingly thought out in its artistically executed presentation to express the culinary genius of its Michelin-star team.
Address: 9 West 53rd Street
Website: The Modern
Opening hours: Sunday - Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Enjoy the classic, upscale ambience of Daniel’s beautifully-decorated, neoclassical dining room with marble archways and columns accented with bouquets of roses on every table. Dress attire is required for those wanting to experience the gourmet dishes offered at this French restaurant. Enjoy seasonal creations inspired by French culinary heritage with the dinner menu or one of the many multi-course menus. Diners will enjoy the imaginative design and plating of such dishes as the Louisiana shrimp bisque with ninja-esque deep fried shrimp overlooking the creamy soup and bison filet with white dollops topped with copper flakes and accompanied by a colourful array of root vegetables.
Address: 60 East 65th Street
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Closed Sunday
7. The Polo Bar
The Polo Bar is a nod to the Ralph Lauren Polo brand and inspired by all things classic and the game of polo. Diners can enjoy earthy brown leather booths, accented by green and blue tartan pillows and portraits of horses, including the famous Arabian racing horse, Man O War. The menu offers casual fare, along with filet mignon, veal Milanese, and dessert, which includes Ralph Lauren branded home-made coffee ice cream. Dining here will make you feel like you should’ve put on your best riding boots and anything RL-inspired, prior to entry.
The Polo Bar
Address: 1 East 55th Street
Website: The Polo Bar
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm, Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
8. The Restaurant at Round Hill
Located in the Hudson Valley, this restaurant is encompassed by beautiful grounds, consisting of gardens of hydrangea, honeysuckle, and petunias, to name a few of the 100 flowers that bloom here between spring and fall. The gardens possess waterfalls, fountains, a pond, and well-lit pathways. There are wine tastings and catering for weddings provided on site. The menu consists of beef bourguignon, seafood dishes, filet mignon, and a number of dishes from different cultures.
The Restaurant at Round Hill
Address: 110 Round Hill Road
Website: The Restaurant at Round Hill
This high-end American Bistro serves up a variety of European dishes on a seasonal menu, representative of New York’s culinary scene. The restaurant has a cocktail bar downstairs to enjoy appetizers and a drink, pre-dinner. According to customer reviews, entry can be difficult due to door staff partiality, so if you get in, enjoy the experience to the fullest at this trendy bistro.
Address: 9 Great Jones Street
Opening hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 6:00 - 11:00 pm, Thursday - Saturday 6:00 pm - 12:00 am, Closed Sunday & Monday
10. Eleven Madison Park
Enjoy an elegant multiple-course menu at the highly-acclaimed Madison Park. It is best to dress up to dine in such a beautiful dining room, which has been renovated recently, making it airy with high ceilings and light decor. Diners can enjoy an array of dishes here, including a savoury sturgeon cheesecake with smoked sturgeon sauce, while enjoying views of nearby Madison Park from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Eleven Madison Park
Address: 11 Madison Avenue
Website: Eleven Madison Park
Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm, Friday - Sunday 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
New York, New York
During a whirlwind, action-packed visit to the concrete jungle, make time to rejuvenate in the evening and enjoy a night out at one of these fancy restaurants with amazing cuisine. Finish off your day with a splurge an award-winning restaurant during your stay in Manhattan. If you think you’ve enjoyed yourself too much with all the amazing dishes served up, there is always another day of stair climbing in the subway system or a bike tour in Central Park to help out. Enjoy your visit to the fullest, as it is truly an experience you’ll never forget and will leave you in a New York state of mind, hoping to return again and again.
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