By Jake Green
New York is home to more than 20,000 restaurants, but where should you eat next time you’re going out for a meal? We’ve searched through the city to find 10 restaurants you’ll want to have on your bucket list.
Twice every month, Camaje hosts Dinners in the Dark, where guests eat while blindfolded. It might sound silly, but without sight your other senses are heightened. This is just one of the many unique experiences Camaje offers—they host great cooking classes and wine tastings as well. And if you want to host a dinner party but don’t have enough space in your apartment, you can do it at Camaje instead. They’ll even let you cook in their kitchen!
Camaje 85 MacDougal Street
(212) 673-8184 New York, NY 10012
Step into this charming Greenwich Village Restaurant and you’ll be instantly transported back in time to a bygone New York. The walls are covered with pictures of old celebrities, but the food is as good as anything currently being served in this city. Their burger is made from 4 different meats, and is undoubtedly one of the best in the city. But the real deal-breaker is their Prime Rib for 2. If you think a Prime Rib can’t change your life, then clearly you’ve never ordered it at Minetta Tavern.
Minetta Tavern 113 MacDougal Street
(212) 475-3850 New York, NY 10012
Eleven Madison Park
If you like standard menus where you know exactly what you’re ordering…then don’t go here. At Eleven Madison Park, the Chef builds a custom menu for each person based on their preferences. Add to that the fact that the restaurant is housed in a converted bank, and it makes for a very unique meal. It has Three Michelin Stars, and oh, did we mention that it was voted Best Restaurant in America this year by Business Insider?
Eleven Madison Park 11 Madison Avenue
(212) 889-0905 New York, NY 10010
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten may be better known for his flagship restaurant at the Trump Hotel, but ABC Kitchen is one of the hottest restaurants in the city too. Offering the best local and organic food is central to ABC Kitchen’s mission, and the quirky menu guarantees that you’ll try something here you’ve never had before. Don’t be fooled though—it’s all sublime, and dishes like the roasted beets with yogurt and the homemade ice-cream sundae will keep you wanting to come back…if you can get a reservation that is!
ABC Kitchen 35 East 18th Street
(212) 475-5829 New York, NY 10003
As the name would suggest, the interior of this restaurant looks like the inside of a cave. Tucked away in the Lower East Side, La Caverna has a lengthy drink menu and is a popular spot for hookah and dancing. They also offer a variety of reasonably priced food, and it’s a great destination for those nights when you want to temporarily escape New York and be transported back in time several thousand years.
La Caverna 122 – 124 Rivington Street
(212) 475-2126 New York, NY 10002
Maybe the one entry in this list that doesn’t quite belong—Eataly is, of course, a food market as well as a place to eat. But Eataly has multiple restaurants in it, and offers some of the best Italian cuisine in the city. Choose from delicious salami, cheese, pizza, pasta and much more—50,000 square feet to be exact. Don’t forget to head up to the rooftop Birreria for a refreshing Italian brew.
Eataly 200 Fifth Avenue
(212) 229-2560 New York, NY 10010
While many might know of David Chang for his popular Milk Bar, it’s his nearby flagship restaurant Ko that you should try first on your next night out. With an ever-changing multi course tasting menu, you’ll sample a little bit of everything at Ko.
Momofuku Ko 8 Extra Place
(212) 203-8095 New York, NY 10003
Like Eleven Madison Park, the menu here is always changing. But at Chef’s Table, diners don’t sit at a typical table—instead they’re seated at a counter inside the kitchen. With only 18 seats, reservations have to be made 6 weeks in advance. But it’s well worth the wait. The rotating tasting menu includes more than 15 mindblowing courses.
Chef’s Table 200 Schermerhorn Street
(718)-243-0050 Brooklyn, NY 11201
If a restaurant housed in a museum makes you think of a low-quality food court, then you have the wrong idea. Located inside the Museum of Modern Art, The Modern has a fun, trendy ambience, with views of the Moma’s great sculpture garden. Run by Danny Meyer, The Modern has everything you would expect from him, with prix-fixe menus for lunch and dinner and exceptional fare all around.
The Modern 9 West 53rd Street
(212) 333-1220 New York, NY 10019
As the name suggests, they really do serve ants here. That’s not the only insect on the menu either—numerous dishes come with grasshopper too. But if eating insects isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of great options. The fluke ceviche is outstanding, and the goat barbacoa taco is truly unique. They also have a very affordable happy hour menu and great weekend brunch options too.
The Black Ant 60 2nd Avenue
(212) 598-0300 New York, NY 10003