Nearly three years after Covid forced the city that never sleeps to dim its lights, New York’s restaurant scene feels like it’s back to its old self. Many of the beloved classics on this list, like Italian charmer Via Carota, Michelin-starred Le Bernardin and pizza destination Lucali, can now say they made it to the other side. And with the addition of outdoor dining, some now have even more seats to welcome guests. There are also new genres of restaurants – like Contento, which works to be truly accessible to all, and the wildly spicy Dhamaka that opened during the pandemic and persevered – establishing themselves as important contenders among the best restaurants in New York City.
With tourism numbers back up, the best tables in the city have once again become highly coveted commodities. Be sure to book them in advance, swing by early, or try your luck at the end of the evening for an open seat at the bar