New York City Restaurants: 5 of the Best

When Zagat published its 2016 New York City Restaurants guide I was excited that it included some of the newer New York City restaurants. Here are five that I wanted to share, plus reviews from top sources. For those who don’t know, in Zagat Land 26-30 is the highest rating, which means “extraordinary to perfection,” while 21-25 means “very good to excellent.”

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1. Almanac

James Beard Award winner Chef Galen Zamarra has crafted three-course tasting menus ($75 per person) that may include things like bass with spinach, fennel, tomato, parsley, and romano beans, or porcini with gnocchi, chicory, thyme, and chestnuts.

Zagat ratings

  • Food – 26
  • Décor – 26
  • Service- 27

Where to find Almanac

28 Seventh Ave. South; http://almanacnyc.com

Also read:

The New York Daily News review

The Village Voice review

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2. Shuko

Head here for Japanese food by chefs Jimmy Lau and Nick Kim. There’s a $135 Sushi Tasting that changes daily (it includes sashimi and sushi), as well as a $175 Sushi Kaiseki multi-course menu.

Zagat ratings

  • Food – 26
  • Décor – 24
  • Service- 24

Where to find Shuko

47 E. 12th Street; http://www.shukonyc.com

Also read:

The New York Times review

The Grub Street review

3. Javelina

If you like Tex-Mex, this is the place for you. It’s in Gramercy Park  and has Chef Richard Caruso at the helm. Expect to find his spin on dishes such as tacos with grilled marinated chicken, guacamole, pico de gallo, queso fresco, and lettuce ($14), or texas red chili ($8 for a bowl).

Zagat ratings

  • Food – 26
  • Décor – 22
  • Service- 23

Where to find Javelina

119 E. 18th Street; http://javelinatexmex.com

Also read:

The New York Times review

The New York Eater review

4. Tuome

Chef Thomas Chen used to be at Eleven Madison Park, and he brings to Tuome his blend of Chinese and American influences. On the dinner menu you can find exotic dishes like octopus made with pork xo, brown butter, and fingerling potatoes ($18), or lobster with chow fun, spicy Newberg, and tripe ($34).

New York City restaurants near the Flatiron building
Flatiron building in New York City. Photo by Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Zagat ratings

  • Food – 26
  • Décor – 20
  • Service- 22

Where to find Tuome

536 E. Fifth Street; http://www.tuomenyc.com

Also read:

The Time Out NY review

The Grub Street review

5. Upland

Located in the Flatiron district, Upland is headed up by chef Justin Smillie and Stephen Starr of Starr Restaurants.  The dinner menu includes a wide range of choices from pizza (think toppings such as sausage and kale, or spicy soppressata; $19) and classic Italian pasta dishes, to slow roasted porcelet ($35) and smoked Amish chicken ($30).

Zagat ratings

  • Food – 25
  • Décor – 26
  • Service- 24

Where to find Upland

345 Park Ave. S; http://uplandnyc.com

Also read:

New York Eater review

The New Yorker review


What are your favorite New York City restaurants? I’d love to know! Leave a comment.

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