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Top 5 NYC Restaurants to Try in 2020

Top 5 NYC Restaurants to Try in 2020

New York has always been known as a haven for culinary innovators, and the city’s top chefs are becoming more creative than ever in 2017, crafting food that sets the bar for eateries around the world. This year, take a culinary trip around the world without ever leaving the city limits by enjoying a meal at one of these world-class restaurants.

La Sirena | 88 9th Avenue

Celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich have teamed up to create one of the city’s most formidable foodie hangouts in one of the city’s most remarkable buildings, the Maritime Hotel. On the menu, you’ll find a wide variety of tapas, including blood orange salad with pomegranates, poached figs, and almonds, paella croquettes with beefsteak tomato gazpacho and cherry tomato raisins, and duck hearts with pickled turnips and chimichurri. Larger plates served in the main dining room include expertly prepared Italian dishes, like fried rabbit with white bean ragu and vegetables, slow roasted pork with fennel and sweet onion, and fettucine with white truffles.

Courtesy of Wildair Restaurant - New York
Courtesy of Wildair Restaurant – New York
Courtesy of Wildair Restaurant - New York
Courtesy of Wildair Restaurant – New York
Courtesy of Wildair Restaurant - New York
Courtesy of Wildair Restaurant – New York

Sushi Yasuda | 204 East 43rd Street

Sushi takes a turn for the sublime at Sushi Yasuda on East 43rd Street. Since it was founded by Naomichi Yasuda, Shige Akimoto , and Scott Rosenberg in 1999, Sushi Yasuda has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to bringing incredible Japanese cuisine to Midtown, an area often thought of as something of a culinary no man’s land. Enjoy meticulously crafted sushi rolls and creative takes on traditional Japanese fare, like clear fish broth, pickled vegetables, and seaweed salad

Sushi Yasuda Flickr: Or Hiltch
Sushi Yasuda Flickr: Or Hiltch
Sushi Plate at Sushi Yasuda New York City - Flickr: Shell Tu
Sushi Plate at Sushi Yasuda New York City – Flickr: Shell Tu

Wildair | 142 Orchard Street

The beauty of Wildair’s menu is its simplicity. This wine bar and restaurant has become one of Manhattan’s preeminent eateries, thanks to its unpretentious attitude (including a strict no reservations policy). Chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone have crafted a carnivore’s dream menu, offering dishes like oysters, pork rilette, steak tartare, fried squid, and waygu steak, in addition to a list of more than 100 wines from around the world.

Wildair Restaurant by Flickr: Spanish Hipster
Wildair Restaurant Flickr: Spanish Hipster
Beef Tartar at Wildair - Flickr: Spanish Hipster
Beef Tartar at Wildair – Flickr: Spanish Hipster

Daniel | 60 East 65th Street

Daniel Boulud’s eponymous Upper East Side eatery has lost no luster since opening its doors on 65th Street in 1999. Awarded two Michelin stars, this fabulous French restaurant has earned a reputation that rivals some of most famous eateries around the world, like the French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park. The seafood-heavy menu boasts dishes from poached Maine scallops with parsley vinaigrette, purple potatoes, sea beans, and yuzu marmalade to Hudson Valley foei gras with quince, membrillo paste, purple shiso, and birch syrup.

Courtesy of Daniel - New York, NY
Courtesy of Daniel – New York, NY

Per Se | The Shops at Columbus Circle Three Michelin Stars

Thomas Keller’s lauded Per Se continues to be one of the city’s best restaurants, creating new culinary experiences for guests from a wide variety of seasonal ingredients. In addition to peerless ambiance, Keller’s ever-evolving tasting menu, 2,000-bottle wine list, and commitment to local, sustainable food have made Michelin-starred Per Se a dining destination that few restaurants can even come close to.

Courtesy of Per Se - New York City
Courtesy of Per Se – New York City
Courtesy of Perse New York City
Courtesy of Per Se New York City

You don’t have to travel around the world to enjoy world-class food. From tapas to sushi, French fare to American cuisine, you’ll find some of the best restaurants anywhere in the world without ever leaving Manhattan.

Note:  This is a guest post by Candice Schaffer; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as The Emerson, The ViewPointe, and One Bennett Park.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Annoyingly I’ve been to New York twice but was either a teenager or budget backpacking so never got a chance to try the fantastic restaurant scene. I do hope to go back for the festive season though so will definitely keep this list in mind!

    • Carmen Edelson

      You will find all types of restaurants in the city to satisfy your craving.

  2. Love this, when we are in the USA this summer we need to try La Serena – Love Mario and his food! I bet it is fantastic! Thank you or sharing.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Great choice – you will love it! Have a fabulous trip 🙂

  3. Wow, these places sound great. Michelin stars and everything! Thanks for sharing great options for next time when we are in the city.

    • Carmen Edelson

      You are very welcome, Angela!

  4. NYC has certinaly got some great places to eat out. I always think of burger joints and mcdonalds when I think of NYC eating out. Great post and loving the food photos…yummmyyyyyy!!!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      If you’re in NYC soon, I hope you eat at more than just McDonalds 😉 Thanks for reading!

  5. Viktoria

    Yuuuummmm! I just had dinner, but I’m hungry again now 😉

    • Carmen Edelson

      Mission accomplished then! 😉

  6. These all look amazing! I wouldn’t even know where to begin. The plating on some of these are incredible.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      It really is hard to choose!

  7. Those are really great options. Love the ambiance a classy restaurants offer. NYC is always there on my list. Will make sure to get the taste of class once I am there.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s definitely a treat to enjoy a classy restaurant in NYC but it’s so worth treating yourself every now and then 🙂

  8. Lily Travella

    These all look very luxurious indeed. Not sure I could afford them. Nevertheless the food looks incredible. Very well presented.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, the presentation is really impressive!

  9. I was in New York for the first and only time a few years ago. Clearly, we missed the best spots to eat. It is the first two on this list that most appeal to me – paella and sushi are two of my personal favourites. However, it is Daniel’s Michelin Stars that will probably win my heart next time I get to New York.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you visit Daniel’s soon! Definitely make reservations 🙂

  10. Oh my word – I want to eat at all of them! Each dish looks like a work of art – and I bet they taste even better! I’ve added these restaurants to my foodie bucket list!

    • Carmen Edelson

      A work of art indeed!

  11. Sushi Yasuda is already definitely on my list, would so love to visit there. La Sirena looks like a winner too, with both those big name chefs at the helm!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes,both of the chefs are fantastic! All great choices 🙂

  12. NYC is full of some incredible restaurants. Definitely a foodies paradise and frankly I have no idea how to choose between these
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Choosing is definitely the most difficult part 🙂

  13. WOW, these restaurants look so luxurious! We are in the phase of planning our NYC trip and am sure we are gonna make it to these restaurants!
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    • Carmen Edelson

      That’s great to hear! I hope you have an amazing trip.

  14. Rebecca

    Amazing! Another 5 reasons for me to head back to New York! Especially the sushi restaurant! It’s such an art form! But then again so were all of the dishes that were pictured! Almost too good to eat!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know it’s ALMOST too good to eat… almost 😉

  15. Megan Jerrard

    New York is one of those food meccas where it’s part of the experience to splash out on a fancy meal! I’m angling to get to Sushi Yasuda when we get back into town 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      Sushi Yasuda is definitely a favorite!

  16. This is a round up of some great restaurants. Not only do they have the best from around the world. The ambience of the restaurants as well as the presentation look unique. Each one of them make for a unique culinary experience, I am sure.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Ambiance is so important to me, almost as much as the service and the food.

  17. Cool proposals here! Food in NYC looks lighter and healthier than in other states (at least that’s what I’ve seen on some posts). If I ever go to NYC I will visit La Sirena.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, definitely lighter and healthier in these restaurants!

  18. Thanks for sharing a list of top restaurants.When we travel to any place, The knowledge of best restaurants is necessary to make the trip successful.Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson

      You’re very welcome! NYC just has so many great places to choose from.

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