Narrowing down the 100 best restaurants in New York City is no easy feat, given the sheer number of top-rate eateries NYC has to offer, from long-time favorites to the buzzy upstarts joining the fray week in and week out. But we put in the grunt work, detailing the city’s best Italian restaurants, best sushi, best Mexican spots and more. Here’s the best of the best: The 100 best restaurants that Time Out New York’s food editor—and New York itself—can’t live without.
Swiss chef Daniel Humm still mans the kitchen post-revamp at this Gramercy jewel, which began life as a brasserie before evolving into one of the city’s most rarefied and progressive eateries. The service is famously mannered, and the room among the city’s most grand. But the heady, epic tasting menus are the true heart of Eleven Madison Park, a format that spotlights Humm’s auteur instincts. Tableside flourishes are part of the fun: Look out for even more dazzling showmanship—including one dish presented by way of a sleight-of-hand trick.