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Kale salad with chickpeas, seasonal berries, and toasted sesame at Gupshup
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21 Top Restaurants in Flatiron and Gramercy

Some very standout burgers, many Michelin stars, and more

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Kale salad with chickpeas, seasonal berries, and toasted sesame at Gupshup
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Conveniently perched between uptown and downtown, Flatiron and Gramercy often function as that agreeable meeting point for a group dinner that won’t piss off the friends coming from the Upper West Side or Crown Heights (not too much, at least). And the area is filled with some noteworthy meals.

There’s a lot more to discover in these adjacent neighborhoods besides seemingly every fancy salad lunch chain: upscale, beloved places like Eleven Madison Park to classic burger joint Joe Jr. to an excellent Persian hole-in-the-wall counter, housed inside a slice joint. Ahead, 21 standout options for dining around the Flatiron and Gramercy areas.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2018.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ferris

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44 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 213-4420
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This New American restaurant is turning out creative Japanese-inflected dishes with adventurous ingredient pairings. Highlights from executive chef Greg Proechel include the blood sausage, carrot agnolotti with lamb neck, and cote de boeuf, plus the yuzu-lemon frozen yogurt for something sweet. The team — which has experience at Major Food Group, Maison Premiere, and Le Turtle — scored a two-star review in the Times. The blonde-wooded space, trimmed with potted succulents, feels further downtown than its high-20s address.

A blonde wood-paneled dining room with blue seating and accents Noah Fecks/Ferris [Official Photo]

2. Hanjan

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36 W 26th St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 206-7226
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A mix of modern and traditional Korean fare is available at Hanjan, the 2012 follow-up to chef-owner Hooni Kim’s well-liked Midtown West spot, Danji. Hanjan is intended to be Kim’s riff on a joomak, or traditional Korean tavern, and it shows. Choose from dishes like 24-hour braised beef short ribs, sizzling cod roe bibimbap, and 150-day aged kimchi and pork stew. There’s also a coursed dinner for $50 per person that includes three appetizers, a stew, and all the necessary accessories (kimchi, banchan, and rice), plus ice cream or sorbet for dessert.

Spicy squid at Hanjan Ryan Sutton/Eater

3. Upland

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345 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010
(212) 686-1006
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Upland’s New American menu, with plenty of nods to his native California, has been one of those tough-to-nab reservations since the Stephen Starr-owned place opened in 2014. Standouts from chef Justin Smillie, who formerly helmed Il Buco Alimentari, include duck wings, short ribs, and chilled farro noodles with sea urchin. Consider sharing a pasta, like the chicken liver estella or pappardelle with pork sausage as a mid-course option, and don’t miss the affordable Champagne selection or brunch burger. The bright room is lined with striking, curvy emerald-hued booths.

4. Eleven Madison Park

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11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905
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The fine dining temple from chef Daniel Humm and frontman Will Guidara continues to be one of the city’s top special-occasion destinations, with imaginative, critically-acclaimed tasting menus. Get the full experience with the ticketed, three-hour $315-per-person tasting menu in the dining room, or head to the bar area for a more relaxed, condensed $175-per-person version. The space underwent a major, four-month redesign in 2017.

A high-ceilinged, elegant dining room with a blue painting hanging in the back. Gary He/Eater

5. Shake Shack

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Madison Ave & E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
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The O.G. location of Danny Meyer’s hit burger chain is this humble stand inside Madison Square Park. And while there are now locations scattered all over the city (and the world), there’s something special about the very first outpost, especially when the weather is nice. It’s hard to top the simple pleasure of a Shack Stack eaten outside. On nice days, expect a long line, but it moves.

A Shake Shack burger in paper wrapping rests on top of crinkly fries. Nick Solares/Eater

6. Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

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174 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 675-5096
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This old-school diner, dating back to 1929 and wedged into an unlikely Fifth Avenue address, specializes in sandwiches. Don’t miss the combo Reuben, which comes with pastrami and corned beef so there’s no need to choose between the two. Eisenberg’s also makes a stellar tuna melt. A new owner took over in 2018, assuring regulars that the time capsule of a place (and its prices) will stay the same.

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop [Official Photo]
Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop is one of New York’s iconic diners.

7. Cote Korean Steakhouse

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16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 401-7986
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This stylish, Michelin-starred Korean-American steakhouse comes courtesy of former Piora owner Simon Kim, who decided to apply the American steakhouse genre to Korean barbecue. The menu’s got a mix of chophouse standards with subtle Korean flavor nods, made with beef that’s dry-aged on site and cooked tabletop. Opt for the butcher’s feast, priced at $54 per person and featuring four different meat cuts, banchan (small dishes with various pickled or fermented vegetables), salads, two stews, egg souffle, and soft serve. For a la carte ordering, there’s a range of steak plus options like bibimbap and kimchi stew.

8. Merakia

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5 W 21st St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 380-1950
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At this Greek steakhouse, a feast of lamb and beef dishes awaits — try one of the steaks, aged on-site and sporting impressive crusts, as well as the Dancing With The Lamb, cuts of spit-roasted lamb that’s been marinated for 48 hours. The space is beautiful, complete with coffered ceilings, weathered brick, antique mirrors, and reclaimed wood floors. Try to nab a table in the back room, where there’s a fireplace and a greenery-draped skylight.

9. TKK Fried Chicken

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115 E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
(646) 476-2013
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This KFC equivalent in Taiwan opened up its first NYC location as a combination TKK and Kung Fu bubble tea shop in November 2018. Expect an extra-crunchy exterior and skinless, tender meat on these birds. Besides the namesake chicken, there are equally decadent add-ons, available a la carte or in combos, like biscuits and kwa kwa bao, a TKK invention comprised of mushroom sticky rice cloaked in chicken skin, then fried.

<span data-author="-1">Fried chicken at TKK</span> Adam Moussa/Eater

10. Simon & The Whale

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23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 475-1924
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Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman transports the feel of a locals-filled West Village spot to Gramercy with his newest project, housed inside the Freehand Hotel. A mishmash of cuisines comprises the menu from chef Matt Griffin, like grilled asparagus with whitefish and poached egg or roasted chicken with English peas, grilled endive, and candied grapefruit. The baked goods are by Zoe Kanan, an alum of Milk Bar and Sadelle’s who is now whipping up items like zeppoles stuffed with smoked gouda and bacon. The warm, brass- and gold-detailed digs are much more spacious than Stulman’s other projects like Fairfax and Joseph Leonard. Upstairs in the hotel there’s also Studio, an all-day restaurant run by Stulman’s Happy Cooking group and featuring Kanan’s baked creations.

11. Cosme

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35 E 21st St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 913-9659
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This modern Mexican restaurant from chefs Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes serves eclectic and elegantly plated dishes. The duck carnitas tacos are a highlight, as are the uni tostada with bone marrow, cobia al pastor, and corn husk meringue for dessert. One of Cosme’s best dishes, the lamb barbacoa, is only served at brunch. Note that the prices have gotten substantially steeper since opening in 2013; consider this a more special-occasion spot.

12. Sugarfish

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33 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(347) 705-8100
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This popular Los Angeles import, offering ultra-fresh and affordable omakase from sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa, is still generating long waits at its first East Coast outpost. That’s because the three omakase choices are all under $60, and include various types of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, and albacore, with edamame to start. A la carte ordering is available, too, though the omakases are a better deal and generally quite satisfying. The iced green tea, refreshing and strong, is worth adding on, too. A second location is now open in Soho.

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13. The City Bakery

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3 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 366-1414
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Find NYC’s fanciest, finest by-the-pound salad bar here, where options include lightly breaded catfish with lemon aioli, an excellent hazelnut-studded kale salad, and much more — just prepare for the sticker shock when settling up. There’s also a range of excellent soups and sandwiches, but don’t miss the namesake bakery selection, such as a pretzel croissant, an intensely nutty peanut butter cookie, and one of the city’s best chocolate chip cookies, served chewy with a burnished exterior and huge chunks of chocolate. Extra-rich hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows is also a City Bakery signature. The high-ceilinged space with free Wifi is nice enough to linger for a couple hours, making for a great remote workspace.

14. Taste of Persia

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12 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(917) 592-3467
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This hidden gem started at the Union Square holiday market and is now situated inside a nondescript slice spot, Pizza Paradise. Pop in for the traditional Persian soups and stews; Taste Of Persia’s owner Saeed Pourkay updates daily specials on the operation’s Facebook page. Options can include abgoosht, a lamb soup; gheimeh bademjan, an eggplant stew; and ghormeh sabzi, a mix of dark greens, kidney beans, and pieces of beef.

15. Nur

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34 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 505-3420
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Moroccan-Israeli chef Meir Adoni and business partner Gadi Peleg, an owner of Breads Bakery, opened this sleek space in 2017, offering a range of Middle Eastern dishes. There’s a giant ovaline Jerusalem bagel with za’atar spices and lima bean messabaha as well as beef tartare with smoked eggplant cream, sheep’s yogurt, raw tahini, and baby artichokes. Don’t miss the unique Middle Eastern wine list.

16. Gramercy Tavern

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42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 477-0777
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While Union Square Cafe is technically Danny Meyer’s oldest establishment, Gramercy Tavern — opened in 1994 — is an essential part of his sizable empire and a quintessential NYC American restaurant. Chef Michael Anthony offers tasting menus at lunch and dinner, with an a la carte menu available at lunch, in the more formal-feeling dining room; the elegant, white-tablecloth space feels very special occasion-worthy. The menu evolves seasonally, but light, elegant seafood and vegetable-based dishes are the main attraction. There’s also the more-casual tavern space next door.

17. Ole & Steen

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873 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(929) 209-1020
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Ole & Steen hails from Denmark, and its first stateside outpost is full of outstanding bread and pastries. Nab some rye bread, including the moist, sweet carrot version, or for something sweeter, choose from a buttery array of Danishes or a chocolate or cinnamon sheet pastry called a “social.” Meal-worthy picks include open faced sandwiches, served on that carrot rye and topped with smoked fish or roasted chicken.

Danish sweet rolls are spectacular. Robert Sietsema/Eater

18. AbcV

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38 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5829
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Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s entirely vegetarian restaurant serves the sort of flavorful fare that won’t leave carnivores miserable. Breakfast is particularly strong — AbcV serves over 150 a day in the 60-seat space — with a series of savory dosas and a slew of bowls and pancakes made from sea buckthorn, coconut yogurt, and einkorn. The bright white digs feel resort-like, with colorful decor accents. As for AbcV’s celebrated next door neighbors, ABC Kitchen continues to impress with seafood and vegetable-focused favorites (don’t miss the crab toast with lemon aioli), as does its Latin-influenced spinoff, ABC Cocina.

A white dining room with splash of red, orange, and yellow Nick Solares/Eater

19. Union Square Cafe

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101 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 243-4020
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Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, which opened in 1985 and has been an important part of the NYC dining scene ever since, moved northeast of its original 16th Street digs in 2016. Greatest hits from the old menu, like yellowfin tuna burgers and spiced chicken, are still on offer at Union Square Cafe 2.0, plus one of the city’s best burgers and strong pastas, like a roasted carrot, pancetta, and yogurt option. The new space is a bit bigger and fancier, with all of the same art (and cream walls) as the original location. Be sure to stop by sister cafe Daily Provisions for to-go coffee and baked goods like an on-point cruller.

steak tartare Nick Solares/Eater

20. GupShup

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115 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 518-7313
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Modern Indian fare is served up in a vibrant, pattern-packed space at GupShup, which opened in November 2018. The decor aims to look like a fictitious Bombay family’s abode, circa the ’70s, while the creative food — bone marrow with five-spice naan — comes courtesy of executive chef Gurpreet Singh, an alum of Indian Accent and Punjab Grill. There are Indian-inflected cocktails, but it’s better to stick to beer and wine.

21. Joe Jr.

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167 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-5150

At this lowkey diner-coffee shop, frequented by locals and looking blissfully untouched by time, resides one of the city’s best burgers. The no-frills, griddled burger here is crafted from seven ounces of fresh ground chuck from New England Meats, which is also Corner Bistro’s purveyor. A standard white bun encases the juicy, crumbly patty, which is accessorized with the classics: lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and, if desired, American cheese.

An open-faced burger and fries on a white plate with tomatoes, lettuce, and a pickle on the side Nick Solares/Eater

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1. Ferris

44 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001
A blonde wood-paneled dining room with blue seating and accents Noah Fecks/Ferris [Official Photo]

This New American restaurant is turning out creative Japanese-inflected dishes with adventurous ingredient pairings. Highlights from executive chef Greg Proechel include the blood sausage, carrot agnolotti with lamb neck, and cote de boeuf, plus the yuzu-lemon frozen yogurt for something sweet. The team — which has experience at Major Food Group, Maison Premiere, and Le Turtle — scored a two-star review in the Times. The blonde-wooded space, trimmed with potted succulents, feels further downtown than its high-20s address.

44 W 29th St
New York, NY 10001

2. Hanjan

36 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010
Spicy squid at Hanjan Ryan Sutton/Eater

A mix of modern and traditional Korean fare is available at Hanjan, the 2012 follow-up to chef-owner Hooni Kim’s well-liked Midtown West spot, Danji. Hanjan is intended to be Kim’s riff on a joomak, or traditional Korean tavern, and it shows. Choose from dishes like 24-hour braised beef short ribs, sizzling cod roe bibimbap, and 150-day aged kimchi and pork stew. There’s also a coursed dinner for $50 per person that includes three appetizers, a stew, and all the necessary accessories (kimchi, banchan, and rice), plus ice cream or sorbet for dessert.

36 W 26th St
New York, NY 10010

3. Upland

345 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010
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Upland’s New American menu, with plenty of nods to his native California, has been one of those tough-to-nab reservations since the Stephen Starr-owned place opened in 2014. Standouts from chef Justin Smillie, who formerly helmed Il Buco Alimentari, include duck wings, short ribs, and chilled farro noodles with sea urchin. Consider sharing a pasta, like the chicken liver estella or pappardelle with pork sausage as a mid-course option, and don’t miss the affordable Champagne selection or brunch burger. The bright room is lined with striking, curvy emerald-hued booths.

345 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10010

4. Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
A high-ceilinged, elegant dining room with a blue painting hanging in the back. Gary He/Eater

The fine dining temple from chef Daniel Humm and frontman Will Guidara continues to be one of the city’s top special-occasion destinations, with imaginative, critically-acclaimed tasting menus. Get the full experience with the ticketed, three-hour $315-per-person tasting menu in the dining room, or head to the bar area for a more relaxed, condensed $175-per-person version. The space underwent a major, four-month redesign in 2017.

11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

5. Shake Shack

Madison Ave & E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
A Shake Shack burger in paper wrapping rests on top of crinkly fries. Nick Solares/Eater

The O.G. location of Danny Meyer’s hit burger chain is this humble stand inside Madison Square Park. And while there are now locations scattered all over the city (and the world), there’s something special about the very first outpost, especially when the weather is nice. It’s hard to top the simple pleasure of a Shack Stack eaten outside. On nice days, expect a long line, but it moves.

Madison Ave & E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010

6. Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop

174 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop [Official Photo]
Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop is one of New York’s iconic diners.

This old-school diner, dating back to 1929 and wedged into an unlikely Fifth Avenue address, specializes in sandwiches. Don’t miss the combo Reuben, which comes with pastrami and corned beef so there’s no need to choose between the two. Eisenberg’s also makes a stellar tuna melt. A new owner took over in 2018, assuring regulars that the time capsule of a place (and its prices) will stay the same.

174 5th Ave
New York, NY 10010

7. Cote Korean Steakhouse

16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

This stylish, Michelin-starred Korean-American steakhouse comes courtesy of former Piora owner Simon Kim, who decided to apply the American steakhouse genre to Korean barbecue. The menu’s got a mix of chophouse standards with subtle Korean flavor nods, made with beef that’s dry-aged on site and cooked tabletop. Opt for the butcher’s feast, priced at $54 per person and featuring four different meat cuts, banchan (small dishes with various pickled or fermented vegetables), salads, two stews, egg souffle, and soft serve. For a la carte ordering, there’s a range of steak plus options like bibimbap and kimchi stew.

16 W 22nd St
New York, NY 10010

8. Merakia

5 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

At this Greek steakhouse, a feast of lamb and beef dishes awaits — try one of the steaks, aged on-site and sporting impressive crusts, as well as the Dancing With The Lamb, cuts of spit-roasted lamb that’s been marinated for 48 hours. The space is beautiful, complete with coffered ceilings, weathered brick, antique mirrors, and reclaimed wood floors. Try to nab a table in the back room, where there’s a fireplace and a greenery-draped skylight.

5 W 21st St
New York, NY 10010

9. TKK Fried Chicken

115 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
<span data-author="-1">Fried chicken at TKK</span> Adam Moussa/Eater

This KFC equivalent in Taiwan opened up its first NYC location as a combination TKK and Kung Fu bubble tea shop in November 2018. Expect an extra-crunchy exterior and skinless, tender meat on these birds. Besides the namesake chicken, there are equally decadent add-ons, available a la carte or in combos, like biscuits and kwa kwa bao, a TKK invention comprised of mushroom sticky rice cloaked in chicken skin, then fried.

115 E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010

10. Simon & The Whale

23 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10010

Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman transports the feel of a locals-filled West Village spot to Gramercy with his newest project, housed inside the Freehand Hotel. A mishmash of cuisines comprises the menu from chef Matt Griffin, like grilled asparagus with whitefish and poached egg or roasted chicken with English peas, grilled endive, and candied grapefruit. The baked goods are by Zoe Kanan, an alum of Milk Bar and Sadelle’s who is now whipping up items like zeppoles stuffed with smoked gouda and bacon. The warm, brass- and gold-detailed digs are much more spacious than Stulman’s other projects like Fairfax and Joseph Leonard. Upstairs in the hotel there’s also Studio, an all-day restaurant run by Stulman’s Happy Cooking group and featuring Kanan’s baked creations.

23 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010

11. Cosme

35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010
Read Review |

This modern Mexican restaurant from chefs Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes serves eclectic and elegantly plated dishes. The duck carnitas tacos are a highlight, as are the uni tostada with bone marrow, cobia al pastor, and corn husk meringue for dessert. One of Cosme’s best dishes, the lamb barbacoa, is only served at brunch. Note that the prices have gotten substantially steeper since opening in 2013; consider this a more special-occasion spot.

35 E 21st St
New York, NY 10010

12. Sugarfish

33 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
Sugarfish Nick Solares/Eater

This popular Los Angeles import, offering ultra-fresh and affordable omakase from sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa, is still generating long waits at its first East Coast outpost. That’s because the three omakase choices are all under $60, and include various types of salmon, tuna, yellowtail, and albacore, with edamame to start. A la carte ordering is available, too, though the omakases are a better deal and generally quite satisfying. The iced green tea, refreshing and strong, is worth adding on, too. A second location is now open in Soho.

33 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

13. The City Bakery

3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Find NYC’s fanciest, finest by-the-pound salad bar here, where options include lightly breaded catfish with lemon aioli, an excellent hazelnut-studded kale salad, and much more — just prepare for the sticker shock when settling up. There’s also a range of excellent soups and sandwiches, but don’t miss the namesake bakery selection, such as a pretzel croissant, an intensely nutty peanut butter cookie, and one of the city’s best chocolate chip cookies, served chewy with a burnished exterior and huge chunks of chocolate. Extra-rich hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows is also a City Bakery signature. The high-ceilinged space with free Wifi is nice enough to linger for a couple hours, making for a great remote workspace.

3 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

14. Taste of Persia

12 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

This hidden gem started at the Union Square holiday market and is now situated inside a nondescript slice spot, Pizza Paradise. Pop in for the traditional Persian soups and stews; Taste Of Persia’s owner Saeed Pourkay updates daily specials on the operation’s Facebook page. Options can include abgoosht, a lamb soup; gheimeh bademjan, an eggplant stew; and ghormeh sabzi, a mix of dark greens, kidney beans, and pieces of beef.

12 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

15. Nur

34 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

Moroccan-Israeli chef Meir Adoni and business partner Gadi Peleg, an owner of Breads Bakery, opened this sleek space in 2017, offering a range of Middle Eastern dishes. There’s a giant ovaline Jerusalem bagel with za’atar spices and lima bean messabaha as well as beef tartare with smoked eggplant cream, sheep’s yogurt, raw tahini, and baby artichokes. Don’t miss the unique Middle Eastern wine list.

34 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

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16. Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

While Union Square Cafe is technically Danny Meyer’s oldest establishment, Gramercy Tavern — opened in 1994 — is an essential part of his sizable empire and a quintessential NYC American restaurant. Chef Michael Anthony offers tasting menus at lunch and dinner, with an a la carte menu available at lunch, in the more formal-feeling dining room; the elegant, white-tablecloth space feels very special occasion-worthy. The menu evolves seasonally, but light, elegant seafood and vegetable-based dishes are the main attraction. There’s also the more-casual tavern space next door.

42 E 20th St
New York, NY 10003

17. Ole & Steen

873 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Danish sweet rolls are spectacular. Robert Sietsema/Eater

Ole & Steen hails from Denmark, and its first stateside outpost is full of outstanding bread and pastries. Nab some rye bread, including the moist, sweet carrot version, or for something sweeter, choose from a buttery array of Danishes or a chocolate or cinnamon sheet pastry called a “social.” Meal-worthy picks include open faced sandwiches, served on that carrot rye and topped with smoked fish or roasted chicken.

873 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

18. AbcV

38 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
A white dining room with splash of red, orange, and yellow Nick Solares/Eater

Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s entirely vegetarian restaurant serves the sort of flavorful fare that won’t leave carnivores miserable. Breakfast is particularly strong — AbcV serves over 150 a day in the 60-seat space — with a series of savory dosas and a slew of bowls and pancakes made from sea buckthorn, coconut yogurt, and einkorn. The bright white digs feel resort-like, with colorful decor accents. As for AbcV’s celebrated next door neighbors, ABC Kitchen continues to impress with seafood and vegetable-focused favorites (don’t miss the crab toast with lemon aioli), as does its Latin-influenced spinoff, ABC Cocina.

38 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003

19. Union Square Cafe

101 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003
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steak tartare Nick Solares/Eater

Danny Meyer’s first restaurant, which opened in 1985 and has been an important part of the NYC dining scene ever since, moved northeast of its original 16th Street digs in 2016. Greatest hits from the old menu, like yellowfin tuna burgers and spiced chicken, are still on offer at Union Square Cafe 2.0, plus one of the city’s best burgers and strong pastas, like a roasted carrot, pancetta, and yogurt option. The new space is a bit bigger and fancier, with all of the same art (and cream walls) as the original location. Be sure to stop by sister cafe Daily Provisions for to-go coffee and baked goods like an on-point cruller.

101 E 19th St
New York, NY 10003

20. GupShup

115 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
Read Review |

Modern Indian fare is served up in a vibrant, pattern-packed space at GupShup, which opened in November 2018. The decor aims to look like a fictitious Bombay family’s abode, circa the ’70s, while the creative food — bone marrow with five-spice naan — comes courtesy of executive chef Gurpreet Singh, an alum of Indian Accent and Punjab Grill. There are Indian-inflected cocktails, but it’s better to stick to beer and wine.

115 E 18th St
New York, NY 10003

21. Joe Jr.

167 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003
An open-faced burger and fries on a white plate with tomatoes, lettuce, and a pickle on the side Nick Solares/Eater

At this lowkey diner-coffee shop, frequented by locals and looking blissfully untouched by time, resides one of the city’s best burgers. The no-frills, griddled burger here is crafted from seven ounces of fresh ground chuck from New England Meats, which is also Corner Bistro’s purveyor. A standard white bun encases the juicy, crumbly patty, which is accessorized with the classics: lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and, if desired, American cheese.

167 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

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