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Best Restaurants In New York: The Forbes 2019 All-Star Eateries

Updated: Jan 8, 2020



This story appears in the December 31, 2019 issue of Forbes Magazine. Subscribe


Impeachment, presidential politics, tariffs and trade, the Fed, Hong Kong demonstrations, Iran’s misbehaving mullahs and North Korean missiles dominate the headlines, but as stocks go up, so does the quality—and the number—of the Big Apple’s best places to dine. Never in the city’s history has there been such gastronomical creativity and innovation. Our stellar team of discerning tasters—Forbes’ Chief Content Officer Randall Lane, Forbes contributor Richard Nalley and preeminent media maven Monie Begley, as well as brothers Bob, Kip and Tim—herewith unveil their list of where you can enjoy the city’s most savory comestibles.



Crown Shy, arguably New York City’s best new restaurant of 2019, made a lot of sure-footed decisions with its eclectic menu and soaring, light-filled spaces. Another noteworthy newbie is Portale, an outstanding American-Italian eatery created by much acclaimed chef Alfred Portale and ensconced in a renovated carriage house. At the finest Chinese restaurants there had traditionally been a restrained elegance, but with the arrival of Hutong from Hong Kong, all of that has been replaced with exciting excess. Theatrical magic abounds, with dishes to match. Pastis, a former Meatpacking District bistro, is back with a bang, its fare beyond fabulous. At Frenchette, a casual setting is coupled with outstandingly prepared dishes. Avra Madison is packed—and deservedly so. Perry St’s fantastic food just seems to get better and better. Renowned for its classic red-sauce Italian cooking and outsize portions, Carbone continues to deliver the goods with efficiently brusque waiters and movie-perfect “Little Italy” decor. The veal Parmesan is perfection. Gabriel Kreuther’s haute cuisine has a distinctive Alsatian flavor and is impeccably served in a casually elegant, modern setting. Vaucluse successfully recreates the kind of French restaurant that was once so prevalent with its flawless service, exquisite offerings and reassuringly refined atmosphere. >> READ MORE


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