The Required: New York City

The Required: New York City

A definitive guide to New York's tried and trues, as chosen by over 4000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and other food and beverage pros.

April 18, 2019
The Required: New York City

The Required: New York City

A definitive guide to New York's tried and trues, as chosen by over 4000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and other food and beverage pros.

April 18, 2019

There are a lot of "best lists."

And yes, we'll admit it, this list is one of them, but we can promise you this: the picks weren't made by a singularly minded critic, or by write-in votes from well-meaning foodies. Instead, The Required is comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 4000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more–no black box of arbitrary editorial committees or user surveys here folks, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip—or just be sure you've checked all the best boxes on your home turf. 

Per Se

Thomas Keller has built a kingdom of world-class dining destinations and our experts still give shout-outs to Per Se as one of their favorites. Daniel Boulud, David Chang, Alain Allegretti, and other award-winning chefs all praise the beloved and iconic "Oysters & Pearls" dish, where a small dome of caviar sits delicately in an egg yolk sabayon creating a luxe bite. The 48 hour braised short ribs are a thing of tender beauty.  Located at 10 Columbus Circle with stellar views of Central Park, Per Se offers nine and five-course tasting menus that never repeat the same ingredient twice, and a list of domestic and imported wines as thick as a phone book (remember those?). Omnivores and vegetarians alike are sure to have an elevated experience at Per Se. 

Sadelle's

Located at 463 West Broadway; you can't talk brunch in NYC without mentioning Sadelle's. With offerings of smoked sable, lox, salami and eggs and potato latke royale with caviar, Sadelle’s offers old-world NYC comfort food. Its bagel & lox platter is the stuff of legend, so make sure to come with a large group to witness the spectacle that is a three-tiered tower of bagel toppings and 12 bagels stacked one on top of the other like hoops tossed over a stick. 

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

Ask any chef who knows the ropes in NYC about where to eat, and you’re going to hear them mention Ssäm Bar.  Located in the East Village, Ssäm Bar’s changing daily offerings of seafood, meats, and seasonal veg reflect executive Chef Max Ng’s Singaporean roots, as well as Korean and New York influences. Not to be missed and always on the menu, is the restaurant’s namesake Korean dish of bo ssäm. This slow roasted dish of glazed pork shoulder or whole duck is plentiful enough to feed a small army, so call in advance and bring your wrecking crew. 

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