The Required: New York City

The Required: New York City

A definitive guide to New York's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ 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 5000+ 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. 

Jean-Georges

Located at 1 Central Park, the eponymous Jean-Georges is the crown jewel of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's kingdom. The seasonal menu centers around seafood and our experts say that the Santa Barbara sea urchin on black bread with jalapeño & yuzu, sea trout & oyster tartare, and the turbot with Chateau-Chalon sauce are not to be missed.  If you’re a sucker for photogenic food presentation, this is the place for you. Jean-Georges’ chic all-white dining room with leather banquets gives it a subtle “Kubrickian futuristic” vibe with stunning views of Central Park. 

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria

The Il Buco family of restaurants is known for great Italian food. Their second offering, Alimentari e Vineria, is the more playful offshoot of its cousin Il Buco. Alimentari has won the hearts of our experts. Located in a converted antique store, the charming ambiance reflects the rustic offerings on the menu. The house-cured salumi menu featuring old-world favorites like guanciale, coppa, and mortadella, is worth a visit in and of itself.  Other great choices are the roasted whole chicken, and the house-made pasta served seriously al dente. Located on Bond Street, Alimentari is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so you can make more than one visit.  

Russ & Daughters Cafe

New York is home to many Jewish style delis and bagel shops. Russ & Daughters Cafe might be the best of them all. Known for its paper-thin sliced smoked salmon, our experts call it unmatched in the city of New York. Be sure to check out the other delicacies like chocolate babka, latkes with salmon roe, and herring salad. With four locations spanning Manhattan and Brooklyn, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to drop in for take-out or table service. 

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