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. 

Bar Boulud

Located at 1900 Broadway at 64th, and set in an upscale atmosphere, Bar Boulud presents seasonal French fare with a standout wine program. Our experts highly recommend any charcuterie plate that features a pate or terrine. The housemade boudin (both blanc and noir) is not to be missed, and just the mention of the rhubarb duck has us salivating like one of Pavlov’s dogs. Chef Daniel Boulud is a living legend, so you owe it to yourself to try Bar Boulud at least once in your life.

Cosme

Located at 35 E 21st Street, Cosme jumped onto the scene and into the awards case by serving contemporary, upscale Mexican food. Chefs Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes have created a must-try restaurant in the Flatiron District. Their dishes like razor clam tostada and lamb belly tacos showcase their creativity and refined palates. Our experts also say the pastry program, created by Isabel Coss, is second to none. Everyone knows humans have a second special secret stomach reserved especially for desserts. Standouts include the corn husk meringue with salted sweet corn mascarpone mousse (yes, that beautiful and wildly Instagrammed dessert lives up to every speck of hype), the chocolate and tamarind yodel, or the strawberry tepachet. 

Cosme
Hot Spot
$$$, Happy Hour, Mexican, Modern, Full Bar, Midtown
14 Recommendations

Le Bernardin

Take a trip to Fancytown at 155 W. 51st Street, aka Le Bernardin. Chef Eric Ripert’s elite French restaurant focusing on elegant seafood preparations has won more culinary awards than Meryl Streep has won Oscars. Our experts say that the unparalleled service plus a nice serving of langoustine & foie gras more than make this a meal worth spending your ducats over. Dress to impress because you’ll probably see someone famous and dressed like an average Joe there, and you can be like, “Really Leo, you’re wearing a baseball hat, in the dining room?” Actually, maybe leave Leo alone, he’s doing a lot of nice things to try and raise awareness about the environment. Maybe just focus on enjoying your caviar, oysters, and champagne, like the deeply civilized human being you are.

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