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The 5 Best Restaurants in NYC according to Zagat.

In New York City, we’re lucky enough to have tens of thousands of restaurants at our doorsteps, many of which turn out stunning dishes that range from rustic to ultra-refined. A few, though, rise to the very top when it comes to the food they serve. Presenting the very best 5 restaurants in New York City for food.

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1. LE BERNARDIN

Seafood West 50s
4.9
FOOD
4.8
DECOR
4.9
SERVICE

Prepare to dine on “a higher plane” at this “dazzling” Midtown “star” where Eric Ripert’s “world-class” tasting menus highlight “transcendent” French seafood, earning it No. 1 Food honors in NYC for the eighth year in a row; a “deep” wine list, “exemplary” staff and “soigné” surrounds further justify the “sky-high” tabs, so for a “dream-come-true” meal, this is “as good as it gets.

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2. BOULEY

French TriBeCa
4.9
FOOD
4.8
DECOR
4.9
SERVICE

“Maestro” David Bouley delivers a “truly refined experience” at his “blissful” TriBeCa flagship, where French “culinary wonders” are served with “true professionalism” in an “opulent”, jackets-required setting; it’s a “special-occasion sure thing” at a “hefty” cost that’s “well worth the indulgence”, though the lunch tasting menu is “such a deal.”

What to order: Hot Valrhona chocolate frivolous; Porcini flan with Dungeness crab and black-truffle dashi; farm egg with polenta and Comté.

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3. JEAN-GEORGES

FrenchWest 60s
4.8
FOOD
4.7
DECOR
4.8
SERVICE

“Time after time”, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s CPW flagship “lives up to its billing” with “exquisite” New French cuisine that “dazzles your palate” served “with balletlike precision” in “a serene, luxurious” setting that requires a jacket; it’ll cost a “king’s ransom” to settle the tab, but those “willing to splurge” can count on an “unforgettable” meal.

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4. DANIEL

French East 60s
4.8
FOOD
4.8
DECOR
4.8
SERVICE

A “wow every time”, Daniel Boulud’s “luxurious” UES “icon” “sweeps you into another world” with “masterly” New French fare and a “rarefied atmosphere” defined by “magnificent” decor, “VIP” service and a “dressed-up” clientele (jackets are required); granted, the prix fixe–only tabs are “Himalayan”, but “you’ll understand why” – and the bar provides the “same stellar” quality à la carte.

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5. GOTHAM BAR AND GRILL

New American Greenwich Village
4.8
FOOD
4.7
DECOR
4.7
SERVICE

“Longevity tells it all” at this circa-1984 Village “treasure” where Alfred Portale’s “picture-perfect” New American plates plus “savvy service” and a “gothamy” setting add up to “superior dining with no corners cut”; longtime fans are “glad to pay the tariff” for an experience that “refuses to disappoint”, and the $38 greenmarket lunch “truly is a steal.”

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