6 of Our Favorite High-End Restaurants in NYC

Guide By Cole Bubenik
New York City is home to fine dining and high-end restaurants serving world-class meals and dining experiences. Whether it's one of NYC's many Michelin-starred restaurants, an ode to French dining, or a history-rich dining expeirence, you're sure to find a truly unforgettable high-end dining experience.
When putting together this holiday guide to the best high-end restaurants in New York City, the inKind team considered a lot of different factors. What are their main course offerings? How hard (or easy) is it to get a reservation? Is the menu chef-chosen, or decided by the diners? All of these questions helped us narrow down our list of some of the best high-end restaurants currently available in NYC.

The restaurants we've included in this guide are currently available on the inKind app and through inKind Pass. That means you can use inKind Pass to dine and drink at any of these locations, all from one account. Plus, you'll get spending bonuses every time you dine at these, and other, restaurants on the inKind app.

If you're looking for more of the best high-end restaurants in NYC over the holidays, make sure to check out the hundreds of other restaurants available on inKind too.

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Our Favorite High-End Restaurants in NYC

The Modern NYC

9 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Housed in the Museum of Modern Art, this two-Michelin-starred contemporary American restaurant is a must-visit. Anyone seeking out the best high-end restaurant will be pleased by Chef Thomas Allan's refined, contemporary cooking. The Modern offers a seasonal menu that's constantly evolving, and its dining room overlooks MoMA's Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, providing a beautiful menu and view. Along with its phenomenal menu, make sure to take advantage of its award-winning wine program and curated cocktail, beer, and spirits list.


120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020
Seafood lovers can rejoice at this critically acclaimed high-end restaurant. Located just steps away from Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, this beloved restaurant provides exceptional hospitality, an award-winning wine list, and executive Chef Tim Jocz's world-class cuisine. You'll love the stunning interiors of Oceana as you dine on their elevated market-driven dishes. Chef Tim Jocz's vision for Oceana is rooted in highlighting seasonal ingredients in an elegant, modern American seafood restaurant.
Our Recommendation
Order one of their seafood towers to experience the very best of oysters, shrimp, and lobster, and pair it with an expertly grilled swordfish or roasted Cod.

Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
A celebrated and beloved American restaurant, Gramercy Tavern serves delicious contemporary American cuisine alongside its warm and unparalleled service. Helmed by Chef Michael Anthony, their seasonal menu showcases the local farms and purveyors that partner with Gramercy Tavern.

For anyone wanting an upscale experience, visiting Gramercy Tavern is sure to delight. Critics also love this restaurant, awarding it nine James Beard Awards, and a Michelin star for its culinary excellence.

Les Trois Chevaux

283 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
Created by acclaimed chef Angie Mar, Les Trois Chevaux is an ode to the great French restaurants of New York City's past. For lovers of fine dining, this high-end restaurant exemplifies the finest things in life. With a dining room focused on elegance and opulence paired with classic French cuisine, diners will be transported, inspired, and enamored by Les Trois Chevaux.

Dress codes are enforced, with proper dinner attire expected. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance, as reservations book quickly.


12 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003
Gotham is a historically celebrated restaurant with plenty of three-star reviews from the New York Times and others. Serving food honoring the legacy of Gotham's four decades of culinary history, executive Chef Ron Paprocki creates an approachable yet unforgettable menu sure to delight. You'll enjoy delicious mains like Maine lobster and Trumpet Royale Mushroom alongside mouthwatering starters and rich desserts.

Make sure to also drop by for their classics hour, celebrating the history of Gotham with $12 classic cocktails and wines.

The Musket Room

2516 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Musket Room is a celebrated neighborhood restaurant that draws on the heritages, world travels, and personal inclinations of Chef Mary Attea and the culinary team. This Michelin-starred restaurant offers an amazing dining experience, with "reliably indulgent" main courses, sensational cocktails, and decadent desserts.

Anyone looking for a high-end experience can't go wrong with The Musket Room. Its vivid flavors and inventive dishes transport diners, taking them on a culinary journey sure to delight.
Our Recommendation
Order one of their tasting menus to get the full Musket Room experience. Enjoy multiple courses centered on an omnivore or vegan diet.

Visit the best high-end restaurants in NYC

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