11 of Our Favorite High-End Restaurants in NYC

Guide By Cole Bubenik
New York City is arguably the culinary capital of the world. Whether it's one of many Michelin-starred restaurants, an ode to French dining, or a history-rich dining experience, check out this list to find a truly unforgettable meal.
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 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 a curated list of restaurants in NYC over the holidays, make sure to check out the hundreds of restaurants available on inKind too.

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Our Favorite High-End Restaurants in NYC


120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020
High-end Restaurants in NYC - Oceana Bar front
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.

Casa Dani

448 W. 33rd St. New York, NY 10001
High-end Restaurants in NYC - Casa Dani Food
The literal translation of Casa Dani is Dani's House and serves as an appropriate name for a dining experience that balances fine dining avant-garde and avant-garde cuisine. Chef Dani García, who has achieved 3 Michelin stars and the Bib Gourmand award, celebrates the rich history of small family restaurants scattered throughout southern Spain with surprising flavors, texture, and temperatures with deep roots to Spanish culture.

Casa Dani features a menu of innovative tapas, delicious and hearty paellas, seafood and meat main courses, and a Chef's tasting menu to give you a wide feel for the varying cuisines offered. Served in a dining room featuring rich emerald green tile, candle-lit tables, hanging plants, and plenty of natural light, you'll feel right at home while experiencing some of the very best dining available in New York City.

Les Trois Chevaux

283 W 12th St, New York, NY 10014
High-end Restaurants in NYC - Les Trois Chevaux Dining Room
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
High-end Restaurants in NYC - Gotham Bar and Grill Food
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

265 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
High-end Restaurants in NYC - The Musket Room Caviar and Champagne
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 one of the best high-end restaurants in NYC 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.

American Cut - Tribeca

363 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013
High-end restaurants NYC - American Cut Tribeca Seafood Tower
American Cut in Tribeca offers a traditional steakhouse experience, paying homage to the historical culinary past of New York City. Helmed by LDV Hospitality in partnership with Chef Marc Forgione, American Cut describes their dining experience as "captur[ing] the nostalgic glamour of yesteryear" while also adapting this ambiance to "today's modern social life."

Serving a menu full of classic steakhouse food like seafood towers, oysters, and expertly prepared chef cuts of meat, American Cut provides a luxurious and refined steakhouse experience. Equally as impressive as their menu is the intimate and upscale dining room it's served in. American Cut cultivates an atmosphere of nostalgia for the quintessential steakhouse dinners of decades past with their hanging chandeliers, plush leather booths, and pops of gold layered over rich red brick.
Our Recommendation
To get an authentic steakhouse experience you have to plan your dinner around a great cut of meat. Order the Chef's Cut Pastrami Ribeye and pair it with a delicious side and smoked cocktail from their drink menu.

Llama Inn

Multiple Locations
High-end restaurants NYC - Llama Inn Dish
Llama Inn is a warm open space with a fun, night-on-the-town feel. Their cuisine encompasses all things Peru, including ceviche, our famous lomo saltado, Cancha and other unique Peruvian fair. Their cocktail and spirit list hail from Peru with none other than pisco being the star of the show and a creative cocktail menu with unique takes on the classics from around the globe, while the wine lists breathes Spain and Latin America with options by the glass and bottle to titillate any palate. Whether early or late, Llama Inn is a full dining experience for any celebration/occasion.
Our Recommendation
Order the Lomo Saltado with a round of their in-house punch, the Llama Del Rey.


53 W. 53rd St., New York, NY, 10019
High-end restaurants NYC - 53 NYC Space
With the opening of 53, Ahmass Fakahany, founder & CEO of the Altamarea Group, is artfully blending the varied taste profiles of Asian cuisine – from his almost 10 years living in Asia – with the ethos and artistic vibe of New York City, in a modern, three-level, lifestyle setting.

53 introduces an elevated blend of Asian cuisine with a contemporary edge in a chic lifestyle setting. Featuring an exquisite marriage of Asian flavors and unique dishes, 53 is a New York restaurant conceived by the Founder Ahmass Fakahany and team behind the award-winning Marea and Ai Fiori. The menu is spearheaded by acclaimed Singapore-born Chef Akmal Anuar, who began his culinary journey in his parents' hawker stand in Singapore, led one of Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants (Asia's No. 1) and created some of the top contemporary Asian restaurants in Dubai.
Our Recommendation
Start off your meal with a customer favorite, the rich and savory Eel Club and when you're ready to wrap things up, go for the Mango Pudding.


511 E 5th St, New York, NY, 10009
High-end restaurants NYC - American Cut Tribeca Seafood Tower
Eteréa is a beloved Plant-Based Mexicali restaurant, offering Mexican classics with a vegan twist. For those looking to imbibe, Etérea also proudly boasts a dynamic roster of tequila and mezcal offerings, complete with an original cocktail menu devoted to ethically and sustainably grown agave spirits.

Step into this enchanting Mexican eatery, where Chef Victor Hernandez serves up Mexican delights like tacos, pozole, mole, and more. Ethical sourcing and sustainability are at the heart of their vegan menu, which is also gluten-free. Their cocktail program was created by renowned mixologist Sother Teague of Amor y Amargo, and is a celebration of agave spirits while honoring Mexico's incredible flavors and drinking traditions.
Our Recommendation
Their cocktails are a must-try, along with their authentic Mexican fare. We highly recommend trying the Corn Rib Elote and the Double Barrel Oaxaca Old Fashioned.

Soda Club

155 Avenue B, New York, NY, 10009
High-end restaurants NYC - Soda Club Indoor Space
Soda Club is the Avenue B-based Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded Vegan Wine & Pasta Bar. Featuring more than 200 natural and organic wines from around the globe— curated by Co-Owner & Wine Director Drew Brady—Soda Club serves plant-based Italian dishes focusing on fresh pasta.

Soda Club has been featured extensively across The Michelin Guide, Eater NY, Time Out, Thrillist, The Infatuation, and many more for its friendly service and date-night atmosphere.
Our Recommendation
Start your meal off with their infamous Focaccia. Their pastas are very shareable, and we recommend placing an order for the Tagliatelle and the Bucatini.


20 Spring St, New York, NY, 10012
High-end restaurants NYC - Wayan Space
Wayan offers Indonesian cuisine with a modern French flair, in a sleek space warmed by teak paneling, lush plants, and whitewashed brick. The unique and varied menu combines seasonal products and savory Southeast Asian flavors. Wayan's showpiece bar turns out innovative cocktails highlighting ingredients inspired by the region. The cozy dining room, with its soothing tones, recessed lighting, and authentic carvings, promotes the sharing of food and conversation.

Wayan is Cédric's first solo venture, after partnering with his father, Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, on eateries in New York and Jakarta. The restaurant's name reflects this fact. In Balinese culture, each person receives one of four names based on birth order. Wayan is the name given to the first-born child—or, in this case, to the chef's first independent culinary effort.
Our Recommendation
If you head in for brunch, we highly recommend their Crispy Pandan French Toast and Kopi cocktail. For dinner, the Lobster Noodles are phenomenal with a rich, nutty flavor.

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