Nightlife and Restaurants in New York

Where are you eating tonight? From unimpeachable classics to buzzy newcomers courting the food-world cognoscenti, you will surely find  your tastes in New York. With hot new venues opening each week, it’s tough to keep track of the best New York restaurants—the impeccable landmarks that never disappoint, the divey honky tonks serving life-changing brisket, and the sexy upstarts everyone who’s anyone is clamoring to try. Whether you’re craving an artful tasting menu, a soul-satisfying platter of crackling fried chicken or simply a great bloody steak, there’s a New York restaurant that will satisfy.

Speaking about nightlife, New York’s bar and club scenes are as vibrant and varied as you can get anywhere – except that everything you could want is all in one metropolitan area, making it difficult to choose in just one visit! Although certain venues have become classics and have withstood the test of time, many more open, close and/or metamorphose at the drop of a hat.


Here is a list of very popular restaurants in New York:

ABC Kitchen


They are passionately committed to offering the freshest, safest ingredients, presenting a seasonal menu, that is locally focused and globally artistic, and  cultivating a healthy relationship on their tables and for the planet.

ABC Kitchen & Michelin star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten invite you to enjoy their award-winning cuisine, curated in alignment with the farm-to-table movement.  Their menu is free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, antibiotics, hormones, is GMO-free, and naturally and humanely sourced from regional farmers and fair trade cooperatives, celebrating community and the future of the slow food movement.

Their atmospheric elements, under ABC Home curation, feature environmentally conscious stories, honoring the preservation of the arts and global sustainability.

 The NoMad


The NoMad Hotel has a casually elegant food and beverage program under the supervision of Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara. 

Inspired by Chef Daniel’s time spent throughout Switzerland, California, and New York City, the restaurant is rooted in the same traditions found at their critically acclaimed, Michelin three-star rated Eleven Madison Park. 

The restaurant is comprised of a series of rooms surrounding a glass-enclosed atrium and features a refined yet approachable menu with a wine program that celebrates the great winegrowing regions of the world and innovative, classically-focused cocktails.



Balthazar serves traditional bistro fare from breakfast through late-night supper. Opened by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by chef de cuisine Shane McBride. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads and pastries from Balthazar bakery.Balthazar is renowned for its exceptional design. The building was converted from a leather wholesaler’s warehouse to an airy space that can accommodate over 200 people in the dining room and at the zinc bar.


Keens Steakhouse


Keens Steakhouse, a classic New York chophouse, was already famous for its steaks and chops at the turn of the century. Founded in 1885, Keens has 90,000 clay pipes that line the ceilings – pipes once smoked by customers after dinner. Today Keens legendary mutton chops and dry aged prime steaks are still without equal in the city.

Osteria Morini


Osteria Morini introduces New York to the soulful cuisine and convivial spirit of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The region’s central city is Bologna, most commonly recognized as the home of Maserati and Luciano Pavarotti, but Emilia-Romagna, known as the Italian Breadbasket, is also the birthplace of some of the flavors and ingredients commonly associated with Italian cuisine worldwide: prosciutto, mortadella, parmigiano, and balsamic vinegar. Morini’s menus offer a versatile selection of smaller plates and larger composed platters.



élan is a new contemporary American restaurant by Chef David Waltuck and co-owner George Stinson, located in Manhattan’s Gramercy/Flatiron neighborhood.

This is David’s first restaurant since Chanterelle, the celebrated fixture of downtown dining for 30 years, where George was General Manager for more than a decade.

Our name “élan” reflects the energy and style of both the food and the setting: the space is casual yet sophisticated, and likewise our menu strikes a balance between refined and whimsical. David’s cuisine draws on his experience and his interests, from classic French terrines to the Chinese takeout-inspired “General Tso’s Sweetbreads.”


Bar Primi

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Andrew Carmellini’s casual pasta shop is a total crowd-pleaser: Who’s going to find fault with dishes like ricotta ravioli, orecchiette with sausage, and stuffed meatballs? This restaurant, housed in the former Peels space right on the Bowery, is significantly more affordable than Carmellini’s other restaurants, too. The cooking isn’t overly ambitious, but that’s what makes Bar Primi fun and satisfying. It’s kind of a scene, but aren’t all his restaurants? The seasonal grilled local asparagus with egg and gremolata is a nice way to start the carb-heavy meal—and the light seafood antipasto comes filled with squid, mussels, scallops, and the works. There are a dozen or so pastas on the menu—some traditional, some seasonal—and it’s hard to order poorly. But if you’re looking for something more unusual, try the fiore di carciofi: noodles filled with artichoke and topped with smoked bacon and Pecorino. Whatever you do, save room for the tiramisu—a divisive dessert that’s made perfectly here, thanks to chef Sal Lamboglia’s family recipe. And if you show up and it’s packed (which is likely), don’t sweat it: It’s even more fun to sit at the bar upstairs. 

 Jack’s Wife Freda
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Jack’s Wife Freda sounds like a character in a Barry Levinson film or maybe a Bernard Malamud novel. Instead, it’s a spiffy new Soho café, where the husband-and-wife owners have drawn on their New York restaurant backgrounds and their family histories to bring appealing new flavor to an urban archetype. Before they met while working at Balthazar, Dean Jankelowitz and his future wife, Maya, emigrated from South Africa and Israel, respectively. Together, they’have created a hospitable hangout with the understated style and savvy all-day service that one associates with their old boss, Keith McNally, only infused with their warm, welcoming personalities and foods that remind them of home. The atmosphere will make you love this eclectic and global food.

Here is a list of very popular bars and clubs in New York:

Grand Banks

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Grand Banks is a seasonal oyster bar and maritime exhibit on the historic F/V Sherman Zwicker, the last of a large fleet of schooners that fished the Grand Banks of the North Atlantic.

Docked at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in Tribeca, our 142-foot sailboat is a museum-quality example of traditional boat building. It’s also the largest wooden vessel in New York City. On board we serve sustainably sourced oysters, ingredient driven seasonal plates, and nautically inspired cocktails.

We also present exhibitions about maritime history and a curated lecture series featuring speakers on topics ranging from seafaring culture to aquatic sustainability.

Dear Irving


This bar is a cocktail parlor.  Following suit, bartender Meaghan Dorman (also of Raines Law Room), created the cocktail menu which draws inspiration from different time periods. Choose from 15 house cocktails like the Whiskey Business: rye, ancho chile liqueur, cinnamon, and lemon, angostura bitters; or the Samoa: Bols Genever, bourbon, creme de coconut and cacao. 

Roof at Park South


he Roof at Park South is our gorgeous new rooftop cocktail lounge with views of Murray Hill and the Chrysler Building. New York’s renowned CMS Architecture & Design created this retreat with several comfortable seating areas around glass-front fireplaces and cantilevered banquettes under broad awnings.

Sweetwater Social


Since there’s a 90% chance you spent your definitely-of-the-legal-drinking-age youth boozing in your friend’s basement, you should feel right at home at Sweetwater Social. That is, right up until you realize the all-star team behind has ditched the beer bongs, fake-wood paneling, and “drinking as quietly as possible so you don’t wake up your parents”, and replaced them with top-notch cocktails inspired by subway stations, a sexy vault-like vibe, and girls actually being able to come over.

Ambrose Hall


A shore escape is a godsend when city temps hit those oppressive 90s, but if a Jitney-bound getaway is out of reach, this South Street Seaport affair is a sunny saving grace. Named for the Lightship Ambrose, and sister to summertime staple Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club, the watering hole trades scratchy beach towels for cushy chaises and that too-close-for-comfort sunbather for a slick finance crowd. The space is split into three locales: a nautical-ish hall inside the historic Schermerhorn Row building, a revved-up surf club atop shipping containers and an easygoing outdoor beer garden. It’s a breeziness on par with a day at the ocean—sans sand at the bottom of your bag.

Santo’s Party House

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Andrew W.K. and his friends wanted to open up a New York City nightclub, and this two-level, 8,000-square-foot space is a real dance venue. It’s a concert hall, a club, a lounge, and a bar. So, depending on the night and your mood, this could be perfect for any given night. The two bars offer cheap drinks, which is a must in this economy. Compared to some of the other places on this list, Santo’s still looks fairly clean and new inside despite having been the venue for hundreds of parties in the past few months. The sound system is one of the best in the city, and Andrew W.K. could pop up at any time to tell you to “Party hard!”

Kiss and Fly


This club in the Meatpacking District is still difficult to get into unless you want to grease a few doormen or bring a bevy of beauties with you. However, once you’re inside it’s a throwback to the club excesses of the early- to mid-‘90s. There are chandeliers and painted ceilings, making this hot spot seem perfect for a Roman bacchanalia. It’s an extremely expensive night out, but the strict door policy means that there are tons of beautiful people and the vibe sets the mood just right — with music like Michael Jacksonand Notorious B.I.G. prominently featured — so that everyone lets their hair down and gets a little bit freaky.


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t’s rarely too crowded at this celeb hangout from Scott Sartiano and Richie Akiva (the duo behind Butter), and the door is one of the toughest to crack if you don’t know somebody. Once inside, however, you’ll be greeted by a tasteful decor and a spacious dance floor that’s flanked by lots of folks sipping $20 cocktails. This is one of the better late-night spots as things don’t usually pick up until around 2 a.m., and this New York City nightclub always seems to be the center of some Page Six story — whether it’s Lindsay Lohan stealing a coat or somebody getting beat up. And make sure you dress to the nines; it’s always a fashion show inside.



When it first opened in 2003, nightlife impresarios Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg’s spacious dancehall was the ultimate nightclub experience. Now that the allure has worn off a bit, it’s still one of the best New York Citynightclubs for finding a sweaty dance partner. Hip-hopThursdays are the club’s hottest night, which also makes it the toughest night to get in. If you want to guarantee your way through the velvet rope, you can opt to spend $650 for a table.



Cielo is a state-of-the-art space in downtown’s ultra chic Meat PaCKING Distric that provides a music program specializing in electronic music. It is a haven for mature individuals seeking intelligent nightlife with neither the hassles of large clubs nor the elitism of upscale lounges with too many VIP rooms. Once you are in Cielo, There will be no more ropes, checkpoints, or rules. Security’s goal is to compliment the experience, not to hinder it.

Cielo has set a new level in New York nightlife by going back to basics: the best DJ’s a strong door, impeccable service, stunning décor and lighting, and a world renowned sound system by legendary UK sound system pioneers, Funktion One, Which will blow the most fastidious audiophile’s socks off.