Famous museums, parks, and theaters are often surrounded by less-than-inspiring dining options. But if you seek out these restaurants, which are just a short stroll away from some of the city’s most iconic locations, your meals will be just as dazzling as the sights.
1) db Bistro Moderne
: Daniel Boulud’s contemporary version of a French bistro.
: Broadway’s top musicals, including The Book of Mormon
The decadent sirloin burger, stuffed with foie gras and black truffles.
This bistro and wine bar features a “cheese cave” — a temperature- and humidity-controlled room where gourmet cheeses are aged to the perfect ripeness and flavor.
Arresting views of Manhattan, as seen from the 86th floor of the Empire State Building.
Top-notch cheese and wine flights, and more.
3) The River Café
Its idyllic flower-filled patio.
A table at this spot delivers unparalleled views of the nearby Brooklyn Bridge.
Modern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
4) The Carlyle Restaurant
English manor–style decorations include plush chintz-covered banquettes, Aubusson rugs, and mirrored alcoves.
Before you make your way to dinner, stroll through Central Park, taking a break at Bethesda Fountain (the beautiful neoclassical fountain featured in countless movies).
Global delicacies like beef Wellington and lobster thermidor.
5) Ai Fiori
American chef Michael White.
Walk to the majestic New York Public Library and its lovely back garden, Bryant Park.
Refined dishes inspired by the French and Italian coasts.
At the Helm:
This Italian trattoria is the latest venture from seafood expert Dave Pasternack.
The High Line, an elevated railroad track turned hip urban promenade, borders the legion of eateries in the Meatpacking District, but for a truly lofty meal, head north on this verdant path to reach Barchetta on 23rd Street.
Now open for brunch, you’ll have your choice of crudo, paninis, or more traditional dishes like French toast made with a baguette and pumpkin custard.
7) M. Wells Dinette
A low-key but ever delightful lunchroom.
This spot is actually located in Queens inside MoMA PS1, sister contemporary-art institution to the Museum of Modern Art.
Rustic French cuisine, and more.
What to Expect:
Fresh, local ingredients featured in well-orchestrated dishes helped this spot earn its first Michelin star this year.
Near Lincoln Center, make an evening of it with anything from an opera to a dance performance after dinner.
Smoked trout with potato blini and sweet onion sour cream.
9) Cafe Sabarsky
An intimate space with period touches including banquette seating upholstered with a 1912 Otto Wagner fabric.
Located at the Neue Galerie, one of the nine world-class museums on upper Fifth Avenue.
Memorable Viennese specialties like apple strudel and eiskaffee
, a chilled coffee with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and cocoa powder.
10) Pier A Harbor House
A historic pier turned food emporium.
Grab a bite here after you get a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty from one of the passenger boats circulating along the Hudson River.
Fresh oysters, craft beers, and much more.