The 45 Best Restaurants in Manhattan Right Now

Where should you go out to eat in Manhattan?

Are you looking for the best restaurants in Manhattan? Then you’ve come to the right place – as a big foodie, I love Manhattan for its wide range of good restaurants. In the first section I’ll tell you my TOP 50 restaurants in Manhattan that I can recommend to you – further down I have even more restaurants: you’ll find Italian restaurants, French restaurants, burger restaurants, steakhouses, Spanish cuisine and much more.

And even further down sorted by proximity to attractions, for example the best restaurants in Times Square (ui, difficult!), Central Park etc.. Last but not least comes another favorite category of mine: Rooftop Restaurants in Manhattan, Fancy Restaurants, Romantic Restaurants and and and!

To help you quickly see which restaurant is near you, you can find all Manhattan restaurants on the map.

By the way: you’ll find many more New York City spots in our Loving New York travel guides!

The best restaurants in Manhattan

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    Añejo

    Mexican Restaurant in Hell's Kitchen
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    Añejo is a classy yet fun and casual Mexican restaurant with modern small plates and innovative cocktails. This restaurant was created by the Top Chef season 7 contestant, Angelo Sosa. So, it’s no surprise Añejo is a culinary work of art and is even Michelin recommended for the best Mezcal bars in NYC. You must try the unique ‘Traviesa Montelobos’ with Mezcal, fresh grapefruit, lime, Fresno infused agave, Aperol, and spicy salt when visiting.  

    Each small plate is a flavorful culinary experience, but their top dishes include the tender and smoky ‘octopus plate’ and the ‘Drunken Lamb Barbacoa.’ These plates are modern but include elements of Mexican food that bring your taste buds for a ride. 

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    Balthazar

    French Restaurant in SoHo
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    The stylish restaurant serves traditional French cuisine. Outside the menu you can also choose from the seafood bar and the delicacies from the Balthazar Bakery. The breakfast is legendary and the home-baked bread is especially convincing. By the way, you can get a lot more of it in the adjacent bakery.

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    Brooklyn Diner

    American Restaurant in Theatre District
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    Even if the name doesn’t suggest it, the diner is really close to Times Square! The Brooklyn Diner is a diner like it is in a book: both from the outside and the inside. Try the pastrami or the French toast.

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    Carroll Place

    Italian Restaurant in Greenwich Village
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    Carroll Place on Bleecker Street has an exciting concept, as it’s both a gastropub and wine bar where you can enjoy Italian-inspired food. It’s one of our favorite spots when we go for brunch in New York. The atmosphere is relaxed, the vibe is always good and the food is delicious!

    Our favorites have been the pizza with truffles and the Pasta Vongole. The fact that the pizza oven is wood fired gives the pizzas a taste like a pizza should have! By the way, next time try the Carroll Place Burger with Gorgonzola. This one looked mega delicious too!

    My tip: if you want to go for brunch, be sure to reserve a table in advance!

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    Dante NYC

    Bar in Greenwich Village
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    When it comes to the best Negroni in town, there is hardly a way around Dante NYC. They are an institution in New York and have been serving their Negroni since 1915 (it’s an Italian restaurant with a small bar). You find it at the corner of Greenwich Village, SoHo and Hudson Square – here we are super-often when we are on the road in New York.

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    Drift In

    Sea Food Restaurant in West Village
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    The Drift In is one of my latest new discoveries in New York: it’s located right on the Hudson River promenade in the West Village. They serve oysters and the best lobster roll in town – no wonder, the team behind the Drift In is the same as at my beloved PILOT Brooklyn and GRAND BANKs. Just great!

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    Eataly

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    In 2010, Eataly was opened in New York by master chef Mario Batali. The pizza is very remeniscent of pizza and the wine selection is huge. You will also find a large selection of ecellent pasta, salads, and sandwiches. In terms of price, it has to be said in advance that a pizza starts at $15 and can cost $25. Nevertheless, this Italian food market is for me one of the most beautiful and best in the city!

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    Empire Diner

    American Restaurant in Chelsea
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    This American Diner in Chelsea is an icon of NYC – you can’t miss it, because a beautiful graffiti decorates the building. And it is only a few meters away from the High Line!

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    Gayle's Broadway Rose

    American Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    Gayle’s Broadway Rose features singing waiters and waitresses that will sing classic and modern Broadway hits to you while you indulge yourself in a delicious and fancy-looking milkshake.

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    Gelso & Grand

    Italian Restaurant in Little Italy
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    The Gelso & Grand is a successful mix of a restaurant (with excellent pizza), a bar and a small outdoor area. It is not only super stylishly furnished, but also has typically Italian good espresso. The audience is colourful: from families with children to couples and business espresso guests.

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    Grand Banks

    Sea Food Restaurant in Tribeca
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    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

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    Hudson Clearwater

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    This beautiful little restaurant has everything I like: it is cozy, beautifully decorated, the food is delicious and in summer you can sit together romantically in a small courtyard!

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    Industry Kitchen

    American Restaurant in Financial District
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    The restaurant offers typical American cuisine with modern influences. Fresh ingredients form the basis for the dishes. Salads, pizza and freshly grilled meat combined with first-class wines make a visit to the Industry Kitchen highly recommended. Beer lovers and cocktail fans will get their money’s worth here, because the selection is great.

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    Jun-Men Ramen Bar

    Asian Restaurant in Chelsea
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    The Jun-Men is one of the best restaurants for ramen in the city. By the way, Jun-Men means “noodles, straight up”. The secret of a really good ramen dish is the broth, which is sometimes reduced for hours and in the end is really “concentrated” and delicious. Absolutely sensational and once you have tasted it, you will understand why we rave about it so much.

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    La Mela

    Italian Restaurant in Little Italy
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    A good address if you want to go out for dinner in a relatively relaxed atmosphere. The food comes from the hands of a real Italian family. The mussels are highly recommended.

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    La Pecora Bianca

    Italian Restaurant in Flatiron District
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    La Pecora Bianca, which translates to “The White Sheep” in Italian is a restaurant that focuses on farm-to-table dishes. Their ingredients are locally sourced letting them “shine”.

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    La Pecora Bianca

    Italian Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    La Pecora Bianca, which translates to “The White Sheep” in Italian is a restaurant that focuses on farm-to-table dishes. Their ingredients are locally sourced letting them “shine”.

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    Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery

    French Restaurant in NoHo
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    Never leave NoHo without stopping by Lafayette Grand Bakery. Great vibes, authentic French scenery, plus amazing food will amaze you for sure. Lafayette is an everyday French restaurant bringing the spirit of French dining to the NoHo neighborhood. They are open in the morning, noon and night, so you can join them either for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    My favorite dishes (it’s very hard to only mention one) are the lemon pancakes, the chicken salad, and the egg sandwich. Oh, and their fruit tarts are very delicious as well.

    Other than Lafayette Grand Bakery there are many other smaller coffee shops and bakeries in the area. Just by simply exploring the neighborhood, you will come across a few. Walk-in, join the locals and take a break from sightseeing. NoHo is the perfect place to do so.

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    Little Prince

    French Restaurant in SoHo
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    For the first time we noticed the French restaurant in summer: the windows can be opened completely and because it is so small, you have a window seat & table all to yourself, so to speak. Super-romantic and that’s why it immediately landed on our list of the most romantic restaurants in NYC.

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    Lombardi's Pizza

    Italian Restaurant in Nolita
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    Lombardi’s is a pizza restaurant in Nolita and prides itself in being the first pizzeria in the United States. Here you can eat really well and enjoy a welcoming Italian atmosphere. Also make sure to try the Meatballs!

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    Los Tacos No. 1

    Mexican Restaurant in Theatre District
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    Los Tacos No. 1 in Times Square is rightly very popular: in the “standing snack bar” everything revolves around tacos & quesadillas. Wonderfully traditional, cheap and really delicious. What’s special about it? The handmade tacos taste like in Mexico, because instead of wheat flour (as it is unfortunately often done for cost reasons) real corn flour is used for production. My tip: Take the tacos with grilled cactus!

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    Manhatta

    French Restaurant in Financial District
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    The restaurant Manhatta is one of the best restaurants in town and is perfect if you are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion. Not only is the food here at the highest level – so are you! Located on the 60th floor, it offers you a magnificent view of the city!

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    Móle

    Mexican Restaurant in West Village
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    Looking for a large variety of tequilas to try? Móle is known for having over 125 different types of tequilas, all made with 100% blue agave. Although they serve many of the classics, the house special drinks include ‘El Diablo’ and ‘El Vampiro,’ two spicy cocktails with Don Reyes Tequila. 

    Móle is also, of course, famous for its móle, which is imported from Mexico. The móle is handmade by Doña Emelia for complete authenticity and then used to enhance the flavor of the dishes. The chicken ‘enchiladas de mole poblanos’ are absolutely amazing and the best item on the menu.

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    Pastrami Queen

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    Besides the Katz’s delicatessen, the Pastrami Queen is one of our favourite pastrami shops. The sandwiches are kosher, incredibly tasty and really thickly topped. The shop has remained unchanged for almost 30 years and stands for very good dishes.

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    Pier A Harbor House

    Sea Food Restaurant in The Battery
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    The Pier A Harbor House extends over two levels and also offers a large outdoor area. The restaurant area has been completely restored and shines in new splendor. On the second floor you will also find the cocktail bar. Here you will find seafood dishes, sandwiches and tacos on the menu. Prices range from about $15 to $25 and cocktails cost about $12 to $15. Happy Hour is from Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 19.00.

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    Red Rooster

    American Restaurant in Harlem & Washington Heights
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    The Red Rooster is an absolute institution and an integral part of the Harlem community. Located near the famous Apollo Theatre, the restaurant named after the legendary Harlem Speakeasy was located at 138th Street and 7th Avenue. This pleasant, colourful atmosphere was to be revived with the Red Rooster – and it really succeeded in creating a great atmosphere. The place does not only offer soul food but also cooking classes and live music.

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    Rubirosa

    Italian Restaurant in Nolita
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    Already from the outside the restaurant looks like a typical Italian restaurant. You will feel completely at home: there are great red wines, the atmosphere is pleasant and you are definitely among locals. The Rubirosa is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in town, because the food is fantastic. The pasta and also the starters (for example grilled calamari) remind you of Italy – not to mention the pizza.

    If you are looking for a late afternoon glass of wine with some snacks or a quality evening meal this is definitely a good choice. There is also a pizza hour, where – you guessed it – they sell 2 pizzas for $16! 

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    Super Taste

    Asian Restaurant in Chinatown
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    Here it can quickly get crowded, the shop is really super small. Super Taste is probably the best place to visit in Chinatown NYC if you are looking for some authentic and great quality noodles. The amazing food is reason alone to visit but with the amazing prices on offer, this is a no-brainer to get a quick and delicious bite to eat on your way through Chinatown.

    Make sure to try the pork belly bao – one of our favorites!

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    The Dutch Restaurant

    American Restaurant in SoHo
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    Unlike the name The Dutch suggests, there are no Dutch specialties, but American cuisine. Besides salads and pasta, there is a large selection of meat and fish dishes. On weekends, there is also plenty of time for brunches – and there is a lot on the menu.

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    The Mercer Kitchen

    American Restaurant in SoHo
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    The Mercer Kitchen is a restaurant located in SoHo and can be found right next to The Mercer Hotel. We recommend coming here for breakfast and lunch while you’re visiting SoHo.

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    Villa Mosconi

    Italian Restaurant in Greenwich Village
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    If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant with real vintage charm, you have to go to Villa Mosconi! This restaurant has been around for over 40 years and is still run by the same family.

    Villa Mosconi restaurant offers authentic Italian food in a lovely ambiance and it’s family friendly and welcoming. No matter what (homemade) pasta you order, it’s guaranteed to be delicious. Another highlight for us was the Veal Milanese. And the best part? The prices are really reasonable!

    For me, Villa Mosconi is one of the best Italian restaurants in New York, because we were not disappointed during any of our visits!

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    ABC Kitchen

    American Restaurant in Gramercy
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    The ABC Kitchen serves Slow Food – the opposite of fast food and a declaration of love for our planet. Only the freshest ingredients, supplied by local farmers, are put on the plate. The dishes change seasonally and are free of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and genetic engineering. The prices are more than reasonable for the quality of the ingredients and the service.

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    American Cut

    American Restaurant in Tribeca
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    The restaurant is very modern and here you can get very tasty steaks.

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    Angelica Kitchen

    Vegetarian Restaurant in East Village
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    Fresh, vegan food has been served here since 1976. Many of the ingredients are organically grown and Fairtrade certified.

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    Antique Garage

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    As the name suggests, the location used to be an old screwdriver garage, which was brought to life in 2003. The furnishing with antique paintings and lamps creates a relaxed, cosy atmosphere.  And then the food: the starters alone are already a blast. Try “Mezze” – these are Mediterranean little treats.

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    Artichoke Basille's Pizza

    Italian Restaurant in Chelsea
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    Artichoke Basille’s Pizza was founded in 2008 and serves big slices with creamy toppings.

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    Asiate Restaurant

    American Restaurant in Upper West Side
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    Besides the innovative dishes, the stylish decoration of the “Asiate” in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is an absolute highlight every time. In front of the windows, an impressive branch sculpture, which symbolizes trees in winter, forms the center of the restaurant. In addition, the huge wall with more than 3,000 wine bottles.

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    Avant Garden

    Vegetarian Restaurant in East Village
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    In the cozy restaurant in the East Village, the food is served in a very stylish way. The quality is excellent and it tastes fantastic.

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    Bagatelle NYC

    French Restaurant in Meatpacking District
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    The Bagatelle NYC is a French-Mediterranean restaurant with nightclub character

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    Barney Greengrass

    Café in Upper West Side
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    A legendary deli on the Upper West Side. The portions are huge and the classic American cuisine is convincing all along the line.

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    Basta Pasta

    Italian Restaurant in Gramercy
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    The restaurant is clean and elegant in style, has an open kitchen and offers a relaxed atmosphere. As the name suggests, they serve great pasta dishes – excitingly combined with Japanese cuisine (for example, pasta with shitake mushrooms) and with great sauces. All organic and homemade, of course.

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    Beatnic West Village

    Vegetarian Restaurant in Greenwich Village
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    Ok, the name can be a bit misleading, because the Beatnic West Village is actually located in Greenwich Village (the discussion about the neighborhoods and their exact boundaries is typical for New York 🙂 ). Anyway, Beatnic is a really popular vegan restaurant right on Bleecker Street.

    It’s super-stylish, beautifully decorated and so delicious! And I say that, who likes everything around steaks, burgers and BBQ so much. Everything is freshly prepared, there are a wide variety of salads, sandwiches and burgers – all vegan, of course.  

    Really colorful is the beet ketchup and the avocado pesto. My tip: try the guac burger and the magic mushroom salad. That alone is worth a visit!

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    Benjamin Steakhouse

    Steak Restaurant in Murray Hill
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    The stay at Benjamins is always a treat. The steak and wine list is very extensive. So there should be something for everyone.

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    Benoit

    French Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    Here at Benoit you can get the French classics like cassoulet or onion soup. The restaurant is famous for its fantastic fish dishes and steaks. Be sure to order the fries with it – they are second to none. The Benoit is also ideal for a romantic dinner for two, as the selection is large and the wines are sensational. Here the emphasis is on French wines.

My Favorite Restaurants in Manhattan – sorted by category

The 5 best Italian restaurants in Manhattan

From pizzerias to pasta spots, everything we love about Italian is here: it’s warm, you feel welcome, and afterwards you can take a relaxed stroll through Manhattan.

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    01 Carroll Place

    Carroll Place on Bleecker Street has an exciting concept, as it’s both a gastropub and wine bar where you can enjoy Italian-inspired food. It’s one…

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    02 Dante NYC

    When it comes to the best Negroni in town, there is hardly a way around Dante NYC. They are an institution in New York and…

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    03 Gelso & Grand

    The Gelso & Grand is a successful mix of a restaurant (with excellent pizza), a bar and a small outdoor area. It is not only…

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    04 La Mela

    A good address if you want to go out for dinner in a relatively relaxed atmosphere. The food comes from the hands of a real…

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    05 La Pecora Bianca

    La Pecora Bianca, which translates to “The White Sheep” in Italian is a restaurant that focuses on farm-to-table dishes. Their ingredients are locally sourced letting…

The 5 best Japanese restaurants in Manhattan

I love sushi – and was unfortunately disappointed a few times in New York because it wasn’t as good as I expected. To make sure that doesn’t happen to you, here are my personal recommendations for good Japanese restaurants in Manhattan.

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    01 Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya

    Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is a Japanese-style tavern and a traditional sushi bar with a fine dining experience. This spot is all about bonding together…

  2. 02 BONDST

    BONDST is a very exceptional Japanese restaurant that is one of the best in all of New York City. Here, fine dining meets high-class and…

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    03 Harajuku Sushi & Crêpe

    On the one hand you will find delicious sushi and on the other hand fresh crêpes. The crêpes are filled with avocados, shrimps, pork, eggs…

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    04 Hudson Eats

    In the Hudson Eats you can enjoy a great view of the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty. The restaurants are more in the…

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    05 Kenka NYC

    Authentic Japanese cuisine in the East Village for those who love Sushi & Co. Itadakimasu!

The 5 best French restaurants in Manhattan

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    01 Balthazar

    The stylish restaurant serves traditional French cuisine. Outside the menu you can also choose from the seafood bar and the delicacies from the Balthazar Bakery.…

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    02 Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery

    Never leave NoHo without stopping by Lafayette Grand Bakery. Great vibes, authentic French scenery, plus amazing food will amaze you for sure. Lafayette is an…

  3. Restaurant Little Prince in SoHo

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    For the first time we noticed the French restaurant in summer: the windows can be opened completely and because it is so small, you have…

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    04 Manhatta

    The restaurant Manhatta is one of the best restaurants in town and is perfect if you are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion.…

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    05 Bagatelle NYC

    The Bagatelle NYC is a French-Mediterranean restaurant with nightclub character

The 5 Best Seafood Restaurants in Manhattan

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    The Drift In is one of my latest new discoveries in New York: it’s located right on the Hudson River promenade in the West Village.…

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    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting…

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    The Pier A Harbor House extends over two levels and also offers a large outdoor area. The restaurant area has been completely restored and…

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    04 Barney Greengrass

    A legendary deli on the Upper West Side. The portions are huge and the classic American cuisine is convincing all along the line.

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    05 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

    Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get. – Forrest Gump. We all love him and know his…

The 5 best Mexican restaurants in Manhattan

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    01 Añejo

    Añejo is a classy yet fun and casual Mexican restaurant with modern small plates and innovative cocktails. This restaurant was created by the Top Chef…

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    02 Los Tacos No. 1

    Los Tacos No. 1 in Times Square is rightly very popular: in the “standing snack bar” everything revolves around tacos & quesadillas. Wonderfully traditional, cheap…

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    03 Móle

    Looking for a large variety of tequilas to try? Móle is known for having over 125 different types of tequilas, all made with 100% blue…

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    04 Café Frida

    The ambience in Café Frida is typically Mexican. In the kitchen, too, great importance is attached to ensuring that the dishes come to the table…

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    05 Casa Mezcal

    Casa Mezcal is – as the name suggests – a mezcal bar in New York, more precisely in the Lower East Side. Both from the…

The 5 best vegan restaurants in Manhattan

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    01 Angelica Kitchen

    Fresh, vegan food has been served here since 1976. Many of the ingredients are organically grown and Fairtrade certified.

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    02 Avant Garden

    In the cozy restaurant in the East Village, the food is served in a very stylish way. The quality is excellent and it tastes fantastic.

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    03 Beatnic West Village

    Ok, the name can be a bit misleading, because the Beatnic West Village is actually located in Greenwich Village (the discussion about the neighborhoods and…

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    04 Blossom

    The Blossom is a vegan restaurant chain. It was founded with the aim of bringing vegan food to a creative, new and delicious level.

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    The Blossom is a vegan restaurant chain. It was founded with the goal of bringing vegan food to a creative, new and delicious level.

Here you can find all the good vegan restaurants in Manhattan.

The 5 best Asian restaurants in Manhattan

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    01 Jun-Men Ramen Bar

    The Jun-Men is one of the best restaurants for ramen in the city. By the way, Jun-Men means “noodles, straight up”. The secret of a…

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    02 Super Taste

    Here it can quickly get crowded, the shop is really super small. Super Taste is probably the best place to visit in Chinatown NYC if you…

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    03 BoCaphe

    The BoCaphe is one of our favourite spots if we want to enjoy “Vietnamese French Cuisine” in a relaxed atmosphere.

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    04 Decoy

    Here you get the best Peking duck in town. The restaurant is well known beyond the city limits.

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    05 Great NY Noodletown

    Great NY Noodletown is a noodleshop, Chinese restaurant in Chinatown located right next to the Manhattan Bridge. Great insider tip…

The 5 best Spanish restaurants in Manhattan

Spanish cuisine is always a vacation for me: I really like the tapas idea of sharing food among friends or family. Find out my favorite tapas restaurants in Manhattan here!

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    01 Boqueria

    One of our highlights is the Boqueria in SoHo. We have walked past it 100 times and have not noticed…

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    02 Boqueria NYC

    If you are looking for Spanish cuisine, the Boqueria in New York is a great option. With four branches in New York City (in Midtown,…

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    03 Tia Pol

    The Tia Pol is totally inconspicuous from the outside, but it has it all! We became aware of it by chance, because we had some…

The 5 Best American Restaurants in Manhattan

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    01 Brooklyn Diner

    Even if the name doesn’t suggest it, the diner is really close to Times Square! The Brooklyn Diner is a diner like it is in…

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    02 Empire Diner

    This American Diner in Chelsea is an icon of NYC – you can’t miss it, because a beautiful graffiti decorates the building. And it is…

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    03 Gayle's Broadway Rose

    Gayle’s Broadway Rose features singing waiters and waitresses that will sing classic and modern Broadway hits to you while you indulge yourself in a delicious…

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    04 Industry Kitchen

    The restaurant offers typical American cuisine with modern influences. Fresh ingredients form the basis for the dishes. Salads, pizza and freshly grilled meat combined with…

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    05 Manhatta

    The restaurant Manhatta is one of the best restaurants in town and is perfect if you are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion.…

The Best Restaurants in Manhattan – sorted by location

The best restaurants in Midtown

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    Añejo

    Mexican Restaurant in Hell's Kitchen
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    Añejo is a classy yet fun and casual Mexican restaurant with modern small plates and innovative cocktails. This restaurant was created by the Top Chef season 7 contestant, Angelo Sosa. So, it’s no surprise Añejo is a culinary work of art and is even Michelin recommended for the best Mezcal bars in NYC. You must try the unique ‘Traviesa Montelobos’ with Mezcal, fresh grapefruit, lime, Fresno infused agave, Aperol, and spicy salt when visiting.  

    Each small plate is a flavorful culinary experience, but their top dishes include the tender and smoky ‘octopus plate’ and the ‘Drunken Lamb Barbacoa.’ These plates are modern but include elements of Mexican food that bring your taste buds for a ride. 

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    Brooklyn Diner

    American Restaurant in Theatre District
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    Even if the name doesn’t suggest it, the diner is really close to Times Square! The Brooklyn Diner is a diner like it is in a book: both from the outside and the inside. Try the pastrami or the French toast.

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    Gayle's Broadway Rose

    American Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    Gayle’s Broadway Rose features singing waiters and waitresses that will sing classic and modern Broadway hits to you while you indulge yourself in a delicious and fancy-looking milkshake.

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    La Pecora Bianca

    Italian Restaurant in Flatiron District
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    La Pecora Bianca, which translates to “The White Sheep” in Italian is a restaurant that focuses on farm-to-table dishes. Their ingredients are locally sourced letting them “shine”.

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    La Pecora Bianca

    Italian Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    La Pecora Bianca, which translates to “The White Sheep” in Italian is a restaurant that focuses on farm-to-table dishes. Their ingredients are locally sourced letting them “shine”.

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    Los Tacos No. 1

    Mexican Restaurant in Theatre District
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    Los Tacos No. 1 in Times Square is rightly very popular: in the “standing snack bar” everything revolves around tacos & quesadillas. Wonderfully traditional, cheap and really delicious. What’s special about it? The handmade tacos taste like in Mexico, because instead of wheat flour (as it is unfortunately often done for cost reasons) real corn flour is used for production. My tip: Take the tacos with grilled cactus!

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    Artichoke Basille's Pizza

    Italian Restaurant in Chelsea
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    Artichoke Basille’s Pizza was founded in 2008 and serves big slices with creamy toppings.

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    Basta Pasta

    Italian Restaurant in Gramercy
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    The restaurant is clean and elegant in style, has an open kitchen and offers a relaxed atmosphere. As the name suggests, they serve great pasta dishes – excitingly combined with Japanese cuisine (for example, pasta with shitake mushrooms) and with great sauces. All organic and homemade, of course.

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    Benjamin Steakhouse

    Steak Restaurant in Murray Hill
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    The stay at Benjamins is always a treat. The steak and wine list is very extensive. So there should be something for everyone.

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    Benoit

    French Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan
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    Here at Benoit you can get the French classics like cassoulet or onion soup. The restaurant is famous for its fantastic fish dishes and steaks. Be sure to order the fries with it – they are second to none. The Benoit is also ideal for a romantic dinner for two, as the selection is large and the wines are sensational. Here the emphasis is on French wines.

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    Black Iron Burger Midtown

    Burger Spot in Midtown Manhattan
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    Black Iron Burger is a well known burger restaurant that can be found several times in New York.

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    Blossom

    Vegetarian Restaurant in Chelsea
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    The Blossom is a vegan restaurant chain. It was founded with the aim of bringing vegan food to a creative, new and delicious level.

The best restaurants in Lower Manhattan

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    Balthazar

    French Restaurant in SoHo
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    The stylish restaurant serves traditional French cuisine. Outside the menu you can also choose from the seafood bar and the delicacies from the Balthazar Bakery. The breakfast is legendary and the home-baked bread is especially convincing. By the way, you can get a lot more of it in the adjacent bakery.

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    Drift In

    Sea Food Restaurant in West Village
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    The Drift In is one of my latest new discoveries in New York: it’s located right on the Hudson River promenade in the West Village. They serve oysters and the best lobster roll in town – no wonder, the team behind the Drift In is the same as at my beloved PILOT Brooklyn and GRAND BANKs. Just great!

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    Eataly

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    In 2010, Eataly was opened in New York by master chef Mario Batali. The pizza is very remeniscent of pizza and the wine selection is huge. You will also find a large selection of ecellent pasta, salads, and sandwiches. In terms of price, it has to be said in advance that a pizza starts at $15 and can cost $25. Nevertheless, this Italian food market is for me one of the most beautiful and best in the city!

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    Gelso & Grand

    Italian Restaurant in Little Italy
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    The Gelso & Grand is a successful mix of a restaurant (with excellent pizza), a bar and a small outdoor area. It is not only super stylishly furnished, but also has typically Italian good espresso. The audience is colourful: from families with children to couples and business espresso guests.

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    Grand Banks

    Sea Food Restaurant in Tribeca
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    Water, a great view of Manhattan and a great atmosphere – the location is simply the best. You are sitting on a historic ship called F/V Sherman Zwicker on the Hudson River and can enjoy New York from the water when the weather is fine. The place also serves great drinks and seafood.

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    Industry Kitchen

    American Restaurant in Financial District
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    The restaurant offers typical American cuisine with modern influences. Fresh ingredients form the basis for the dishes. Salads, pizza and freshly grilled meat combined with first-class wines make a visit to the Industry Kitchen highly recommended. Beer lovers and cocktail fans will get their money’s worth here, because the selection is great.

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    Little Prince

    French Restaurant in SoHo
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    For the first time we noticed the French restaurant in summer: the windows can be opened completely and because it is so small, you have a window seat & table all to yourself, so to speak. Super-romantic and that’s why it immediately landed on our list of the most romantic restaurants in NYC.

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    Manhatta

    French Restaurant in Financial District
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    The restaurant Manhatta is one of the best restaurants in town and is perfect if you are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion. Not only is the food here at the highest level – so are you! Located on the 60th floor, it offers you a magnificent view of the city!

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    Pier A Harbor House

    Sea Food Restaurant in The Battery
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    The Pier A Harbor House extends over two levels and also offers a large outdoor area. The restaurant area has been completely restored and shines in new splendor. On the second floor you will also find the cocktail bar. Here you will find seafood dishes, sandwiches and tacos on the menu. Prices range from about $15 to $25 and cocktails cost about $12 to $15. Happy Hour is from Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 19.00.

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    Super Taste

    Asian Restaurant in Chinatown
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    Here it can quickly get crowded, the shop is really super small. Super Taste is probably the best place to visit in Chinatown NYC if you are looking for some authentic and great quality noodles. The amazing food is reason alone to visit but with the amazing prices on offer, this is a no-brainer to get a quick and delicious bite to eat on your way through Chinatown.

    Make sure to try the pork belly bao – one of our favorites!

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    The Dutch Restaurant

    American Restaurant in SoHo
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    Unlike the name The Dutch suggests, there are no Dutch specialties, but American cuisine. Besides salads and pasta, there is a large selection of meat and fish dishes. On weekends, there is also plenty of time for brunches – and there is a lot on the menu.

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    Angelica Kitchen

    Vegetarian Restaurant in East Village
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    Fresh, vegan food has been served here since 1976. Many of the ingredients are organically grown and Fairtrade certified.

TOP Restaurants in Manhattan – sorted by type

Rooftop-Restaurants in Manhattan

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    01 Hotel Chantelle

    Hotel Chantelle is a 3-level bar where the music is surely to make you move. In the basement you’ll typically find a crowded and dimly…

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    02 The Water Club

    Located on the East River, the restaurant scores with its prime location, relaxed rooftop bar and first class food. You can come here for brunch,…

The best steak restaurants in Manhattan

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    01 Little Prince

    For the first time we noticed the French restaurant in summer: the windows can be opened completely and because it is so small, you have…

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    02 Benjamin Steakhouse

    The stay at Benjamins is always a treat. The steak and wine list is very extensive. So there should be something for everyone.

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    03 Bowery Meat Company

    As the name of the restaurant suggests, you will find plenty of meat on the menu. The Bowery offers you a festive five-course menu on…

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    04 Keens Steakhouse

    The Keens is a veteran of the New York steak scene. It was opened ready in 1885. The interior of the restaurant – there are…

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    05 Porter House Bar & Grill

    The menu is very varied. From prime steaks to seafood and pasta, you can find everything here. The wine list is also very impressive.

The best BBQ restaurants in Manhattan

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    What can we say: the shop in the East Village was packed (and that in the evening 10 p.m.) and the BBQ is really delicious.…

The Best Restaurants in Manhattan on the map

A map with all restaurants in Manhattan can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each restaurant on the map to find out everything you need to know.

About the author
Steffen

I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world.

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