5 Restaurants Where Chefs Eat in New York City

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There was one question on my mind when I quizzed a chef in New York City: where do you go out to eat? As one of the best cities in the world (in my opinion THE best) to eat out, New York is full of great restaurants, markets, and even food trucks! So, where do the chefs go out to eat? Here are the top 5 picks, from a local himself!

Lure Fishbar New York City

Lure Fishbar

Open throughout the day from 11:30AM – 10:30PM (11:30PM on Fridays and Saturdays), Lure Fishbar is a very popular hangout for chefs around town. Expect a yachtlike interior, busy bar scene and, as the name suggests, seafood is the cuisine on offer!

142 Mercer St, New York

Image via Lure Fishbar

Contra New York


Perhaps the most unassuming of the bunch, Contra is an alternative option for something a little more low key. The tasting menu offers 5-courses of New American fare for a reasonably priced $55. Open for dinner only, the fixed-price menu is your only option but a darn good one at that.

138 Orchard St, New York

Image via Contra

Eleven Madison Park New York

Eleven Madison Park

For upscale American dining, you can’t go past Daniel Humm’s tasting menu selections on offer at Eleven Madison Park. Expensive and only open for dinner, this is one of those once in a life time situations reserved for special occasions.

Metropolitan Life North Building, 11 Madison Ave, New York

Image via Eleven Madison Park

Nomad in New York!

NoMad Restaurant

For fine dining European fare with a modern twist, you can’t go past the NoMad Restaurant – probably one of my favourite menus in the entire city! They’re open for lunch and dinners, but be sure to book in advance as it is also one of the most popular restaurants in town. Located in the Flat Iron District, there are plenty of alternatives in the area if you can’t book a table last minute.

1170 Broadway, New York

Image via the New Yorker

masa | New York


As the most expensive restaurant in America, you might better enjoy looking at the menu than actually eating it. The restaurant centres around sushi, which is quite comical given the cuisine is usually amongst the cheapest foods on offer around the world!

Time Warner Center 10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor, New York

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Where Chefs Eat in New York


A paradox of sorts, Carbone is an Italian fine dining restaurant set in a nostalgic, retro space with glamour that could have only been inspired by the 20’s. The restaurant was created by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick and is frequented by Chefs, foodies, and A-listers in search of some of the best, rich, Italian food in town.

181 Thompson St, New York

Image via Vanishing New York

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    October 26, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Awesome, I wish we’d had this list when we went to NYC! Our food experiences ended up being fairly disappointing at times. I love the interior of Carbone! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    October 25, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Nomad and Contra both sound so good. Their decor is right up my alley too. I haven’t spent enough time in New York fine dining, but definitely putting a few of these on my list!


    October 25, 2016 at 4:45 am

    great post ! hopefully I can try some of those next time I am in New York! I normally used phone app but now I am gonna make start making my “bloggers recommend ” list 😀

    Meagan Brown
    October 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks for sharing all of this good and amazing resources with us! Learn so many new and challenging things! Keep it up dear and have a nice journey!

    October 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    You had me at seafood…..

    October 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

    If I had to choose between all of these fabulous New Yorkish restaurants, I think I would go for Eleven Madison Park

    October 13, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Good look, all of them
    Nice pictures

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    October 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    I just love the views of the houses on the coast!

    October 11, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Great article! I met so many people from New York in my around the world travels that were so lovely, I’m beginning to feel like a trip there is a must, so this restaurant guide is perfect x

    October 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Reading this made me hungry! I also think New York City is the best! Loved the post and will definetly remember to try some of these places out when I’m in NYC.

    Marie - Miles of Happiness
    October 8, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Awesome! I’m going for a one week trip in New York in November, I’ll definitely keep your adresses in mind… Love the design of NoMad restaurant!

    October 7, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Masa seems like heaven ! Definitely try it the next time I’ll be in London ! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Kenza from

    October 7, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Looks amazing!! I’m hoping to try Masa when I head to NYC next year!

    Carla Valpeoz
    October 7, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    New York is the perfect place to explore food! Every neighborhood has its own unique blend and something different to offer! Maybe I’ll check out one of these suggestions next time I’m in the city!

    Brooklyn Murtaugh
    October 7, 2016 at 10:54 am

    To be completely honest, the fact that people can spend hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars for one meal makes me a tad uncomfortable.
    I don’t see the value in it.
    As if places like Masa exist :O