A bucket list of New York’s best restaurants could fill up your calendar every night of the week. But even if you only had 24 hours, this culinary-obsessed city offers you the best, every hour of the day.
The scene: Chef Andrew Carmellini’s seasonally-focused Little Park is tucked into a corner of the Smyth hotel. The scene here is calm before the dinner rush, so get ready to ease into your day in a well-lit space awash with neutral, earthy colors. Try: The poached eggs served with hen of the woods mushrooms, heirloom grain porridge, and pine nuts is a hearty breakfast that feels healthy—and looks beautiful. 85 W. Broadway, 212-220-4110
The scene: Located in the elegant Mandarin Oriental, New York hotel at Columbus Circle, Asiate boasts some of the best views of Central Park and the food feels just as decadent, too. The service is top-notch and no detail is spared. Try: While chef Christian Pratsch’s kitchen cooks primarily modern American cuisine, be sure to order one of the Asian breakfasts. The Japanese selection arrives with servings of tamagoyaki, soy taro potatoes, miso soup, steamed rice, tofu, and salmon. 80 Columbus Cir., 212-805-8881
The scene: Hordes of well-dressed, hip New Yorkers have been flocking to The New York EDITION for its restaurant, The Clocktower. Chef Jason Atheron comes from England and worked with Stephan Starr to create the vibe of this three-room space, where iconic photographs adorn the walls. Try: The modern British-themed menu includes hits ranging from the uni risotto to classic cuts of steaks, which are served with fries, Bearnaise sauce, and greens. 5 Madison Ave., 212-413-4300
The scene: Cross the river to Williamsburg for a cup of java that makes the trek well worth it. Even if you’re not a coffee geek, you’ll appreciate the airy, sunny space with its skylights and brick walls filled with plants. Try: A serving of perfectly-brewed artisanal Colombian coffee shows off a wide range of tasting notes to keep any caffeine-craving customer happy. 69 Grand St., Brooklyn, 718-285-6180
The scene: Sophisticated yet relaxed, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar puts you at ease even before your first bite or sip. Credit master sommelier Aldo Sohm, who many know from Le Bernardin next door, for curating a great list for every taste. Try: The shareable dishes are wonderful, but it's the wine menu that truly shines. There are plenty of vinos by the glass and nearly 200 bottle options. 151 W. 51st St., 212-554-1143
The scene: The narrow dining room is always buzzing at Estela, where President Obama dined last year. Chef Igancio Mattos' cooking is creative, and the menu is full of dishes with bold flavors. Try: Beef tartare with sunchokes and mussels escabeche on toast are some of the most popular orders here. Be sure to check out the smart wine list, too. 47 E. Houston St., 212-219-7693
The scene: Chic diners fill the seats at this beloved, cozy spot opened by a pair of chefs who already had restaurants in the Village. Reservations are not accepted, so don’t be surprised if there’s a wait. Try: The menu is filled with great pasta and vegetable-centric dishes, but the chopped steak is a can’t-miss dish. Shaped like a burger and seared perfectly on the outside, you’ll bite into what’s essentially a rare steak tartare. 51 Grove St.
The scene: An upscale tavern vibe with dim lighting and soaring ceilings makes The NoMad Bar a popular spot, not only for libations but food, too. It’s equally perfect for after-work drinks and a romantic nightcap. Try: Cocktails are a must to complement this spot's elevated pub fare. Leo Robitschek’s bar program offers everything from large-format drinks to hard-to-find spirits. 10 W. 28th St., 347-472-5660
The scene: The late hours at Blue Ribbon attract chefs and restaurant workers who come for drinks and food at the SoHo location. Try: Blue Ribbon’s fried chicken is a cult favorite. A crispy outside gives way to juicy meat inside, and it's a great dish whether you decide to imbibe or not. 97 Sullivan St., 212-274-0404
The scene: Open 23 hours every day, the Brazilian-inspired Coffee Shop is known for having models (or least model-esque looking staff) work its dining room. The clientele is often just as interesting, with everyone from fashion types to European tourists frequenting this spot. Try: Your dinner order—which could just as easily be breakfast—should include the huevos rancheros and a side of their decadent chocolate cake. But if you're more calorie-conscious, stick to dishes like kale salad and the veggie burger. 29 Union Square W., 212-243-7969