What are the Best Restaurants Manhattan for Lunch 2019

The Best Restaurants get very pricey for dinner, so if you're looking to eat at the Best NY has to offer lunch may be the way. In most top restaurants you can expect the same cooking at a substantial savings.

Le Bernardin

155 W 51st St The Equitable Bldg New York, NY 10019 b/t Broadway & 8th Ave 

3 Michelin Stars and Top of List on Zagat. We agree with those that say Bernardin stands out as the best restaurant in NYC. Chef Eric Rippert is a master in cooking. Although dinner get a few dishes you won't see for lunch such as his surf and turf -which changes over the years. Lunch offers most of his signature dishes.

See lunch menu .

butter roasted lobster truffle pasta monkfish chorizo sauce

Above: Left, Butter Roasted Lobster with pasta and truffle sauce, Right: Pan Roasted Monkfish; Squid Ink Fideos, Chorizo Emulsion

Gabriel Kreuther

41 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036 tel .no. (212) 257-5826
Upgraded to Two Michelin Stars for 2019. Gabriel was former chef for many years at the Two Star Michelin Restaurant The Modern before leaving and opening his own restaurant Gabriel Kreuther. The restaurant after opening was awarded The Best New Restaurant of the Year Award from NYC's Village Voice 2015, 3 Stars from The NY Times & One Michelin Star. See all the menus at Gabriel Kreuther.
gabriel kreuther fluke appetizer monkfish chorizo sauce charcoal roasted squab

New York City’s Grub Street named Gabriel Kreuther Bar as “The Absolute Best Bar Food” in New York City.

Jean George Restaurant 

1 Central Park W New York, NY 10023 (212) 299-3900
3 MIchelin Stars -(Zagat rating of 28) . At 2 dishes for $68 and each additional dish for $34 it's still a great deal for this Three Star Michelin Restaurant, even though some of the great dishes like Skate with Chateau Chalon sauce are no longer included. We do however consider the deal (see below) at Nougatine (Jean Georges Bistro in the same hotel) an even better deal. Menu will change by season but most of the classics will remain. See Restaurant lunch menu 
Jean Geprge Nougatine Black Bass

Jean George is a master with Black Bass both in the Jean George main dining area as well as in Nougatine. Shown here to left is the Seared Black Bass with Roasted Cauliflower and a sesame buttermilk vinaigrette served in Nougatine.

Nougatine at Jean George 

 1 Central Park W New York, NY 10023 (212) 299-3900
(Zagat rating of 27) Prix fixe lunch for $38 includes: appetizer, main dish and dessert. Some of Jean George's original classics are found on the menu including: tuna tartare, avocado, spicy radish and ginger marinade, or the wonderful butternut squash soup with black trumpet mushrooms (seasonal). The sautéed red snapper with crispy skin is also excellent, as is any version of sauteed black sea bass. The warm chocolate cake with vanilla bean ice cream is always superb. Unlike Jean George Restaurant don't expect table cloths and expect a higher noise level. See Restaurant menus.


240 Central Park South New York, NY 10019 Telephone: 212-582-5100 Fax: 212.582.5177

Two Michelin Stars -Marea has a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, located on Central Park South with a view of Central Park. Marea is the recipient of two Michelin stars, the 2010 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, three stars from The New York Times, was named Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit, Esquire, and GQ Magazines and was also named NYC’s Best Italian Restaurant by Zagat. Marea has a business lunch | primi and secondi $60 . See Marea menus.

Coyote Cafe, Santa Fe, NM

This dish is served at the two star Michelin Restaurant Mareo and is said to be their most popular dish. The combination of octopus with bone marrow is unusual but seems to work wonderfully. Chef Michael White says that: "the way they interact here is sublime and another argument for the marriage of meat and marine, with the red wine and tomato sauce offering a suitably robust backdrop.

Gramercy Tavern

42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003 (212) 477-0777
One Michelin Star - Opened in 1994 by restaurateur Danny Meyer in a historic landmark building, the restaurant has earned nine James Beard Awards, including "Outstanding Restaurant" and "Outstanding Chef in America". Lunch tasting menu $89. See all menus from Gramercy Tavern.
butter roasted lobster truffle pasta monkfish chorizo sauce

Shown on left: duck magret right: oyster in shell amuse bouche

Felidia Ristorante 

 243 E. 58th St. New York, NY 10022 212-758-1479
(Zagat rating of 26) .This is a 3 course prix fixe lunch for $39.00. Although many dishes that have small supplements are superb, e.g., grilled octopus, porcini pappardelle with braised, shredded hudson valley moulard duck mushrooms or the whole-grilled mediterranean bass with steamed swiss chard, lemon and oil. If you are a tripe fan the spicy, braised calf tripe “parmigiana” with polenta is a classic. . See Restaurant lunch menu -- see yelp reviews

Ai Fiori Restaurant

Michelin 1 star - Zagat 26 ( Two course $42) This is Michael Whites take on new Italian Cuisine. Must tries are the squid ink pasta with shellfish, and the lamb chop wrapped in a grind of lamb meat and foie gras that have been sealed in caul fat with a single leaf of flat parsley. Michael White is also chef at Marea a two Michelin Fish Restaurant in Manhattan.

Gotham Bar and Grill 

12 E 12th St (between 5th Ave & University PL) New York, NY 10003 (212) 620-4020 
One Michelin Star - (Zagat rating of 27) A greenmarket prix fixe lunch for $34 for three courses. This restaurant was one of the original fine dining experiences Chef Alfred Portale .See Restaurant menus -- see yelp reviews

Per Se

10 Columbus Cir, New York City, NY 10019
Three Michelin Stars. Per Se was opened in 2004, with head chef Thomas Keller’s who brought the cuisine of The French Laundry in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. xx signature dishes, featuring his daily nine-course tasting menu and a nine-course vegetable tasting menu using classic French technique and the finest quality ingredients available. The Daily Menu changes on a regular basis but always has the signature dish --"OYSTERS AND PEARLS" "Sabayon" of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Regiis Ova Caviar* Prix Fixe $340.

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave New York, NY 10010 at 24th St 
Three Michelin Stars - The restaurant has been owned by Chef Daniel Humm and Restaurateur Will Guidara since 2011 and during that time it has evolved considerably, both in food and in experience. Today, the restaurant offers an eight to ten course menu in the main dining room, but guests can also visit the bar for a more abbreviated tasting menu, some light snacks, or simply for a cocktail or glass of wine. Home Page for Eleven Madison Park.

Cafe Boulud

 20 E 76th St (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave) New York, NY 10021 (212) 772-2600 
One Michelin Star --Zagat rating of 27  2 Course Lunch $37 | 3 Course Lunch $42 Best wine value here. Menu changes every two weeks. There is usually a special white and red wine of the month that is under $30 --an excellent value. Daniel is one of the top chefs in the country --and more importantly he knows how to train his staff to produce quality meals in all his NYC restaurants. -- Cafe Boulud stands out as where you will find great food at a great price. Since it's always filled be sure to reserve early. See Restaurant menus.

Avra Madison

14 east 60th street between 5th and madison (212) 937-0100
Avra Madison is a bi-level authentic Greek restaurant located just steps from Central Park. The 300-seat eatery offers traditional Greek cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Avra has a lengthy and very busy lunch Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-4:30pm. Make sure to reserve even though the place is so large it is packed with local workers during lunch time considering what may be the best prix fixe lunch deal in the city. For $29.50 the prix fixe lunch with 3 courses includes a whole branzino perfectly cooked. The menu contains a wide variety of dishes. An excellent grilled octopus appetizer has a supplement but is quite large.


195 Broadway New York, NY 10007 Financial District 195 Broadway New York, NY 10007 Phone number (212) 219-0500
With Nobu restaurants all over the world now we still like the downtown Nobu the best. There is a fancy downstairs dining area but the upstairs bar scene is lively and a great deal for lunch especially during Restaurant Week.
Coyote Cafe, Santa Fe, NM

Nobu signature dish (see image)-- Black cod fish with miso eggplant is served on the lunch bar prix fixe menu

Nobu has excellent bar prix fixe 3 course lunch for $35 from 12-5pm, which includes the black cod with eggplant miso. Nobu downtown homepage.


1 E 15th St (between 5th Ave & W Union Sq) New York, NY 10003 (212) 647-1515
(Zagat rating of 25) Tocqueville offers their prix fixe lunch special year round Monday through Saturday for $29. Tocqueville also has a wine pairing for lunch. Cuisine: is American/French Restaurant Price Fixe Menu.

Momofuku Ssam Bar 

207 2nd Avenue, New York NY 10003 (at 13th Street) 212-254-3500 
(Zagat rating of 25 ) Korean/Asian Fusion Cooking --$25 Prix Fixe Menu for Lunch-- Sample Menu:-- First course: spicy honeycomb tripe OR smoked wild sturgeon OR pork buns 2nd course: veal sweetbreads OR duck confit OR cotechino dessert: quark ice cream OR apricot sorbet - Lunch Prix Fixe Menu 

Best Restaurants in America

A comparison of Gayot and Zagat Guide

NYC Michelin Restaurants

Three Stars
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, Masa, Per Se

Two Stars
Aquavit, Aska, Atera, Blanca, Daniel, Gabriel Kreuther (NEW), Ichimura at Uchū (NEW), Jean-Georges, Jungsik, Ko, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (NEW), Marea, The Modern, Sushi Ginza Onodera, Tetsu Basement (NEW, closed)

One Star
Agern, Ai Fiori, Aldea, Atomix (NEW), Babbo, Bar Uchū, Bâtard, Blue Hill, Bouley at Home (NEW), Café Boulud, Café China, Carbone, Casa Enrique, Casa Mono ,Caviar Russe, Claro (NEW), The Clocktower, Contra, Cote, Del Posto, Faro, The Finch, Gotham Bar and Grill, Gramercy Tavern, Günter Seeger NY, Hirohisa, Jeju Noodle Bar (NEW), Jewel Bako Junoon, Kajitsu, Kanoyama,Kosaka (NEW), Kyo Ya, L’Appart, Le Coucou (NEW), Le Grill de Joël Robuchon (NEW), Meadowsweet, The Musket Room, Nix, Noda (NEW), NoMad, Okuda (NEW), Oxomoco (NEW), Peter Luger, The River Café, Satsuki, Sushi Amane,Sushi Inoue, Sushi Nakazawa (NEW), Sushi Noz (NEW), Sushi Yasuda, Tempura Matsui, Tuome (NEW), Uncle Boons, Wallsé, ZZ’s Clam Bar

Source: NYC Michelin Restaurants

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Best new NYC restaurants
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