May 19, 2024

Best Restaurants in NYC – The New York Times

Our critic, Pete Wells, drops his annual ranking. See what’s new, what moved and what left the list.

I should have seen it coming last year when my editors put the following headline on my attempt to name the city’s greatest places to eat: “The 100 Best Restaurants in New York City 2023.”

That “2023” implies doing it again in 2024. Still, when they told me that’s exactly what they wanted, my first reaction was surprise. This was followed by the realization that I had a lot of eating to do.

Twenty-two places in this edition of “The 100 Best Restaurants in NYC” are new. I’ve eaten at all 100 in the past 12 months, except for La Piraña Lechonera and the Queens Night Market, both of which are currently closed for the season. (I don’t accept free meals from restaurants I write about.)

New York is a big city, and I tried to find 100 restaurants that represent its neighborhoods, its people and the rewards it has in store for hungry, curious eaters. The list is a tour. If you take it, you’ll see all five boroughs and a wide array of cooking and serving styles.

There are hushed counters where fewer than 10 people at a time enjoy the marvels a great sushi master can conjure, and open-air stalls where jerk chicken soaks up the smoke of hardwood charcoal. And quite a few restaurants in between.

Not many people will eat at all of them. But if you read about them, I hope you will start to see New York the way I see it whenever I look at my options and ask myself where I am going to eat next.

Pete Wells

Showing all 100 restaurants.

Left the List: 

La Mercerie
Ali’s Trinbago Roti Shop
Taqueria Ramírez
The Musket Room
Pata Paplean Bar
Scarr’s Pizza
Hop Lee
Silver Apricot
Cho Dang Gol
Gabriel Kreuther
Adda Indian Canteen
Kappo Sono
Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare