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Restaurants

The best splurge restaurants in New York City

The most decadent restaurants to spend your tax return .

by Briana Seftel

It’s that season again. No, not spring - tax time! If you’re getting money back, don’t save it for a rainy day. Spend it on a lavish meal at one of the best restaurants in in the city.

1
Midtown seafood emporium
155 W. 51st St.

Fancy a seafood dinner to through all your monies at? Le Bernardin is the answer. Eric Ripert’s shrine to all things sea-related is classy af, but without the fuss. The kitchen works like a Swiss-made watch - all precision and grace.

Le Bernardin
2
Modern European cuisine in an Art Deco space
11 Madison Ave.

Listed 5th in the S. Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list, among many other accolades, Eleven Madison Park is the epitome of fine dining in New York City, period. While a meal will set you back a cool $295 (including gratuity), Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's stunner really is a once-in-a-lifetime must.

Eleven Madison Park
3
Daniel Boulud's crown jewel
60 E. 65th St.

Daniel Boulud’s empire began in NYC with this Upper East Side restaurant and it remains one of the most luxurious in town after more than 15 years. Order the off-the-menu canard à la presse (pressed duck) and feel the the king or queen you always knew you were.

Daniel
4
Coastal Italian cuisine near Central Park
240 Central Park South

Chef Michael White may not be Italian by birth, but you’d never know it after a meal at Marea. Opened in 2009, it quickly rose in the ranks to become one of the best Italian restaurants in not only NYC, but the country. Don’t miss White’s astounding seafood dishes.

Marea
5
Tasting menu-only spot from David Chang
8 Extra Place

David Chang knows what New Yorkers want - just look at his growing Momofuku empire for proof. Ko stands out for its 15-course tasting menu that might include Snapper Tartare with shiso and green chili. Whatever’s on the menu that night, know that it will be memorable.

Momofuku Ko
6
Globally inspired French cuisine
1 Central Park West

Radical when it opened 19 years ago for its unorthodox approach to French fine dining, Jean-Georges still manages to inspire pilgrimages to its Central Park locale. Combining French, American and Asian influences, the food here might not seem so avant-garde today, but it’s still expertly crafted cusine from one of the finest chefs in the world.

Jean Georges
7
Tiny tasting menu locale in Downtown Brooklyn
200 Schermerhorn St.

Brooklyn’s only three Michelin-starred restaurant from Chef Cesar Ramirez is an intimate, 18-seat counter serving a multiple course tasting menu. Don’t expect thrills - just an incredible meal served straight from the chef himself.

Brooklyn Fare
8
Classic enoteca from Mario Batali
110 Waverly Pl.

If pasta is what you’re craving, Babbo does it spectacularly well. Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali’s OG Italian has been bringing in the droves since 1998. Bring a group of friends and have the pasta tasting menu - $95 will get you five life-affirming pastas and two desserts.

Babbo
9
OG steakhouse open since 1887
178 Broadway

Winner winner, steak dinner. It’s all about the aged beef at Peter Luger, the classic steakhouse under the shadow of the Williamsburg bridge. If an old-school, white tablecloth experience is what you’re after, this will do it. Just remember to bring the Benjamins with you - it’s cash only.

Peter Luger Steak House
10
Omakase-only sushi in a minimalist setting
204 E. 43rd St.

If a 30-course meal prepared by one of the best sushi chefs in the world isn’t luxury, we don’t know what is. Steps from Grand Central Terminal, Sushi Yasuda serves the freshest fish flown straight from Japan in a tasteful, minimal space.

Sushi Yasuda
11
Queens steakhouse serving mammoth meats
43-15 Crescent St.

Make the trek to this Long Island City atypical steakhouse for a meal you’ll never forget. Their famous Wagyu Tomahawk steak - a mammoth steak of prehistoric propotions - will shock even the most savvy carnivore.

M Wells Steakhouse
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