NYC is home to many of the best restaurants around, and particularly when it comes to home-cooked meals. Showcasing the country’s heritage through culinary dishes, these spots take the cake as some of the best! We’re talking everything from juicy burgers to seafood to BBQ! Here’s the best American restaurants in NYC to try right now.
1. Gramercy Tavern, Flatiron
Gramercy Tavern is an NYC institution at this point, and their American cuisine is some of the tastiest in the city. For over two decades they’ve been serving up seasonal greatness in both their formal dining room and more casual tavern area. Whether you want to dine your way through a 5-course tasting menu in the back, or casually feast on favorites like The Tavern Burger or Beef Tartare in the front, you can do as you wish. See both menus here.
Where: 42 E 20th St
2. abc kitchen, Flatiron
One of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s many NYC restaurants, abc kitchen serves American cuisine with a farm-to-table approach that is truly unmatched. Their ever-changing menu serves all kinds of American classics ranging from “Market Table” items to pastas, seafood, whole-wheat pizzas, and much more. See full menu here.
Where: 35 E 18th St
3. Eleven Madison Park, Flatiron
This Michelin-starred restaurant is one of the more elevated menus on this list, but still worth the hype. The food is here is all vegan, and comes in the form of tasting menus primarily. From the elegantly-plated food to the upscale hospitality, it’s no secret why it got 3 stars of approval. See full menu here.
Where: 11 Madison Park
4. Industry Kitchen, Seaport
How about some food by the water? Industry Kitchen in the Seaport neighborhood serves up some delish New American cuisine at their waterfront outpost. Their industrial-chic interior is pleasing to the eye, and the menu of wood-fired pizzas, salads, small plates, and lobster menu is pretty great as well. See full menu here.
Where: 70 South St
5. Estela, Nolita
Chef Ignacio Mattos’ sit-down bistro in Nolita is the real deal, and serves many great purposes. Whether you’re looking for a nice dinner in the dining room, or a quick brunch with friends, Estela is an NYC classic that you should give a try. Their menu ranges from wagyu steak to ricotta dumplings, so nothing’s truly off the table. See full menu here.
Where: 47 E Houston St
6. The Smith, Multiple Locations
The Smith is the definition of hearty, traditional American food. With a few locations around the city, you’re only a few steps away from their bistro classics, seasonal fare, and craft cocktails. Opt for menu favorites like the Mac and Cheese, The Smith Burger, or Brick Pressed Chicken and thank us later. See all menus here.
Where: Find your location here
7. Jane Restaurant, West Village
Right in the heart of the bustling restaurant scene of West Village sits Jane Restaurant & Bar, a staple since 2001. They’ve mastered the art of American meats and seafood, with a menu that compliments its cozy neighborhood feel. Plus, it’s convenient location makes it walking distance from Washington Square Park, SoHo, and more. See full menu here.
Where: 100 W Houston St
8. The Dutch, West Village
Chef Andrew Carmellini’s American neighborhood restaurant serves up things that make people happy, period. The Dutch in West Village covers all American classics, from the Black Angus Hanger Steak to a tasty Farmer’s Salad to the AC’s Famous Hot Fried Chicken. No matter what you’re craving, they probably have it. See the full menu here.
Where: 131 Sullivan St
9. The Modern, Midtown
Located right inside the Museum of Modern Art, this upscale and chic spot offers both a classy dining room and more casual bar area. A three-course prix-fix menu of American meats and seafood headlines the dining room (along with garden views of the MoMA), while the bar is more of an a-la-carte vibe. If you’re visiting the museum or looking for something nice in Midtown, give it a shot. See full menu here.
Where: 9 W 53rd St
10. Tavern on the Green, Central Park
This iconic eatery nestled into Central Park will make you feel like the main character of an NYC movie every time. Not only is the restaurant space stunning, but the food is equally delicious…offering American classics like Roasted Organic Chicken, Pan Roasted Wild Striped Bass, the Tavern Burger, and much more. See full menu here.
Where: W 67th St