5 of the 50 restaurants on the list are in NYC!
NYC is known for its delicious food, so it’s no surprise that multiple restaurants from NYC made their way on the NY Times’s Best US Restaurants list for 2021.
Of the chosen 50, some restaurants are old timers, while others are fairly new to the dining scene, but all of them “reflect the rich mosaic of American dining,” said the Times.
Here’s a look into the five restaurants (four in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn) that made their way into the highly regarded list:
1. Atomix, Manhattan
Owned by husband and wife duo, Chef Junghyun and manager Ellia Park, Atomix is a two Michelin starred restaurant. Focusing on dishes inspired by Korean traditions and techniques, Atomix is the duo’s second restaurant after Atoboy and is no bit shy of a major success.
Where: 104 E 30th St, New York
2. Cadence, Manhattan
Spotlighting a plant-based menu only, Cadence is reimagining soul food with a focus on sustainability and health. Executive Chef Shenarri Freeman draws from her Virginia roots to transform southern classics like smoked grits, lasagna (made with Beyond Meat Bolognese), and cornbread in new, imaginative ways that will leave you utterly satisfied.
Where: 22 E 7th St, New York
3. Dhamaka, Manhattan
Dhamaka stands as an “‘unapologetic Indian’ restaurant” right inside Essex Market. Featuring menu items like Gurda Kapoora with goat kidney & testicles, red onion, pao and Rajasthani Khargosh made with a whole rabbit, yogurt, & cloves, diners are sure to experience authentic dishes of provincial Indian cuisine.
Where: 119 Delancey St, New York
4. Ernesto’s, Manhattan
With daily menu changes, Chef Ryan Bartlow draws from his years spent cooking in Spain, to bring New Yorkers delectable Spanish bites. Ranging from savory pintxos (traditional bar snacks in Northern Spain) to sweet desserts, you can’t go wrong from their Cochinillo Asado made with roasted suckling pig, roasted potatoes, and membrillo jus to their Tarta de Queso de Chocolate.
Where: 259 E Broadway, New York
5. Gage & Tollner, Brooklyn
First opened in 1879, Gage & Tollner was the perfect spot for upscale dining from mouthwatering oysters to tender chops until 2004 when they shut down operations. The historic restaurant was set to reopen in 2020 right before the pandemic hit, but had to wait for its comeback earlier this April. Now, Brooklyn is once again home to this opulent spot serving up timeless traditions.
Where: 372 Fulton St, Brooklyn