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Posted: Oct 07, 2021

Straight Up Gorgeous Restaurants

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A list of some the most aesthetically beautiful (and consequently most expensive) restaurants in New York City.

01

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave (at E 24th St), New York, NY 10010

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Guests flock to the elegant Eleven Madison Park (exclusively referred to as 'EMP' among industry insiders,) for the Michelin-starred courses which they can watch be prepared before them from the open kitchen. (Yep, its kitchen also happens to be one of the most famous in the world.)

02

SERRA by Birreria

200 5th Ave (at W 23rd St), New York, NY 10010

SERRA by Birreria

If Eataly is a metropolitan Italian escape, its rooftop is the countryside. Luscious green vines and wicker chandeliers abound in this year-round outdoor oasis. Both the restaurant's menu and decor change with the seasons, but the one thing you can always count on is quality.

03

Freemans

1 Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

Freemans

1 Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

Make your date night an unforgettable one at Freemans. With an address like “END of Freemans Alley,” you know you’re in for a magical Harry Potter-esque evening. Enter via a light-strung alley just off the Bowery which, if you're not looking for, you might just miss.

04

The Fulton

89 South St (Fulton), New York, NY 10038

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Experience an underwater culinary delight at The Fulton: a restaurant from top toque himself, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. An homage to the old Fulton Fish Market, this waterside restaurant provides top-tier views of the East River outside, and stunning hand-painted murals that tell stories of sea explorers inside. The food is just as spectacular with a seafood-centric menu offering elevated raw and cooked dishes.

05

While We Were Young

183 W 10th Street (7th Ave & West 4th), New York, NY 10014

While We Were Young

While We Were Young is a place in which you will end up having a mini-photoshoot: you've been warned. With pink velvet-covered chairs, sky blue stools, and stately molding on every wall -- it feels like a cross between Marie Antoinette's dressing chambers and every millennial's fantasy (though are those two really mutually exclusive?). You might even forget the reason you came-- that is, until your entrees and drinks arrive. Inspired cocktails served in kitschy glasses and uniquely crafted dishes -- think French toast with tiramisu crunch or their kale-infused chicken and waffles, will fill your table, hearts and minds.

06

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

17 Barrow St (btwn W 4th St & 7th Ave S), New York, NY 10014

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

17 Barrow St (btwn W 4th St & 7th Ave S), New York, NY 10014

Yes, the rumors are true: Hamilton's arch nemesis once housed his coach and horses at this restored carriage house on Barrow Street in the Village.

Now, transformed into a classic New York restaurant, One If By Land, Two If By Sea; you’ll find seasonal, upscale American fare at this two-level stunner. Order a la carte or via the three- or seven-course tasting menu; seasonal dishes include Grilled Vegetable Penne and Whole Roasted Branzino served with a smoked tomato coulis.

07

Casa Limone

20 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

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Welcome to Casa Limone, celebrated Italian chef Antonio Salvatore’s glamorous Italian debut in Midtown East, where you can come to savor all things Southern Italy. Salvatore is from Basilicata — aka, the sole of the boot of Italy — where ingredients like citrus and seafood reign supreme. And that’s what you’ll find here in the bi-level space bedecked with blue and orange hues, a long white marble bar, and gold accents. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, enjoy menu items like a variety of toasts and Benedicts, polpettine, sandwiches, calzones, and pizza.

08

Nomo Kitchen

9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

Nomo Kitchen

You know you're in for a grand experience at NoMo Kitchen from the moment you walk through its arched pathway entrance. With chandeliers and high glass ceilings, this rustic, airy, American, farm-to-fork restaurant totally delivers. Do not miss the brunch experience; it's ah-maz-ing. We recommend the Breakfast Pizza or (/and!) the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.

09

Gitano

76 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013

Gitano

76 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013

This outdoor, exotic SoHo gem is a breath of fresh air unlike any other in the city. Executive Chef Antonio Maldonaldo fuses Miami charm and traditional Mexican flavors to create Garden of Love energy, making this a non-negotiable visit. It's modern, lush, casual and elegant all rolled into one outdoor dining space.

10

The Polo Bar

1 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, USA

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Polo Bar is exactly what the name suggests - a dining club designed and decorated with all things Ralph Lauren. The ambience is meant to exude a sense of shall we say posh living, so if you are lucky enough (aka famous) to secure a reservation here, then you'll be dining among NYC's most elite, it crowd. The bar upstairs is highly recommended; you will feel starstruck, and you are forbidden from taking photos, so savor it in your memory forever whilst sipping on your $20+ cocktail.

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