Zagat's Best NYC Restaurants

Read Up on 2015 Dining Trends & Best Culinary Bets

Zagat's Best NYC Restaurants
••• Photo credit: Le Bernardin

Each year, leading restaurant-review publisher Zagat puts out a fascinating New York City restaurants public-opinion survey that reveals the year's biggest dining trends and culinary best bets. The survey's 2016 results yielded some interesting results. Read on for some of the more notable conclusions:

How Many Times Per Week Do New Yorkers Eat Out?

The survey revealed that the average New Yorker eats out 5.6 times per week, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The national average is 5.3 times weekly.

How Much Do New Yorkers Spend When Eating Out?

The average cost for a dinner check in NYC was $48.44 per person, well above the national average of $36.30.

New Yorkers are generally good tippers, leaving an average of 19.2 percent for gratuity.

What Is the Favorite Cuisine of a New Yorker?

Italian leads the way, with 33 percent of New Yorkers choosing Italian food as their very favorite. 

What Are the 10 Best NYC Restaurants for Food?

  • 1. Le Bernardin (French/Seafood; Midtown)
  • 2. Bouley (French; TriBeCa)
  • 3. Daniel (French; Upper East Side)
  • 4. Jean-Georges (French; Midtown)
  • 5. Gotham Bar & Grill (American; West Village)
  • 6. Peter Luger (Steak; Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
  • 7. Eleven Madison Park (American; Flatiron)
  • 8. Blue Hill (American; Greenwich Village)
  • 9. Per Se (French; Midtown)
  • 10. Gramercy Tavern (American; Flatiron)

What Are the 10 Most Popular NYC Restaurants?

  • 1. Le Bernardin (French/Seafood; Midtown)
  • 2. Peter Luger (Steak; Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
  • 3. Gramercy Tavern (American; Flatiron)
  • 4. Shake Shack (Burgers; Numerous locations citywide)
  • 5. Gotham Bar & Grill (American; West Village)
  • 6. Bouley (French; TriBeCa)
  • 7. ABC Kitchen (American; Flatiron)
  • 8. Napkin Burger (Burgers; Union Square, Hell's Kitchen, and Upper West Side)
  • 9. 21 Club (American; Midtown)
  • 10. Daniel (French; East 60s)

What Are the Best NYC Restaurants by Cuisine?

  • American: Gotham Bar & Grill (West Village)
  • Asian: Pig and Khao (LES)
  • Chinese: Decoy (West Village)
  • French: Le Bernardin (Midtown)
  • Italian: Marea (Midtown)
  • Seafood: Le Bernardin (Midtown)

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