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Top 10 Most Expensive New York City Restaurants

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Few places in the world offer cuisine that compares with that of New York City, home to some of the world's greatest chefs. If you've got money to spend and are interested in splurging at one of New York City's most expensive restaurants, look no further than this list. Do note: reservations are required at all of these restaurants -- many of which book up a month or two in advance. Call the restaurants directly for their specific reservation policies.

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1. Masa

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There are just 26 seats in Masa, an elegantly designed Japanese restaurant in the Time Warner Center. There is no menu; all diners will spend about 2 hours having an unparalleled omakase experience. The best seats are those at the bar, where you can watch Masa at work.
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Address: 10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, 4/F
  • Phone: 212-823-9800
  • Neighborhood: Midtown West (Map)
  • Hours: Dinner served Monday to Saturday 6 - 9 pm
    Lunch served Tuesday to Friday 12 pm-1 pm
  • Subway: 1/A/B/C/D to 59th St./ Columbus Circle
  • Price Range: $400-450 prix-fixe

2. Per Se

New York diners wanting to experience Thomas Keller's famed Napa Valley cuisine no longer have to travel to the French Laundry. Expertly designed menus change daily and reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients.
  • Cuisine: contemporary American
  • Address: 10 Columbus Circle, 4th fl.
  • Pphone: 212-823-9335
  • Neighborhood: Midtown (Map)
  • Subway: 1/A/B/C/D to 59th St./Columbus Circle
  • Price: $310 tasting menu ($205-310 at lunch)
  • Hours: Dinner 5:30–10pm
    Lunch (Fri-Sun) 11:30am – 1:30pm

3. Kuruma Zushi

The expense of the ingredients required for preparing top-notch sushi can be extremely expensive -- especially at places like Kuruma Zushi where they fly fish in from Japan. While it is possible to dine here reasonably, the true experience to be had is the chef's omakase.
  • Address: 7 E. 47th St., 2nd fl. (5th & Madison)
  • Phone: 212-317-2802
  • Neighborhood: Midtown (Map)
  • Subway: B/D/F/Q to 47-50th Streets/Rock Center
  • Price Range: $100-200 Kuruma Zushi dinners; omakase also available for $300+

4. Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare

With just 16 seats and over 20 courses, the Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare is not an easy reservation to score, but if you're fortunate, the food it well-worth the trouble and patience. At Brooklyn's only three-star Michellin restaurant, the cuisine of Chef Cesar Ramirez is the star and the menu changes nightly Tuesday through Saturday (the restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday)
  • Address: 200 Schermerhorn St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Telephone: 718-243-0050
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn
  • Subway: A/C/G to Hoyt-Shermerhorn
  • Price Range: $225 prix-fixe dinner

5. Eleven Madison Park

The multi-course meal at Eleven Madison Park focuses on the ingredients and culinary history of New York. The menu can be customized to accommodate the preferences and dietary restrictions of individual diners.
  • Address: 11 Madison Avenue
  • Telephone: 212-889-0905
  • Neighborhood: Flatiron District
  • Subway: N/R or 6 to 23rd Street
  • Price Range: $225 prix-fixe dinner

 

6. DANIEL

Market-inspired cuisine with creative use of traditional French techniques define chef Daniel Boulud's cuisine at DANIEL. The menu varies seasonally, highlighting the best ingredients available.
  • Cuisine: French
  • Address: 60 E. 65th St. (bet. Madison and Park Aves.)
  • Telephone: 212-288-0033
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side (Map)
  • Subway: 6 to 68th Street/Lexington
  • Price Range: Prix-fixe: $125 (3 courses); Chef's tasting menu: $220

7. Le Bernardin

This four-star restaurant serves top notch seafood. The freshest seafood is prepared using simple techniques to highlight the fish's best qualities. Broken down into "Almost Raw," "Barely Touched" and "Lightly Cooked" the menu reflects the preparations of the fish.
  • Address: 155 W. 51st St. (6th & 7th)
  • Telephone: 212-554-1515
  • Neighborhood: Midtown (Map)
  • Subway: N/R/W to 49th Street, 1 to 51st Street
  • Price Range: $135 prix-fixe ($76 at lunch); $198 chef's tasting menu ($336 with wine pairings)

8. Jean Georges

Jean George, housed in the Trump International Hote and Tower, has revived table-side service, bringing the excitement of the kitchen onto the dining room floor with many final preparations for Jean-George Vongerichten's fabulous French cuisine table-side. Consistently considered some of New York City's best cuisine,
  • Address: One Central Park West
  • Telephone: 212-299-3900
  • Neighborhood: Midtown West (Map)
  • Subway: A/B/C/D/1 to Columbus Circle
  • Price Range: $118-198 for prix-fixe dinner options; 2-course lunch $38, lunch tasting $148

9. MEGU

MEGU's intent is to bring the Japanese dining experience to New York City, which they accomplish by importing the ingredients you would find in top restaurants in Japan. The menu consists of 11 different groupings with dishes that are designed for sharing, but the size of individual dishes varies dramatically.
  • Address: 62 Thomas St. (Church St. & W. B'way)
  • Telephone: 212-964-7777
  • Neighborhood: TriBeCa (Map)
  • Subway: 1 to Franklin St; 1/2/3/A/C to Chambers St
  • Price: over $100 per person

10. Sugiyama

Demonstrating the Japanese kaiseki tradition, where the meal consists of a procession of dishes, beginning with raw, delicate items and building up to more robust, cooked dishes. Sugiyama caters to many Japanese businessmen, those on expense accounts and in-the-know folks who are looking to splurge.
  • Address: 251 W. 55th St
  • Telephone: 212-956-0670
  • Neighborhood: Midtown (Map)
  • Subway: A, B, C, D, 1, to 59th St./Columbus Circle
  • Price Range: 3-8 course fixed-price meals $32-198

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