Places to Dine in NYC This January

Twenty-seven Best Restaurants in NYC to Dine in January 2023.

We are back with our Places to Dine in NYC series, and this week we are featuring the Places to Dine in NYC this January. Our list features some of my favorite places to visit repeatedly and a few that I am excited to visit this January.

Here is our list of Places to Dine in NYC this January.

The River Café

The River Café is a fine-dining American restaurant located on the water. A culinary destination with one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world. The Michelin-starred restaurant serves Classic American Cuisine. The River Cafe is located riverside under the Brooklyn Bridge with a fabulous atmosphere displaying a breathtaking view of the NYC skyline.

The River Café has a romantic vibe that is enhanced by wonderful flower arrangements, live piano music, and seamless service. An elegant fine dining room, serious dress code, and Michelin-starred menu delights local clientele and visitors alike.

1 Water Street—Dumbo
(718) 522-5200

Taqueria Ramirez

We can grab tacos anywhere in NYC, but this taco is so amazing you sometimes have to stand in linethese tacos are MUST-TRY. Since opening its door in 2021, Taqueria Ramirez has been the place to get savory tacos.

94 Franklin Street—Greenpoint

Peter Luger Steak House

Peter Luger is still one of the best restaurants to try in Brooklyn. It is the perfect experience for the meat lover and the ideal American Classic experience.

178 Broadway—Williamsburg
(718) 387-7400

255 Northern Boulevard—Great Neck
(516) 487-8800

Gage & Tollner

Gage & Tollner is the cornerstone of the Brooklyn restaurant world. The magnificent landmarked dining room features food and beverage from the Gage & Tollner archives, honoring and elevating beloved longtime classics with meticulously-sourced ingredients and diligent technique.

372 Fulton Street—Downtown Brooklyn
(347) 689-3677

Vineapple Café

Vineapple Café is a neighborhood staple and a hidden gem. It is one of the best lunch spots I know, and it is Located on the corner of Pineapple and Henry Streets in Brooklyn Heights.

71 Pineapple Street—Brooklyn Heights
(347) 799-1035

Dellarocca’s Brick Oven Pizza

I love visiting a restaurant where the food is always consistent, which is why Dellarocca’s is a perfect choice. Grab a quick bite at this small homely pizza spot. It is perfect for family dinners and a weeknight date night.

214 Hicks Street—Brooklyn Heights
(718) 858-1010

Colonie

Colonie is located on a tree-lined block on Atlantic Avenue, two blocks from the East River at the edge of Brooklyn Heights. The bar features a curated selection of natural and sustainable wines, regional craft beers, and fresh, inventive cocktails featuring artisanal spirits and local ingredients. In addition, Colonie supports the New York food community by using as many local farms as possible.

127 Atlantic Avenue—Brooklyn Heights
(718) 855-7500

Harlem Shake

Harlem Shake is a well-loved fast-casual eatery in Harlem and has expanded to Brooklyn with its Brooklyn first-ever location on Fifth Avenue at Sterling Place. The new 1,300-square-foot space opened in October of 2021.

The new location features a friendly and welcoming vibe. The space reflects the restaurant’s history, representing culture and community while preserving the history of the spot they now call home. This location was once home to a dry goods store converted to a diner in the 1940s.

119 5th Avenue—Park Slope
(877) 717-4257

100 West 24th Street—Harlem

Henry’s End

This restaurant remains one of my favorite dining experiences. Henry’s End may not seem like much when you enter the restaurant, but you can expect an upscale dining experience with impeccable service. The food is excellent and consistently tasty, using only the freshest ingredients and an equally phenomenal wine list.

72 Henry Street—Brooklyn Heights
(718) 834-1776

Boutros

With its unusual offerings of New American and Middle Eastern cuisines, Café by day, restaurant by night, and a fabulous Brunch, Boutros has weaved the threads of a Middle-Eastern heritage using classical and modernist techniques into the fabric of New American cuisine.

Experience an inviting setting with communal tables and shareable dishes resembling the Chef’s family dinners.

185 Atlantic Avenue—Brooklyn
(718) 403-0055

Kokomo

If you want a unique experience, you will want to visit Kokomo to enjoy an unforgettable Caribbean experience. They are occupying the space that Scriptum Brooklyn once called home. Kokomo features a flavorful menu that will wake every taste bud—from their tasty Flatbreads to the Rosemary Curry Shrimp. There is something delicious for everyone. Vegan and veggie options are available.

Dinner at Kokomo is, of course, fabulous, but Brunch is epic. And the cocktails are a work of actual art. This is one of those experiences you will want to enjoy repeatedly.

65 Kent Avenue—Williamsburg
(347) 799-1312

Emily

Emily, Clinton Hill features a cozy atmosphere that is warm and homey—offering pizza and other delicious fares. With a new West Village location that my friend Viv keeps raving about, Emily’s locations are worth a visit. Emily is truly a unique experience.

919 Fulton Street—Clinton Hill
(347) 844-9588

35 Downing Street—West Village
(917) 935-6434

L’Artusi

L’Artusi is a 110-seat restaurant featuring two floors of comfortable banquette seating, an extended traditional bar, a cheese bar, and a chef’s counter overlooking the open kitchen. While it is difficult to get a reservation—it is worth trying for a special occasion.

If you are thinking about Dinner, maybe try Lunch. You stand a better chance of getting a table. The ambiance is lovely—cozy and homey.

228 West 10th Street—West Village

Aquavit

Aquavit offers exquisite seasonal Nordic cuisine. The Scandinavian restaurant is located in Park Avenue Tower, where the food is nicely balanced and flavorful. The atmosphere is extraordinary and truly unique—the service is unforgettable.

Choose from Lunch, a tasting menu, and Chef’s tasting menu.

65 East 55th Street—Midtown East
(212) 307-7311

J. G. Melon

J. G. Melon is an Upper East Side “saloon with food.” Opened in 1972, they are known for their famously juicy hamburgers, cottage fries, and bloody marys.

The restaurant provides New Yorkers with the quintessential New York City burger experience. Melon decor, green and white tablecloths, an old-time jukebox, and an outdoor cafe give a vintage vibe that you will love and want to experience again.

1291 3rd Avenue—Upper East Side
(212) 744-0585

Per Se

Experience a serene and intimate environment with striking views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. Per Se is Thomas Keller’s acclaimed New York interpretation of The French Laundry housed in the Deutsche Bank Center at Columbus Circle.

The restaurant features Chef Keller’s daily nine-course tasting menu and a nine-course vegetable tasting menu using classic French techniques and the finest quality ingredients.

Indulge in nine courses where each ingredient is used once. In addition, there is an award-winning wine list that complements the menu to perfection, highlighting a collection of older wines and wines from small producers that are released in limited quantities.

10 Columbus Circle—Midtown West
(212) 823-9335

IL Cantinori

IL Cantinori is a neighborhood staple with a magnificent Tiramisu, a fabulous seasonal dinner menu, and an excellent selection of wine.

The quiet candle-lit atmosphere makes the perfect backdrop for the impeccable service and some of the best plates of pasta I have ever tasted. And the espresso martini is a MUST-TRY. For a five-star dining experience, II Cantinori is the place.

32 East 10th Street—Greenwich Village
(212) 673-6044

Gramercy Tavern

Gramercy Tavern is an excellent eatery featuring Chef Michael Anthony’s ever-evolving seasonal menu showcasing the restaurant’s relationships with local farms.

The restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine, and the atmosphere is upscale and homey. The service was A++.

With a season Prix Fixe menu at $165.00 Per Person and Wine Pairing at $125.00, Gramercy Tavern is someplace you should visit at least once. There is also a three-course Lunch menu at $72.00 Per Person.

42 East 20th Street—Flatiron

Momofuku Ko

The restaurant features two spaces, The Bar at Ko and the Main Dining Room.

The Bar at Ko menu is an evolving à la carte option, while the Main Dining Room showcases a full-tasting menu.

David Chang’s Momofuku Ko East Village Two Michelin Stars restaurant has incredible food. The main dining room serves a tasting menu at the cost of $280.00 Per Guest—the menu is approximately ten courses, and it is a three-hour experience.

8 Extra Place—East Village
(212) 203-8095

Sylvia’s

Sylvia’s Restaurant, “The Queen of Soul Food,” is a Harlem favorite and is said to have one of the best Brunch menus in NYC.

The Restaurant was Founded in 1962 by Sylvia Woods. Serving authentic soul food, it is a Harlem staple that must be visited. I visited for Dinner, not for Brunch, but it was perfection.

328 Malcolm X Boulevard—Harlem
(212) 996-0660

Daily Provisions

Daily Provisions serves some of the best bagels I have ever had. Lovely Breakfast menu and the perfect place to grab a quick bite.

103 E 19th Street—Gramercy
(646) 503-4440

375 Amsterdam Avenue—Upper West Side
(646) 747-8612

29 Bedford Street—West Village
(646) 747-8614

Hahm Ji Bach

“Hahm Ji Bach” is a large flat basket used for carrying food or selling stuff in the olden days in Korea. The connotation of the restaurant’s name is that they serve large generous portions and share with others.

Hahm Ji Bach is a Michelin Awarded restaurant featuring a Traditional Korean menu with fresh ingredients and mouth-watering flavors.

40-11 149th Place—Flushing
(718) 460-9289

Diwine

Diwine is known for its hand-crafted cocktails—this New American eatery focuses on biodynamic wines and fabulous cocktails.

Experience tasty dishes, cocktails, wines, and beers for Dinner or Brunch.

41-15 31st Avenue—Astoria
(718) 777-1355

Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar

Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar is a neighborhood trattoria and wine bar. Italy and local farms serve as the inspiration for a creative boundless menu.

Enjoy Amazing tasty food in this fabulous intimate restaurant with excellent service.

A MUST-VISIT.

21-02 30th Avenue—Astoria
(718) 545-5550

The Trestle

Beer and hand-craft cocktails are served in a relaxed atmosphere. The Trestle is a fifth-generation family-owned restaurant offering indoor and outdoor dining.

The menu is perfectly curated and nicely priced—the staff knows the menu well and is friendly and welcoming.

34-02 Broadway—Astoria
(347) 808-0290

Cove

For a beautiful and exciting experience, Cove is the place to visit—the interior features a unique contemporary design that exudes a warm and homey presence.

A mouthwatering, flavorful Caribbean-focused menu made with fresh ingredients and a dash of comfort. In addition to an equally curated cocktail menu is the best rum punch ever.

243-10 Merrick Boulevard—Rosedale
(347) 426-9496

Pao de Queijo

Pao De Queijo serves authentic Brazilian cuisine. The dining experience that people visit for delicious X Calabresa, with Brazilian smoked sausage, brigadeiro [a Brazilian delicacy], and Pao de Queijo Recheado [cheese bread with filling].

A cozy local spot that is worth the visit.

31-90 30th Street—Astoria
(718) 204-1979

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