If only it was as easy as just walking in the door. Of course you can do that in NYC’s numerous take aways and more humble restaurants and bars. But if you want to dine in a restaurant that offers the very best cuisine that New York has to offer then that is a whole different ball game. You have to have patience, lots of patience and then you have to have money. You’ll be paying $100-200+ a head in almost all of the best restaurants.
How do NYC restaurants get on the list of the best of the best? They get lots of awards, they get garlnded with numerous Michelin stars, they appear regularly on the ‘Best Of’ lists. There is a list at the end of those regarded as the best at the moment but any NYC foodie will give you an argument about who should be on the list and who they want to kick off. A rough guide is the difficulty in getting into a restaurant and the price of the food. New Yorkers are very hard hearted lot where food is concerned. They won’t pay out heaps if the food doesn’t measure up.
So how do you get a reservation? Whether you are living in NYC or coming from elsewhere then you ring up, months in advance, the more months the better, and make a booking. If you want to eat at Momofuku Ko, a very highly regarded restaurant, you go to their website and book in and reservations are available from 10.a.m each day for eight days ahead and they go quickly, go to Momofuku. Sometimes people get in easily, other times it takes a year. The thing is that is the only way to get a reservation there, no exceptions.
If you want to go the spontanteous route, where all bets are off, one possible way to get a seat is to turn up early like 5.30pm if the restaurant opens at that time, and see if there’s anything available. Ring first and find out the time of their first reservations to see if this is a useful strategy. The truly busy time starts at 7.00pm. Another wrinkle is to ask be put on the cancellation list if there are no reservations. And finally some restaurants have a ‘no reservations’ bar and you can sit there and wait and see if something comes up. You might be lucky you might not.
There’s a new generation of apps of which Zurvo, Resy and Shout are the best. All of these apps are selling reservations for people who have to cancel and you will often but not always get a seat at the restaurant of your choice. The food will totally be worth all the trouble getting in but you will have earnt the privilege of eating in these superb restaurants.
This list of the 11 best in NYC has just been put out by Business Insider :
Blue Hills 75 Washington Place
Batard 239 W Broadway.
Cosme 35 E 21st
Del Posto 85 10th Ave
Momofuku Ssam bAr 207 @nd Ave
Nomad 78 2nd Ave
Momfuku Ko 8 Extra Place
Le Bernadin 155 W 51st St.
Daniel 60 E 65th St
Per Se 10 columbus circle
Eleven Madison Avenue 11 Madison ave.