If you’re going to spend $100-$200 on dinner, it’d better be at least as special as one month at Equinox or a pair of decent bluetooth headphones. And a meal at Benno is. This French/Italian spot inside the Evelyn Hotel offers three, four, and five-course prix fixe menus (for $105, $135, and $155). There are some phenomenal options for each course (our favorites are the savory coddled egg with black truffle, skate almondine with crab mousse, and duck with foie gras, and we’d recommend that you skip the pasta course and try as many other things as possible). The space is not particularly interesting - a quiet, high-ceilinged dining room hidden away behind Leonelli Taberna - and the dark-suited servers move in unison like they’re completing a military exercise. So Benno is definitely not at all casual. But you can expect to have some excellent food and an overall memorable meal here.
More spots in NomadSee more
Finally, someone figured out that an Italian restaurant near Penn Station that serves food people want to eat would do well.
Hanjan is one of the best modern Korean restaurants that exists in NYC, and it’s especially Perfect For a pre- or post-Madison Square Garden meal.
A conveniently located restaurant in Midtown that’s more than just convenient. The food and service at Covina are great.
More Italian spotsSee more
Una Pizza Napoletana
Una Pizza Napoletana is a pizza place on the LES that came back to New York after a stint in San Francisco.
Antica Pesa is both crazy and endearing, and a far cry from some of the other restaurants around here that hand you some food and a paper napkin and then wait for you to leave.
We typically love ourselves some Michael White. Though his new hotel restaurant Ai Fiori is a sprawling space with more room than they know what to do with. Set inside The Setai, this is a bit of a cookie cutter hotel restaurant - one that isn’t bad, but just isn’t quite our style.
Suggested by our writers
Manhatta is a prix-fixe restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi, and an ideal special occasion spot.
Crown Shy is an American restaurant in the Financial District that’s one of the few places we’d recommend to absolutely everyone.
Marea is about as good as upscale eating gets in Midtown, and there’s a lot of that around. Don’t miss the bone marrow and octopus fusilli.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more