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Top Ten Restaurants On A New York Layover

| February 10, 2011
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Whatever food you’re craving – New York has got it! With over 20,000 restaurants to choose from in the City That Never Sleeps it can be difficult to know where to head first, here is a roundup of 10 of the best restaurants in New York City.


David Bouley’s self titled restaurant in ultra trendy TriBeCa offers up the very best of exquisite French-Contemporary cuisine. Bouley’s uses only the freshest and seasonal produce to come up with offerings such as his famous “Return from Chiang Mai” which is a Maine Lobster combined with, mango, artichoke and Serrano ham in a dressing made from passion fruit, coconut and tamarind.

Le Bernardin

Opened in 1986 by Gilbert and Maguy Le Coze, this award winning restaurant offers an array of French seafood in elegant surroundings with life size artwork depicting the fish and the fishermen who caught them. Treats include Chinese spiced Red Snapper served with crepes and an aged port and vinegar reduction.

Per Se

Renowned for its superb views of Central Park, this fantastic restaurant serves up French inspired American cuisine. Per Se has an elegant yet understated decor and the owner and chef, Thomas Keller takes a hands-on approach, determining his three prix fixed menus on the day itself. Reservations for Per Se are a must, with waiting lists sometimes as long as 2 months in advance.

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Located inside the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon is head chef Joel Robuchon’s interpretation of French cuisine. The restaurant itself, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, offers a minimalist environment of open kitchen and sleek red and black elements. The delicious fare on offer includes roast lamb tenderloin with eggplant gratinée and his signature truffled mashed potatoes.


A favorite with celebrities and New York’s elite, Nobu offers up exquisite Japanese cuisine in opulent surroundings. Once you have finished marveling at the famous diners enjoy delights such as their new style sashimi or squid pasta. If you are unsure what to choose, go for the “Omakase” which is several dishes chosen by the chef himself. They also offer an extensive sake and wine list to accompany your meal.

Gramercy Tavern

A restaurant for the chic and fashionable, Gramercy Tavern has a menu that changes daily set across two separate restaurants. The front restaurant offers a more casual dining area serving American cuisine; the back restaurant is more Continental and American style food in a more refined atmosphere. The ever changing menu offers treats such as sautéed sweetbreads, chicken breast with truffles and sea urchin fondue.

Peter Luger Steakhouse

If you’re looking for some good old fashioned hearty food, Peter Luger Steakhouse is the place to visit. Make sure you don’t ask for a menu, as menus are only needed by tourists of the most naive kind, at Luger’s Steakhouse there is only one cut of steak, the Porterhouse, and they do that one cut extremely well. For fans of the sauces on offer you can pick up a bottle to take home at the restaurants very own gift shop.


The creation of celebrated chef Daniel Boulud, combines delicious French cuisine served in a luxurious location with the restaurants 18 foot ceilings and limestone columns creating a feeling of grandeur. Daniel Boulud takes simple foods and turns them into the exotic with diners choosing from a multi-course prix fixe and tasting menus, along with a vegetarian option. The bar area also offers an a la carte menu.

Café Boulud

Daniel Boulud the owner and chef at Daniel also owns the stylish Café Boulud. The inventive menu is comprised of four clear sections, each with their own specific focus; La Tradition is classic French food including fois gras and roasted duck, La Saison focuses on the freshest meats, seafood and vegetables of the season, Le Potager is an extensive vegetarian menu and Le Voyage offers dishes inspired from all around the globe.

Jean Georges

Sleek, modern and sophisticated are words ideal for describing Jean Georges. The exquisitely designed interiors are the perfect backdrop for such fantastic, innovative food. Here they offer new French cuisine teamed with exotic herbs and spices to create exciting combinations, favourites on the prix fixe menu include caviar, young garlic and thyme soup and the quintessentially French sautéed frog legs.

by Charlotte McCulloch

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  1. Callum says:

    Per Se has a waiting list of up to 2 months?? Not sure you understand the meaning of the word “layover”… Still, well written article, but maybe you’re forgetting your target audience’s needs (i.e. cheap, fast, close to the airport, etc.)

    • Layover Guide Staff says:

      Thanks for the note! Yes I understand your confusion! Suggestions such as those were intended for those who know that they will be on an extended layover on a future trip and are planning ahead, as opposed to someone unexpectedly stuck or having one on short notice. Thanks for the note and suggestion – will try to create more articles as you suggested for shorter or more unexpected layovers.

  2. Sean says:

    7/10 of these are French Cuisine.
    Perhaps a list with the best resturaunt for 10 different cuisines would be better so as to not get 7 options all serving variations of the same food