The past year was very hard on the global economy, including the restaurant business. However, some restaurants survived. Here are the top restaurants in New York in 2020.

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The kitchen in Oaxaca gets a New York touch with a spacious backyard, but the server warns you before ordering that you must be careful with the spices, and you will end up begging for more of the chilled cucumbers to ward off the heat. The Thai restaurant that will always bring you back to a little more self-confidence is tucked away in a quiet corner of a small office building in the heart of Chinatown. My advice is this: Stay away from the hot sun and the spicy, spicy food, especially the rice cakes.

But if the food is so good, you can come back later in the day and sweat it out with a glass of wine or two or maybe even a bottle of champagne.


The minimalist dining room and friendly service provide the perfect setting to enjoy Korean dishes you have never tasted before. The chef Erik Ramirez has expertly decorated this stylish restaurant and has managed to introduce New Yorkers to a lesser-known way of cooking. Ramirez’s interpretation of Nikkei cuisine leads to dishes that are both innovative and delicious.

The James Beard Award winner opened this white-roofed restaurant to show off his skills and not to behave.

Of course, there’s the gooey, Munster-laden monster that turns out to be the best veggie burger you’ll ever have.


It is a vegetarian Indian restaurant specializing in a wide range of dishes, from chicken and rice to beef and pork, and it is one of the best vegetarian restaurants in New York City. Usha’s is a platter where you can taste anything, with a menu that clearly shows you the meat you need to enjoy one of the most satisfying meals in town. Chef Sam Bhattacharya and his wife Gauri opened their first restaurant in Manhattan in 2009, but it’s the second in the city.

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New Yorkers (and quite a few of us) get their sandwiches at the Yuba Club, and Yoos is a restaurant that takes up nostalgic old New York classics in a modern way. Also available is the grilled cheese sandwich, a classic sandwich with grilled meats, cheese, cheese, and sauce.

The Soto Innes Olvera gives back in a sublime and experimental way while remaining accessible to all, and it is one of the best restaurants in New York.

The first is a hand-baked bread filled with salted fish and fried sand sharks, topped with a spicy-sweet tamarind sauce. The Double is such a hit that chef Missy Robbins has named it one of the best carbs you’ll taste all year round. This airy Williamsburg salon perfects pasta, whether it’s sundried tomatoes, spaghetti bolognese, or pasta with basil, garlic, and olive oil.

Usha Foods

Bara, which costs $1.50 per person for pop music from Trinidad, is based on Bara, a fried dough base wrapped in savory potatoes and chana curry. My advice is to enjoy everything and nibble the mince with rice, but wait for a bowl of noodles to be eaten in bowls of broth and take hours to cook. You can sip the noodles in a few minutes, if not minutes longer, and it is worth the wait.

The top restaurants in New York in 2020 are classy, with a great kitchen, fast service, and great atmosphere. We’re lucky they survived last year. Many of them are close-by Broadway, while others are a great option for Central Park!

And here are some classics!