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Top 5 Most Expensive Restaurants in NYC

New York is revered for many desirable attributes, and food is certainly one of the top topics of conversation. In a loud city full of chaos and distractions, it’s one of the few places where we can sit together and have a captivating conversation. If you’re seeking a mini escape, head to one of the following famous restaurants and indulge in the extravagance of both spending time with whomever you love and sharing decadent food. Treat yourself to the most expensive and delicious restaurants in the city.

Per Se

10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor, Midtown West

(212) 823-9335

Chef: Thomas Keller

Cuisine: American/French

Since 2004, Per Se, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant, has overlooked spectacular views of Columbus Circle and Central Park. The establishment’s nine course tasting and vegetable menus feature classic French cuisine procured from the freshest quality ingredients. Their award-winning wine menu features more than 2,000 bottles, and highlights a collection of older wines as well as wines from small producers released in limited quantities. Diners often rave that the food is too beautiful to eat, yet they still indulge in items such as the Sabayon of Pearl Tapioca with Island Creek Oysters and Sterling White Sturgeon Caviar, which are bursting with flavor.

Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave., Flatiron

(212) 889-0905

Chef: Daniel Humm

Cuisine: Modern French

Eleven Madison Park features sophisticated French cuisine with seasonal flavors and ingredients. It has earned three Michelin stars and a four star review in The New York Times. The $295 meal, which includes gratuity, consists of 7-9 courses that can be tailored to the guests’ preferences. The restaurant features theatrical, high ceilings and a stunning art deco dining room peering over Madison Square Park and the Flatiron building. Diners have described the experience as “transcendent,” and claim that the meal is heightened further by their wine pairings. The restaurant has also been featured in iconic media moments, such as HBO’s Sex and the City.


60 E. 65th Street, Upper East Side

(212) 288-0033

Chef: Daniel Boulud

Cuisine: French/American

This two star Michelin French eatery is inspired by the seasons, and the menu is accompanied by world class wines. The contemporary furnishings sit amidst neo classical architecture. The restaurant features a four course tasting menu, which runs around $220 and features dishes such as Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi and Crispy Japanese Snapper served with addicting bread and butter. If one orders the foie gras, it is prepared and flambéed beside the table. Diners often exclaim that they’re still dreaming about the meal they enjoyed long after they’ve had their last bite.

Dish at Jean-Georges restaurant in NYC


1 Central Park West, Upper West Side

(212) 299-3900

Chef: Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Cuisine: French/American/Asian

Awarded four stars by The New York Times and three Michelin stars, Jean-Georges seamlessly combines French, American, and Asian influenced dishes, which are exquisitely presented and change with the seasons. The décor includes floor-to-ceiling windows with lovely views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. The menu offers the option of a three-course prix-fixe meal or two six-course tasting menus, or a two-course lunch menu, respectively. Diners remark that though the ingredients are recognizable, the chef has reinvented them to produce surprisingly new flavors.

Le Bernadin

155 W 51st Street, Midtown West

(212) 554-1515

Chef: Eric Ripert

Cuisine: French

Chef Eric Ripert left home at 15 to attend culinary school in Paris and eventually found his way to New York in 1991, where he worked as David Bouley’s sous chef before being recruited to become a chef at Le Bernadin, and took over for Gilbert Le Coze after his passing in 1994. Ripert has continuously earned four star reviews from The New York Times as well as a three star Michelin review. The chef’s tasting is a $215 per person affair and may include dishes such as a Warm King Fish “Sashimi” and Lacquered Lobster Tail. Diners seem to be enthusiastic about the Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio, which is said to melt in your mouth.

Masa Restaurant Sushi


10 Columbus Circle, Floor 4, Columbus Circle

(212) 823-9800

Chef: Masayoshi Takayama

Cuisine: Japanese

Chef Masa utilizes the freshest, seasonal ingredients to build each course. Each dish is crafted to ensure that every flavor is preserved and penetrates the palate. The décor is intentionally kept simple to act as a blank canvas for the food and its flavor, and reflect Masa’s shibui mindset. The restaurant has received three Michelin stars and three stars from The New York Times. The meal is $595 per person and includes gratuity. Diners rave about their truffle menu, particularly their wagyu beef truffle.

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in New York. We forget what a privilege it is to be here and eat at these world-class Michelin restaurants and see the Flatiron and Empire State buildings every single day. Relish these sights on your way home once you’re finished savoring your amazing meal. Let the lights of the city guide you home.

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