New York City is a hub of culture, creativity, and so, so many good restaurants. If you have the extra time and money, the most expensive restaurants in New York City are well worth a try. Whether you’re looking for some Michelin-rated dining, or craving a high-quality sushi experience, New York City’s got it all. Spend a day visiting the city’s landmarks, take a trip to Yankee Stadium, then catch some of the most expensive dining opportunities the metropolitan Big Apple has to offer. Or, make your reservation pre-Broadway show booking and spend an evening with an incredible dinner and a fantastic show. Let’s learn more about the great eateries and pricy options of New York.
In this post, we’ll deep dive into some of the most expensive restaurants in New York City. Learn all about the menus, values, and price points of these eateries. We’ll talk about the awards these restaurants have received, and what an evening with them looks like. For the pricest fine dining opportunities, keep on reading. Make your reservations today, and be ready to foot the bill!
Masa Sushi Bar
The Shops at, 10 Columbus Cir Floor 4, New York, NY 10019, United States
Masa Sushi Bar is the definition of a fine dining experience, led by Chef Masa Takayama. The whole aim of the restaurant is to celebrate the term “shibui” which translates to timeless beauty, and truly experiencing where you are and what you're doing. Diners at Masa Sushi Bar can enjoy the ambiance of sitting at the hand-crafted Hinoki, a Japanese Cypress sushi counter with seasonally arranged florals, in an open, minimal space.
Masa Sushi Bar is open from Tuesday – Saturday for lunch, and then for dinner from 5 pm – 8 pm. For a full Omakase experience, it'll cost you $750 per person, without beverage service or New York State taxes. For the full chef's counter experience, it'll cost you $950 per person for a front seat to watch some incredible sushi making with the highly-skilled chefs at Masa Sushi.
Masa Sushi Bar holds three, well-deserved Michelin Stars. The Michelin reviewers boast highly of starter dishes in the Omakase experience including crab with citrus yuzu drizzled in creamy tomalley (lobster liver) sauce. Chef Masa Takamaya serves up a signature dish involving minced toro and Osetra caviar, and be sure to savor the Maine uni with caramelized custard and white truffle.
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, United States
Per Se is another three-star Michelin-rated restaurant. Led by Chef Thomas Keller, Per Se opened in 2004 and features a daily tasting menu consisting of nine courses. Inspired by the flavors of beautiful French cuisine, Per Se uses the highest-quality ingredients to craft its intriguing culinary experience.
Per Se works with local farmers, and trusted vendors to nurture relationships based on trust and integrity. All the food is sourced from the best of the best. And you can enjoy your evening alongside some 2,000+ wines. Pick from the classic nine-course menu, or a vegetable-based alternative. You can count on no ingredient being repeated throughout the whole meal!
The Michelin Review describes an experience at Per Se as one to absolutely be remembered. On the vegetarian side, they rave about the beet borscht with agnolotti and crème fraîche. Be sure to try the brioche donuts served with cappuccino semifredo.
155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, United States
Check out Le Bernardin, another three-Michelin-starred restaurant on this list! Coming from Paris, its New York location was opened in 1986 by siblings Maguy and Gilbert Le Coze. The original Le Bernardin started off with a fish-only menu and received three Michelin stars between 1976 and 1980. The New York Times gave the restaurant four stars only three months after its New York opening and has continued to rack up the James Beard awards for the entire time it has been open. Check out their website for extensive award details. There are several ways to go about an evening at Le Bernadin, a tasting menu, the classic dinner menu, or a prix fixe experience of the classic dinner menu. The tasting menu is $310 per person but goes up to $480 per person if you elect to participate in the wine-pairing. Let's get into the meal offerings.
Start off with taragai in a saffron gelée, scallop tartare with Osetra caviar, and lobster carpaccio in a squash-herb salad with Thai-curry bouillon. There's seared langoustine in a spiced coconut emulsion with sweet corn mousseline, fluke with mini potatoes with urchin bouillabaisse, and steamed halibut with truffle sunchoke purée and baby root veggies. Current desserts feature pear sorbet with lemon verbena and a citrus madeleine made from genoise sponge with berries and lemon mousseline.
The main dinner menu can be served in four courses for a fixed price of $208. You'll find great dishes like oysters and caviar, uni, and yellow-fin tuna with foie gras. There's kampachi crudo with Meyer lemons, red snapper with spiced Asian pear, and a mesclun salad with a truffle vinaigrette. Try the Mediterranean sea bass, sea trout, or shellfish medley. There's bacalao escabeche, crab salad, artichoke panache, and too many other delicious seafood dishes to name. Upon request, you can have perfectly cooked filet mignon, guinea hen, or pasta dishes. Michelin recommends the Himalayan morels and the warm artichoke panaché served over vegetable risotto. If it's available on the ever-changing menu, try the coconut mousse with caramelized pineapple. Check out the desserts on their website, or go in person!
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States
And finally, for the last three-star Michelin restaurant on this list, head to Eleven Madison Park. Located on the corner of East 24th and Madiosn, in an iconic Art Deco building, Eleven Madison Park has charmed the fine dining scene of New York since 1998. Owned by Chef Daniel Humm starting in 2011, Humm instituted plant-based dining, an abbreviated tasting menu, and an expanded cocktail and wine list. The tasting menu costs $385 per person and features 9-10 courses over 2.5-3 hours. There is a 6-course menu for $285 and a bar tasting menu for $195 with 4-5 courses.
Michelin recommends the crispy vegan roll in faux butter, and the quenelles made from tonburi fruit with horseradish cream and pumpkin butter seeds. There's braised seitan wrapped in spinach with morels, and frozen rose and cherry blossoms with strawberries in some incredible sweet sauces. Be sure to check out the other
8 Extra Pl, New York, NY 10003, United States
Momofuku Ko has racked up several James Beard awards and has two Michelin stars. Inspired by the beauty and tradition of Japanese cuisine, Ko brings all kinds of flavors into its cooking. The bar at Ko features an à la carte menu while the main dining room serves a tasting menu. To participate in the tasting menu it will cost $280 per person. This experience features 10 courses served over three hours.
According to the Michelin review, you must try the slow-roasted sweet potato, served in a dashi broth with fried yuba. There's also panko breaded mushrooms, served with foie gras and caramelized doejang. Try the sweet tomato jam tart with juniper-scented whipped cream. For a full list of Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City, check out their interactive, searchable guide.
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