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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in New York City

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in New York City? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Fresco's Grand Cantina restaurant
5 (100)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
**** Please note this page is for our 28-50 31st St, Queens, New York location.****

Beautiful Mexican-Fusion establishment with old-world accents and very Instagram-able throughout the restaurant. We pride ourselves with fresh locally sourced ingredients for our Authentic & Modern Mexican fare.

Best Happy Hour around from 3pm to 8pm from Tuesday to Friday. The strong & delicious cocktails and amazing service will keep you coming back week after week for any of our numerous events. Follow us on Instagram to stay in the loop.

If you'd like to make a reservation at our other location ( Fresco's Cantina ) located at 12-14 31st Ave Astoria, NY 11106 - Please call (347) 808-7338.

Thank you!
Top review
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Went for a drag brunch and it was so much fun! I decided to change the time of my reservation the night before and I was able to reach the staff quickly and they were able to make the changes. They were very kind and accomodating! The brunch itself, was so much fun. Great food and a great show.
A photo of The Lineup at Food 52 restaurant
5 (16)
$50 and over
Downtown Brooklyn
About the restaurant
Introducing the highly anticipated third season of The Lineup—a captivating dinner series spotlighting NYC’s culinary unsung heroes, line cooks, and sous chefs. We are thrilled to return to Food52's offices in Brooklyn Navy Yard for another unforgettable season of exclusive pop-up restaurants.

Join us as we unveil our stellar Lineup for this spring! Meet India Doris, an esteemed Executive Sous Chef at SAGA, crafting a vibrant Mediterranean-inspired menu with her Michelin-starred expertise.

Next, Noah Ponjuan, a talented Sous Chef from The Musket Room, takes a nostalgic journey to his Southern roots with heartwarming, reimagined dishes in delightful and unexpected ways.

Last but not least, Hannah Musante, a dedicated Line Cook from Estela, enchants with a globally inspired menu, promising a vibrant and flavorful ode to spring.

Secure your seat now and indulge in these extraordinary culinary experiences by NYC's finest talents.
Top review
Dined on May 6, 2024
Incredible, from the food to the setting to the vibes, and recommend enough
A photo of Sushi on Me - Jackson Heights restaurant
4.9 (555)
$50 and over
Jackson Heights
About the restaurant
Sushi On Me is a secret hideout where customers can enjoy premium omakase in a speakeasy vibe. Our chefs and staffs are committed to delivering not only the best omakase sushi but also the best omakase experience to all the guests!

Guests can enjoy both the 15-course omakase and the relaxing, speakeasy vibe in the 1-hour seating for the price of $99/person (tax and tip not included). [No vegetarian and celiac options, Can’t accommodate pregnant guests]

We have 4 seatings as follows:
5.00pm - 6.00pm
6.30pm - 7.30pm
8.00pm - 9.00pm
9.30pm - 10.30pm

Private party and at-home omakase are available, all inquiries can be made via 917-821-5598 or @sushionmenyc. 50% deposit is required as booking confirmation.

Cancellation/modification less than 24hours will result in a charge of $50/person (under all circumstances including COVID). Please make sure you can come before booking. Late arrival may not get the full experience. Inquiries can be made via IG @sushionmenyc or phone 917-821-5598.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Amazing experience! Super fun and unique. Highly recommend especially for an event like a birthday!
A photo of The Champagne & Caviar Bar at RH Guesthouse restaurant
5 (45)
$50 and over
Meatpacking District
About the restaurant
The Champagne & Caviar Bar recalls the distinctive glamour of a vintage jewel box, presenting a carefully curated selection of the finest Champagnes, Petrossian Caviar and a menu of classic dishes in which caviar is the star. The space features a progression of hand-blown chandeliers, geometric floors of Italian marble, and an ornate coffered ceiling, punctuated by camel mohair velvet seating for an intimate, immersive experience.

For group dining inquiries, please email: GHNYDR@rh.com
Top review
Dined on May 25, 2024
Amazing experience and staff. The caviar is incredible and the offerings are delicious.
A photo of Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare restaurant
4.7 (514)
$50 and over
French / Japanese
Midtown West
About the restaurant
Inspired by Japanese cuisine & French technique, world-renowned Chefs Max Natmessnig and Marco Prins present a spectacular journey through epicurean delights in their exquisite 3 Michelin star Tasting. Lasting upwards of two and a half hours, Guests can expect an experience of a lifetime. Each dish served is its own work of art, expertly crafted with meticulous precision, tasting as incredible as it is beautiful.

Our expansive 7,000-bottle wine cellar, featuring the most extraordinary vintages from classic European regions, as well as sakes, and whiskeys from all over the world, provides an enviable selection to satisfy even the most discerning of palates.

We are honored to have received 'The Best of Award of Excellence' from Wine Spectator and Feature in "13 Best Three Michelin star Restaurants in America" By Restaurant Clicks.
Top review
Dined on Feb 25, 2024
Such an incredible experience!!! The food was amazing, the ambiance and staff were so impressive. Would definitely recommend!
A photo of Rise Bar - Drag Brunch restaurant
5 (85)
$30 and under
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
SAT JUN 1st - If you're having difficulty booking for 2:30, we may be sold out. Try booking a 12:15 reservation or you can book a 2:30 reservation at one of our sister bars (TheSpotBarNYC.com or TheRedStache.com) for an equally as fabulous show.

Rise Bar is an LGBTQ+ bar located in Hells Kitchen Manhattan serving the gay community with entertainment and cocktails. Providing a safe place for LGBTQ+ and their allies.

PLEASE NOTE: Rise Bar is a 21+ establishment
Top review
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
very fun drag brunch! drinks are bottomless and they have many options to choose from
A photo of Spes - Vino Naturale e Cucina restaurant
4.9 (130)
$31 to $50
East Village
About the restaurant
Spēs | Vino naturale e cucina POP is a small natural wine bar & Italian restaurant serving more than 100 natural wines, all by the glass in the East Village neighborhood. The ambience is very cozy and intimate, low warm lights, candles, natural wines in every place you look with a beautiful antique/rustic Italian vibe.
We focus in farmers who respect the biodiversity and respect the LAND. We work with small production of wines, therefore every time you come you will find something new, beautiful and interesting! We have an UNIQUE and FUN way to choose the wine. You'll have to COME and try it for yourself! #choosthemoodwebringthewine
Our cuisine is genuine Italian, from small bites to a full dinner - don't forget to try our delicious desserts! All based in local products and the freshest ingredients!
We have as well a small cocktail list ALL vermouth based! You will me amaze how good they taste!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 26, 2024
Such a vibe if you are into GOOD natural and biodynamic wines 👏🏾 the food was also to die for!
A photo of Principe restaurant
4.9 (2)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of SoHo, Principe is a seafood-focused restaurant that draws from both local and Italian influences. From Chef Abram Bissell (The Nomad, Eleven Madison Park, The Modern) the restaurant brings a vibrant and approachable dining destination to the SoHo community. Principe is a place to indulge and have fun, all while enjoying exceptional seafood and seasonal produce.
Top review
Dined on May 11, 2024
Principe was a great experience. We were welcomed warmly, and seated at a great table downstairs. The server took drink and appetizer orders quickly while we scanned the menu. We had a party of 6 so we shared - tuna crudo, scallops, then salads and finally mains. The chicken was the overall favorite, but the branzino and duck were also fantastic! Then dessert -- decadent and delicious.
A photo of Mike's Bistro - UES restaurant
4.8 (629)
$50 and over
Midtown East
About the restaurant
"Mike's Bistro combines an elegant menu with a relaxed, spacious atmosphere in a convenient Midtown East location. Chef Michael Gershkovich creates and executes a contemporary, internationally inspired, Glatt Kosher (OU) gourmet menu with seasonally-inspired nuances."
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Food Was Amazing Service 5 Star Awesome Experience
A photo of Veronika restaurant
4.7 (43)
$50 and over
Global, International
Gramercy Park
About the restaurant
Tucked away on the second floor of Fotografiska New York, Veronika is a place that fosters late-night conversations, moments over a shared meal, and the chance to meet new friends and colleagues within a warm and welcoming environment. The Roman and Williams designed space offers two distinct experiences: Bar Veronika and the Restaurant. Velvet furniture, high ceilings and ornate chandeliers are accented by burning candles, greenery, and a rotating photography installation in connection with Fotografiska.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
After looking at some spectacular photographs we decided to enjoy a birthday dinner at Veronika, and it was one of those evenings where everything was perfect. Absolutely welcoming and professional hospitality built up our appetite for delicious food and drinks. When in Fotografiska, you must stop by Veronika.
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