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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in New York City

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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
5.0
5 (102)
$30 and under
Mexican
Astoria
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
NamiLee
Dined 7 days ago
I enjoyed the Wigs and Waffles show!!! Nicky O and Jo Disco performed such a wonderful show! I enjoyed the show and would love for them to come back!!! Astoria love you!!! ❤️❤️❤️
A photo of The Little Ned at The Ned NoMad restaurant
4.9
4.9 (34)
$31 to $50
American
NoMad
About the restaurant

Expect a menu of club favourites, from caviar and steak tartare to burgers and salads. Little Ned has 1920s-style booth seating, with upholstery inspired by the former Banking Hall at The Ned London, and club chairs and burl wood tables on the mezzanine floor, with views of the Empire State Building.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Straightforward hosting, easy to be seated, great sevice
A photo of Sushi by Bou - Bayside NY @ Baraki restaurant
4.9
4.9 (93)
$50 and over
Sushi
Bayside
About the restaurant
Step into Sushi By Bou Bayside, our one-of-a-kind Disco Sushi Omakase Experience. Our curated Omakase, meaning "Chef's Choice," promises an exhilarating journey through delectable flavors and disco beats. Choose from our signature 12-course offering at $60, or indulge in the opulent 'Bougie' Omakase, $100 for 17 pieces, seated hourly. Located within Baraki restaurant, Bayside Bou, delivers the beats of 80s disco set in a visual wonderland of pop-culture iconography. Elevate your experience with exotic cocktails and premium sake, perfect for pairing with delectable sushi bites. Date Nights, Birthdays, or intimate private seatings, let us whisk you away on a journey of urban mystique. Visit all of our unique locations, each with its own culture-inspired vibe! Reserve now to secure a coveted seat at Sushi By Bou.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Sam, the omakase Chef was amazing and knowledgeable about what he was serving up. The hostess/ waitress also was very inviting, friendly and fun! Definitely going back for more very soon. It’s great that there is a good omakase close to Long Island and not having to travel to the city for such an experience
A photo of Campania Coal Fired Pizza - Tottenville restaurant
4.9
4.9 (28)
$31 to $50
Pizzeria
Tottenville
About the restaurant
Specializing in authentic coal-fired Italian pizza, antipasto and other traditional Italian dishes. We use only the freshest and finest ingredients. We also make our own mozzarella daily by hand and have a full bar!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 29, 2024
Food and service always top notch. Favorite place in Tottenville.
A photo of Principe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2)
$50 and over
Seafood
SoHo
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
RANDYHvip
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 Gyu-Kaku - Flushing, NY restaurant
4.8
4.8 (812)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Flushing
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
Foodiefriends
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
Great place to dine with small groups to enjoy one of their set menu options.
A photo of Sofia's Taqueria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (216)
$30 and under
Mexican
Clifton
About the restaurant
Welcome to Sofia's Taqueria!
Sofia’s features three floors and an outdoor courtyard of carefully curated furniture and decor that create the perfect mix of authentic ambiance, playful sophistication, and an energetic vibe. Gourmet food, hand crafted cocktails, and over 100 tequilas and mezcals are the focus of our passionate and talented staff.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Attentive staff, wonderful experience. Definitely worth a revisit
A photo of Ponty Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (7)
$30 and under
French
Harlem
About the restaurant
Ponty Bistro, creative French and African Cuisine Since 2008.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Very nice restaurant. Cecil the owner and chef is a very kind person who cares. The lobster is amazing. Sunday brunch is great.
A photo of The Red Stache restaurant
4.8
4.8 (20)
$31 to $50
American
Hell's Kitchen
About the restaurant
The Red Stache is committed to providing our customers with an exceptional and memorable wine experience. We aim to create a warm and inviting atmosphere where our guests can relax and enjoy the best food and wines worldwide. Mix and match wines with our wine flights. Try some of our signature items like the truffle gnocchi, flatbreads, and deviled egg croquettes.

On Sundays and Saturdays, get ready to sashay into a world of fabulousness with The Red Stache Drag Brunch! Indulge in a tantalizing blend of delectable food, bottomless mimosas, and the electrifying performances by NYC's top Drag Artists. From lip-sync numbers to dazzling dance routines, each Drag Brunch is a kaleidoscope of glamour and entertainment that will leave you spellbound. So, grab your friends and join us for a feast fit for royalty at The Red Stache, where every bite is seasoned with sass and sparkle!

For any difficulty booking or for parties larger than 20 people, please call us at (212)-933-4404.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
We went here thinking that there was a RuPaul Drag Race viewing party but it didn’t happen. The place is cute, but the seats are not very comfortable. The food was good - it’s a limited menu but everything we had was good quality. The Frose was delicious! Our waitress didn’t seem to know anything about the menu or the watch party, but she was pleasant. Overall we had a good experience. I live in the neighborhood and will probably come back.
A photo of Il Totano restaurant
4.5
4.5 (35)
$50 and over
Italian
West Village
About the restaurant
We will begin taking reservations on Monday May 20th!
Il Totano is a contemporary Southern Italian restaurant, focusing on pristine seafood, fresh crudo & house-made pastas. We are a casual fine dining restaurant that focuses on excellent food, service and beverage. Come say hi and have a great time with us!

*Dress Code - Smart Casual
*For parties of 7 or more, please contact the restaurant.
*Corkage Fee - $45 per bottle with a maximum of 2
*Cake Fee - $8 per person
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Everything was delicious and the portions are decent but definitely need an appetizer and a main dish to be satiated. The drinks, music and ambiance was perfect for a birthday dinner. Look forward to going back
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