Top Hidden Restaurants in New York City

Top Hidden Restaurants in New York City

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Imagine walking through a discrete doorway, up (or down) stairs, to find yourself in a fine dining place.

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    Through the kitchen of this stylish Austrian eatery in Soho is a hidden room. Mimicking an Apres bar in the alps, fondue & raclette are served during the colder months. During the warmer months, the back room turns into Cervantes Oyster Shack and Bar.
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    Hidden down Freeman’s Alley, this restaurant sports a hunting lodge type atmosphere, styled as a ”rugged clandestine American tavern,” according to the restaurant. With a very meat based menu, the hit menu item is a hot artichoke with crispy bread.
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    This restaurant, more so counter, is indeed hidden in broad daylight. On the second floor of the Bowery Whole Foods location—and now within the Whole Foods’ Gowanus location—this spot serves some unexpectedly delicious ramen.
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    Once inside, you are greeted by a courtyard with outdoor stairs leading into the main restaurant. The food can be characterized as American Nouveau with Chef Wes Long at the helms.
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    It is surely a unique dining experience, from the hidden entrance, to the buzzer used to call the waiter to the semi-private tables. The restaurant offers both a la carte and an eight course omakase tasting menu.
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    Offering a tasting menu, the restaurant serves a tasting menu of carefully prepared dishes by Chef Daniel Burn, previously part of the Momofuku empire.
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    Though well known—so not much of a secret anymore—it still serves up great burgers and always allows you to feel as though you found a gem. The burger’s also happen to be some of the best in the city, giving reason for the often long line.
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    Dishes range from Bok Choy to Fish ball Noodle Soup. Closed for the winter, the kitchen will reopen in the spring.
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    An unsuspecting doorway on Ludlow Street—with no sign but vertical lettering on one side—leads to a stairway to this Thai restaurant.
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    In the tiny taqueria La Esquina on the Soho-Nolita border is a grey door simply marked employees only. With a reservation needed to gain entrance, one is brought to a fine dining brasserie in the basement.
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