In any city, having a restaurant is a difficult business. But in NYC restaurants are in their own category.
The competition is ubiquitous and you are only as good as your last meal. Most New Yorkers eat out more often than they eat in, they are unflinching with their opinions and have high expectations. Thus seeing a restaurant in business over 5 years is quite the accomplishment. Having lived in NYC for ten years I could make this list 100 deep. But I will spare your waistline. Requirements to make the top ten: I need to have dined there more than 3 times, each time I left I will need to have thought “holy shit that was delicious”, and it needs to be the best food in that category. Here we go: