Last Week's 15 Hottest NYC Restaurants-- According to Uber

Even though we live in the land of yellow cabs, we still tend to count on Uber for our transportation needs. 

It's reliable, we don't have to worry about payment, and we get to sit in someone's car rather than a potentially putrid cab. On top of that, they sometimes deliver puppies. Swoon.

It seems as if the world of transportation is simply not big enough for Uber because they've entered the realm of analyzing trip data within NYC to determine the most popular restaurants. Now, in the age of information, our own data is quickly evolving into one of the most viable commodities.  

Uber has developed the list of 15 most popular restaurants according to the amount of trips made on Friday, January 25th to Sunday, January 31st.  

Keep in mind that some of these restaurants were participating in Restaurant Week, and people may have been taking advantage of their reduced meal prices. 

Check out the list below.

1. Vandal (199 Bowery)

realblackcaviar Loved this @obeygiant piece inside the new @vandalnewyork! #ShepardFairey #Obey #Vandal #VandalNewYork #StreetArt #LowerEastSide #NYC

This hotspot nabbed the top spot as the most popular restaurant last week according to Uber. This spot made our list as one of the top restaurants to dine at this month, as they've only been open for three weeks. 


Vandal has three dining rooms decked out with artwork completed by seven street artists and phenomenal food inspired from cuisine from 14 different countries, according to Eater. We're not surprised that it took the top spot. 

2. Toro/ Del Posto/ Colicchio & Sons (85 10th Avenue)

allisonkimchi FEELING SHELLFISH and wanting more of this warm #lobster with hazelnuts, sprouts and browned butter at @delposto #meatpackingdistrict #bucketlist #aboutlastnight

No, this isn't some hot new mashup of neighboring restaurants, but they all share the same address. All three are dishing out incredible culinary creations, so they're going to share the number two spot.

3. Beauty & Essex (146 Essex Street)

jesstillett Late night cocktails and dinner 🍷🍸

If you're anybody who's anybody, you've been to Beauty & Essex. With good food, great cocktails, and a crowd of beautiful looking people, you really can't go wrong. 

4. Eleven Madison Park (11 Madison Avenue)

willwyyu Not a bad way to weather the storm #jonas #elevenmadisonpark

This fine dining establishment is one of the most highly lauded spots in the country, not merely just in NYC. Although they changed their dining concept only two weeks ago, people continue to flock to Eleven Madison Park for their flavorful, minimalist dishes and impeccable service. 

5. Locanda Verde (377 Greenwich Street)

rebecca_chews_nyc I lost track of how many #eggs I ate. πŸ˜… #chewsnyc

This beloved local hotspot is serving up rustic, soulful Italian cuisine that always hits the spot. Can't get there for dinner? Their brunch is spectacular. Try the lemon ricotta pancakes. 

6. Barbuto (775 Washington Street)

chua.jeanne It's all they said it would be, so delicious! I saw it in almost everyone's table. πŸ‘ŒJonathan Waxman's chicken is amazing. #barbutonyc #roastchicken #nofilter #westvillage #eaterny

If you're going to get anything at this West Village restaurant, you need to order the "Pollo al Forno." Don't just take our word for it, take Food Network's Tyler Florence. He declared it a "master recipe." 

7. Catch (21 9th Avenue) For a drink or for amazing seafood go to @catch . Great restaurant in the heart of meatpacking and when the sun is out the terrace it is great β˜€οΈ! The +++ they also have a night club πŸ’‹πŸ’„πŸ‘ 

This trendy spot in the Meatpacking district is serving up some quality fish with a trendy menu and atmosphere. 


If you're in the mood for some delicious seafood with some friends, this is the spot you need to hit. 

8. The Mercer Kitchen (99 Prince Street)

ninalksnpl black truffle & fontina cheese πŸ˜‹ #VSCOcam

Truffle lover? You need to try the "Black Truffle and Fontina Cheese Pizza" as an appetizer. Or just get two and call it a meal... as in, the last meal you'll ever eat. This spot is trendy, unpretentious, and delicious. Again, truffle fontina pizza. 


9. Balthazar Restauant (80 Spring Street)

codman625 Feeling fancy on a Tuesday #balthazarnyc

Apparently, Balthazar's dinner is just as incredible as its well-known brunch. 


This French spot in SoHo must be on your New York City bucket list. 

10. Peter Luger Steak House (178 Broadway - Brooklyn)

csikel Get in my belly. @sikeba6 @kinkthestink @lhsikel

The original, the historic, and the delectable steakhouse of NYC. Need we say more? Oh, we do? No need. Even El-P of Run the Jewels loves Peter Luger

11. ABC Kitchen (35 East 18th Street)

asliceofcate I'm just having a really hard time today understanding why salted caramel isn't on everything I eat. #nyceats #eatupnewyork #newforkcity #nyfoodie #nycfoodie #vscofood #eeeeeats #buzzfeed #buzzfeast #missnewfoodie #hungrygrls #forkyeah #spoonfeed #abckitchen

As a Jean George restaurant, you can be sure that you're going to get a memorable meal. It's a casual, trendy hotspot that any self-respecting NYC foodie must try at least once... but they'll probably at hello, or tuna sashimi... whatever comes first. 

12. ACME (9 Great Jones Street)

acme_nyc It's Thursday. You know what that means, right? πŸŒ˜πŸΈπŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ‘―πŸ‘ πŸ’‹πŸ•Ά

Though ACME has changed to a French-Italian bistro, it's still a NoHo favorite. 

13. The Spotted Pig (314 West 11th Street)

andyellwood You could order something else. But then you'd be wrong.

We're not so sure someone can say they've had the best burger in the world unless it's from The Spotted Pig. Though it's simple in its construction, the burger is exactly what we'd expect a burger to be. Just be prepared to wait on a line; trust us, it's worth it. 

14. La Esquina (114 Kenmare Street)

moloslist A neighborhood gem in NY. La Esquina - Dimly lit, underground cafe serving upscale Mexican fare. One of my go to spots for a girls night out or just as good for a sexy date! Their spicy margarita (or any margarita rather) are insane and you can't go wrong with their tortas or Mexican street corn! I love it all. Hidden underneath The Corner Deli - most passerbys don't even know it's there. But now you do! Photo credit: @arturovallsofficial

If there's one spot that you wouldn't expect to be on this list, it'd be a hidden spot serving Mexican dishes through a window. 


Though they also have a table-service cafΓ© and bar, we're still obsessed with the quality Mexican fast-food operation at La Esquina

15. Santina (820 Washinton Street)

yasminaezz the perfect cure to a rainy day πŸ’ŠπŸ™

Mediterranean food in NYC is widely underrated. Plus, the colorful decor and light fare offers a great escape from the dreary, slush covered streets of the city. 

Check out This Incredible Manhattan Pizza Subway Map

[via Uber Newsroom] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

get spoiled in your inbox