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The Big Apple is once again home to the most independents on our Top 100 ranking, with almost a third of the list located there. Click through to see the highest-volume restaurants in New York City.
Top 100 Rank: 3
Annual Sales: $32.5M
Average Check: $33.83
The Buzz: Managing increased labor due to the success of catering and delivery services is a "happy problem."
Top 100 Rank: 4
Annual Sales: $34.3M
Average Check: $98.00
The Buzz: Tao "is intended to look and feel as if it has been there for decades and only unearthed recently to reveal the artifacts within."
Top 100 Rank: 7
Annual Sales: $27.4M
Average Check: $88.00
The Buzz: It is designed to channel a 19th century Italian bistro, with sidewalk tables and doors leading into a cozy bar and cafe.
Top 100 Rank: 8
Annual Sales: $25.9M
Average Check: $53.00
The Buzz: French-influenced dining in a beautiful setting behind the landmark New York Public Library.
Top 100 Rank: 10
Annual Sales: $25.4M
Average Check: $103.01
The Buzz: This is the original Smith & Wollensky and is not a part of the chain bearing the same name.
Top 100 Rank: 11
Annual Sales: $25.0M
Average Check: $80.00
The Buzz: Reggie Nadelson's new book "At Balthazar" puts annual revenue at $25 million from 1,500 covers a day.
Top 100 Rank: 12
The Buzz: Parent Tao Group has opened a Tao Asian Bistro in Los Angeles' Dream Hollywood hotel.
Top 100 Rank: 13
Annual Sales: $23.5M
Average Check: $19.53
The Buzz: The new New Yorker Cake Shake is a strawberry milkshake topped with a slice of Junior's Strawberry Cheesecake.
Top 100 Rank: 14
Annual Sales: $23.4M
Average Check: $83.00
The Buzz: Vandal "celebrates the art, architecture, and food of global street culture from New York to Vietnam to Barcelona and beyond."
Top 100 Rank: 21
Annual Sales: $21.2M
Average Check: $85.00
The Buzz: Starr Restaurants' flagship says it offers "a surreal atmosphere that marries the serenity of Asia with the flamboyance of 16th-century Paris."
Top 100 Rank: 31
Annual Sales: $19.3M
Average Check: $44.60
The Buzz: In pleasant weather, an outdoor sidewalk cafe can seat 90 at this spot across from Lincoln Center.
Top 100 Rank: 33
Annual Sales: $18.7M
Average Check: $106.17
The Buzz: Parent Quality Branded will open a Quality Eats steakhouse in Chicago.
Top 100 Rank: 34
Annual Sales: $18.6M
Average Check: $46.21
The Buzz: Parent Corner Table Restaurants has opened two Smith locations in Washington, D.C.
Top 100 Rank: 38
Annual Sales: $18.2M
Average Check: $93.00
The Buzz: Another icon nearly lost to rising rents, Sparks negotiated an increase of 100% down to 40% and has stayed open.
Top 100 Rank: 39
Average Check: $46.95
The Buzz: The Smith’s name comes from the old word for a maker or artisan, such as a blacksmith.
Top 100 Rank: 42
Annual Sales: $17.9M
Average Check: $163.00
The Buzz: Former co-owner Mario Batali was forced to divest his interest following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Top 100 Rank: 46
Annual Sales: $17.6M
Average Check: $194.77
The Buzz: An expanded fish/seafood menu includes Parmesan-crusted halibut, Hokkaido sea scallops and grilled tuna.
Top 100 Rank: 47
Annual Sales: $17.5M
Average Check: $74.00
The Buzz: Tavern on the Green offers live jazz in the main barroom Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-10 p.m.
Top 100 Rank: 50
Annual Sales: $16.8M
Average Check: $93.02
The Buzz: A Quality Italian was opened in Denver in 2017, and a Quality Meats operates in Miami.
Top 100 Rank: 53
Annual Sales: $16.7M
The Buzz: The New York Times praised its "infectious playfulness," with a pawn shop at the entrance.
Top 100 Rank: 54
Average Check: $60.00
The Buzz: The 105-year-old restaurant received the Design Icon Award at the 2017 James Beard Awards.
Top 100 Rank: 59
Annual Sales: $16.2M
The Buzz: Its famous 26-ounce mutton chop is seared in a 1,000-degree broiler before being moved to a 500-degree oven for finishing.
Top 100 Rank: 61
Annual Sales: $16.1M
The Buzz: In summer, La Sirena opens a 4,000-square-foot patio one floor above street level, with another 150 seats.
Top 100 Rank: 65
Annual Sales: $15.5M
Average Check: $19.44
The Buzz: It opened in June 2017, yet still totaled more than $15 million in sales and nearly 800,000 meals served.
Top 100 Rank: 81
Annual Sales: $14.2M
Average Check: $23.14
The Buzz: Man does not live on fabulous cheesecake alone: Reuben Egg Rolls, added in 2017, have been a smash hit.
Top 100 Rank: 82
Average Check: $45.00
The Buzz: The Union Square fixture, featured in "Sex and the City," was slated to close in October 2018 after 28 years.
Top 100 Rank: 88
Annual Sales: $13.8M
Average Check: $29.95
The Buzz: Catering backyard barbecues and delivering barbecue platters to Manhattan offices has become a vital revenue stream.
Top 100 Rank: 90
Annual Sales: $13.5M
The Buzz: It offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch menus, and a spacious outdoor patio.
Top 100 Rank: 94
Annual Sales: $13.0M
Average Check: $125.00
The Buzz: The New York Post called it "one of the 21st century’s four or five best restaurants of any type."
Top 100 Rank: 97
Annual Sales: $12.7M
Average Check: $59.00
The Buzz: A breakfast, lunch and dinner institution across from Lincoln Center since 1974.
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