What do we mean by “vibe”? It’s pretty simple. Distinct from how the restaurant is designed, what they serve, or even where it is, there is something else: how it feels.

Some restaurants are sleepy places where you sip wine leisurely. Some are fast-paced, thrilling adventures set to a thumping soundtrack. Each has its own context, creating an environment that can feel right (or wrong). When you step into a restaurant, you should forget about the outside world. It’s the world’s shortest vacation, the closest thing we have to teleportation. Going out to eat should get you more than just a meal. You’re looking for a feeling you couldn’t have felt at home.

On this list, you’ll find 15 restaurants in New York who have committed to delivering a certain feeling to their guests—and who pull it off masterfully.