New York City Restaurants

Ready to take a bite out of New York? Hope you've come hungry. In a city where creativity is expressed in innumerable ways, the food scene takes center stage, with literally thousands of chances to taste what Gotham is all about. Whether lining up at street stands, gobbling down legendary deli and diner grub, or chasing a coveted reservation at the latest celebrity-chef venue, New Yorkers are a demanding yet appreciative audience.

Every neighborhood offers temptations high, low, and in between, meaning there's truly something for every taste, whim, and budget. No matter how you approach dining out here, it's hard to go wrong. Planning a day of shopping among the glittering flagship boutiques along 5th and Madison Avenues? Stop into one of the Upper East Side's storied restaurants for a repast among the "ladies who lunch." Clubbing in the Meatpacking District? Tuck into a meal at eateries as trendy as their patrons. Craving authentic ethnic? From food trucks to hidden joints, there are almost more choices than there are appetites. Recent years have also seen entire food categories, from ramen to meatballs to mac 'n' cheese, riffed upon and fetishized, and at many restaurants you find an almost religious reverence for seasonal, locally sourced cuisine.

And don't forget—New York is still home to more celebrity chefs than any other city. Your chances of running into your favorite cookbook author, Food Network celeb, or paparazzi-friendly chef are high, adding even more star wattage to a restaurant scene with an already through-the-roof glamour quotient. Newfound economic realities, however, have revived appreciation for value, meaning you can tap into wallet-friendly choices at every level of the food chain. Rest assured, this city does its part to satisfy your appetite. Ready, set, eat.

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  • 1. Edi & the Wolf

    $$ | East Village | Austrian

    This rustic-chic Austrian spot is a bit unexpected for the neighborhood, but that hasn't stopped a steady stream of diners from heading to the...Read More

  • 2. Momofuku Noodle Bar

    $$ | East Village | Asian

    David Chang's first restaurant is still a strong crowd favorite. This riff on the Japanese ramen bar features haute ingredients like Berkshire...Read More

  • 3. Momofuku Ssäm Bar

    $$ | East Village | Asian

    This refined David Chang restaurant easily shows its multicultural bent. A selection of country hams is a surprising but delicious way to start...Read More

  • 4. Cafe Mogador

    $$ | East Village | Moroccan

    An East Village dining institution, Cafe Mogador has been serving above-average Moroccan cuisine in a date-friendly, candlelit atmosphere since...Read More

  • 5. Il Buco

    $$$ | East Village | Mediterranean

    The unabashed clutter of vintage kitchen gadgets and tableware harks back to the shopfront's past as an antiques store and adds to the romantic...Read More

  • 6. Ippudo

    $$ | East Village | Japanese

    Crowds wait hours for the ramen noodles at Ippudo, the first American branch of the famous Japanese chain. Loyal patrons say it's all about...Read More

  • 7. Jewel Bako

    $$$$ | East Village | Japanese

    Arguably the best sushi restaurant in the East Village, this tiny space gleams in a minefield of cheap, often inferior sushi houses. The futuristic...Read More

  • 8. Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery

    $$$ | East Village | French

    Food-media-darling chef Andrew Carmellini (of Locanda Verde, Bar Primi, and the Dutch) goes Gallic here. There's no culinary trickery, just...Read More

  • 9. Mamoun's Falafel

    $ | East Village | Middle Eastern

    This cash-only, hole-in-the-wall institution, bustling day and night, is the place to go for speedy, hot, cheap, and delicious Middle Eastern...Read More

  • 10. Milk Bar East Village

    $ | East Village | Café

    This combination bakery, ice-cream parlor, and sandwich shop with locations around the city boasts quick-serve access to some truly innovative...Read More

  • 11. Minca

    $$ | East Village | Japanese

    It may receive less fanfare than some other East Village noodle bars, but the ramen at this tiny spot is among the best in the city; the fact...Read More

  • 12. Motorino Pizza

    $$ | East Village | Pizza

    The East Village branch of the Williamsburg original serves up authentic Neapolitan pies with slightly charred, delectably chewy crusts. You...Read More

  • 13. Nai Tapas Bar

    $$ | East Village | Spanish

    At this eclectic tapas joint, chef Ruben Rodriguez puts a modern spin on Galician recipes from his mother and grandmother (his Spanish-born...Read More

  • 14. Pylos

    $$$ | East Village | Greek

    The perfect setting for a relaxed dinner or an intimate special occasion, this tastefully refined, light-filled East Village restaurant emphasizes...Read More

  • 15. Saxon & Parole

    $$$ | East Village | Modern American

    One of the hottest spots on this burgeoning stretch of the Bowery, Saxon & Parole may be named for two 19th-century racehorses, but the...Read More

  • 16. Somtum Der

    $$ | East Village | Thai

    At this bustling restaurant originally based in Bangkok, the namesake somtum , a palate-singeing green papaya salad, is the must-order dish...Read More

  • 17. Veselka

    $$ | East Village | Eastern European

    Potato pierogi are available 24 hours a day at this East Village stalwart, which opened in 1954; the name means "rainbow" in Ukrainian. The...Read More

  • 18. Zum Schneider

    $$ | East Village | German

    There's always a good time to be had at this garrulous Bavarian spot that serves a variety of German beers and hearty food to complement them...Read More

  • 19. DBGB Kitchen & Bar

    $$$ | East Village | French

    The downtown arm of Daniel Boulud's New York City restaurant fleet, DBGB forgoes the white tablecloths, formal service, and steep prices found...Read More

  • 20. Grand Sichuan

    $$ | East Village | Chinese

    Yes, it's a local Chinese chainlet, and no, you don't come here for the ambience, but the food—like fiery Sichuan dan dan noodles, kung pao...Read More

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