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. Bar Boulud

    $$$ | Upper West Side | French

    Acclaimed French chef Daniel Boulud, known for upscale New York City eateries Daniel and Café Boulud, shows diners his more casual side with...Read More

  • 2. Barney Greengrass

    $$ | Upper West Side | American

    At this Upper West Side landmark, brusque waiters send out stellar smoked salmon, sturgeon, and whitefish to a happy crowd packed to the gills...Read More

  • 3. Per Se

    $$$$ | Upper West Side | American

    The New York interpretation of what many consider one of America's finest restaurants (the Napa Valley's French Laundry), Per Se is chef Thomas...Read More

  • 4. Asiate

    $$$$ | Upper West Side | Asian

    The unparalleled view of Central Park is reason enough to visit Asiate's pristine dining room, on the 35th floor of the Time Warner Center in...Read More

  • 5. Bouchon Bakery & Café

    $$ | Upper West Side | Café

    Never mind that you're in the middle of a shopping mall—soups and sandwiches don't get much more luxurious than at acclaimed chef Thomas Keller...Read More

  • 6. Cafe Luxembourg

    $$$ | Upper West Side | French

    The old soul of the Lincoln Center neighborhood seems to inhabit the tiled and mirrored walls of this lively, cramped French bistro, where West...Read More

  • 7. Carmine's Upper West Side

    $$$ | Upper West Side | Italian

    Set on a nondescript block of Broadway, this branch of the Italian mainstay is a favorite for families celebrating special occasions, pre-prom...Read More

  • 8. Gray's Papaya

    $ | Upper West Side | Fast Food

    It's a stand-up, take-out, 24-hour dive: but yes, limos do sometimes stop here for these legendary hot dogs—they are delicious, and quite the...Read More

  • 9. Jean-Georges

    $$$$ | Upper West Side | French

    This culinary temple in the Trump International Hotel and Towers focuses wholly on chef célèbre Jean-Georges Vongerichten's spectacular creations...Read More

  • 10. Levain Bakery

    $ | Upper West Side | Bakery

    Completely unpretentious and utterly delicious, Levain Bakery's cookies are rich and hefty (they clock in at 6 ounces each). Choose from the...Read More

  • 11. Nice Matin

    $$$ | Upper West Side | French

    If the Upper West Side and the French Riviera collided, it might look a little bit like Nice Matin. This is a longtime neighborhood favorite...Read More

  • 12. Porter House Bar and Grill

    $$$$ | Upper West Side | Steakhouse

    With clubby interiors by Jeffrey Beers and an adjoining lounge area, Porter House is helmed by veteran chef Michael Lomonaco. Filling the meat...Read More

  • 13. Salumeria Rosi

    $$ | Upper West Side | Italian

    Chef Cesare Casella may no longer be associated with this cured meat mecca but he has left the place in a still-delicious state, showcasing...Read More

  • 14. Sarabeth's

    $$ | Upper West Side | American

    Lining up for brunch here is as much an Upper West Side tradition as taking a sunny Sunday afternoon stroll in nearby Riverside Park. Locals...Read More

  • 15. Thai Market

    $$ | Upper West Side | Thai

    This cozy neighborhood Thai joint, just four blocks from the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, is decorated with photos of Thai street...Read More

  • 16. Dovetail

    $$$$ | Upper West Side | American

    Inside Dovetail, chef and owner John Fraser's subdued town-house restaurant, cream-color walls and maple panels create a warm, soothing atmosphere...Read More

  • 17. Fishtag

    $$ | Upper West Side | Mediterranean

    Upper West Siders aren't going to be throwing chef Michael Psilakis and his Greek-heavy Mediterranean fare back into the water any time soon...Read More

  • 18. Isabella's

    $$ | Upper West Side | American

    Set in the shadow of the Museum of Natural History, Isabella's has been a brunch-and-beyond stalwart for decades. Brunch time is especially...Read More

  • 19. Telepan

    $$$ | Upper West Side | American

    The greenmarket-driven menu at chef Bill Telepan's eponymous eatery is heavy on the veggies (the seasonal vegetable starter wakes your palate...Read More

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