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. Don Angie

    $$$ | West Village | Italian

    If you have a hankering for red sauce Italian-American fare, steer clear of Little Italy and book yourself into Don Angie, a restaurant that...Read More

  • 2. Jeju Noodle Bar

    $$$ | West Village | Korean

    Many restaurants have come and gone from this corner location, but it seems the lauded Korean spot, with its tall windows, wood tables, and...Read More

  • 3. Bleecker Street Pizza

    $ | West Village | Pizza

    Flavor reigns at this bustling corner pizzeria, the perfect place to stop for a stand-up slice at the counter, or you can plant yourself in...Read More

  • 4. Dominique Ansel Kitchen

    $ | West Village | Bakery

    Don't come here looking for the cronut, French baker Dominique Ansel's insanely popular Franken-pastry, because you won't find it (for that...Read More

  • 5. Empellón Taqueria

    $$$ | West Village | Mexican

    Chef Alex Stupak worked as the pastry chef at the now-closed wd-50, New York's introduction to molecular gastronomy, so when he left to open...Read More

  • 6. Fedora

    $$$ | West Village | Eclectic

    Subterranean Fedora was an ancient, little-patronized restaurant until 2011, when the old Italian owner left the building and restaurateur Gabe...Read More

  • 7. Flip Sigi

    $ | West Village | Filipino

    If Manila and Mexico City miraculously collided, it would taste a lot like this lively, diminutive Hudson Street spot. Look past the cheeky...Read More

  • 8. Frankies 570 Spuntino

    $$ | West Village | Italian

    The Frankies—that is, owners and chefs Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo—have a winning formula at their West Village restaurant: serve...Read More

  • 9. I Sodi

    $$$ | West Village | Italian

    In a city where you can't throw a meatball without hitting an Italian restaurant, this minimalist-designed, Tuscan-focused eatery in the West...Read More

  • 10. Joe's Pizza

    $ | West Village | Pizza

    You might recognize this Village institution from its frequent cameos in TV and film (in Spider-Man, Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker was a Joe...Read More

  • 11. Kesté Pizza & Vino

    $$ | West Village | Pizza

    At the back of the long, narrow Keste Pizza & Vino restaurant is a beautiful tiled, wood-fired oven that cooks what might be Manhattan's...Read More

  • 12. Mary's Fish Camp

    $$$ | West Village | Seafood

    Diners still line up down the street before the restaurant opens for dinner to get a table at this small but bustling seafood shack. The result...Read More

  • 13. Moustache Pitza

    $$ | West Village | Middle Eastern

    There's typically a crowd waiting outside for one of the copper-top tables at this casual Middle Eastern neighborhood restaurant. The focal...Read More

  • 14. Pearl Oyster Bar

    $$$ | West Village | Seafood

    There have been many imitators and few real competitors to this West Village seafood institution. Since 1997, Rebecca Charles has been serving...Read More

  • 15. Rahi

    $$$ | West Village | Indian

    Its name means "traveler" in Hindi, and this upscale Indian restaurant with dark wood and white chairs has a menu that travels all over the...Read More

  • 16. RedFarm

    $$$ | West Village | Chinese

    Conceived and run by Ed Schoenfeld, an expert on Chinese cuisine, and Joe Ng, known as the dumpling king of New York, this West Village restaurant...Read More

  • 17. Sushi Nakazawa

    $$$$ | West Village | Japanese

    It's all omakase at this acclaimed sushi spot from master Daisuke Nakazawa, who practices an old Tokyo style of sushi making—putting all his...Read More

  • 18. Taïm

    $ | West Village | Middle Eastern

    There's a real chef behind this casual, tiny sliver of a restaurant, New York's only gourmet falafel stand. Taïm means "tasty" in Hebrew,...Read More

  • 19. The Little Owl

    $$$ | West Village | Modern American

    This tiny neighborhood joint, with seating for 28 people, is exceptionally eager to please—and this attitude, plus the food, is a winning combination...Read More

  • 20. Wallflower

    $$$ | West Village | French

    This narrow eatery captures all the trappings of the ideal West Village restaurant: it's down a small tree-lined street, away from the bustle...Read More

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