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 covete
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, gobb
Ready to take a bite out of New York? Hope you've come hungry. In a city where creativity is expressed in innumerable wa

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. A.L.C. Italian Grocery

    $ | Café

    Modeled after an old-school salumeria, and run by the grandson of Bensonhurst’s beloved Italian food importing and distribution business, D...Read More

  • 2. Ample Hills Creamery

    $ | Café

    Among artisanal ice-cream fans, nobody has earned a more passionate following than Ample Hills, the Prospect Heights creamery started by screenwriter...Read More

  • 3. Aurora

    $$ | Italian

    Handmade pastas, exceptional antipasti, and wonderful brunch have earned homey Aurora a loyal following. Most ingredients are locally sourced...Read More

  • 4. Ba Xuyên

    $ | Vietnamese

    Head to this nondescript spot at the north end of Chinatown for outstanding bánh mì sandwiches that cost just $5. The No. 1, with several kinds...Read More

  • 5. Baked

    $ | Red Hook | Café

    Original creations like the Brookster (chocolate chip cookie dough baked inside a brownie) and delicious interpretations of whoopie pies, blondies...Read More

  • 6. Bakeri

    $ | Greenpoint | Bakery

    When Williamsburg's best European-style bakery wanted more space, it opened a Greenpoint outpost and included a rustic communal table, antique...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Brancaccio's Food Shop

    $ | Deli

    In need of picnic supplies, lunch, or a take-home meal? Owner Joe Brancaccio has been feeding the neighborhood with his daily-changing menu...Read More

  • 9. Búdin

    $ | Greenpoint | Café

    Coffee aficionados head to Greenpoint for Búdin’s $10 latte—it's pricey because it's made with Danish licorice syrup, topped with licorice powder...Read More

  • 10. Clinton St. Baking Co.

    $$ | Lower East Side | American

    At this down-home casual restaurant, weekend brunch brings a line down the street for what many believe to be the best blueberry pancakes in...Read More

  • 11. Devoción

    $ | Café

    At this coffee shop with roots in Bogotá, the beauty of the space is matched by the quality of the coffee, which comes exclusively from small...Read More

  • 12. Di Fara Pizza

    $$ | Pizza

    Brooklyn legend Domenico De Marco has been handcrafting pizzas with top-quality ingredients in this Midwood storefront since 1965, and even...Read More

  • 13. Dillinger's

    $ | Eastern European

    The Soviet-era childhoods of its two owners inspired the food and decor of this casual coffeehouse that has impressed the neighborhood with...Read More

  • 14. Dough

    $ | Bakery

    Ask the baker at Dough which doughnut you should try, and you may get this answer: “The only thing better than the chocolate salted caramel...Read More

  • 15. Fornino

    $$ | Pizza

    The chefs here consider pizza-making both art and science, and their wood-fired creations prove just how deftly they balance the equation. The...Read More

  • 16. Four & Twenty Blackbirds

    $ | Café

    Pie, ordered whole or by the slice, is why you come to this rustic flagship of the Elsen sisters' enterprise. The bakers are experts on the...Read More

  • 17. Gorilla Coffee

    $ | Park Slope | Café

    This popular Brooklyn-based brand has fueled Park Slope since 2002 with its specially blended roasts and beans from direct-trade and family...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Kai Feng Fu Dumpling House

    $ | Chinese

    For unbeatable cheap eats, take a slight detour off 8th Avenue to this small and unassuming restaurant. Its sparse dining room doesn’t offer...Read More

  • 20. Karczma

    $$ | Greenpoint | Polish

    Of all the Polish restaurants in this Polish neighborhood, family-run Karczma is the best, so dig in and order the pierogis—fried, not boiled...Read More

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