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. Aita

    $$ | Italian

    Don't let the unassuming air at this intimate restaurant on a leafy, largely residential block fool you: there is some serious cooking going...Read More

  • 2. Barboncino

    $$ | Crown Heights | Pizza

    Settle in with the after-work crowd, and you'll feel like a Crown Heights local at this beloved neighborhood pizza parlor. Here, friends meet...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Hometown Bar-B-Que

    $$ | Red Hook | Barbecue

    The smell of barbecue will have your mouth watering even before you get in the door of this cavernous hall, which many say serves the best BBQ...Read More

  • 5. L&B Spumoni Gardens

    $$ | Pizza

    Brooklynites make summertime pilgrimages to L&B's outdoor garden for squares of Sicilian-style pizza—the crunchy crust has a thin layer...Read More

  • 6. Tacos Matamoros

    $ | Mexican

    Exceptional tacos large and small are the main attraction at this restaurant with a lengthy menu. Order the small ones, so you can try several...Read More

  • 7. The Farm on Adderley

    $$ | Modern American

    This rustic-chic farm-to-table American restaurant put Ditmas Park on the culinary map when it opened in 2006, and it continues to draw local...Read More

  • 8. Wheated

    $$ | Pizza

    Pizza is the thing at Wheated, and the menu lists nearly 20 Neapolitan-style pies—all named after neighborhoods in Brooklyn, which is fitting...Read More

  • 9. Adrienne's Pizza Bar

    $$ | Financial District | Italian

    It's hip to be square at this downtown pizzeria that occupies a long, narrow space with modern decor: father-and-son team Harry and Peter Poulakakos...Read More

  • 10. Amorina Cucina Rustica

    $$ | Prospect Heights | Italian

    This homey pizza-and-pasta restaurant splits the difference between sophisticated artisanal fare for adults and simpler, kid-friendly options...Read More

  • 11. Arturo's

    $$ | Greenwich Village | Pizza

    Few guidebooks list this classic New York pizzeria, yet the jam-packed room and pleasantly smoky scent foreshadow a satisfying meal. There's...Read More

  • 12. Baked in Brooklyn

    $ | Bakery

    Follow the smell of fresh bread to this giant bakery with a storefront selling a variety of breads, cupcakes, cookies, danishes, and a select...Read More

  • 13. Berg’n

    $ | Crown Heights | American

    This food and beer hall from the team behind Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea lures visitors from all over Brooklyn and beyond to a warehouse...Read More

  • 14. Black Seed Bagels

    $ | NoLIta | Canadian

    New York is known for bagels, which tend to be doughy and delicious, but the Montreal-style bagels here have a denser, sweeter dough, with ...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Bridge Coffee Shop

    $ | DUMBO | Latin American

    This homespun Latin American diner is the antidote to DUMBO's stilettoed galleristas and hipper-than-thou start-up scene. Neighborhood denizens...Read More

  • 17. Brooklyn Crab

    $$ | Red Hook | Seafood

    Hanging out at this sprawling year-round crab shack can feel like you're a world away from New York City. The food hits all the high points...Read More

  • 18. Brooklyn Farmacy

    $ | Carroll Gardens | American

    Half the fun of this 1920s-style soda fountain is the setting, with swirl-top stools and vintage apothecary drawers and penny-tile floors from...Read More

  • 19. Brooklyn Kolache Co

    $ | Café

    Sure, doughnuts are all the rage, but for something a little different, head to this cozy bakery-café near Pratt Institute for the renowned...Read More

  • 20. Bubby's

    $$ | TriBeCa | American

    Neighborhood crowds clamoring for coffee and freshly squeezed juice line up for brunch at this TriBeCa mainstay, but Bubby's is good for lunch...Read More

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