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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Shake Shack

    $ | Flatiron District | American

    Although there are other locations of Danny Meyer's patties 'n' shakes joint around town (including Brooklyn), Madison Square Park is where...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Taqueria de los Muertos

    $ | Prospect Heights | Mexican

    Casual and unassuming, this taquería with Day of the Dead decor serves what are arguably the neighborhood’s best tacos, as well as burritos...Read More

  • 6. 456 Shanghai Cuisine

    $$ | Chinatown | Chinese

    Crowds come to this casual Chinatown eatery for above-average Chinese fare, such as General Tso's chicken, pork buns, and cold sesame noodles...Read More

  • 7. Arepera Guacuco

    $ | Bushwick | South American

    Arepas are griddled corn patties filled with meats and cheeses and sometimes vegetables; at this casual Venezuelan restaurant you watch them...Read More

  • 8. burger joint New York

    $ | Midtown West | Burger

    What's a college burger bar, clad in wood paneling and rec-room design straight out of Happy Days, doing inside a five-star Midtown hotel...Read More

  • 9. Cafe Luluc

    $$ | Carroll Gardens | French

    This French bistro is a longtime, lively neighborhood favorite, especially for weekend brunch, when lines can spill out onto the sidewalk....Read More

  • 10. Café Tibet

    $ | Chinese

    This brightly painted Tibetan restaurant perched above the subway tracks next to the Cortelyou Road station draws a crowd. The budget- and vegetarian...Read More

  • 11. Coppelia

    $$ | Chelsea | Latin American

    Named for a legendary ice-cream shop in Havana, Coppelia is neither Cuban nor an ice-cream parlor. Chef Julian Medina has created a 24-hour...Read More

  • 12. Doña Zita

    $ | Coney Island | Mexican

    Just off the boardwalk, this taco stand has a selection of tasty Mexican standards. The taco carne asada (marinated steak) is a favorite;...Read More

  • 13. Flip Sigi

    $ | West Village | Philippine

    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

  • 14. Fortunato Brothers Café & Pasticceria

    $ | Bakery

    Of the few old-school Italian pastry shops remaining in Williamsburg, this family-run café and bakery is by far the best. The three Fortunato...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Kashkar Cafe

    $ | Brighton Beach | Asian

    Uyghur cuisine, from the Chinese region of Xinjiang, is the focus of the menu at this postage-stamp-size café. Standouts include naryn (lamb...Read More

  • 17. La Bonne Soupe

    $$ | Midtown West | French

    Midtown office workers and in-the-know out-of-towners keep this French restaurant bustling for the ever-popular La Bonne Soupe special—a bowl...Read More

  • 18. La Brioche

    $ | Brighton Beach | Bakery

    Don't be deceived by the French name: this unassuming bakery is Russian-Jewish, right down to its rugelach roots. The wall-to-wall trays are...Read More

  • 19. Lakruwana

    $$ | St. George | Sri Lankan

    Few outsiders know this, but Staten Island has a sizable Sri Lankan community, which means it's the perfect place to get a taste of this cuisine...Read More

  • 20. 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

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