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. Ivan Ramen

    $$ | Lower East Side | Japanese

    Ivan Orkin's improbable but true story is one of the many layers that make New York City's restaurant scene so exciting, authentic, and delicious...Read More

  • 2. Zenkichi

    $$$ | Japanese

    Modeled on Tokyo's intimate brasseries, this hidden Japanese restaurant serves no sushi: they specialize in exquisitely composed small plates...Read More

  • 3. Blue Ribbon Sushi

    $$$ | SoHo | Japanese

    Sushi, like pizza, attracts opinionated fanatics, and Blue Ribbon Sushi gets consistent raves for its sushi and sashimi; the dark nooks, minimalist...Read More

  • 4. Chuko Ramen

    $$ | Prospect Heights | Japanese

    A small, reliably tasty menu of signature ramen headlines this Prospect Heights institution for noodle bowls, buns, gyoza, beer, and sake. Long...Read More

  • 5. Hibino

    $$ | Cobble Hill | Japanese

    There’s something almost zenlike about the food at this open, airy restaurant. The traditional and modern sushi rolls, the Kyoto-style obanzai...Read More

  • 6. Ippudo

    $$ | East Village | Japanese

    Crowds wait hours for the ramen noodles at Ippudo, the first American branch of the famous Japanese chain. Loyal patrons say it's all about...Read More

  • 7. Jewel Bako

    $$$$ | East Village | Japanese

    Arguably the best sushi restaurant in the East Village, this tiny space gleams in a minefield of cheap, often inferior sushi houses. The futuristic...Read More

  • 8. Kurumazushi

    $$$$ | Midtown East | Japanese

    Only a small sign in Japanese indicates the location of this extraordinary restaurant that serves sushi and sashimi exclusively; among the selections...Read More

  • 9. Minca

    $$ | East Village | Japanese

    It may receive less fanfare than some other East Village noodle bars, but the ramen at this tiny spot is among the best in the city; the fact...Read More

  • 10. Nobu New York Downtown

    $$$$ | Financial District | Japanese

    At this impressive location in a unique setting of Botticino marble that's part of a century-old building lobby, the sushi stalwart is as bustling...Read More

  • 11. Shalom Japan

    $$ | Japanese

    Williamsburg's melting-pot aspirations past and present express themselves with intelligence and flair at this Japanese-Jewish fusion restaurant...Read More

  • 12. Silver Rice

    $ | Crown Heights | Japanese

    This pocket-size “sushi roll shop” may not look like much, but one bite of the Unagi Silver Rice Cup and you'll be jonesing for more. Daily...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Sushi of Gari

    $$$ | Upper East Side | Japanese

    The many options at this popular, casual sushi restaurant range from the ordinary (California roll) to the more unusual, such as miso-marinated...Read More

  • 15. Sushi Yasuda

    $$$ | Midtown East | Japanese

    Devotees mourned the return of namesake chef Naomichi Yasuda to Japan, but things are in able hands with his handpicked successor, Mitsuru Tamura...Read More

  • 16. Zauo

    $$$$ | Chelsea | Japanese

    This Japanese chain's first U.S. location takes the concept of fishing-pole-to-fork quite seriously: diners actually fish for their meal in...Read More

  • 17. Ganso

    $$ | Downtown Brooklyn | Japanese

    Duck inside this narrow Japanese ramen shop, grab a stool at the counter, and order a steaming bowl of the Spicy Soboro Miso ramen. It's a miso...Read More

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