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. Glasserie

    $$ | Greenpoint | Middle Eastern

    Its past as a glass factory inspired Glasserie's warm, romantic atmosphere, and details like rare light fixtures and prints of original electric...Read More

  • 2. Tanoreen

    $$ | Middle Eastern

    This restaurant put Bay Ridge on the foodie map when it first opened in 1998, and chef-owner Rawia Bishara’s refined Palestinian dishes—a tribute...Read More

  • 3. Damascus Bread & Pastry Shop

    $ | Brooklyn Heights | Middle Eastern

    Named for the founder's childhood home in Syria, this family-run bakery and market has been a mainstay of the neighborhood's Middle Eastern...Read More

  • 4. Ilili

    $$ | Flatiron District | Middle Eastern

    Famed Washington, D.C., restaurateur and chef Philippe Massoud brings his culinary talents to New York City with this bi-level 400-seat eatery...Read More

  • 5. Kabab Café

    $$ | Astoria | Middle Eastern

    Middle-Eastern restaurants are a dime a dozen in NYC, but Egyptian-Mediterranean spots are a rarer find, attracting celebrity chefs and TV...Read More

  • 6. Kulushkät

    $ | Park Slope | Middle Eastern

    At this excellent falafel joint, the falafel balls (classic, spicy, or with spinach and mushrooms) are fried to order and everything is made...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Mimi's Hummus

    $$ | Middle Eastern

    This bright, tiny café makes outstanding hummus; the masabache version (traditional hummus with lemon garlic dressing) and the mushroom version...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Qathra

    $ | Middle Eastern

    This homey café brews daily-changing coffee roasts (also sold by the bag) and serves a variety of tasty teas, but the real treats are the breakfast...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. Zizi Limona

    $$ | Middle Eastern

    This casual neighborhood bistro serves mouthwateringly good Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes, drawing inspiration from the cuisines of...Read More

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