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. Ayada Thai

    $$ | Elmhurst | Thai

    There are plenty of great Thai restaurants in Elmhurst, but Ayada tops them all (in fact, it announced plans to open a branch in Manhattan's...Read More

  • 2. Brooklyn Roasting Company

    $ | DUMBO | Café

    Artfully disheveled staffers brew coffee from fair-trade and rain-forest alliance–certified beans, while local gallerists and start-up techies...Read More

  • 3. Charlie Bird

    $$$ | Greenwich Village | Italian

    Perpetually packed, Italian-leaning Charlie Bird is the brainchild of sommelier Robert Bohr, who was in charge of wine at vino-mad Cru, and...Read More

  • 4. Cosme

    $$$ | Flatiron District | Mexican

    When Enrique Olvera, chef at Pujol, arguably Mexico's best restaurant, announced he was coming north of the border, New York foodies went loco...Read More

  • 5. Dirt Candy

    $$ | Lower East Side | Vegetarian

    One of the best, most inspired vegetarian restaurants outside California, Dirt Candy shines thanks to chef Amanda Cohen, who knows how to coax...Read More

  • 6. Freemans

    $$$ | Lower East Side | American

    It was Freemans that brought taxidermy, ironic tchotchkes, and lodge-ish dishes like hunters stew, potted pork, and grilled trout to the restaurant...Read More

  • 7. Momofuku Noodle Bar

    $$ | East Village | Asian

    David Chang's first restaurant is still a strong crowd favorite. This riff on the Japanese ramen bar features haute ingredients like Berkshire...Read More

  • 8. Red Rooster Harlem

    $$$ | Harlem | American

    Marcus Samuelsson, who earned his celebrity chefdom at Aquavit in Midtown for his take on Ethiopian-accented Scandinavian cuisine (fusing the...Read More

  • 9. ABC Kitchen

    $$$ | Flatiron District | American

    Much more than a shopping break, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's popular restaurant, inside posh housewares emporium ABC Carpet and Home, is like...Read More

  • 10. Balthazar

    $$$ | SoHo | French

    Even with long waits and loud noise levels, most out-of-towners agree that it's worth the effort (make reservations) to experience restaurateur...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Carbone

    $$$$ | Greenwich Village | Italian

    It seems like Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi can do no wrong, and Carbone is a case in point. The achingly popular place not only sticks to...Read More

  • 14. Casa Mono

    $$ | Gramercy | Spanish

    Most of the delectable items on the menu at this sceney Iberian small-plates restaurant are made for sharing, but of particular note are all...Read More

  • 15. Dirty French

    $$$ | Lower East Side | French

    Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, the chefs who created a small empire of Italian American restaurants (Parm, Carbone, ZZ's Clam Bar) go Gallic...Read More

  • 16. Five Leaves

    $$ | Greenpoint | French

    Tattooed servers wait tables at this prime spot on the corner opposite McCarren Park where chefs take fanciful (and successful) liberties with...Read More

  • 17. La Esquina

    $$ | NoLIta | Mexican

    Anchoring a downtown corner under a bright neon sign, La Esquina looks like a fast-food taqueria, with cheap tacos sold for take-out, but it...Read More

  • 18. Lafayette Grand Cafe & Bakery

    $$$ | East Village | French

    Food-media-darling chef Andrew Carmellini (of Locanda Verde, Bar Primi, and the Dutch) goes Gallic here. There's no culinary trickery, just...Read More

  • 19. Locanda Verde

    $$$ | TriBeCa | Italian

    Run by one of Manhattan's top chefs, Andrew Carmellini, this is a consistently fine option for satisfying fare in the neighborhood. The Robert...Read More

  • 20. Lucky Strike

    $$ | SoHo | French

    Whether you're lucky enough to nab a table at this sceney SoHo bistro at 1 pm or 1 am, Lucky Strike always seems like the place to be. The French...Read More

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