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. Le Bernardin

    $$$$ | Midtown West | Seafood

    Head into the serene, teak-panel dining room at this trendsetting French seafood restaurant, and let chef Eric Ripert work his magic with anything...Read More

  • 2. Marea

    $$$ | Midtown West | Seafood

    Large picture windows in the dining room look out to expansive views of Central Park South at this upscale, seafood-centric Italian eatery....Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Esca

    $$$ | Midtown West | Seafood

    The name is Italian for "bait," and this restaurant lures diners in with delectable crudo preparations—such as tilefish with orange and Sardinian...Read More

  • 5. Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

    $$$ | Midtown East | Seafood

    Deep in the belly of Grand Central Terminal, the vast, multiroom Oyster Bar has been a worthy seafood destination since 1913. Sit at the counter...Read More

  • 6. Littleneck

    $$ | Seafood

    Diners at this "upscale shack" feel like they've been transported to a beachside New England restaurant, where clams—the eponymous littlenecks...Read More

  • 7. Lure Fishbar

    $$$ | SoHo | Seafood

    Decorated like the clubby interior of a sleek luxury liner, Lure serves oceanic fare in multiple culinary styles. From the sushi bar, feast...Read More

  • 8. Mary's Fish Camp

    $$$ | West Village | Seafood

    Diners still line up down the street before the restaurant opens for dinner to get a table at this small but bustling seafood shack. The result...Read More

  • 9. Mermaid Oyster Bar

    $$ | Greenwich Village | Seafood

    If you're craving a great raw bar, lobster roll, or soft-shell crab sandwich (in season), Mermaid Oyster Bar gives nearby classics Mary's Fish...Read More

  • 10. Oceana

    $$$ | Midtown West | Seafood

    Entering this restaurant is like walking into the dressy stateroom of a modern luxury ocean liner, a perfect setting for some of the most vivid...Read More

  • 11. Pearl Oyster Bar

    $$$ | West Village | Seafood

    There have been many imitators and few real competitors to this West Village seafood institution. Since 1997, Rebecca Charles has been serving...Read More

  • 12. Bergen Hill

    $$ | Carroll Gardens | Seafood

    Seafood specialist Bergen Hill has earned a cult following among the neighborhood’s discerning diners (many of the city’s top food writers call...Read More

  • 13. Ditch Plains

    $$ | West Village | Seafood

    Named for a surf spot in Montauk, this laid-back neighborhood restaurant serves an eclectic bill of beachfront fare—from fish tacos, lobster...Read More

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