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. Ayada Thai

    $$ | Elmhurst

    There are plenty of great Thai restaurants in Elmhurst, but this oft-packed spot tops them all (in fact, it's opened a branch in Manhattan's Chelsea...Read More

  • 2. Guan Fu

    $$$ | Flushing

    Flushing has plenty of casual sit-down spots and street-style hawker stands, but Guan Fu is on another level, presenting legitimately tongue-tingling, lip-burning Sichuan dishes in...Read More

  • 3. SriPraPhai

    $$ | Woodside

    A long-beloved, cash-only Thai option, SriPraPhai (pronounced "see-PRA-pie") has a huge main menu as well as an equally expansive one for vegetarians. Although it's hard...Read More

  • 4. Adda

    $$ | Long Island City

    It can seem like hubris to open a contemporary Indian restaurant in the same borough as Jackson Heights, but this place isn't aiming for quite...Read More

  • 5. Birria-Landia

    $ | Jackson Heights

    The truck that launched a foodie craze, Birria-Landia specializes in Mexican birria, a rich, tomato-y savory stew made with traditional goat or beef. Here, it's...Read More

  • 6. Bolivian Llama Party

    $$ | Woodside

    If not for the pandemic, the folks behind this young restaurant might still be slinging saltenas (like an empanada, but hand-braided and filled with a...Read More

  • 7. Cardamom

    $$ | Woodside

    Goan cuisine is the specialty at this bare-bones yet comfortable restaurant, and many of the dishes served here employ its namesake ingredient in both sweet...Read More

  • 8. Casa Enrique

    $$$ | Long Island City

    Come for the tacos, stay for the margaritas: that's what a lot of local Long Island City folks do at this popular Mexican standout. The...Read More

  • 9. Cuisine by Claudette

    $ | Rockaway Beach

    If you're looking to go beyond tacos or burgers, swing by this cute café, which has two locations on the peninsula. You'll find homemade baked...Read More

  • 10. Dawa's

    $$ | Woodside

    This quaint, plant-filled space is brighter and more stylish than your average dumpling-slinger in Queens. That makes sense when you look at the menu, which...Read More

  • 11. Dumpling Galaxy

    $ | Flushing

    Originally a tiny stall in an underground mall, Helen You's restaurant has expanded to become a banquet-size space with a colorful accompanying cookbook. The gargantuan...Read More

  • 12. Happy Lamb Hot Pot

    $$ | Flushing

    As diners have become more aware of regional Asian dishes, hot pot has come to play a large role in cuisines that are more like...Read More

  • 13. JACX&CO

    $$ | Long Island City

    New York has seen a proliferation of food halls in the past few years, but few are as sleek and modern as this LIC space....Read More

  • 14. Joe's Steam Rice Roll

    $ | Flushing

    Even among the overwhelming options in Flushing, this counter stall inside a mini-mall still feels new and unique. It’s namesake dish is cheong fun, a...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Kababish

    $ | Jackson Heights

    For freshly baked naan (Indian-style flatbread) and grilled kebabs, pop in to this wee Jackson Heights takeout-only eatery churning out authentic Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi...Read More

  • 17. Lemon Ice King of Corona

    $ | Corona

    If you're looking for an authentic Queens experience, there are few as true as eating an Italian ice from the Lemon Ice King of Corona...Read More

  • 18. M. Wells Steakhouse

    $$$$ | Long Island City

    From the team that made Long Island City a dining destination with M. Wells Dinette inside MoMA PS1 comes this mecca devoted to meat. Once...Read More

  • 19. Mariscos el Submarino

    $$ | Jackson Heights

    As if to defy those folks (mostly Los Angelenos) who claim New York City has no good Mexican food, the offerings in this neighborhood just...Read More

  • 20. Milkflower

    $$ | Astoria

    A hip, cozy place for pizza and small plates, all exposed brick and reclaimed wood and subway tiles, Milkflower certainly owes its popularity to Brooklyn...Read More

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