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. 2nd Ave Deli

    $$ | Upper East Side

    The second generation operating this legendary, traditional kosher Jewish deli moved its enormous corned beef and pastrami sandwiches and buckets of pickles uptown from the...Read More

  • 2. Aita

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    Don't let the unassuming air at this intimate restaurant on a leafy, largely residential block fool you: there is some serious cooking going on here....Read More

  • 3. Aurora

    $$

    Handmade pastas, exceptional antipasti, and wonderful brunch have earned homey Aurora a loyal following. Most ingredients are locally sourced, though the mozzarella and burrata hail...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Barboncino

    $$ | Crown Heights

    Settle in with the after-work crowd, and you'll feel like a Crown Heights local at this beloved neighborhood pizza parlor. Here, friends meet for specialties...Read More

  • 6. Barney Greengrass

    $$ | Upper West Side

    Since 1908, this local landmark has been known for brusque waiters serving stellar platters of smoked salmon, sturgeon, whitefish, and pickled herring to a happy...Read More

  • 7. Cafe Mogador

    $$ | East Village

    This East Village dining institution, which has been serving standout Moroccan cuisine in a date-friendly, candlelit atmosphere since 1983, still draws crowds for dinner, lunch,...Read More

  • 8. Café Sabarsky

    $$ | Upper East Side

    In the Neue Galerie, this stately coffeehouse—open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—offers a Viennese café experience, with art deco furnishings; a selection of daily newspapers;...Read More

  • 9. Casa Mono

    $$ | Gramercy

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

  • 10. Chama Mama

    $$ | Chelsea

    The food of the Republic of Georgia is one of the best and under-represented cuisines of the world. Most of the excellent Georgian restaurants in...Read More

  • 11. Chavela’s

    $$ | Crown Heights | Mexican

    Open Chavela’s wrought-iron doors and you’ll find a boisterous Mexican restaurant with a colorfully tiled bar, where diners order margaritas...Read More

  • 12. Clinton St. Baking Co.

    $$ | Lower East Side

    At this casual retro-diner restaurant, weekend brunch brings a line down the street for what many believe to be the best blueberry pancakes in the...Read More

  • 13. Di Fara Pizza

    $$

    Brooklyn legend Domenico De Marco has been handcrafting pizzas with top-quality ingredients in this Midwood storefront since 1965, and even the locals wait upward of...Read More

  • 14. Diner

    $$ | Williamsburg

    The word "diner" might evoke a greasy spoon, but this trendsetting restaurant under the Williamsburg Bridge is nothing of the sort. Andrew Tarlow—the godfather of...Read More

  • 15. Edith's

    $$ | Williamsburg

    Started as a pop-up in the early days of the pandemic and named after the founder's great-aunt, the original Edith's baked out of Paulie Gee's...Read More

  • 16. Emily

    $$ | West Village

    The specialties at this beloved Brooklyn pizzeria and Italian-ish eatery, named for its proprietor and situated on a charming block, range from Detroit-style grandma pies...Read More

  • 17. Fiaschetteria Pistoia

    $$ | West Village

    Not all the grappa in this charming, diminutive Italian restaurant will help you pronounce its name, but you won't care once you tuck into the...Read More

  • 18. Fornino

    $$

    The chefs here consider pizza-making both art and science, and their wood-fired creations prove just how deftly they balance the equation. The funghi misti—a white...Read More

  • 19. Glady’s

    $$ | Crown Heights | Caribbean

    Paying homage to the area’s Caribbean roots, Glady's is a cool tropical place with hanging plants, a funky sound track, and chalkboard menus...Read More

  • 20. Glasserie

    $$ | Greenpoint

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

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