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. 21 Greenpoint

    $$$ | Greenpoint

    Co-owned by Homer Murray (actor Bill Murray's son), this restaurant gained notoriety when it relaunched with a legendary event featuring the older Murray tending bar....Read More

  • 2. ABC Kitchen

    $$$ | Flatiron District

    Much more than a shopping break, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurant inside the posh housewares emporium ABC Carpet and Home is a love letter to greenmarket cuisine....Read More

  • 3. al di là Trattoria

    $$$ | Park Slope

    Roughly translated as "beyond," al di là has been consistently packed since it opened in 1998, and it's easy to understand why: it serves well-prepared...Read More

  • 4. Balthazar

    $$$ | SoHo

    Even with long waits and loud noise levels, most people agree that it's worth the effort (make reservations) to experience restaurateur Keith McNally's flagship, a...Read More

  • 5. Cafe Luxembourg

    $$$ | Upper West Side

    The old soul of the Lincoln Center neighborhood seems to inhabit the tiled and mirrored walls of this lively, cramped French bistro, where West End...Read More

  • 6. Charlie Bird

    $$$ | Greenwich Village

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

  • 7. Colonie

    $$$ | Brooklyn Heights

    The key to this perpetually popular restaurant's success lies in its use of ultra-fresh ingredients, sourced from local purveyors and presented with style in an...Read More

  • 8. Convivium Osteria

    $$$ | Park Slope

    The rustic Italian farmhouse decor, Mediterranean wines, and candlelight at this renowned neighborhood restaurant will transport you to another land even before you try the...Read More

  • 9. Cosme

    $$$ | Flatiron District

    When Enrique Olvera, the chef at Pujol, which many agree is Mexico's best restaurant, announced he was coming north of the border, New York foodies...Read More

  • 10. Crown Shy

    $$$ | Financial District

    Occupying a prime corner in the base of historic 70 Pine, Crown Shy draws even uptowners down to the Wall Street area for its creative...Read More

  • 11. Dame

    $$$ | Greenwich Village

    This British-leaning eatery began life as a pandemic-era pop-up mostly serving fish-and-chips. It didn't take long for the city's fooderati to figure out that oh-so-English...Read More

  • 12. Estela

    $$$ | NoLIta | Mediterranean

    Long before Mr. and Mrs. Obama ate dinner here in 2014, this second-floor restaurant with minimalist decor had been on the map for those who...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Harry's NYC

    $$$ | Financial District

    Its noise-dampening acoustics and maze of underground nooks combine to make Harry's Steak—the fine-dining half of the restaurant (Harry's Café is more casual, but the...Read More

  • 15. Jeju Noodle Bar

    $$$ | West Village | Korean

    Many restaurants have come and gone from this corner location, but it seems the lauded Korean spot, with its tall windows, wood tables, and...Read More

  • 16. La Devozione

    $$$ | Chelsea

    Brought to you by the pasta company Pastaficio di Martino from the renowned pasta-making town of Gragnano near Naples, Italy, La Devozione is: 1) a...Read More

  • 17. Legacy Records

    $$$ | Midtown West

    A nod to Midtown's famed, former Legacy Recording Studios, this chic eatery with a focus on the cuisine of northern Italy is well worth a...Read More

  • 18. Lido

    $$$ | Harlem

    When Harlem resident Susannah Koteen opened Lido in 2011, she became one of the pioneers of Restaurant Row, which blossomed along Frederick Douglass Boulevard. A...Read More

  • 19. Locanda Vini e Olli

    $$$

    Tucked behind a 150-year-old pharmacy facade on a quiet residential block, this convivial restaurant feels like a large family farmhouse in Tuscany. The menu skews...Read More

  • 20. Lucali

    $$$ | Carroll Gardens

    If you worship at the altar of Neapolitan pizza---thin-crust pies baked quickly in blistering brick ovens---Lucali is a worthy pilgrimage. Ordering is simple: there's one...Read More

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