Restaurants in New York City
New York City is famous for its roadside vendors selling all American wholesome goodness such as hotdogs, corndogs, bagels and donuts, but it is an international affair when dining out. Every kind of cuisine is on offer and it would take a lifetime to sample them all. With more than eight thousand restaurants to choose from, it is difficult to know where to begin.
Head on down to Chinatown for a myriad of options including restaurants serving Cantonese, Sichuan, and Shanghai cuisine. There are also a few Chinese restaurants where dim sum is available throughout the day. Times Square is a popular destination, but the area is plagued with mediocre chain restaurants. There are however wonderful eateries to be found beyond the tourist traps. New York's steakhouses offer a variety of delicious steak options from porterhouse steak to New York strip steak.
Everything is big in the United States and the pizzas and pizza pies are no different. With plenty of fantastic pizza and Italian restaurants around the city, it's a pizza lover's paradise. Many small pizzerias sell the iconic New York-style pizza at only $1 for a gigantic slice. Ukrainian, Indian and Japanese cuisine can be found in the East Village, while Harlem is synonymous with African and Soul food. Queens offers the most variety with Greek, Irish, Latin American, Russian, Indian and Kosher fare to tantalise the taste buds.
This aptly named restaurant, with gorgeous patio seating, produces wonderful home-style cooking and is a favourite with locals. The cuisine takes comfort food to an entirely new level, while steak, pork chops, quail and seafood preparations excel. Signature dishes include a rich, creamy blue cheese fondue and the wine list gathers a number of bottles from Long Island vineyards. Open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday, lunch Monday to Friday, and dinner nightly.
Address: 20 Cornelia Street, between Bleecker and West 4th Street
Telephone: (212) 243 9579
Located in Tribeca's Washington Market area, Tribeca Grill radiates excitement and energy. Co-owned by Robert DeNiro, 'The Grill' is a classic New York social venue. It is a massive restaurant with high ceilings and exposed brick walls - not the place for a romantic dinner, but great for celebrity spotting. The menu includes enticing grilled and sautéed selections with cross-cultural creative influences of many different cuisines. Favourites on the menu include short ribs braised in red wine, the grilled duck and the pan-roasted cod. Open for dinner nightly, lunch during the week and brunch on Sundays.
Address: 375 Greenwich Street
Telephone: (212) 941 3900
Le Bernardin, New York's internationally acclaimed seafood restaurant, opened in New York in 1986 and in no time became a four-star restaurant that is renowned for setting standards in the cooking of seafood in America. The sliced conch in a Peruvian marinade is delicious, and the crispy black bass with Masala spice is also very good. Open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays. Reservations are essential.
Address: 155 West 51st Street (Midtown West)
Telephone: (212) 554 1515
This attractive Wall Street landmark first opened its doors in the 1830s as the first restaurant in America and has an impressive history, even providing the setting for Mark Twain's birthday party. Serving up delicious steaks in a leather and mahogany setting, it attracts a loyal crowd of businessmen, who feel at home sitting at the low-key bar. Signature dishes include the 'Delmonico Steak' and 'Lobster Newberg'. Reservations recommended, open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner.
Address: 56 Beaver Street, near Wall Street
Telephone: (212) 509 1144
Since its 1997 opening, this SoHo bistro has retained its buzz and irresistible allure. It exudes the look and atmosphere of an aged Parisian brassiere with pastel colours, oversized mirrors and powdery homemade bread. Nightly specials are based on classic French dishes, such as duck confit with wild mushrooms. Open for breakfast and dinner all week, lunch Monday to Friday and brunch on weekends. Reservations recommended.
Address: 80 Spring St, SoHo
Telephone: (212) 965 1414
This iconic Union Square eatery's spacious, rustic-looking interior includes a casual street-facing tavern, a lively bar and a series of formal dining areas. The dining room menu offers inventive American cuisine such as lobster salad, and venison with onion marmalade, while the tavern is good for seafood chowder or pork sandwiches. The tavern is open for lunch and dinner daily, and the dining room is open for lunch Monday to Friday and dinner all week. Reservations recommended.
Address: 42 East 20th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue)
Telephone: (212) 477 0777
Nobu New York
Nobu opened in 1995 bringing innovative 'new style Japanese cooking' to New York City. The restaurant is a visual and culinary delight - tall birch tree columns rise into the ceiling, which is painted copper with patches of open brickwork showing through, giving the effect of a Zen mountain retreat. Nobu's new style Japanese cuisine weds South American sensibility with Japanese traditions. Try the mussels with the signature Nobu salsa, or the yellowtail with jalapeño. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and all week for dinner, reservations essential.
Address: 105 Hudson Street (Tribeca)
Telephone: (212) 219 0500
One of the city's best venues for classical French fare, this restaurant has been restored to its original 1920s Renaissance splendour. Using the freshest ingredients, seasonal masterpieces include squab with swiss chard barbajuan, radish and artichoke barigoule. Leave room for the huckleberry sorbet... Jacket and tie are required for gentlemen. Open for dinner Monday to Saturday, closed on Sundays. Reservations recommended.
Address: 60 East 65th Street (between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue)
Telephone: (212) 288 0033
With each season, this innovative restaurant changes its décor and menu to suit the changing temperatures and sensations of spring, summer, autumn and winter. Fresh summer greenery gives way to winter white with silver accents, while menus change from fresh lobster salad and fried chicken to filet mignon or grilled veal chops. Desserts include seasonal fruit with homemade ice-creams or sorbets, and warm chocolate cake. Open daily for lunch and dinner, with brunch served on weekends. Reservations recommended.
Address: 100 East 63rd Street at Park Ave
Telephone: (212) 644 1900
For a thick cut of New York steak, one of the best places to go is Keen's Steakhouse. The buzzing dining room has an old-fashioned charm with classic elegance, and though it can be loud, there's always a great atmosphere. Don't expect vegetarian options on this menu, as it focuses on meat and seafood. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 72 West 36th Street
Telephone: (212) 947-3636
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Chef David Chang has created a highly sought-after and authentic venue, serving small-plate cuisine with a menu that changes constantly. The food bar's specialty is Asian food, and dishes vary from grilled branzini and ssäm (steamed buns with meat fillings) to poached Mayan prawns or caraquet oysters. Open daily for lunch and dinner, no reservations are taken.
Address: 207 Second Avenue
Telephone: (212) 254 3500
Acme Bar & Grill
With its exposed brick interior, the world's largest collection of hot sauce and catfish and hickory chips delivered fresh from Mississippi, Acme Bar & Grill is as far south you have to go to enjoy the cuisine of the Deep South. Creole delights, such as Louisiana seafood gumbo, Creole jambalaya and 'Catfish Po-Boys' (a traditional submarine sandwich originating from Louisiana) are in abundance - the mashed potato is famous! Open daily for lunch and dinner, and brunch on weekends.
Address: 9 Great Jones Street
Telephone: (212) 203 2121
When you're eating on the run in New York City, there's nothing like a big chewy bagel to sink your teeth into. One of the most popular bagel shops in town is Ess-a-Bagel, which serves fresh-boiled bagels with nearly any filling you can think of... far beyond the usual 'lox and schmear' (salmon and cream cheese. They even have a selection of tofu bagels for vegetarians. You can grab one on the go, or sit inside and relax. Great for breakfast and lunch, or a cheap dinner in New York.
Address: 359 1st Avenue
Telephone: (212) 260-2252
Sometimes in life, and frequently in New York, it is essential to eat a truly great burger. Satisfy this urge in the most complete and delicious way possible at Paul's Place, an East Village classic famous for its huge variety of perfectly prepared burgers. The decor is wonderfully kitsch, and the joint is staffed by eccentrics and wacky waiters. As one customer described Paul's Place, 'It's vintage New York!'. Open daily from 11am till late.
Address: 131 2nd Ave
Telephone: (212) 529 3033
John’s Pizzeria in Bleeker Street
New York-style pizza is world-famous for being thin, crispy, and humongous! John's Pizzeria is consistently rated the top in New York City, and their coal-fired brick-oven pizzas are sure to fill your stomach. They don't take reservations, so you can expect to wait at peak times. A real slice of New York!
Address: 278 Bleecker Street,
Telephone: (212) 243-1680
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