Best New York City Restaurants

It can be intimidating for visitors to New York to decide where to dine. You want to avoid the really touristy stuff, but still find a place you can enjoy and afford. With so many world-class restaurants in a rainbow of cuisines, NYC has plenty to offer diners of all stripes. Here’s a list of our recommended restaurants in New York City, plus a few nearby attractions to help you get a feel for the city and its diverse food culture. Remember, it’s a good idea to call ahead or look online for reservations (if available) for all your dinner plans. Otherwise, arrive early or be prepared to wait.

For Families

Ditch Plains UWS
100 West 82nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Fresh seafood and creative “beach dining”

Nearby Attractions: The American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

NINJA New York
25 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013
Contemporary Japanese cuisine served in a recreated 18th century ninja village!

Nearby Attractions: 9/11 Memorial and Museum, TriBeCa, City Hall

For Foodies

The Eddy
342 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10003
Chic, coastal cuisine with a great wine list

Nearby Attractions: Washington Square Park, NYU, Gossip Girl Tour

Trois Canards
265 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Delicious, affordable French cuisine and wine

Nearby Attractions: Chelsea Art Galleries, the Museum of Sex, Food on Foot Tours

For Vegans & Vegetarians

Candle Café
(locations on the Upper West Side & Upper East Side)
Fresh, organic vegan cuisine with juice bar

Nearby Attractions: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park, Guggenheim Museum

Angelica Kitchen
300 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
Fresh farm-to-table ingredients with many gluten-free options

Nearby Attractions: East Village, Union Square, Empire State Building (a bit north)

Local Cuisine 

John’s of Bleecker Street
278 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
Traditional NY-style pizza in a historic location

Nearby Attractions: Hudson River Park, Ground Zero Museum Workshop, departure point for many neighborhood tours (like the Brooklyn Bridge tour)

Strip House Next Door
11 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
A top-rated steakhouse in NYC with reasonable prices

Nearby Attractions: Union Square, Flatiron District, West Village

Hidden Gems & Hot Spots 

Café Paulette
136 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Local French bistro and wine bar

Nearby Attractions: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Lilli and Loo
792 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Fun, affordable Asian cuisine and sushi bar

Nearby Attractions: Midtown, the Museum of Modern Art, Top of the Rock

Of course, you’ll be able to find several great restaurants in the Times Square area, so don’t feel like you have to wander out to the edges of Manhattan to find good food. These selections help you avoid some of the more touristy spots and introduce you to a variety of NYC cuisine. Some areas to explore for additional restaurant options include Greenwich Village, TriBeCa, the West Village, and NoMad. Be sure to read reviews before you go, and choose a spot near a subway station for easy transit (not a difficult task in NYC – there are subway stations everywhere).

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