Restaurants in Manhattan

Not surprisingly, the roast duck is the signature dish at Peking Duck House in Chinatown, and little wonder. The preparation of Peking duck is notoriously laborious and complex, and this is one spot that does it well. The skin is rubbed with maltose and roasted in a hot oven.

Located in the heart of Little Italy, Cha Cha’s Café authentic Old World cuisine has been sampled by stars such as Danny De Vito, Tommy Lasorda, Leonard DiCaprio, and Michael Douglas.

Chef Iacopo Falai's brilliant trifecta of Italian eateries illuminates the culinary scene in SoHo. Although his main restaurant is temporarily closed, the cafe and bakery remain neighborhood favorites as they bring gourmet Italian fare to your power breakfast or lunch hour. The menu shines just a

Inspired by his childhood spent in a small Japanese fishing village, renowned chef Naomichi Yasuda trained for more than two decades in Tokyo and New York before opening this namesake sushi restaurant in midtown.

With a history going back to 1954, Second Avenue Deli in Murray Hill is a trademark New York restaurant serving up traditional, kosher Jewish cooking.

A famous grump and short-order cook, Kenny Shopshin is one of those only-in-New-York characters tolerated for his culinary skills. Formerly of Shopshin's Diner in the West Village, the infamous grouch now plies his wares in a bright, but cramped, corner of the Essex Street Market.

Tired of watching customers slathering soy sauce on his sushi, thereby destroying the delicate interplay of flavors, chef Masatoshi “Gari” Sugio came up with a novel concept of infusing his rolls with soy sauce during preparation—and that’s just the beginning.

Critics had their doubts that New Yorkers would go for a kaiseki restaurant, a highly ritualized form of traditional Japanese cuisine rooted in ancient Kyoto monasteries.

Founded in 1975, Joe’s Pizza is a Greenwich Village mainstay serving what is, arguably, the best pizza in New York City.

Styling itself as the "home of Cuban cuisine" in New York, Margon is a neighborhood favorite for its authentic fare and unpretentious atmosphere.

Decorated with a wall-hanging that reads, “Luscious tenderness and sweet compassion bring joy and contentment,” this bakery on the Upper West Side churns out fresh cream puffs every half-hour and fills them to order.

Named after former chef-owner Laurent Tourondel (BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel), this lively restaurant is Tourondel’s take on a modern American steakhouse.

The Hampton Chutney Co. in SoHo serves hot, crispy dosas and doughy uttapas, but it's the fresh, homemade chutneys that make this Indian fare stand out.

Even those not in the neighborhood don't mind the trek over to the East Village for the ultra-thin crust of Gruppo’s pies. A simple red awning with the restaurant’s name beckons those off Ave. B into the low-lit dining room with exposed brick walls and wooden tables, typical of a pizzeria.