New York City
Restaurants in New York City
New York’s status as a melting pot of diverse cultures makes its dining some of the best and most eclectic in the world, merging international cuisines into high and low food offerings guaranteed to satisfy all taste. There are a few things synonymous with New York City restaurants and dining: fat, doughy bagels, hot dogs and pretzels bought from roving food cards, giant slices of pizza with every conceivable toppings, creamy cheesecakes. But restaurants in New York City have moved far beyond these iconic foods, and many celebrity chefs cut their teeth on the Big Apple’s dining scene, reinventing classic dishes and bringing new ones to the scene with contemporary flair.
There’s a restaurant, and a perfect meal, for all palates: you can slurp ramen at Momofuku, feast on smoked meat sandwiches and Montreal-inspired poutine at Mile End Deli, order authentic (and affordable) Chinese food at Xi’an Famous Foods, lap up borscht at the Russian Tea Room, sample the freshest sushi at 15 East, dive into tacos and tapas at La Palapa, or just get a New York slice at the iconic and ubiquitous Ray’s Pizza. The possibilities at New York City restaurants are literally endless. And don’t forget to wash your meals down with a signature cocktail or craft beer at one of New York City’s many wine bars, cocktail lounges, and microbreweries.
When you want a meal consisting of comfort food like mom used to cook, head over to the Kitchenette Uptown in Morningside Heights. The diner has a cottage feel, with pink polka dot wainscoting, a black and white tiled floor, and tables made with salvaged doors.
Joining New York's trend for mobile gourmet food, this Belgian waffle house on wheels run by Thomas Degeest maintains four outlets throughout the city.
TV Chef Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich are better known for their true-to-form Italian restaurants, but their sole Spanish adventure, Casa Mono, had an immediate impact on the New York dining scene upon opening in 2004.
L’Artusi, the second venture from Gabriel Thompson and Joe Campanale (the duo behind popular West Village restaurant Dell’anima), is a stylish Greenwich Village eatery serving Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes.
"British-born Annie Wayte, one of New York's great unsung chefs, creates soulful soups and beautiful greenmarket salads at this whimsically rusticated café inside Nicole Farhi's Chelsea Market boutique.
This neighborhood bistro reflects the eclectic vibe of the Nolita neighborhood it calls home. The warm interior is accented by an unusual combination of white columns, sheer white curtains, cube-shaped chandeliers, and a mish-mash of wall hangings.
A modest exterior (the red awning is as flashy as it gets) makes it easy to look past this unique little McDougal Street eatery, which has had SoHo buzzing since its mid '90s debut. 12 Chairs is a welcome departure for diners seeking " a quick, casual something" that isn't pizza or burgers.
Mexico City—born chef Patricio Sandoval reinterprets traditional Mexican cuisine using local ingredients at this East Village taqueria.
When Harold Dieterle created spicy duck meatballs for Top Chef, he admittedly got "sort of spanked." Still, he dominated Season 1 and won the inaugural grand prize. And those same meatballs have become the most oft-demanded signature dish at his restaurant, Perilla.