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.

Sure, Danny Meyer has his multi-award-winning fine-dining establishments, but his fans' most unabashed adoration has been reserved for his contemporary, urban rendition of the roadside pit stop. Shake Shack is an ode to two of his most beloved St.

Pretty young things flirt by the light of flickering votives in this fabulously romantic brick-walled space that evokes a 1920's speakeasy half-hidden on a forlorn stretch of the Lower East Side.

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With an 80,000-bottle cellar especially rich in Burgundies and Barolos, this clubby brown-on-beige oenophile’s haunt is where wine barons uncork 1937 Romane Conti and the city’s top sommeliers trade grape gossip after work in the bar.

“Who loves you?” sings Frankie Valli in the legendary Little Owl restaurant in Greenwich Village. The answer is Rosie Bova’s three grandsons—Lou, Joey, and Mikey. Together, they’ve earned wild success, with lines out the door just a few weeks after opening.

At Michael Ferraro’s Soho restaurant Delicatessen, comfort food is the house specialty.

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

Part restaurant, part lounge, and part event space, Taj II serves American-Indian fusion cuisine in a stylish, two-story building located in the Flatiron district.

Since 1914, four different generations of the Russ family have owned this gourmet shop on Houston Street in the Lower East Side.

Although located in Chelsea, this Parisian style patisserie has a long glass case filled with sweets ranging from fruit tarts to fluffy almond meringue to triple chocolate mousse cake.

Bright green, Caribbean turquoise, and sunshine-like yellow cover the walls of this colorful, Brazilian and South American Bistro in the East Village. Roman shades let in plenty of natural light in the main dining area, but most patrons prefer sidewalk seating during the warmer months.

Freemans in the lower East Side is easy to miss, as it's tucked at the end of a cobblestone alley with only small hanging lights to guide you.

Located in the Upper West Side and, more importantly, on the top floor of the Museum of Arts and Design, Robert (named for famed party planner Robert Isabell) is predictably posh and trendy.