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.

Located across the East River from Manhattan, this Mexican restaurant is known for its rooftop terrace with views of the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s Island, and the Manhattan skyline.

Nearly a decade old, this East Village restaurant is the brainchild of Brian Shebairo and Chris Antista (whose first name sounds like "Crif" when pronounced with a smoked, deep-fried, beef-and-pork wiener in one's mouth—which is how the true Crif dog comes).

Umberto Assante founded Da Umberto in 1987, and the restaurant is now run by his son Vittorio Assante, who is committed to maintain his father’s legacy, combining “tradition with innovation.” At Da Umberto, you’ll be served authentic Italian food like raviolaci, pasta stuffed with mushrooms and t

"It's a temple of chicken in midtown Manhattan, the real deal and a long-time chefs' favorite. Head up the stairs and give them your name and telephone number-then have a drink next door at the karaoke joint until they call you.

You may have heard of architect Richard Meier’s West Village glass apartment towers, renowned for their famous residents, sleek design, and views of the Hudson. Now you can eat in one, at celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Perry Street restaurant.

Customers stuck in the long line that often forms outside this Park Slope diner need not worry: staff keeps patient patrons happy with free coffee, orange slices, sausages, and cookies.

Fans of Law & Order will recognize the squat brick building and neon-yellow sign of Hector's Cafe and Diner in the Meatpacking District.

So hefty it comes in a 5-inch-thick binder, the wine list at this modern restaurant in the Flatiron Building is among the biggest in the city.

Owned by a family of Greek food importers, Thalassa in Tribeca predictably offers high quality Greek cuisine, from fresh seafood to an impressive list of Greek wines. Next to the curved bar of Thasosian marble is the ice case of the daily seafood selections, such as the sea bream and rouget.

This small Flatiron trattoria is one of just two New York pizzerias serving authentic Neapolitan pies certified by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza Association).

What began as a speakeasy in Midtown during Prohibition has become one of the most historically significant dining destinations in the country. The three restaurants and ten private rooms serving fine American cuisine have seated every president from Eisenhower to Bush Jr.

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