Restaurants in New York
The streets of Astoria are lined with Greek restaurants, but none is more popular or renowned than Taverna Kyclades, which serves plates of some of the best grilled seafood you’ll eat this far from the Aegean.
Don’t be fooled by the unassuming painted-brick storefront: M. Wells Steakhouse might give off a casual vibe, but its food is seriously good.
Set in a pristine indoor shopping mall in Flushing, this food lovers' mecca serves over 100 different varieties of dumplings. Pork, vegetable, seafood, steamed, pan-fried: the epic menu is divided into several dumpling categories, and just reading it is an event in and of itself.
One of just a handful of restaurants in Queens to receive a Michelin star, Zabb Elee serves some of the city's best Isan Thai food, the bold, spicy cuisine of Northeastern Thailand.
It used to be that the smoky, pillowy cornmeal cakes made by "the arepa lady," were only available late at night on weekends, when the beloved vendor would bring her streetcart out to Jackson Heights' Roosevelt Avenue and start grilling.
Originally launched as a pop-up, Mu Ramen quickly became known as one of the best slurp shops in the city.
Every Sunday from May through October the entrance to Prospect Park at Grand Army Plaza is home to the Food Truck Rally, a gathering of food trucks whose offerings span from Lebanese fare and meat pies to grilled cheese and gourmet ice cream sandwiches.
At this charming neighborhood cafe, diners are treated to an eclectic mix of French-Senegalese fare, such as yassa guinar, a spicy, sweet-tart chicken stew made with caramelized onions and Scotch bonnet chiles, or duck leg confit served over a bed of green lentils.
Though it bills itself as a "vegetable-forward" restaurant, Semilla will please any food lover willing to cede control of the meal to the talented chef, an alum of both Per Se and Isa.
Restaurateur Andrew Tarlow opened this tiny bistro under the Williamsburg Bridge in 1999 and unwittingly set Brooklyn's farm-to-table renaissance in motion. The trailblazing restaurant in an old dining car still stays packed with people coming for the fresh, seasonal takes on diner staples.
With a prime spot on the corner of McCarren Park, this buzzy bistro is perfect for people-watching. It's got everything you expect in this neighborhood: tattooed servers dishing out kale salads and burgers with truffle fries.
It's easy to walk past this unmarked Japanese brasserie without noticing it, but go for dinner and you won't regret it. Inspired by Tokyo's discreet restaurants, diners sit at private booths meant to encourage guests to focus on the food and their company.
Chef Hooni Kim presides over this cozy Korean spot, serving small, medium, and large plates like spicy pork belly sliders and soy-poached black cod with daikon. Warning: waits at night can be long, so it's best to arrive early (dinner service starts at 5 p.m.).
With eight different vendors under one roof, this food hall has something for every palate. The best way to tackle it: Go with a group and sample bites from each spot (don't miss Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop), and make sure to save room for Ample Hills ice cream.
Jim Lahey ushered in a bread revolution when he opened Sullivan Street Bakery in 1994.