• Chefs Club Visiting chefs from around the globe showcase outstanding recipes.
  • Modern Mouthwatering Michelin-starred morsels beside MoMA's sculpture garden.
  • RedFarm Savvy Sino-fusion dishes boast bold flavors, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  • Foragers Table A triumph of farm-to-table cooking with flavorful sustainable recipes in Chelsea.
  • Uncle Boons Michelin-starred Thai with good-time vibes and Asian-inspired cocktails.

By Budget: $

  • Chelsea Market Foods from around the world served up in a sprawling converted factory.
  • Burger Joint Scruffy graffiti-scrawled bar with juicy patties in a hidden Midtown locale.
  • Berg’n Foodie market with craft brews in Crown Heights.
  • Mamoun's Famous, spicy shawarma sandwiches at rock-bottom prices.
  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor Authentic 1920s dim sum joint with the look of an old-school American diner.

By Budget: $$

  • Upstate A seafood feast awaits in the East Village.
  • Ivan Ramen Sublime steaming bowls from a Long Islander by way of Tokyo.
  • Roberta's Hip Williamsburg pizza place with garden bar and weekend brunch.
  • Butcher's Daughter Beloved vegan cafe and bar with a West Coast vibe and plenty of meat-eating fans.

By Budget: $$$

  • Eleven Madison Park Arresting, cutting-edge cuisine laced with unexpected whimsy.
  • Blue Hill A West Village classic using ingredients sourced straight from the upstate farm.
  • Jeffrey’s Grocery Much-loved West Village neighborhood spot.
  • Agern Surprising Michelin-starred New Nordic food inside Grand Central Terminal.


  • Uncle Boons Zesty, Michelin-starred Thai with a generous serve of fun in Nolita.
  • Zenkichi Candlelit culinary temple of exquisite sushi in Williamsburg.
  • Drunken Munkey Well spiced Indian curries in a lively neighborhood bistro setting.
  • Totto Ramen Hotly touted as the best ramen in NYC; sit at the bar and watch roast pork get blow-torched.
  • Nom Wah Tea Parlor Dim sum and heaped plates of greasy noodles in a 1920s American diner.


  • Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria Be transported to the old country in this Nolita standout.
  • Rosemary’s A beautifully designed West Village spot with memorable cooking.
  • Roman’s Changing seasonal menu of Italian invention in Fort Greene.
  • Barbuto Serves creative modern Italian fare in a buzzing space in the Meatpacking District.
  • Tra Di Noi Red-checkered tables fill this New York Italian trattoria in the Arthur Ave area, the Bronx's Little Italy.


  • Nix Michelin-starred veg dishes in a modest West Village setting.
  • Butcher’s Daughter Inventive vegetarian menu in Nolita.
  • Hangawi Meat-free (and shoe-free) Korean restaurant in Koreatown.
  • Modern Love Comfort-food classics in East Williamsburg with outstanding vegan plates.
  • Two Boots Pizza Get your pizza fix with vegan and gluten-free options.


  • Estela Brilliant seasonal plates in a buzzing Nolita wine bar.
  • Rabbithole Excellent brunch plates served daily till 5pm at this Williamsburg gem.
  • Cookshop Great indoor-outdoor dining spot in west Chelsea.
  • Cafe Mogador An icon of the East Village brunch scene.
  • Big Daddy's Satisfying American diner food near Union Sq with breakfast burritos and, of course, fluffy pancakes.
  • Dutch Wholesome, New Yorker–sized plates with global influences and standout lox and scrambled-egg bagels.

Upscale Market Groceries


Old-School NYC

  • Barney Greengrass Perfect plates of smoked salmon and sturgeon for over 100 years in the Upper West Side.
  • Russ & Daughters A celebrated Jewish deli in the Lower East Side.
  • Zabar’s Upper West Side store selling gourmet, kosher foods since the 1930s.
  • Margon Unfussy, unchanged Cuban lunch counter in Midtown.
  • Di Fara Pizza First-rate pies served in a well-loved joint that's been around since the 1960s.

Best in Brooklyn

  • Roberta’s Modern pizzeria with trademark Williamsburg hipster flair.
  • Olmsted Seasonal food is inspired by goodies from the back garden at this Prospect Heights restaurant.
  • Zenkichi Private booths behind an unmarked door create a peaceful setting for Japanese delights.
  • Smorgasburg Gourmet food market with more than 100 vendors and no fixed abode.
  • Ample Hills Creamery Organic ice cream with unusual flavors like oatmeal and pretzel.