Must-see restaurants in New York City

  • ABC Kitchen

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Looking part gallery, part rustic farmhouse, sustainable, produce-focused ABC Kitchen is the culinary avatar of the chichi home-goods department store ABC…

  • Two Hands

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Named after the crime-com film starring Heath Ledger, Two Hands encapsulates Australia's relaxed, sophisticated cafe culture. Dream of Byron Bay over…

  • Inside Olea.

    Olea

    New York City

    Though it looks humble, the crowds arriving at this Mediterranean restaurant promise greatness and the exceptional tapas-style dishes deliver. Olea's day…

  • A classic hot dog from Nathan's Famous

    Nathan’s Famous

    New York City

    The hot dog was invented in Coney Island in 1867, which means that eating a frankfurter is practically obligatory here. The top choice: Nathan’s Famous,…

  • Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    On the main drag in Greenpoint, Peter Pan doesn't go in for gimmicks or fancy presentation, just soft doughnuts made from long-perfected recipes, and…

  • Five Leaves

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    An anchor of the Greenpoint scene, Five Leaves draws a mix of neighborhood regulars to outdoor tables and the vintage-filled interior. Stop by in the…

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    Shake Shack

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    The flagship of chef Danny Meyer’s gourmet burger chain (this is where it all started – in a hot-dog cart), Shake Shack whips up hyper-fresh burgers, hand…

  • A view of the main dining area of Pio Pio.

    Pio Pio

    Midtown

    This Peruvian restaurant is a favorite among New Yorkers for its delectable food, frothy pisco sours (try the Passionfruit!) and breathtaking ambience…

  • The exterior of Red Bamboo.

    Red Bamboo

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Cajun soy 'shrimp', jerk-marinated soy 'chicken', 'cheesecake' so rich you can barely finish? The soul- and Asian-food temptations Red Bamboo concocts…

  • Inside the Grey Dog.

    Grey Dog

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Whether you're looking to share a plate of cheese with your friends or indulge in a proper New York brunch, the Grey Dog won't disappoint. It does…

  • One of the logos outisde of Mamoun's.

    Mamoun's

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    This falafel and shawarma restaurant in lower Manhattan specializes in big, dripping platters and wraps that are served up quick and don't cost much. A…

  • Okonomi & Yuji Ramen

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    For breakfast without the eggy mainstays or a refreshing lunch, make a pilgrimage to this exquisite wood-lined eatery. By day it's Okonomi, serving only…

  • Butcher's Daughter

    SoHo & Chinatown

    The butcher's daughter certainly has rebelled, peddling nothing but fresh herbivorous fare in her whitewashed cafe. While healthy it is, boring it's not:…

  • Berg'n

    New York City

    From the team behind Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea, Berg'n is a large factory-feeling food hall with long wooden tables where you can feast on smoky…

  • Great Northern Food Hall

    Midtown

    Ensconced in the beautiful beaux-arts Vanderbilt Hall, this airy food hall has upped the ante for food in New York's grandest station terminal. Pull up a…

  • Champs Diner

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    The classic diner experience receives a plant-based makeover at Champs. The menu is packed with all-American classics like Philly cheese steaks, Nashville…

  • Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

    Midtown

    This buzzing bar and restaurant within Grand Central is hugely atmospheric, with a vaulted tiled ceiling by Catalan-born engineer Rafael Guastavino…

  • Rabbithole

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    The rustic warmth of Rabbithole's dining room (rough-hewn tables, brick walls, a tailor's dummy and other eclectica) is matched by its kitchen (they cook…

  • Cafe Lalo

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    The vintage French posters and marble-topped tables make this longtime Upper West Side date spot feel like a Parisian cafe. But really – you're here for…

  • Rosemary's

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    One of the West Village's hottest restaurants, Rosemary's serves high-end Italian fare that lives up to the hype. In a vaguely farmhouse-like setting,…

  • Burger Joint

    Midtown

    With only a small neon burger as your clue, this speakeasy-style burger hut lurks behind the lobby curtain in the Parker New York hotel. Though it might…

  • Eataly

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Mario Batali’s sprawling temple to Italian gastronomy is a veritable wonderland. Feast on everything from vibrant crudo (raw fish) and fritto misto …

  • Spotted Pig

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    This James Beard–award-winning gastropub is a favorite with Villagers, restaurant and bar industry types, as well as celebrities like Kanye West. The…

  • Desnuda

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Slurp briny oysters, sweet clams, tangy ceviches, well-matched wines and herbaceous cocktails at this charming bar and cevicheria, an outpost of the East…

  • Gelso & Grand

    SoHo & Chinatown

    'Gelso' means mulberry in Italian – a reference to this historic intersection in Little Italy. Except here the red-checkered tablecloths have been…

  • Fournos Theophilos

    Midtown

    Named in honor of a poor Greek painter who was paid for his art in food, Fournos Theophilos is a scrumptious archive of Greek food heritage in an area of…

  • Chumley's

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Occupying the site of a legendary 1922 West Village speakeasy, Chumley's maintains its historic air while upgrading everything else. The ambitious…

  • Agern

    Midtown

    Showing off the sleek design principles and seasonal, creative flair you'd expect from an architect of Denmark's New Nordic food revolution, Claus Meyer's…

  • El Parador Cafe

    Midtown

    The oldest Mexican restaurant in New York City, this east-side stalwart has been serving up old-school charm since 1959, from the rustic metal lanterns…

  • Catfish

    New York City

    Catfish serves Cajun cuisine with flair, in an atmosphere that is sheer fun. Rich, garlicky shrimp 'n' grits join jambalaya (veg, spicy rice and andouille…

  • Milk & Honey

    New York City

    Floor-to-ceiling windows flood this popular oasis with light. The menu features numerous brunch-style sandwiches and egg dishes, from comforting pastrami…

  • Cookshop

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    A brilliant brunching pit stop before (or after) tackling the verdant High Line across the street, Cookshop is a lively place that knows its niche and…

  • Jin Ramen

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    This buzzing little joint off Amsterdam Ave serves delectable bowls of piping hot ramen. Tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen is a favorite, though vegetarians…

  • Ample Hills Creamery

    New York City

    Though Ample Hills' Red Hook location now churns the ice cream, this scoop shop serves the small chain's magnificently creative flavors – honeycomb,…

  • Sushi Nakazawa

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    The price is high, but the quality is phenomenal at this tiny sushi spot that opened to much acclaim in 2013. There are no cooked dishes and little in the…

  • Sparks

    Midtown

    Get an honest-to-goodness New York steakhouse experience at this classic joint, a former mob hangout that’s been around for nearly 50 years and still…

  • Big Daddy's

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Giant, fluffy omelettes, hearty burgers and heaps of tater tots (regular or sweet potato) have made Big Daddy's a top choice for both breakfast and late…

  • Gramercy Tavern

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Seasonal, local ingredients drive this perennial favorite, a vibrant, country-chic institution aglow with copper sconces, murals and dramatic floral…

  • Jacob's Pickles

    Upper West Side & Central Park

    Jacob's elevates the humble pickle to exalted status at this dark, loud and boisterous good-time eatery. Aside from briny cukes and other preserves, you…

  • Paulie Gee's

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Greenpoint's best pizza place has a cozy cabin-in-the-woods vibe, with flickering candles and old-school soundtrack. Diners huddle over creatively topped…

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