Must-see restaurants in New York City

  • Boqueria Flatiron

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    A holy union between Spanish-style tapas and market-fresh fare, Boqueria woos the after-work crowd with a brilliant lineup of small plates and larger…

  • LOOK by Plant Love House

    New York City

    Snug and adorable, this Thai cafe serves incendiary noodle soups (num tok, enriched with pork blood, is a specialty), tangy som tum (spicy papaya salad)…

  • ATLA

    SoHo & Chinatown

    The Mexican dishes on ATLA's menu – enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, chilaquiles – might sound like standard fare, but here they've been elevated to fine…

  • Frankies 457 Spuntino

    New York City

    Frankies is a neighborhood magnet, attracting local couples, families and plenty of Manhattanites with hearty pasta dishes like cavatelli with hot sausage…

  • Dominique Ansel Bakery

    SoHo & Chinatown

    One of NYC's best and most well-known patisseries has more to offer than just cronuts (its world-famous doughnut-croissant hybrid), including buttery…

  • Baz Bagels

    SoHo & Chinatown

    A shamelessly flamboyant combo of pink, palm prints and Dolly and Barbra portraits, New York's campest diner keeps things fabulous with its hand-rolled,…

  • Lan Larb

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Food fiends flock to Lan Larb for cheap, flavor-packed Thai. It specializes in larb, a spicy, minced-meat salad from Thailand's northeast Isan region (try…

  • Karczma

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    There's no better way to soak up Greenpoint's Polish flavors than at this tavern-style restaurant. Slip into a booth, admire the rustic decor, and order…

  • La Slowteria

    New York City

    Colorful, flavor-packed tacos and punchy cocktails rimmed with chilli salt are a winning combination at La Slowteria, which has the bonus of a hidden back…

  • Minetta Tavern

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    Book in advance, or come early to snag a table on a weeknight, because Minetta Tavern is often packed to the rafters. The snug red-leather banquettes,…

  • Tacombi Fonda Nolita

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Festively strung lights, foldaway chairs and Mexican men flipping tacos in an old VW Kombi: if you can't make it to the Yucatan shore, here's your Plan B…

  • Little Skips

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    It's requires attention to detail to create a cafe this artfully haphazard. Little Skips is decked in art, all creaky wooden floors and mismatched seating…

  • Tacombi Café El Presidente

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Channeling the cafes of Mexico City, pink-and-green Tacombi covers numerous bases, from juice and liquor bar to taco joint. Score a table, order a…

  • Llama Inn

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Both a neighborhood corner bar that encourages lingering and mingling with locals, and a restaurant serving seriously interesting Peruvian food, the Llama…

  • Momo Sushi Shack

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    Three shared tables occupy this elegantly rough-hewn spot, where sushi is served with a spin (guacamole rolls, salmon bowls flecked with yuzu wasabi and…

  • Charlie Bird

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Tweeting away on SoHo's western fringe, skinny Charlie Bird is all about local produce, rustic Italian know-how and clever homespun twists. Mingle at the…

  • Chuko

    New York City

    This contemporary, minimalist ramen shop brings a top-notch noodle game to Prospect Heights. Steaming bowls of al dente ramen are paired with one of…

  • Rubirosa

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Rubirosa’s infallible family recipe for its whisper-thin pie crust lures a steady stream of patrons from all over the city. Shovel slices from the bar…

  • Butcher's Daughter

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    This wryly named vegetarian restaurant is supremely relaxing, with a light-flooded dining room and rejuvenating (often vegan-friendly) meals. Brunch fans…

  • Lovely Day

    SoHo & Chinatown

    With a look best described as doll-house-meets-hipster-diner, super-cute Lovely Day seems like an incongruous setting for cheap, Thai-influenced…

  • Café Gitane

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Clear the Gauloise smoke from your eyes and blink twice if you think you're in Paris: bistroesque Gitane has that kind of louche vibe. This is a classic…

  • Dutch

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Whether perched at the bar or dining snugly in the back room, you can always expect smart, farm-to-table comfort grub at this see-and-be-seen stalwart…

  • Nix

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    At this modest yet Michelin-starred restaurant, chefs John Fraser and Garrett Eagleton transform vegetables into beautifully executed dishes that delight…

  • Canal St Market

    SoHo & Chinatown

    In the borderlands where Chinatown morphs into SoHo, this food and retail market unavoidably turns heads. The warehouse-like dining area is a world tour…

  • Marlow & Sons

    Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint & Bushwick

    The dimly lit, wood-lined space feels like an old farmhouse cafe, and hosts a buzzing nighttime scene as diners and drinkers crowd in for oysters, tip-top…

  • Ruby's

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Almost always packed, this minute, cash-only cafe has all the bases covered: 'brekkie'-friendly avo toast (mashed avocado on ciabatta or eight-grain toast…

  • SkyIce

    New York City

    Just when you thought the outstanding Thai food was reason enough to visit – sirloin yellow curry, scorching but refreshing papaya salad, mouthwatering…

  • Brooklyn Crab

    New York City

    A casual, three-story eatery, where diners hunker over picnic tables to feast on steamed crabs, oysters, fried cod, peel-and-eat shrimp and other delights…

  • Calaca

    New York City

    The compact, cosy interior is all part of the experience as revelers crowd in for tasty tacos and tostadas (and cheap margaritas). The owners of this cash…

  • Bar Jamón

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    Around the corner from big brother Casa Mono lies Mario Batali’s fun, communal Bar Jamón. Sniff, swill and sip your way across Spain’s wine terroirs while…

  • Nick's Lobster House

    New York City

    This charming eatery is located right on the water in the Mill Basin neighborhood of Brooklyn. The menu is simple, Northeast-style seafood, but the shrimp…

  • Bagatelle

    West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

    At Bagatelle, elegant bentwood chairs, chandeliers, white linens and (ultimately) the bill conspire to give you the impression you're eating somewhere top…

  • Bistro Les Amis

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Lovely little spot with alfresco dining that has inexpensive prix-fixe options both for lunch and dinner. Inside it's a romantic wood and white-tablecloth…

  • M'O

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Little M'O gives tongues a solid workout with its dense, silky gelato. In addition to normal flavors, M'O offers dairy-free options, such as fresh mango…

  • Xi'an Famous Foods

    SoHo & Chinatown

    Food bloggers hyperventilate at the mere mention of this small chain's hand-pulled noodles. The burgers are also menu stars: tender lamb sautéed with…

  • Mad Sq Eats

    Union Square, Flatiron District & Gramercy

    A biannual, pop-up culinary market with stalls run by some of the city’s coolest eateries and hottest chefs. Bites span a range of street foods, from…

  • Screamer's Pizza

    New York City

    In a city of pizza lovers, it's hard to break the mold. But this buzzy, candy-colored joint has won a loyal following for its all-vegan slices, adorned…

  • Deluxe Green Bo

    SoHo & Chinatown

    It’s all about the food at this no-frills Chinese spot: gorgeous xiao long bao served in steaming drums, heaping portions of greasy noodles and gleaming…

  • Front of Mimi's Hummus in Ditmas Park.

    Mimi's Hummus

    New York City

    This sweet little shopfront restaurant is a Ditmas Park staple. The interior provides a simple but romantic setting to enjoy Mimi's famously creamy hummus…

  • Red Hook Lobster Pound

    New York City

    You may have seen its food truck vending lobster rolls across New York, so why not stop by the flagship restaurant? Nautical decor, with roughly…

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