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Food and drink

Best New York restaurants


From up-market brunch to midnight snacks from a street vendor, check out our rundown of the best places to eat in New York.

New York’s dining scene is like no other in the world. With new influences regularly rolling in from across the globe, this multicultural city is a foodie’s heaven.

Whether you’re staying for two nights or two weeks, indulge in a world filled with bagels, pastrami, pizza, cheesecake, hot dogs and much more! Because who’s counting calories on a trip to NYC? Not us!

No matter what you’re craving, here are the best restaurants in New York to try. Warning: reading this will make you very hungry. Dig in!

Best for breakfast: Bubby’s

Known to many as the most important meal of the day, breakfast in New York is certainly taken seriously. So much so that it’s generally available all day long! Bubby’s prides itself on sticking to traditions and plating up some of America’s tastiest and most authentic dishes.

Serving simple, fresh comfort food since 1990, this eatery’s menu is too good to resist. Their world-famous fried chicken buttermilk pancakes are a massive hit with customers or if you can’t decide, opt for a pancake flight and try a bit of everything!

Best for Italian: Patsy’s Italian Restaurant

If it’s traditional Italian dishes you’re after, served in a family-run, home-from-home atmosphere, then Patsy’s is the place for you. This legendary New York restaurant has been passed through three generations of the Scognamillo family, with one of the sons starting out at the establishment at just seven years old! It’s also known to have been Frank Sinatra’s favourite place to eat out in the Big Apple.

Today, it’s famed for its rich pasta dishes, succulent meats and hearty portion sizes. Signature dishes include veal chops, lobster oreganata, and chicken Contadina. If you can squeeze in a dessert, the cannoli cream cake is not to be missed!

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Best for fine dining: Daniel

A handful of New York’s restaurants offer some of the best fine dining options in the world, so splashing out on a high-class meal is so worth it. Manhattan’s Daniel offers five-star food and impeccable service. World-renowned chef, Daniel Boulud, showcases the best in French cuisine alongside perfectly-matched wine. This two-star Michelin rated restaurant is certainly the spot to celebrate a birthday or special occasion.

Why not indulge in the seven-course tasting menu and sample a little bit of everything? The wagyu beef and grilled salmon are both firm favourites.

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Best deli: Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessen is a famed New York restaurant that attracts sandwich lovers from all over the world. Made famous in the Meg Ryan classic When Harry Met Sally, this busy old-school diner is loved for its corned beef hot sandwiches and pastrami hot sandwiches.

As you munch down your meal, check out the memorabilia and celebrity photos hung on the wall and see which famous faces have dined here before you!

Best steakhouse: Gallaghers

Ideally located near Times Square and Broadway, Gallaghers has been popular with celebrities, sports stars and generations of New York families since 1927. The eatery is one of the city’s last remaining restaurants to grill steak over hickory coal, so it’s no wonder it’s a favourite with meat-lovers. Choose your favourite cut of meat and pick the perfect sides, which range from creamed spinach to French fries.

A renowned watering hole in the area, Gallaghers’ legendary bar provides the perfect setting for a classic martini. Keep your eyes peeled for Hollywood actors dining here!

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Best for seafood: Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar

Oysters are a staple of this city and Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar is one of the best restaurants in NYC to slurp them down. You’ll find this seafood spot within the wonderful walls of the Chelsea Market. Best paired with white wine or an ice-cold glass of prosecco, their fresh seafood dishes are heavenly.

Don’t miss out on happy hour from Monday to Friday, 4-6pm. You can enjoy great-value meals and amazing drinks deals, including chowder disco fries and Maine lobster sliders.

Best diner: Ellen’s Stardust Diner

New York’s restaurants don’t get livelier than this! Alongside some of the best traditional diner food that the Big Apple has to offer, Ellen’s Stardust Diner is also equipped with singing waitstaff that are upcoming stars in the world of Broadway. Fancy a singalong from the world of musicals as you enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich? Now’s your chance. It’s a little-known fact that the waiters sometimes take requests, so don’t hesitate to ask!

The menu features everything from American breakfasts and indulgent pancake stacks to mac and cheese and giant milkshakes. Ellen’s really does have it all!

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Best for pizza: Lombardi’s

In NYC, there’s nothing like a big pizza pie – that’s amore, right? Arguably different to its Italian counterpart, New York-style pizza is thick-crusted and crisp. Fancy a slice? Head to Lombardi’s.

Founded in 1905 in Manhattan’s Little Italy, it was America’s first pizzeria and has continued to wow customers with its original margherita ever since. The walls are filled with fascinating memorabilia, so if you can tear yourself away from scouring the delicious menu, they’re definitely worth a look!

Best for veggies: Candle 79

Eating at meat-free restaurants doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the flair and flavour of New York’s famous cuisine. Candle 79 on East 79th Street, offers an impressive range of veggie, vegan and gluten-free options.

Popular dishes include tofu dumplings, zucchini enchiladas and coconut pad Thai. The restaurant’s list of eco cocktails and delectable desserts is just as impressive!

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Best for Asian: OBAO Noodles & BBQ

If Pan-Asian food’s your thing, OBAO Noodles & BBQ offer some of the best on the market. With three locations across the city, it’s easy for you to get your fusion food fix. From traditional pad Thai to Vietnamese pho, the restaurant’s exquisite dishes are made from the freshest ingredients.

The outlet in Hell’s Kitchen is laced with ultra-modern décor, including a ceiling covered with golden Thai bells and lanterns. It’s a great option if you want to try something new!

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Posted: 3rd Jan 2019.

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