New York is a melting pot of incredible things to do and cool areas to explore. That being said, with so many places to go, it can be difficult to narrow down a list of the best restaurants in New York when you’re exploring the city.
That being said, with thousands of the best restaurants in New York, it can be hard to whittle down the exact place to grab a bite.
This is especially true once hunger strikes and you’re anything like me and get totally angry! 😉
With that in mind, take a look at some of the best restaurants in New York City that I hope you’ll love. Some are fancy, others are more ‘no-frills’ but all serve the tastiest dishes in all of the Big Apple.
Okay, Bubby’s (for me at least) is an institution when it comes to getting brunch in New York. Whenever we go, we always try and grab a table for one of their brunch or lunches that are so tasty (and massive, too).
With two locations in New York, it’s pretty easy to rock up and get a table (though, it’s always busy). That being said, make sure to reserve a spot online if you’re visiting at weekends or around peak times. After all, there’s no need for any unnecessary waiting around.
Once here, make sure to try their pancakes (which will leave you stuffed). Plus, they have a spiked lemonade that is great for a weekend tipple.
Bubby’s is less of a fancy spot and much cooler! That being said, it’s easily one of the best restaurants in New York to visit after you arrive if you’re hankering for brunch.
Perched on Harrison Street, Jungsik is one of the best restaurants in New York for Korean-fusion dishes. The whole team create an amazing variety of dishes to try, with some looking like fine art in the process.
For me, their wagyu beef broth is so tasty and they also have sea urchin with kimchi, too. Just make sure to book a table as this spot fills up fast in the city.
One thing to note, prices here can be a little higher than some of the other best restaurants in New York. Though, it’s totally worth it for a little treat.
3.) City Vineyard
Perched within Hudson River Park, City Vineyard is one of the best restaurants in New York for an early evening dinner in the city.
Not only do you get some gorgeous sunsets from City Vineyard; they also serve up some tasty dishes too. Make sure to try their Seafood Paella (serves two) if you’re feeling hungry, or head for some charcuterie and cheese.
Oh, and don’t forget the huge amount of award-winning wines that they serve here. It’s a great spot for a tipple (or two).
4.) Chelsea Market
Nestled in Lower Manhattan, Chelsea Market isn’t just a place for independent shops; it’s also a great place to grab a light lunch from one of the countless foodie stalls here.
Once inside, you’ll have a heap of the tastiest, freshly made, stalls that conjure up everything from the ceviche to doughnuts. Honestly, you’ll leave stuffed.
It really is one of the best restaurants in New York that’s actually more of a market place to pick and choose what you’d like most.
5.) Taiyaki NYC
Taiyaki NYC has become something of the spot to visit for a tasty dessert whilst in New York. Yes, it’s less of a restaurant (in the traditional sense) but it’s well worth a visit.
Once you arrive, you’ll be quickly in the midst of ordering and have a fresh dessert in a matter of seconds. Honestly, this place is fast for service and most of the treats cost less than $10, too.
Honestly, it’s one of the best restaurants in New York if you fancy a sweet treat and you don’t want it to cost the earth.
6.) The Butcher’s Daughter
So, the Butcher’s Daughter might not seem to fancy, but this cafe and lunch spot is easily one of the best restaurants in New York to visit whilst in the West Village or Williamsburg.
Prices might be a little more than some other spots for casual lunch in New York but it’s well worth it. Their angel hair carbonara and burrata and pears is so good on a sunny day.
7.) Upland Park
In early 2015 Upland opened on Park Avenue South, nearby to Madison Square Park and is easily one of the best restaurants in New York to visit if you’re in Manhattan.
Once here, make sure to try their Montauk fluke ceviche (which is so zingy) or try their pappardelle pasta if you’re feeling extra peckish.
8.) Rainbow Room
New York City’s iconic Rainbow Room, the historic NYC landmark, restaurant and event space atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza within the Rockefeller Center.
Originally opened in 1934, the Rainbow Room is one of the best restaurants in New York that’s got a terrace 65 floors up. Once here, make sure to try their lobster bratwurst, it’s delicious.
Now, you probably won’t find many local New Yorker’s in the Rainbow Room but it’s still a great place that has a long heritage in the city.
9.) Gansevoort Market
Among the City’s newest food halls, Gansevoort Market has a heap of dishes from local vendors that create a tasty treat to enjoy in New York.
Now, the market, located at the southern tip of the High Line, has everything from organic juices, imported coffee, fresh produce and meat, as well as vegan options.
Anything you could ever imagine.
It really is one of the best restaurants in New York to visit if you want a more market-like approach for lunch in the city.
10.) Katz Deli
Perched within the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Katz Deli is the type of no-frills (but totally iconic) New York eatery that’s well worth a visit once you arrive in the city.
Now, make sure you arrive starving as you’ll leave stuffed. It’s the kind of place that’ll save you up a feast.