If you find yourself hungry in New York you may become suddenly aware of the overwhelming choice of eateries all around you. When faced with choosing just the right place for your mood the task may seem all but impossible.
Don’t worry, there is help out there. Let yourself be inspired by our list of great places to dine in NYC under headings to suit your foodie mood. Whether it’s a quick slice of pizza or the full Michelin experience, book flights to New York and get ready for a taste sensation…
155 West 51st Street
The Bernardin is one of the most famous restaurants in New York and has been highly acclaimed for the last 10 years. It serves up some of New York’s finest seafood, using the freshest and most exciting ingredients cooked with flair and elegance. Words simply fail to do this place justice. It is more than a New York institution and more than just a restaurant; is a religious experience.
42 East 20th Street
There is really nothing negative one can say about Gramercy Tavern. The cuisine is simply perfect with food that is fresh, unique, and delicious. The ambiance is gorgeous and tasteful while the impeccable service leaves you feeling like royalty. If you see pork on the menu, be sure to order it. It is rumoured to be some of the best in the world! It is a bit costly, but worth every penny. The Gramercy is New York.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza & Brewery
328 East 14th Street (between 1st Avenue & 2nd Avenue)
Only in New York would people wait in line for an hour on a sweltering summer day for a slice of pizza. Artichoke opened to rave reviews in early 2008 and pizza lovers throughout the city have been flocking there ever since. They serve three delicious varieties: a square Sicilian slice, a classic Neapolitan slice, and an artichoke-spinach slice. The slices are huge but so are the queues. Try getting there at 5pm for an early dinner or on your way home after a night out on the town, it’s open until midnight!
Forget sherbet dabs and flying saucers, this is a mobile ‘sweet’ van of the highest calibre. Selling European-inspired, create-your-own croissants, that you can stuff with a choice of luscious pastry creams, natural preserves, honey, and nut butters to muffins, scones, quiches, savoury croissants, cookies and brownies. There is also a mean coffee to wash it all down.Check the website for their schedule and fear the addictive potential of the whoopie pies!
Astor Bake Shop
12-23 Astoria Blvd., at 14th St., Astoria
This bright and breezy patisserie holds a juicy secret. Reminiscent of Mitchel London’s Burger and Cupcakes concept, this place serves up tarts, croissants, éclairs, sticky sweet buns, and a lighter than air almond cake as well as cupcakes, alongside some mega juicy burgers (although not on the same plate). The one to get is the six-ounce Astor burger or the La Frieda, brisket-blend burger with chilli-infused mayo and all the trimmings. Be sure to leave room for a cake!
55 Waterbury St, near Meserole St
A mirage in a culinary desert, this lovely nook serves up divine falafel where everything is made in-house, from the breakfast blueberry scones to the flat and chewy pitta. To make it even more healthy, the falafel here are baked not fried with creamy, rich hummus, a head of oven-roasted garlic or the rather hot one with jalapeño harissa, yogurt and feta.
982 Second Ave at 52nd St
A reverent mention must go to those who have legendary expertise with filo dough, sheep’s-milk butter, and nuts at the beautiful 139-year-old Turkish eatery Güllüoglu. They are the baklava world champions for sure! Stunning flaky pastry, sweet and achingly moreish fillings like chestnut, walnut, and Turkish pistachio are just too much to resist.
This unassuming corner location on the Upper West Side is home to some of the most famous bagels in New York. Straight from the oven, hot and crispy on the outside, soft and chewy in the middle; these have just the right combination of denseness and sweetness. Eat in or take out, with cream cheese or without, make sure you don’t leave New York without trying one!