ULTIMATE FOODIE GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY

New York has become the center of the world when it comes to food. Many of the world’s best chefs are in New York to create amazing culinary art. It is also the most multicultural city in the world! I have a big appetite and have eaten at many of the popular restaurants throughout the city. As a visitor it’s always difficult to find a restaurant since there are so many options but I’m here to help guide you to a satisfied belly! Here is my foodie guide to New York City!

The biggest TIP I can give you is to make your reservations as early as POSSIBLE!!

*indicates restaurant is great for brunch too

Breakfast/Brunch

Because I love brunch so much, it deserved it’s own post!

Where To Brunch In Manhattan

New/Modern American

Clock Tower* – Located in the Edition Hotel this is a great place to take a date. It even has a pool table for guests waiting to be seated. What to order: Dressed Crab with Fried Uni, Smoked Salmon and Uni Risotto.

Uni Risotto

Uni Risotto

Chef’s Club by Food & Wine* – This is one of my favorite restaurants! Guests experience spectacular dishes from chefs around the world and the menu changes constantly. What to order: Johnny Cakes and Sasso Chicken.

ABC Kitchen* – A local staple and favorite. This is one of chef Jean George’s most popular restaurant! I suggest making reservations early! What to order: Crab Toast, Mushroom Pizza, Roast Suckling Pig and Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream.

Estela* – I love Estela! Everything is just delicious! What to order: Burrata, Ricotta Dumplings, Fried Arroz Negro, Oysters and Beef Tartare.

Park Avenue (Autumn/Winter/Spring/Summer) – This is a unique restaurant. Very large is space with beautiful decor! Each season the decor and menu changes based on season. What a great concept right? The food is great too! What to order: Corn Gnocchi and Chocolate Cube. 

The Musket Room – Beautiful presentation on all dishes and everything here is tasty! What to order: Bone Marrow with Uni, Oysters and Gnocchi.

 

Asian

Momofuku Nishi – One of the newest restaurants within the Momofuku empire and one not to be missed! What to order: Sirloin Crudo, Scallops, Ceci e Pepe and Fried Fingerling.

Sirloin Crudo

Sirloin Crudo

Scallops

Scallops

Ceci e Pepe

Ceci e Pepe

Decoy – Small restaurant and sister restaurant to Red Farm. This place is a hidden gem! What to order: Uni Pasta, Oxtail Dumplings and Foie Gras Strawberry Tart.

Uni Pasta

Uni Pasta

Ootoya – Multiple locations and worth a visit. What to order: Kaisen Don

Kaisen Don

Kaisen Don

Mission Chinese Food – This is a unique chinese restaurant. Chef Danny Bowien has given guests one of the best experimental chinese food ever! They even have pizza and let me tell you it was pretty tasty! They also have really great cocktails too! What to order: Sashimi with Seaweed, Green Tea Chewy Noodles, Kung Pao Pastrami, Cod or Beef Jerky Fried Rice and Pizza!

Green Tea Noodles

Green Tea Noodles

Ippudo or Totto Ramen – New York has the best ramen shops in the States. I highly recommend checking out either Ippudo or Totto Ramen but make sure to go early to any location as there is always a wait! What to order: Everything!

Momofuku Ssam – Always a favorite as it’s one of the first Momofuku restaurants. They also have brunch and they always change up the buns. What to order: Pork Buns, Duck Over Rice and Spicy Rice Cakes.

Morimoto – Trendy sushi restaurant in Meat Packing. I’ve been coming back for years and it never disappoints! What to order: Beef Carpaccio, Braised Cod, ALL sushi and ALL desserts!

Sushi Nakazawa – Only omakase and worth the price! If you’ve watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi then you already know Chef Nakazawa worked as master Jiro’s apprentice. What to order: Omakase! 

Tao Downtown – Why TAO? If you’re looking for a hot spot, trendy dinner this is the place to be! The location is beautiful! I always have a great time and the food is always great! I prefer their hot dishes then the sushi here. What to order: Seabass skewers, Black Fried Rice and ALL desserts!

Fine Dining

Eleven Madison – My first 3 star michelin restaurant! Pretty good if you’re willing to splurge! Menu is pre fixed.

Radish

Radish

Marea – Very classy upscale restaurant with great Italian & Seafood. What to order: Fuselli Bone Marrow and any Crudo.

Bone Marrow Fuselli

Bone Marrow Fuselli

Photo by: @mareanyc

Batard – Great restaurant which only offers pre fixe for either 2, 3 or 4 course meals. What to order: Octopus pastrami, Duck Breast and Crab & Uni Pasta

Betony – Great presentation with a hint of gastronomic flare. What to order: Lobster roll and Grilled Short Ribs.

Bowery Meat Company – Make a reservation and you just might get lucky and spot a celebrity! What to order: Duck Lasagna, boiled oysters and ANY steak!

Dirty French – WOW! I fell in love with the Dirty French! Food was amazing and it also has a beautiful outdoor lounge area too! What to order: Lamb Carpaccio, Tuna Tartare and Asparagus & Shrimp.

Gramercy Tavern – The restaurant has been around for awhile and still one of the best in the city! The Tavern section offers a la carte and the Dining section offers a pre fixe ($98) or a tasting menu ($125). It’s a great deal for all the food you will get! For lunch they also offer a “secret” burger that is amazing! What to order: Squid Ink Pasta and Sea Bass. 

The Nomad Restaurant* – Great food and also great brunch too! What to order: Foie Gras Chicken for two or Foie Gras Chicken Sandwich for brunch.

Italian

Babbo – By well known chef Mario Batali and for the best pasta in town! What to order: Pasta tasting which includes 5 different pastas and 2 desserts for $95.

Squid Ink Pasta

Black Spaghetti with Rock Shrimp

Photo by: @babboristorante

Dell’anima – A local favorite in West Village with delicious fresh pasta! What to order: Charred Octopus and Tagliolini with White Truffles if it’s in season.

Tagliolini Ala Tartufo with White Truffles

Tagliolini Ala Tartufo with White Truffles

Photo by: @dellanima

Santina – The vibe and chandeliers of blown glass will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Italy. The food is great and so is the cocktails! What to order: Squash Carpaccio and Spaghetti with Blue Crab. 

Tip: Off menu sandwiches for brunch/lunch. Ask your waiter =)

Squash Carpaccio.

Squash Carpaccio.

All’onda* – I’ve been a fan since it opened! There isn’t many other good Italian restaurants around Union Square. What to order: Uni Bucantini and Duck Rigatoni with Chocolate Drizzle.

Carbone – This is one of the best authentic Italian restaurants in the city and also difficult to get reservations, so get reservations in advance! What to order: Spicy Rigatoni and Veal Parm.

 

New York Bagels

You can’t leave New York without having a New York bagel!! It’s true, it’s the best bagel I’ve ever had. Must be something in the water…

The Bagel Store – Head over to Williamsburg for the most colorful bagels! They’re actually pretty good given they look like play-doh! They have multiple colored bagels and really unique flavored cream cheese. What to order: ANY rainbow bagel.

Rainbow Bagel

Bagel Shop

Bagel Shop

Tompkson Square Bagels – I love a regular New York bagel and Tompkson Square Bagels are one of the best! There usually is a line but it’s worth it! What to order: French Toast Bagel with Birthday Cake Cream Cheese.

French Toast Bagel with Birthday Cake Cream Cheese

French Toast Bagel with Birthday Cake Cream Cheese

Sadelle’s – There are so many great options when it comes to getting a smoked salmon bagel.. they’re all great!! Sadelle’s is one of the newest shops and also has a sit down restaurant that takes reservations. What to order: EVERYTHING!

Salmon Bagel

Salmon Bagel

Baz Bagel & Restaurant – Not as much of a wait as other bagel shops. Their bagels are pretty big in size so come with an empty stomach. What to order: Latkes and the Mooch.

Black Seed Bagels – Also great bagels, they sometimes do collaborations with other chefs so follow them to see what they have coming up! What to order: House Cured Beet Lox.

Russ & Daughters – The oldest salmon bagel shop in New York! I love the to go location since they package the salmon sandwiches for you. Russ & Daughters recently opened up the cafe location and when ordering a bagel sandwich here it’s on a platter for guests to make their own sandwich. What to order: Salmon Bagel with Caviar Cream Cheese.

Tip: This is my favorite place for a Salmon Bagel =)

 

New York Pizza

Grimaldi’s – One of the most famous New York pizza shops! I recommend walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and getting in line at the Dumbo location for some authentic New York pizza. What to order: EVERYTHING!

New York Pizza

New York Pizza

Photo by: @grimaldispizzeria

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza – Many locations throughout the city and it’s a great pizza shop for anyone who’s had a long night of drinks! What to order: Artichoke and Margherita.. maybe try a slice of the crab too.

Gruppo – For the best thin crust pizza! Same owners as Keste Pizza. What to order: Shroomtown pizza!! It’s truffled scented oils with mushroom!

Luzzo’s – On my top list for thin crust pizzas too! What to order: Arugula pizza which comes with prosciutto, arugula and mozzarella.. the chili oil is amazing!

Prince Street Pizza – Best hole in the wall pizza. What to order: Pepperoni pizza.

Roberta’s – One of New York’s best pizza… there will be a wait so be prepared. What to order: Bee Sting.

Rubirosa – Known for the Vodka pizza. Yes – order it.

Seafood

Seamore’s – Fresh seafood and great vibe. What to order: Reel Deal, ALL Tacos and Oddfellow’s Ice Cream.

Seamore's

Aquagrill – A real gem in Soho with great Seafood! Great for celebrations, date night or just catching up with a friend. What to order: Octopus Salad and Chilean Sea Bass.

The Clam – Super cute restaurant and great for a date night. What to order: Fried Clam & Lobster Slider and Clam Spaghetti.

The Lobster Place – Located in Chelsea Market this is a place for the best oysters and steamed lobster!

Pearl’s Oyster Bar – Looking for the best lobster roll? Pearl’s has a great one! What to order: Lobster roll and oysters.

 

Spanish/Tapas

Beauty & Essex* – One of the most popular speakeasy restaurant, located behind a pawn shop. I’ve probably had every dish here given how many times I’ve been here. It has amazing drinks and the best food! It’s also a great place to go for drinks since there is great music on the second floor. What to order: Grilled Cheese Dumplings, Lobster Tacos, Tomato Tartare, Salt & Vinegar Fries, Pork Ribs and ALL of the desserts!

Tip: They offer free champagne in the women’s restroom!

Grilled Cheese Dumplings

Grilled Cheese Dumplings

Photo by: @beautyandessexnyc

Cosme* – World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera has won me over! What to order: Uni tostada, Duck Carnitas and Husk Meringue.

Duck Carnitas

Duck Carnitas

Stanton Social* – Similar to Beauty & Essex as it’s the same owner so you know this has amazing food and is a hot spot. What to order: French Onion Soup Dumplings and Chicken & Waffles.

ABC Cocina* Another Jean George restaurant! I love all this restaurants and ABC Cocina is no exception. This is his tapas restaurant and it has amazing cocktails and tasty dishes! What to order: Tuna Tartar, Short Rib Tacos and Chorizo sausage.

Bodegra Negra – Super trendy hot spot located the Dream Hotel with one of the coolest desserts! What to order: Soft Shell Crab tacos, Seared Tuna Tostaditas and the Don Antonio Chocolate Ball Dessert!

Gato – Bobby Flay’s Mediterranean/Spanish restaurant has been a hit! What to order: Kale & Wild Mushroom Paella and the Bar Trio.

Dessert/Sweets

I have so many favorite dessert shops! See below for my post on best desserts and best ice creams!

12 Best Desserts In Manhattan

20 Best Ice Creams In New York City

Cheap Eats & Local Favorites!

Urbanspace Markets – Urbanspace markets is a market/food vendors that happen throughout the city throughout the year. Check out Urbanspace to see whats happening when you’re visiting. Current markets are: Broadway Bites, Madison Sq Eats, Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Bryant Park Holiday Market and Urbanspace Vanderbilt that is open year round. My favorites are the holiday markets especially Bryant Park as it has ice skating and a big Christmas tree, so if you’re visiting during the holidays do check it out!

Madison Sq Eats

Madison Sq Eats

Bryant Park Holiday Market

Bryant Park Holiday Market

Smorgasburg – A Brooklyn Flea & Food Market! During the winter it’s indoors and outdoors during the summer! This is the best as it’s along the water and has the best views of the city. Every Saturday it’s in Williamsburg and Sunday’s in Dumbo. Many great food vendors come together to sell their amazing food. This is a must do as you will get to eat many of New York’s iconic food all in once place! As pictured below, the ramen burger was born in New York and gained popularity here at Smorgasburg.

Ramen Burger

Black Tap Craft Burgers – Surprisingly the burgers are pretty good!!! But everyone comes for the crazy milkshakes! What to order: Spicy Mexican Burger and ANY Milkshake!

Tip: Go to the Meatpacking location for shorter lines… this location is much bigger then the Soho location.

Awesome Milkshakes

Awesome Milkshakes

Cheeky Sandwiches – The Chicken Gravy Biscuit will blow your mind!

Chicken Gravy Biscuit

Chicken Gravy Biscuit

Kat’z Deli – Iconic New York staple! The best pastrami sandwich there is!

The Best Pastrami Sandwich

The Best Pastrami Sandwich

Halal Guys – Chicken & Rice is another New York staple. Located on 6th ave and 53th st.

Shake Shack – One of the most popular burger chains on the East Coast is Shake Shack. Long lines but definitely worth trying if you haven’t had it. What to order: Shack Stack.

Red Hook Lobster Pound – Is my favorite quick eats when it comes to lobster rolls! Luke’s lobster is also another New York staple… but I highly recommend trying Red Hook first. What to order: Maine or Connecticut Lobster Roll.

 

Food Halls

New York has been gaining popularity with Food Halls in the last few years. Here is a list of current Food Halls worth checking out.

Chelsea Market (Chelsea/Meatpacking) – What to get: The Lobster Place and Los Tacos No. 1

City Kitchen (Times Square) – What to get: Dough and Luke’s Lobster

Eataly (Flatiron) – Biggest Italian Market with many restaurants. Head to La Birreria for a nice rooftop dinner

Gansevoort Market – (Meatpacking) – Currently moving to a new location

Gotham West Market (Hells Kitchen) – What to get: Ivan Ramen Slup Shop

Hudson Eats (Battery Park) – What to get: Little Muenster, Parm and Black Seed Bagels

The Plaza Town Hall (Midtown) – Located at the basement of The Plaza Hotel. What to get: Luke’s Lobster and Lady M

Urbanspace Vanderbilt (Grand Central) – What to get: Roberta’s, Oddfellows and Red Hook Lobster Pound

Do you know Anthony Bourdain?? He is opening a food hall in Chealsea in the end of 2016! So stay tuned!!

You may need more then a week to eat your way through this list! Get to it and start making your reservations! = )

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6 comments

  • Tobias Armstrong

    June 21, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I’m always a sucker for good Italian restaurants, and I’m travelling to NYC for business next week so this is going to be a killer guide. I never know where to start when I go to new cities, and something like this for every city I travel to would be super nice, but I guess I’ll have to take just New York for now. Keep posting! And keep the Italian food coming!

    1. Tour de Lust

      June 21, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Thanks Tobias!! I’m glad this guide helped you! I hope to create more just like it for other cities =)

  • Megab

    August 27, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    I need to go to New York City as soon as possible! This all looks absolutely delish!

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 27, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      I need to go back as soon as possible too!!! I miss all the amazing food there!

  • Juliette @ Snorkels To Snow

    August 28, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    So hungry just looking at this post! Great food guide though. Can’t wait to visit New York.

    1. Tour de Lust

      August 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      You’re not the only one! I get hungry every time I look at the photos too!

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