With over 26 000 restaurants in New York City, it can be a daunting task to choose from many staggering options of the irresistible feast it has to offer. To help you get started, here are the top restaurants in New York City categorized according to price range, style, ethnic variety, etc.
Top 10 Best Restaurants in New York City
Eleven Madison Park
By Budget: $ (rent day)
- Chelsea Market Foods from around the world served up in a sprawling converted factory.
- Burger Joint Scruffy graffiti-scrawled bar with juicy patties in a hidden Midtown locale.
- Mamoun’s Famous, spicy shawarma sandwiches at rock-bottom prices.
- Nom Wah Tea Parlor Authentic 1920s dim-sum joint with the look of an old-school American diner.
- Ess-a-Bagel Classic new york city restaurant that serves bagels with lox and a schmear.
- Berg’n Foodie market with craft brews in Crown Heights.
By Budget: $$ (mid-range)
- Upstate A seafood feast awaits in the East Village.
- Ivan Ramen Sublime steaming bowls from a Long Islander by way of Tokyo.
- Roberta’s Hip Williamsburg pizza place with a garden bar and weekend brunch.
- Butcher’s Daughter Beloved vegetarian cafe and bar with a West Coast vibe and plenty of meat-eating fans (and in Brooklyn, too).
- Veselka Hearty Ukrainian and diner favorites available any hour of the day.
- Modern Love Vegan comfort food from cashew mac ‘n’ cheese to plant-based poutine.
By Budget: $$$ (when you want to splurge)
- Eleven Madison Park Arresting, cutting-edge cuisine laced with unexpected whimsy.
- Blue Hill A West Village classic using ingredients sourced straight from the upstate farm.
- Jeffrey’s Grocery Much-loved West Village neighborhood spot.
- Locanda Verde Classic fine-dining Italian in modern surroundings.
- Agern New Nordic food and sleek design inside Grand Central Terminal.
- Finch Michelin-starred modern American cuisine in a stylish Clinton Hill brownstone.
- Uncle Boons Zesty, Michelin-starred Thai with a generous serve of fun in Nolita.
- Zenkichi Candlelit culinary temple of exquisite sushi in Williamsburg.
- Drunken Munkey Well spiced Indian curries in a lively neighborhood bistro setting.
- Totto Ramen Hotly touted as the best ramen in New York City; sit at the bar and watch roast pork get blow-torched.
- Nom Wah Tea Parlor Dim sum and heaped plates of greasy noodles in a 1920s American diner.
- FOB Filipino barbecue, fish in banana leaf and boba slushies at a casual-chic spot in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
- Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria One of the best Italian restaurants in New York. Be transported to the old country in this Nolita standout.
- Rosemary’s A beautifully designed West Village spot with memorable cooking.
- Charlie Bird Rustic, locavore-leaning dishes served up in slim SoHo digs.
- Roman’s Changing seasonal menu of Italian invention in Fort Greene.
- Tra Di Noi Red-checkered tables fill this New York Italian trattoria in the Arthur Ave area, the Bronx’s Little Italy.
- Nix Michelin-starred veg dishes in a modest West Village setting.
- Butcher’s Daughter Inventive vegetarian menu in Nolita, plus another in Brooklyn.
- Hangawi Meat-free (and shoe-free) Korean restaurant in Koreatown.
- Buddha Bodai Vegetarian and kosher Cantonese, including delicious dim sum.
- Blossom Tofu Benedict, shiitake risotto and other exemplary plant-based fares.
- Modern Love Comfort-food classics in East Williamsburg with outstanding vegan plates.
- PS Kitchen Charitably minded venue with a plant-based menu: burgers, lasagne and seitan pot pie.
- Screamer’s Pizza 100% vegan slices, topped with seasonal mushrooms, plant-based chorizo and more.
- Champs Diner American classics like cheese steaks and hot ‘chicken’ enjoy a vegan revamp.
- Cookshop Great indoor-outdoor dining spot in west Chelsea.
- BLVD Bistro Harlem outpost for down-home delights like fried catfish and grits.
- Rabbithole The breakfast menu is offered until 5pm at this quaint tin-ceilinged bistro.
- Cafe Mogador An icon of the East Village brunch scene.
- Big Daddy’s Satisfying American diner food near Union Sq with breakfast burritos and, of course, fluffy pancakes.
- Five Leaves Ricotta pancakes and tart Bloody Marys draw crowds to this Greenpoint hangout.
Upscale Market Groceries
- Eataly The last word for lovers of Italian food.
- Union Square Greenmarket Delicious veggies and bakery items from upstate producers.
- Sahadi’s Assemble a picnic of Middle Eastern temptations.
- Le District A sprawling food emporium on the Hudson packed with Gallic larder essentials.
- Dough Probably NYC’s best doughnut, in Brooklyn.
- Four & Twenty Blackbirds Heavenly slices of homemade pies in Gowanus.
- Dominique Ansel Kitchen Sweet magnificence from NYC’s most famous pastry chef in the West Village.
- Supermoon Bakehouse Aussie-owned bakery producing Manhattan’s most imaginative croissants.
- Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop Wash down marvelous doughnuts and breakfast sandwiches with an egg cream.
- Barney Greengrass Perfect plates of smoked salmon and sturgeon for over 100 years in the Upper West Side.
- Russ & Daughters A celebrated Jewish deli in the Lower East Side.
- Zabar’s Upper West Side store selling gourmet who offers kosher foods since the 1930s.
- Margon Unfussy, unchanged Cuban lunch counter in Midtown.
- Di Fara Pizza First-rate pies served in a well-loved joint that’s been around since the 1960s.
Best in Brooklyn
- Finch Modern American dishes graced with a Michelin star.
- Roberta’s Beloved pizzeria with trademark Williamsburg flair.
- Olmsted Seasonal food is inspired by goodies from the back garden at this Prospect Heights restaurant.
- Zenkichi Private booths behind an unmarked door create a peaceful setting for Japanese delights.
- Smorgasburg Gourmet food market with more than 100 vendors and no fixed abode.
- Ample Hills Creamery Organic ice cream with unusual flavors like oatmeal and pretzel.
- Essex Market Take Thai, Dominican, seafood or ice cream to the open-atrium seating.
- Maman A large, communal table keeps diners convivial at this French-inflected bistro-cafe.
- Totto Ramen Write your name on the clipboard, wait your turn, receive extraordinary ramen.
- Alamo Drafthouse Food and drink brought directly to your comfy cinema seat!
- Tom’s Restaurant Nostalgic Brooklyn diner with efficient service and big portions.
- Big Daddy’s Fluffy omelets and hearty burgers for breakfast or late-night treats.
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