There are literally hundreds of great choices, and many different combinations to delight your taste buds. We’ve compiled a list of iconic eats, new and old school classics, while throwing in some trendy picks to impress your friends with.
A bright and airy cafe on the Lower East side, known for delicious pastries, fluffy pancakes and savory dishes like a variety of Eggs Benedicts. The only thing that might deter you would be the sometimes long wait times. Come prepared with a coffee and wait it out.
Photo courtesy of Clinton Street Baking Company
If you dine anywhere on this list, let it be Russ and Daughters. A NYC institution for over a hundred years. Grabbing a meal here allows you to try some of the cities best bagels, and take home one of their delicious black and white cookies for a midday snack.
This all day cafe was founded in the spirit of the west coast-- think healthy, locally sourced food, but with an utterly delicious twist. west~bourne calls itself accidentally vegetarian, but even if you are a meat lover you won’t miss it at all. Stop in here in between Soho shopping excursions or just because, its that good.
You can’t visit New York and not have a meal dedicated to its most famous cuisine. Joe’s does New York style pizza the best, so head here for your pizza fix, and don’t let the line deter you, as its moves quick.
How did one small restaurant change Asian cuisine in this country so quickly? It seemed like minutes after David Chang opened the Noodle Bar that the U.S. was peppered with ramen shops and bao buns. But hey, we're not complaining, and Momofuku certainly lives up to the hype.
Go for the nostalgia of Old New York or to sit at the same booth Meg Ryan made famous in When Harry met Sally. Katz deli has stood the test of time and there’s no better place to get a photo op and try their famous pastrami on rye.
Photo courtesy of Katz's Delicatessen
Expect simple dishes packed with flavor in a fun and lively environment in Soho. Charlie Bird’s menu is New American with Italian accents, but let this be code for awesome food, and they have a pasta section. Grab a reservation and prepare to leave utterly satisfied with one of New York’s all around great dinner experiences.
Photo courtesy of Charlie Bird
It seems every restaurant these days is farm to table and locally sourced, but back in 2010 chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten honed the concept in NYC, and has been turning out some of the most consistent fare of the last decade. ABC kitchen is always good for a possible celebrity sighting and classic New American fare that won’t disappoint.
A steak is a steak is a steak. Sure, some places do it better than others, but it’s hard to choose a steakhouse in a city like New York with so many other exciting options. That said, the bar at Keens is a step back in time. It opened in 1885 and is full of history, making it the perfect place to stop in for to have a Manhattan or a Martini, and to experience the nostalgia without commiting to a full meal.
If you drink Bourbon and/or Whiskey there is simply no other bar to imbibe than Copper & Oak. It’s a small shotgun style room with wall to wall bottles of the rarest and best selection of whiskey in the city.
If wine is the name of your game, you will be hard pressed to find a more satisfying wine experience than drinking at Ten Bells. The list is full of smaller producers, and focuses on natural and organic wines. Come in for happy hour to start your evening or grab some oysters or tapas from the small but inventive menu.
Like most places on this list, the word iconic more than fits, and Blue Ribbon is no exception. Blue Ribbon does late night ‘finer’ dining the best in the city. It’s an industry favorite, open till 4am serving american comfort food, a raw bar, and even sushi, its undoubtedly the best meal you can have late night in New York City.
Photo courtesy of Blue Ribbon Brasserie
Is there a better drunk food than pizza? Of course not, and lucky for us Prince Street Pizza in Nolita serves the cheesy greasy goodness till 2am on Friday and Saturday.