New York City is a culinary paradise—so much so that its nickname is even the “Big Apple.” The city boasts everything from casual spots for big city staples like pizza and pastrami to fine-dining establishments including fancy fare of the foie gras variety, and an almost never-ending list of international delights.
This South Williamsburg, Brooklyn destination has been around since 1887. Surrounded by old-school wood furnishings, patrons chow down on rib steak, lamb chops and plenty of daily lunch specials. Don’t forget to slather selections with the eatery’s signature steak sauce. The restaurant does not accept credit cards.
With locations in Manhattan’s Flatiron District and Battery Park City, this barbecue joint (with a downstairs jazz club) gives a major shout out to the American South. Both locations feature finger lickin’ good menu items such as fried chicken and biscuits, beef brisket, barbecue chicken, baby back ribs and scrumptious burgers.
Get a taste of the islands without leaving Manhattan Island at this colorful Jamaican eatery in the East Village. Caribbean comfort food comes in the form of jerk chicken, oxtail stew and sweet plantains, plus plenty of rum-infused cocktails to wash it all down.
For a lavish dining experience, head to this Upper East Side institution. Famed Chef Daniel Boulud’s classic restaurant features a mouthwatering menu of contemporary French cuisine, such as Rouget Grondin, a “bouillabaisse” with poached red gurnard aïoli, black olive tuile, confit fennel and basil; and caviar, naturally.
At this TriBeCa restaurant, foodies can savor French-influenced Italian cuisine in a setting—complete with vaulted ceilings, romantic artwork and antiques. Executive Chef Michael Cetrulo’s menu of morsels includes braised short ribs, slow-roasted duck breast crusted with almonds and more from the extensive tasting menu.
A joint venture between Chef David Bouley and Japan’s Tsuji Culinary Institute, this TriBeCa restaurant serves up contemporary versions of kaiseki cuisine in a minimalist space. Selections are available on tasting menus and as à la carte options, and change with the seasons.
This soul food restaurant has been a Harlem mainstay since 1962. Hungry visitors and locals flock to the eatery for popular items such as Sylvia’s Down Home Fried Chicken and cornmeal-dusted fried catfish. Lighter fare is also available, including salmon, and anything fried can also be baked or grilled.
Before NYC was known as an international culinary destination, it was first and foremost home to kosher-style delis, and a few still exist today—including this Lower East Side institution. No-frills fare includes hot dogs, sandwiches stacked with corned beef or pastrami, steak fries, knishes and matzo ball soup.
Foodies are transported back in time at this Gramercy eatery, which is housed in a former late-19th-century American inn. Guests can dine in The Tavern or The Dining Room, where hearty contemporary American cuisine such as pork loin and deckle, and spinach fettuccine are served.
This fine-dining restaurant in Midtown West, which has earned 3 stars from Michelin for 2016, serves a selection of sumptuous seafood—from poached halibut and pan-roasted lobster to Scottish salmon sashimi, in an elegant, peaceful dining room. Decadent desserts, all of which can be enjoyed in this inviting setting.
At this Midtown West Mediterranean seafood restaurant, foodies will feel as if they’re dining in a bustling seaside village in Greece. At this bright, spacious eatery seafood is displayed market-style and sold by the pound. Guests can opt to have their choices grilled, fried or any other preparation of their choosing.
Lauded recently as having the “Best Burger in NYC” by Esquire magazine, this cozy SoHo establishment also serves hearty steaks, fresh seafood and French staples, such as ratatouille with fresh ricotta, basil & organic extra virgin olive oil, and La Belle Farms foie gras in a large dining room teeming with dark wood accents.
Those with an affinity for pizza can sample more than 60 selections of the Neapolitan variety at this Midtown West restaurant. Patrons can opt for everything from a plain pizza topped with homemade mozzarella to more adventurous fare, such as the pizze fritte (lightly fried pizza).
There is a reason why this restaurant, serving inventive Modern European cuisine, topped the James Beard award winners in 2015, and took the honor of Best New Restaurant. The spectacular menu includes such tantalizing options as its octopus “pastrami” and hamachi crudo as starters and duck breast and dorade for main courses.