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Top 10 of the best places to eat in New York

New York scores highly on most people’s favorite city lists. The food is pretty good too. From trendy Soho to Brooklyn Bridge, here is our list of the best New York eateries in 10 bites…

Cascabel Taqueria, Upper East Side – best for Mexican food

Cascabel Taqueria

I personally think this is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Head there to sample their delicious tacos and fresh creamy guacamole which is actually also very good value for money. Also don’t leave without sipping a margarita or two on the restaurant terrace.

Max Brenner, Union Square – best for a sweet tooth

Max Brenner Union Square

Located between 13th and 14th Streets, this place is a must on your visit to New York. Whether you go for breakfast or lunch, you will always find something tasty to try. From sugary cocktails to chocolate chunk pizza, just make sure you go there very hungry. It’s a paradise for those with a sweet tooth! If you’re looking for great places to stay we have a guide to the cool and unusual hotels in New York.

Ellen Stardust Diner, Broadway – best for the novelty factor

Ellen Stardust - best places to eat in New York

Could you imagine eating your breakfast while watching a Broadway show? Well that’s exactly what you’ll find in this amazing diner. Famous for its singing staff as well as its brunch, this place is an NYC institution. Also expect exceptionally friendly and attentive service.

Balthazar, Soho – best French bistro

Balthazar Soho

This famous French restaurant is located in the Soho District, between Broadway and Crosby Street. Why not discover this wonderful neighbourhood by having lunch in this deliciously shabby chic bistro? Its owner, Keith McNally has created a unique Parisian style brasserie where you can taste everything from Gruyère onion soup to tasty shellfish. A perfect restaurant to try after an exhausting day’s shopping.

Zen Palate, Times Square – best for Asian food

Zen Palate, Times Square


If you are vegetarian and love Asian food, this is the restaurant is for you. Located between 46th and 9th, don’t forget to try its famous dish, Tofu Delight. A very holistic experience, they combine excellent fusion food with a very Zen and modern environment.

Lombardi’s Pizza, Nolita – best for pizzas



Considered to be one of the best pizzerias in the United States, this restaurant is often raved about. The owner reinvented the traditional Italian dish to make the country’s first ‘American Pizza’. Here you can make your own huge dish with fabulous toppings of your choice.

Blue Note, Greenwich Village – best for entertainment

Blue Note Greenwich Village

How about listening to some Jazz in a renowned club while scoffing down hearty Mediterranean and American fare? Located between 6th and McDougal Street, this local opened in 1981 and has now become famous around the world. Some of the fine jazz musicians who have played at the club include Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente.

P. J. Clarke’s, Midtown East – best for burgers

P. J. Clarkes

Opened in 1884, this famous restaurant was one of Frank Sinatra’s favorites. It also happens to have some of the greatest burgers in New York. Located between Third Avenue and 55th Street, when you enter you’ll immediately realise its unique history – old photos adorn the walls and red and white tablecloths add to its vintage atmosphere. Don’t leave without tasting its most famous dish “The Cadillac”.

Magnolia Bakery, West Village – best for cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery, West Village

This place serves up the best cupcakes in the whole city. Famous – among other things – for appearing on the popular TV show Sex and The City, here you can customize your cake’s flavour, icing and sugary toppings.

The River Café, Brooklyn – best for views

Dumbo New York

 This is one of my favourite views of Manhattan from a restaurant. You will find this romantic corner under the Brooklyn Bridge, so it’s a perfect place to have dinner when the sun sets – just make sure you book a table on the window side. Though temporarily closed at the start of 2013 due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, I’m hoping this New York institution gets back up on its feet soon!


Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children's theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa'd in Cuba and road tripped down America's west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her cat and ukulele amid the misty valleys and rolling hills of beautiful South Wales.


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    Amber Linebaugh

    25 October, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I just visited NYC last June. (I copied the link to my post along w/ my website) I made it to Magnolia Bakery, but will need to go back to experience the rest of your list. Too much to see and do there! I really like your writing style, thanks for all your interesting travel tips!

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    Viajes de Primera

    21 April, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Nueva York es cruce de caminos… ¡Y de sabores! ¡Y con la pinta que tienen tus sugerencias, hay que pensar en ir a probarlas todas! Algunas, además, tienen unas vistas inolvidables que merece la pena repetir, como las del Brooklyn Café 🙂

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    Nicole @ Suitcase Stories

    20 April, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    We are heading to NYC in 4 weeks and we cant wait! This will be our 3rd time there – We love it!

    Ive booked marked this post cause there are quite a fe places on here I definitely want to check out! Mostly the food places.. I am ruled by my stomach!

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    20 April, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Very good post. I just arrived from USA and isn’t a easy city to eat good. If I came back (I hope) I will follow your advices.

    Sara is a great blogger, I recommend it!.

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    20 April, 2013 at 7:57 am

    They all seem so good, would love to try a chocolate chunk pizza! There seem to be quite a few really good vegetarian and vegan cafes in new york as well.

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    19 April, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Me encantan las fotografías! tomo nota de todos estos lugares, conozco sólo un par de ellos así que tengo que visita el resto jeje. Muchas gracias!

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    19 April, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Great Food recommends! Love the sweet tooth locations. We visit often and I haven’t visited either of them. Thanks for sharing.


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