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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!