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What is your favorite restaurant in New York City?

Heading to New York City and I'm looking for the best restaurants to try while I'm visiting. Open to all types of food! What are your top places to eat?

23 Answers

top answer by
Alex from New York City

If you're looking to dress up and spend A LOT of money:

   Per Se, Daniel, Annisa, Eleven Madison Park Restaurant, Gramercy Tavern, Asiate Restaurant (inside Mandarin Oriental), Del Posto

If youre looking for the best bang for your buck:

The SmithThe Mermaid Inn, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Jacob's Pickles Community Food & Juice, Almond, ABV

Some of my favorite restaurants that are not contemporary American:

 SriPraPhaii (Best Thai in NYC, in Queens), Jaiya(Best Thai in Manhattan), Nha Trang (Vietnamese in Manhattan), ilili(Amazing Lebanese in Manhattan, is also very sexy), Sushi of Gari 46(Manhattan), East Harlem has wonderful mom and pop shop Mexican restaurants, any of the Momofuku restaurants      

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Per Se (restaurant)
  2. Daniel (restaurant)
  3. Annisa (restaurant)
  4. Eleven Madison Park Restaurant (restaurant)
  5. Gramercy Tavern (restaurant)
  6. Asiate Restaurant (inside Mandarin Oriental) (restaurant)
  7. Del Posto (restaurant)
  8. The Smith (restaurant)
  9. The Mermaid Inn (restaurant)
  10. DBGB Kitchen and Bar (restaurant)
  11. Jacob's Pickles (attraction)
  12. Community Food & Juice (restaurant)
  13. Almond (restaurant)
  14. ABV (restaurant)
  15. SriPraPhai (restaurant)
  16. Jaiya (restaurant)
  17. Nha Trang (restaurant)
  18. ilili (restaurant)
  19. Sushi of Gari 46 (restaurant)
  20. East Harlem (region)
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answered by
Brian from New York City

Stanton Social on the Lower East Side

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Stanton Social (attraction)
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answered by
jeff from Kansas City (Missouri)

The Mermaid Inn on the Upper West Side has a a great oyster happy hour, and excellent seafood generally.

For cool atmosphere and very good, inexpensive food, try Sweetwater in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. The Mermaid Inn (restaurant)
  2. Sweetwater (restaurant)
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answered by
Jeff from Brooklyn, New York

Best Thai you'll ever have: SriPraPhai in Woodside Queens.

Best raw vegetarian/vegan: Quintessence in the East Village.

Seafood and fun: Mary's Fish Camp in the West Village.

Bahn Mi: Bánh Mì Saigon on Broome.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. SriPraPhai (restaurant)
  2. Quintessence (restaurant)
  3. Mary's Fish Camp (restaurant)
  4. Bánh Mì Saigon (restaurant)
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answered by
Nikki from New York City

I love Aquagrill for great seafood, Bistango for gluten-free Italian, Fatty Daddy Tacos for fast, cheap, amazing tacos and Pye Boat Noodle for delicious Thai. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Aquagrill (attraction)
  2. Bistango (restaurant)
  3. Fatty Daddy Tacos (restaurant)
  4. Pye Boat Noodle (restaurant)
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answered by
kenneth from Palmetto

When in New York, try a deli!  Nothing like it anywhere in the prepared on site and they aim to fill you up twice with one meal!

Carnegie Deli and do the strudel for dessert!!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Carnegie Deli (restaurant)
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answered by
Constanze from Hong Kong Island

Bar Pitti on 6th Avenue if the weather is nice to sit outside.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bar Pitti (restaurant)
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answered by
Francesca from New York, New York

Minetta Tavern is a classic NYC place! El Toro Blanco is a fun mexican place too. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Minetta Tavern (restaurant)
  2. El Toro Blanco (restaurant)
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answered by
Claudia from New York City

Here are some of my favorites:

1. Five Senses Korean Restaurant in Koreatown for Korean food.

2. Ippudo Westside for Japanese ramen.

3. Curry Express on 29th Street for Indian food.

4. Taiwan Pork Chop House in Chinatown for Taiwanese-style rice and pork chop.

5. Soba Totto on 43rd Street for Japanese set lunches.

6. Boulud Sud in the Upper West (close to Lincoln Center) for Mediterranean food.

7. Kopi Kopi in Greenwich Village for Indonesian nasi goreng and coffee.

8. Ellen's Stardust Diner (touristy but great New York experience) in Times Square.

9. The Halal Guys halal food cart on 53rd Street and 6th Avenue (near the MOMA) for chicken on rice.

10. Los Tacos No.1 in Chelsea Market on 9th Avenue (between 15th and 16th Streets).

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Five Senses (restaurant)
  2. Ippudo Westside (restaurant)
  3. Curry Express (restaurant)
  4. Taiwan Pork Chop House (restaurant)
  5. Soba Totto (restaurant)
  6. Boulud Sud (restaurant)
  7. Kopi Kopi (restaurant)
  8. Ellen's Stardust Diner (restaurant)
  9. The Halal Guys (restaurant)
  10. Los Tacos No.1 (restaurant)

answered by
Patricia from New York City

Casa Mono and Traif have been my favorite for years! But here is the list of my favs:

For Italian..
- L'Artusi

Locanda Verde

Il Buco


For Happy Hour...

The Mermaid Inn

Greenwich Village

Barn Joo

For Korean/Chinese/Vietnamese...

Take 31


Momofuku Ssam Bar

Peking Duck House

Pho Bang

For French...

For Brunch...

The Clinton Street Bakery

The Smith

For Dessert...

ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. L'Artusi (restaurant)
  2. Locanda Verde (restaurant)
  3. Il Buco (restaurant)
  4. Rosemary's (restaurant)
  5. The Mermaid Inn (restaurant)
  6. Greenwich Village (neighborhood)
  7. Barn Joo (restaurant)
  8. Take 31 (restaurant)
  9. RedFarm (restaurant)
  10. Momofuku Ssam Bar (restaurant)
  11. Peking Duck House (restaurant)
  12. Pho Bang (restaurant)
  13. Buvette (restaurant)
  14. The Clinton Street Bakery (restaurant)
  15. The Smith (restaurant)
  16. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar (restaurant)
  17. Momofuku Milk Bar (restaurant)

answered by
David from New York City

I went to 35 E 21st St last month. It was phenomenal. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. 35 E 21st St (address)

answered by
Michael from New York City

There are so many, it is difficult to choose.  One of my favorite "go to" restaurants is Crispo.  They set the bar for Spaghetti Carbonara and it's outstanding.  They also have great back patio (all the way in the back) which is a nice respite from the busy city.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Crispo (restaurant)

answered by
Sofya from Brooklyn

One if by Land, Two if by Sea! Always amazing food, service, cocktails, pianist, and lovely historical setting! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. One if by Land, Two if by Sea (restaurant)

answered by
Will from On The Road

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Angelica Kitchen (restaurant)

answered by
Annette from New Jersey

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. sweetgreen NoMad (attraction)
  2. Waldy's Wood Fired Pizza & Penne (restaurant)
  3. Organic Avenue (restaurant)
  4. Leña Latin Grill (restaurant)
  5. Dig Inn Seasonal Market (restaurant)
  6. Tres Carnes (restaurant)

answered by
Jonathan from New York City

Aria Restaurant in the West Village.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Aria Restaurant (restaurant)

answered by
luiza from Zurich

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Morimoto (restaurant)
  2. Buddakan (restaurant)
  3. TAO Downtown (restaurant)
  4. The Monarch Room (restaurant)

answered by
Rocio from Costa Rica

Hola Valerie!! Mine are Maisonand Le Pain Quotidien. Maison is a brasserie type restaurant and an excellent choice for a special dinner, good ambience, excellent food at a very affordable price. Le Pain Quotidien offers an outstanding cuisine (bakery) having the best menus for breakfast or lunch ever.  I would like to add 2 places that I like a lot which are Fresh & Co and Shake Shack. These options are in case you want to grab a sandwich, a salad or a burger. Ingredients are very fresh, healthy and well cooked.

Hope this helps!! Saludos.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Maison (restaurant)
  2. Le Pain Quotidien (restaurant)
  3. Fresh & Co (restaurant)
  4. Shake Shack (restaurant)

answered by
M. from Brooklyn

Babbo in Manhattan and Frankies Spuntino in Brooklyn.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Babbo (restaurant)
  2. Frankies Spuntino (restaurant)

answered by
Emily from Los Angeles

Try BLUE HILL - you won't regret it!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. BLUE HILL (restaurant)

answered by
TYree from Brooklyn

for reasonable, well prepared and authentic Chinese, check out Sammy's Noodle Shop & Grill in the Village. 453 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave to locals) 212 924 6688

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sammy's Noodle Shop & Grill (restaurant)

answered by
jami from New York City

Benny's Burritos on Greenwich St is great! I've never gotten anything bad and the portions are good. Its busy, ALWAYS, but earlier is better if you don't want to wait too long. But a busy restaurant in NYC is a good thing. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Benny's Burritos (restaurant)
  2. Greenwich St (attraction)

answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Scott and I always find ourselves at this little Italian restaurant just on the edge of Hell's Kitchen, not far from the theatres:  Gallo Nero.  Their burrata is amazing and the dishes are just lovely.  If the weather is nice, the window/doors all open and the dining sort of spills out onto the street.

If you've got the budget, go for the full splurge at Le Bernardin-Eric Ripert is amazing.  If you can't, stop by for a cocktail and oysters at the newly opened bar next door-Aldo Sohm Wine Bar.

And don't miss your opportunity to have a burger at Shake Shack (multiple locations).

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Gallo Nero (restaurant)
  2. Le Bernardin (restaurant)
  3. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar (restaurant)
  4. Shake Shack (restaurant)

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