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Your top 3 must eat at locations while visiting NYC?

I know everyone has an opinion.  Going to NYC is awesome but often overwhelming when it comes to picking places to eat.  What are you 3 go-to's? Don't have to be fancy! 

11 Answers

top answer by
Kevin from New York City

For breakfast (or lunch) I'd recommend Russ & DaughtersEvery conceivable bagel topping is available, including a dozen varieties of caviar and roe. Don't fall into the trap of eating a gargantuan and elaborate "brunch" as this is New York, and you will be walking. A lot.

For lunch, head down to Pisillo Italian Panini for a Milano: Salami, smoked mozzarella, artichokes and roasted red peppers.. My friends and I call this "the sandwich" because it's the only one that matters. The dressing and bread are perfect and they make the mozzarella in house, meats are shipped over from Italy. This is the best Italian hero in the city. Heads up: it's cash only.

For a snack or to satiate a sweet tooth, stop by Takahachi Tribeca and pick up some macarons, honey ginger is my personal favorite, green tea is the most popular. For a savory snack, check out Despaña Fine Foods and Tapas Cafe.

Casa Mono would be my choice for dinner, but make sure to get a reservation in advance. They were just put back in the Michelin guide, so expect a crowd if you don't plan ahead.

For a late night/post drinking meal, my go-to are the short rib pierogis at Veselka.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Russ & Daughters (restaurant)
  2. Pisillo Italian Panini (restaurant)
  3. Takahachi Tribeca (restaurant)
  4. Despaña Fine Foods and Tapas Cafe (attraction)
  5. Casa Mono (restaurant)
  6. Veselka (restaurant)
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answered by
Thomas from Berlin

Cafe Habana  grilled corn on the cob latin-style and cuban or grilled steak sandwich

Russ & Daughters best bagels

Peking Duck House for the duck of course :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cafe Habana (restaurant)
  2. Russ & Daughters (attraction)
  3. Peking Duck House (restaurant)
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answered first by
Ashley from New York City

Some of the best pizza in NYC -- Roberta's in Brooklyn. 


CEO and Founder of theLATER (organize places and events for later)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Roberta's (restaurant)
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answered by
Tim from New York, New York

Born and raised in NYC

Pizza - Mimi's Restaurant

Chinese - Pig Heaven

Burgers - Jackson Hole

Hot dog - Gray's Papaya

Pound cake - Sarabeth's Restaurant

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Mimi's Restaurant (restaurant)
  2. Pig Heaven (restaurant)
  3. Jackson Hole (restaurant)
  4. Gray's Papaya (restaurant)
  5. Sarabeth's Restaurant (restaurant)
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answered by
Rebecca from New York City

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Xi'an Famous Foods (restaurant)
  2. Artichoke Basille's Pizza & Brewery (restaurant)
  3. Momofuku Noodle Bar (restaurant)
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answered by
Pat from New York City

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Buddakan (restaurant)
  2. The Smile (restaurant)
  3. Umami Burger (restaurant)
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answered by
Joshua from Cape Town, South Africa

Totonno Pizzeria Napolitanais way out in Brooklyn but it's one of the oldest pizzeria's in the city and one of my favorites. Plus the random Coney Island location adds something to the experience.

Traifhas creative, modern food served tapas style. 

Eatalyis an Italian store with a massive NYC location meant to resemble an Italian piazza. There are numerous restaurants inside along with any Italian ingredient you can imagine.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Totonno Pizzeria Napolitana (restaurant)
  2. Traif (restaurant)
  3. Eataly (restaurant)
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answered by
AJ from Connecticut

Steak - Peter Luger Steak House 

Pizza - Grimaldi's Pizzeria

Burger - Shake Shack in Madison Square Park (Madison and East 23rd)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Peter Luger Steak House (restaurant)
  2. Grimaldi's Pizzeria (restaurant)
  3. Shake Shack (restaurant)
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answered by
Allan from New York State

A must do is Katz's Delicatessen.  It may have the best pastrami and corned beef in the world and is a NY institution.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Katz's Delicatessen (restaurant)
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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Don't have three, but have one!  Must go to Shake Shack-they have multiple locations so you can pick the one that's most convenient.  I also LOVE the burrata at Gallo Nero.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Shake Shack (restaurant)
  2. Gallo Nero (restaurant)
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answered by
Liza from New York City

Tough question, but my top three Italian restaurants would have to be:

If you need any additional restaurant recommendations, feel free to check out my New York City restaurant blog (, which is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Il Buco (restaurant)
  2. The Meatball Shop (restaurant)
  3. Supper (restaurant)

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