An Insiders Guide To Eating New York City
New York – the city of Broadway, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building… Ok, Ok, let’s not beat around the bagel here. When in the Big Apple there may be plenty to see but there is even more to eat. From the humble street side hot dog to the swankiest restaurants you’ll ever step foot into, New York is a foodie’s paradise. But with about a zillion guides to the city, where do you start? This is not the definitive guide to New York eating but as a long-time New York resident this is the list I give to family and friends when they are heading to Gotham. Dig in!
New York City Restaurants
With a wide variety of flavours and types (Flagels aka flat bagels are my favourite), the possibilities are endless. Cream cheese not your thing? The chicken and tuna salads are delicious.
My go-to Uptown. It is very casual with limited seating but the food is worth it. This is a bagel spot and deli all rolled into one.
If you have time to spare and want to sit down and enjoy a drink with your lunch then Sadelle’s is a good choice. The interior is chic and they boast an extensive menu that reaches beyond bagels…but go for the bagels.
I was lucky enough to live on the corner of the original location of this popular pizza joint which has multiple restaurants throughout the city. They stay open super late and I spent many nights here chatting with friends, meeting strangers and discussing favourite slices. Mine? Margarita.
This Mulberry Street restaurant serves up delicious thin crust pizza with amazing sauce and toppings. I suggest the Vodka sauce pizza. They also do a delicious gluten free pizza. The cozy vibe will make you want settle in and sip red wine for hours.
Feeling adventurous? Head over to Greenpoint, Brooklyn for some truly amazing pizza. Specializing in Neapolitan Pizza, Paulie Gee’s offers up a pie that is a little different from the typical New York slice. Neapolitan pizzeria’s have to meet certain criteria to claim the title and this Brooklyn favourite goes above and beyond.
One of my go-to restaurants. You can almost always get a reservation, it is a crowd pleaser and the menu is interesting and fun. There are multiple locations throughout the city and all have the same great quality and service, so check out the one closest to you. Try the roasted tomato soup, it’s a winner.
Two words: Roast. Chicken. Sandwiched in-between Greenwich Village and the Meatpacking District, Chef Jonathan Waxman cooks some of the most delicious roast chicken I have ever eaten. His kale salad is the thing dreams are made of and don’t even get me started on the pasta. The location is one of those perfect NYC street corners where the people watching is perfection.
I have been hanging out at Minetta’s since I was 18 and I still think it’s cool. This classic tavern has been rebranded, refurbished and has gotten way swankier since I was a teenager, but it has maintained its old school NYC vibe. There is one thing that has changed dramatically since I was sneaking in with a fake ID – the food. It is incredible. Get the burger and thank me later.
One of my favourite places. Chumley’s is old speakeasy in the West Village which you get to by cutting through someone’s courtyard. Walking inside feels a little like entering someone’s living room. It is very laid back and cozy. The walls are covered in signatures and books from famous authors and playwrights. Very New York.
My favourite place to park at the bar, order a dirty martini and settle in. The ricotta cheese is highly recommended. The restaurant is gorgeous and is one of the best places in NYC to go celebrity spotting. You may even see one of the owners – Robert De Niro.
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