The best restaurants, cafes, bakeries and delicatessens in the city named after food!
New York is a foodie’s heaven as it has a huge range of global cuisines on offer. Whether you’re in the mood for Thai, Chinese, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Ethiopian or good all American favourites, you won’t have far to travel!
If you’re looking for inspiration then why don’t you try out some of our culinary recommendations, broken down into neighbourhoods.
Upper East and West Side/Central Park
The Loeb Boathouse Central Park
This lakeside restaurant and bar might look familiar to movie lovers, and that’s because it’s been used in many movies and TV shows including Sex and the City, 27 Dresses and When Harry met Sally.
The only NYC eatery on a lake, the Boathouse has a classic, cultured air to it, and it can’t be denied that it is one of the city’s most beautiful venues. Although you might pay a premium for the view – and the name – the food is fresh and tasty. If this is a little out of your budget, why not consider it an option for afternoon tea or cocktail in the lounge. You might also want to hire out one of its boats for a relaxing after-dinner row across the lake…
If you have a sweet tooth then Serendipity is the place for you. This café/ice cream parlour offers a surprisingly large selection of food and can be a great place to stop off for a burger at lunchtime, however it’s most renowned for its ice cream sundaes. Be prepared for a long wait however, it’s rare that there isn’t a queue coming out the door!
Afternoon tea in a luxury hotel
As a Brit I can’t get enough of afternoon tea and wherever I travel I try to find somewhere spectacular to eat scones! New York is spoilt for choice so why not check out some of these beautiful hotels:
- The Lowell
- The St Regis
- The Mandarin Oriental
- Palm Court at The Plaza
- The Ritz-Carlton
- The Russian Tea Room
Greenwich Village/The Meatpacking district
The Magnolia bakery
This branch of the now world famous Magnolia Bakery chain was the company’s first and still has a cutesy home kitchen feel to it. Pop in here for a slice of cake heaven, with lashings and lashings of icing!
This beautiful French bistro is a wonderful venue for brunch and is just a short walk from Greenwich’s Bleeker St shopping area and the very cool High Line Park. Light and airy, Pastis is particularly inviting on a warm, sunny day, with a wonderful selection of contintenal dishes to choose from. It’s a lovely relaxed place to chill out in, reading the paper while you take your morning tea or coffee.
Lower East Side
Want to experience a real New York deli? Then be sure to head to Katz’s. A New York landmark, this Jewish diner has been here since the 1880’s and is so popular it delivers its meats around the world!
It’s got some classic homemade dishes on the menu, but one of the reasons people keep flocking there is for their impressively large sandwiches. Meat piled up between two pieces of bread, plus a plate of large pickled vegetables, they recommend that most people share a sandwich between two – and I’d agree!
A great place for the ambience alone, the walls are covered with pictures of the owners with the many stars who’ve visited and it also makes sure you remember that it’s home to that famous scene from When Harry met Sally. Want to feel like a local? Then this is the place for you. We can promise you won’t leave hungry!
Rice to Riches
If you’re after a quirky snack, then look no further than Rice to Riches, which dedicates itself to serving up every kind of sweet rice pudding you could ever think of.
Flavours include cinnamon, coconut, tiramasu and rocky road, which you can then cover in a huge selection of toppings – personally I’m drawn towards to the crunchy chocolate brownie crumbs!
Eat in standing at one of their small tables or grab one of the three booths if you have a chance, otherwise take your pudding to go in one of it’s funky plastic pots.
If you want an authentic, reasonably priced New York pizza then get yourself to Lombardi’s, which was the city’s original pizzeria!
You can’t book here, so just wander down, put your name on the list and grab a drink at the bar until your table is ready, which I can tell you it’s worth the wait!
Pizza’s come in two sizes small (14”) and large (18”) and you simply choose the toppings you want and then it’s slid into the oven. Moist and amazingly tasty, this is my ‘go to’ restaurant every time I head to New York. Not to be missed!