New York is one of the best cities for food in the world, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when eating your way around the Big Apple. You’ve got Michelin-starred fine-dining restaurants, famous 100-year-old eateries, and iconic delicatessens to choose from.
Here are New York’s legendary top foodie spots…
This quaint Italian pizzeria was the first ever in the United States, and is basically where New York pizza was born. The simple menu here has three main dishes to choose from – original Margherita, white pizza (just cheese and seasonings), and calzone. You can then mix and match the small selection of toppings which include spicy pepperoni and meatballs. Only the full pizza pies are made to order, not single slices, so it’s a great excuse to get a few friends together or eat the whole thing yourself – we won’t judge.
Explore Downtown Route, Stop: SoHo / Little Italy
If you’ve seen When Harry Met Sally and know that famous scene from the film, you’ll recognise the iconic ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ Katz's Delicatessen. In this famously no-frills deli, which was founded back in 1888, you’ll find New York’s best hand-carved pastrami sandwich. The longtime establishment is popular with both locals and tourists – so you know it’s the real deal – and everyone flocks to buy the piled-high pastrami served on thick rye bread.
Explore Downtown Route, Stop: NoHo
GRAND CENTRAL OYSTER BAR
This iconic New York restaurant is almost as famous as the place in which it’s found – Grand Central Station. It’s over 100 years old, and boasts an opulent setting, with a huge tiled, vaulted ceiling and sophisticated dark wood furnishings. The signature dish here is, of course, the oysters, Pick a platter of raw, fresh ones and you can choose from a long list of sweet, briny, mild and creamy options. Bet you didn’t know there were so many to choose from.
Explore Uptown Route, Stop: Grand Central Station
French celebrity chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant, aptly named ‘Daniel’, serves up refined and modern French cuisine in a magnificent setting – pick this place if it’s a special occasion.
Top dishes at the upmarket eatery include duck terrine, duo of beef and sea bass, and it boasts a 25,000 bottle wine cellar with a tipple to suit every dish and palette. If you need further convincing, Daniel has two Michelin stars to its name, and is highly recommended by The New York Times.
Explore Uptown Route, Stop: Central Park Zoo
ELEVEN MADISON PARK
Eleven Madison Park topped Restaurant magazine’s ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ list back in 2017, and it’s won several other accolades along with three Michelin stars. It’s housed in a gorgeous Art Deco building opposite Madison Square, and offers a single eight to ten-course tasting menu accompanied by wine pairings for diners to enjoy. The menu is updated with new dishes regularly, but favorites include the honey and lavender roasted duck and the celery root in black truffle sauce.
Explore Downtown Route, Stop: Flatiron District
Starting planning your culinary trip to New York, one of the world’s best foodie cities, today. Along with these iconic restaurants, there are festivals, food trucks and pop-up eateries where you can try loads of experimental dishes too. See what else there is to do in the city here. Happy dining!