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The Ultimate Guide of Where to Eat & Drink in New York City | Wanderlist Travel

New York City - Where to Eat & Drink | The Ultimate Guide of Things to Do in New York City

Food Recommendations

Grab & Go

  • The Halal Guys - Try: Chicken plate
  • Russ & Daughters for bagels
  • Shake Shack - Try: Cheeseburger with cheese fries
  • Murrays bagels - Try: Get the smoked salmon with cream cheese
  • Katz’s Delic atessen - Try: Pastrami sandwich with a side of pickles  
  • Joe's pizza, famous for being in the Spider-Man films

Brunch

  • Clinton Street Baking Company - Try: pancakes
  • Jane - Try: French toast
  • Buttermilk Channel - Try: Fried chicken over cheddar waffle, french toast
  • Jack's Wife Freda for celebrity spottings - Try: Green shakshuka, duck bacon
  • Sisters Bklyn - Try: French toast
  • Dimes - Try: Acai bowls
  • by CHLOE for vegan options - Try: vegan burger
  • Alice’s Tea Cup for afternoon tea - Try: pumpkin scones
  • Balthazar - Try: seafood tower, steak tartare
  • Alta - Try: Tlacoyos or guacamole goat cheese toast
  • Cafe Orlin - Try: the eggs benedict

Lunch/Dinner (Sit down meals)

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  • Nish Nush [Middle Easter, Moroccan, Greek] - Try: Create your own hummus, falafel trio platter

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  • Tacombi [Mexican food; Juice Bar & Smoothies] - Try: Crispy fish taco
  • Malatesta Trattoria [Italian] - Try: Spinach gnocchi, calamari
  • Pig and Khao [Filipino, Thai, Asian Fusion] - Try: Sizzling sisig, ribs, pork belly and bun bo nam bo
  • Nyona [Asian Fusion] - Try: Beef rendang, Laksa, Hainanese chicken rice
    • Tip: Restaurant accepts cash only; come early as weekends can be very crowded
  • Cocoron [Japanese] - Try: Mera mera noodles
  • The Meatball Shop [Italian] - Try: Kitchen Sink, Ice cream sandwich
  • Ramen
    • Ippudo Ramen - Try: Hirata buns with pork, Shiromaru Hakata Classic
    • Totto Ramen - Try: Classic chicken paitan ramen
      • Tip : Cash only
  • Pizza
    • Roberta's Pizza
    • Grimaldi's Pizza
    • Keste

$$$

  • ABC Kitchen [American]  - Try: Crab toast, lobster
  • Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong [Korean/BBQ] - Try: Pork neck and belly
  • Balaboosta [Mediterranean] - Try: Crispy cauliflower
  • Danji [Korean] - Try: Spicy KFC

Michelin Star Restaurants

  • Peter Luger [1 Michelin star Steakhouse] - Try: Steak for two medium rare, creamed spinach. Tip: Cash/Debit only
  • Public [1 Michelin star American, Australian restaurant] - Try: Burrata
  • Babbo [1 Michelin star Italian restaurant] - Try: Beef cheek ravioli
  • Carbone [1 Michelin star Italian restaurant] - Try: Spicy Rigatoni Vodka Pasta, Meatballs
  • Marea [2 Michelin star Italian, Seafood restaurant] - Try: Octopus and bone marrow fusilli
  • Jungsik [2 Michelin star Korean restaurant] - Try: Ribs and sea urchin
  • Eleven Madison Park [3 Michelin star Contemporary American  restaurant] - Try: Tasting menu
  • Masa [3 Michelin star Japanese restaurant] - Try: Tasting menu
  • Per Se [3 Michelin star French restaurant] - Try: Tasting menu

Dessert

Bakery & Pastry

  • Levain Bakery - Try: Chocolate chip cookie
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery - Try: Cronuts, Cookie shot
  • Magnolia Bakery - Try: Red velvet cheesecake, banana pudding
  • Bibble and sip - Try: Matcha and earl grey puffs/Chalait - Matcha Latte
  • Lady M Desserts - Try: Green tea crepe cake, strawberry shortcake
  • Doughnut Plant - Try: Tres Leches, Coconut Creme, Vanilla Bean
  • Dough - Try: Earl grey chocolate donut, Hibiscus Doughnut
  • Junior's - Try: Cheesecake
  • Miss Lily's - Try: Coconut Cake
  • Marc Forgione - Try: S'mores
  • Spot Dessert Bar - Try: Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake
  • The Dessert Club - Try: Brown Sugar Panna Cotta
  • Royce Chocolate - Try: Potato chip chocolates and famous Nama chocolates (green tea and au lait)
    • If you want to bring some back home: Get it on your last morning or night before you leave - they'll give you some ice and you can keep the ice in the freezer and chocolate in the fridge. Take it with you the next day and it'll be good for 5 - 10 hours
  • Laduree - Try: Macarons or High Tea

Frozen Desserts

  • Big Gay Ice Cream Shop - Try: Salty pimp (vanilla ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, chocolate dip)
  • The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory - Try: Chocolate chip, Eggcustard and Almond Cookie
  • Morgenstern's  - Try: Burnt honey, salted caramel, creme Brûlée ice cream
  • Grom Gelato - Try: Pistachio Ice Cream
  • I-CE NY - Try: Rolled ice cream sandwiches
  • Taiyaki - Try: Matcha Sesame Swirl Ice Cream
  • Ice & Vice - Try: Everything Black Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Black Tap - Try: Milkshake
  • Betony - Try: Pate de Fruit & Olive Oil Ice Cream
  • Popbar - Try: Gelato On A Stick

WHERE TO DRINK

Cafes

  • Happy Bones: Read the morning paper while sipping on a Flat White (their speciality!) in this minimalistic coffee shop
  • Birch Coffee: Scattered around the city, Birch Coffee has a laid-back rustic vide. Their “Ignition Initiative” encourages guests to mingle by providing conversation topics you can take and place on your table if you are open to conversation
  • Maman: This ‘grammable coffee shop has rustic decor adorned with blue and white printed cups. Try their lavender infused hot chocolate
  • Two Hands Tribeca: Enjoy the beautiful light, and bright environment filled with plants while sipping on your afternoon coffee.
  • Hi-Collar: At Hi-Collar, it’s all about the experience. This Japanese shop serves coffee by day and sake by night. Try: the Mizudashi Iced Coffee and a green tea Rice Krispy treat
  • Café Integral: An Instaworthy coffee shop in Nolita is the perfect place to take a mid-shopping break
  • La Colombe: Try their complex and flavorful coffee and espresso drinks or draft latte
  • El Rey: This gem has a laid-back California vibe perfect for a quick lunch or coffee meet-up. Order a cortado and kale salad here.
  • Pietro Nolita: This all pink restaurant/cafe is the perfect place to snap a couple of pics while indulging in their creamy lattes.
  • Coffee Project: Enjoy a twist on classics with their deconstructed latte

Rooftop + Views

  • The Ides Bar at Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg - Amazing views of Manhattan + delish cocktails
  • Le Bain at The Standard, High Line
  • The Press Lounge - panoramic views of Midtown and the Hudson river
  • Pod 39 Rooftop - Tip: it gets busy, leave name downstairs and be prepared to wait up to an hour
  • Roof Garden Bar at Met Fifth Avenue
  • Refinery Rooftop at Refinery Hotel
  • SixtyFive - Highest rooftop bar in NYC on the 65th floor
  • Gallow Green - rooftop bar by the creative team behind Sleep No More

Speakeasy

  • Please Don't Tell in East Village - Hidden in Crif Dog's and there is a telephone booth you dial to get in. Tip: Same day reservations available at 3 pm
  • Bathtub Gin near Chelsea market - A fake Victoria bar hidden behind a coffee shop. Tip: make a reservation beforehand
  • Little Branch - hidden speakeasy-style basement that is quite hard to find. Try: the bartender’s choice - they know their stuff here!

OTHER BARS

  • Pegu Club - A Victorian-style paradise for cocktail connoisseurs
  • Decibel Sake Bar - cozy sake bar hidden away in the basement of an East Village building. Try: Lychee martinis
  • The Dead Rabbit - Irish bar with great snacks. Make sure to try to Scotch eggs
  • Buddakan - Retrace Carrie Bradshaw’s Manolo Blahniks to this grand space for a couple of drinks

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