A Diner's Guide to New York City
Collected by John Newton , AFAR Contributor
By one estimate, New York City is home to almost 8,000 restaurants—add in cafés, delis, and smaller places, and the count is closer to 24,000. This list is, needless to say, a mere starting point to the many restaurants—and bars—worth a visit.
11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
In April 2017, the World's 50 Best Restaurants List (produced by the British magazine Restaurant) bestowed the title of the greatest restaurant anywhere on Eleven Madison Park. It marked the first time in 13 years that an American establishment...
155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, USA
Le Bernardin, on 51st Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues, is one of the handful of New York restaurants that is regularly awarded four stars by the New York Times (it is also one of five restaurants in the city with three Michelin stars)....
42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
Now nearly 25 years old, Gramercy Tavern in the Flatiron District can fairly be described as a New York institution. When the restaurant opened, Tom Colicchio, who has gone on to fame as much as a television chef as one who cooks in his kitchens,...
1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, USA
Eleven Madison Park is one of the hottest tables in town at the moment but it is an expensive night out and reservations can be hard to get. If you'd like to try chef Daniel Humm's cooking while you are in New York, the restaurant at the NoMad...
127 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002, USA
At the top of any list of New York City's contributions to American cuisine would have to be the dishes rooted in the Lower East Side when it was home to Jewish immigrants: matzo-ball soup, bagels with lox, and whitefish salad. Among the...
200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010, USA
9 Pell St, New York, NY 10013, USA
New York City's Chinese and Chinese American populations total around 570,000, making this the largest concentration of Chinese outside the mother country. The first Chinatown in Manhattan dates to the 1870s, and while it continues to grow, it has...
278 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, USA
New York abounds in corner pizzerias selling pizza by the slice—it's the default meal on the go for many residents. Those neighborhood spots are decidedly humble, even if the pizza is often very tasty. But should you want to make an evening...
170 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012, USA
567 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA
The White Horse Tavern in the West Village is about as old-school as any bar can get. Founded in 1880, its long dark-wood bar is backed by a mirror and lined with stools; vintage prints and photos adorn the walls. It's also a cultural institution,...
53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014, USA
"Where Pride Began" is the slogan of this West Village bar that is not only a landmark for the city's LGBTQ community but, as of June 2016, a National Historic Landmark as well. On June 28, 1969, New York City police raided the bar, part of a...
77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012, USA
When Audrey Saunders first opened Pegu Club on Houston Street in 2005, it was a pioneer. While nowadays bars and hotels around the world can boast of mixologists creating handcrafted cocktails, Saunders started her business when the idea of an...
433 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009, USA
When Death & Company opened in the East Village in 2006 it was not among the first wave of that period's cocktail revival, but it would prove to be one of the most enduring of the second generation of lounges. The original owners opted for an...
2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
The King Cole Bar is about as legendary as any bar in New York. Located in the St. Regis Hotel at Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, it has been the place to go for a cocktail since it opened in 1932—Salvador Dalí, John Lennon, and Marilyn...
90 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
Brooklyn has become a dining destination in recent years, with dozens of restaurants preparing local, organic, and sustainable American dishes—and others serving everything from Korean bibimbap and Scandinavian specialties to Ethiopian stews...
261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206, USA
Arguably one of New York's best pizza places, Roberta's would surely be more crowded than it already is if it wasn't so hard to get to—at least for residents of Manhattan (or travelers staying there). This Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant...
Basement Level of City Point, 445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
Much of the buzz around Brooklyn in recent years has focused on Williamsburg and, to a lesser degree, the nearby Bushwick and Greenpoint districts. Downtown Brooklyn and its neighbor, Fort Greene, have been enjoying a renaissance too, however. One...
80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
For some of the best views of the New York City skyline, you have to leave Manhattan. Case in point: the Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. Located on the east side of the East River, this place serves up a view that stretches from the...
615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
Williamsburg having had its moment as the epicenter of cool in Brooklyn, some of that energy has moved north in recent years. Greenpoint remains a largely Polish neighborhood, but one hipster beachhead has been Tørst on Manhattan Avenue....
383 Carroll St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, USA
The Gowanus Canal has long been a scar on Brooklyn, a toxic Superfund site that the city, state, and federal governments have spent millions of dollars to return to something somewhat closer to a pristine state. With Brooklyn enjoying a red-hot...
899 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
This cavernous beer hall in Crown Heights from the team behind Brooklyn Flea (a weekend flea market that travels to different locations in the borough) opened in 2014 and has quickly become a popular spot. The aesthetic is warehouse Brooklyn:...
43-15 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
Husband-and-wife team Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis have pulled off a remarkable feat, managing to entice gourmets to travel to Long Island City in Queens for a meal. While Obraitis manages M. Wells Steakhouse, Dufour presides over the kitchen....
40-09 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354, USA
New York has the largest population of Chinese Americans and native-born Chinese and of any city in the United States, and Queens is the borough with the highest percentage—more than 10 percent of its residents are of Chinese descent. It's...
112 Lincoln Ave, Bronx, NY 10454, USA
Of all New York's boroughs, the Bronx has had the hardest time shaking the reputation left over from darker periods in the city's history. The South Bronx is not, however, the lawless, crime-ridden neighborhood you might imagine if you have...
505 W 23rd St A, New York, NY 10011, USA
At almost 20 years old, the Half King has become a Chelsea institution, but back when it was founded by journalists Sebastian Junger (author of The Perfect Storm) and Scott Anderson (Lawrence in Arabia) and filmmaker Nanette Burstein, this part of...
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