New York City Guide
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The city that never sleeps, or the city that always eats? Although New York has its mainstays—the pizza, deli sandwiches and bagels that have made it famous among food lovers—the city offers more than a few surprises when it comes to food and dining out. In this section we’ll help you narrow your New York City restaurant options and find exactly what you crave. Look for reviews by critics and fellow diners, top-notch delivery services, the lowdown on the biggest food events in the city and more.
- Often, the personality of a neighborhood is a good indicator of the personality of the cuisine you’ll find there. Upscale areas have fancier restaurants. Office-heavy neighborhoods like Midtown and Wall Street lack innovative fare but are full of mid-price lunch places and chains like Cosi and Guy & Gallard types of eateries, which are usually closed on the weekends.
- If you’re new in town and feeling overwhelmed by the countless restaurants, trendy dishes and foodie culture, don’t forget the classics. New York is still a great place to grab a slice of pizza or a hot dog from a street vendor. In most cases, you can fill up for less than $5.
- Many New York City restaurants don’t take reservations, in which case you should be ready to wait for a table. But a growing number of eateries are allowing online reservations, according to The New York Times.
- The outer boroughs offer an outstanding array of ethnic foods and trendier upscale cuisines (especially in Park Slope and Cobble Hill in Brooklyn). Eating In Translation is a blog with sections about each borough.
For an introduction to New York City food and dining …
New York Magazine
has a comprehensive guide to the best New York food of 2008. Beginning with the hottest new restaurants, this savvy rundown offers an A-to-Z list of topnotch noshes. Everything is covered: burgers, brunches, meatballs and neighborhood bagel shops and pizzerias, to name a few. Scour this site for an overview of the scene.
For iconic New York City foods …
Time Out New York
tips you off to the best hotdogs, cheesecake, burgers, and knishes in the city. In this quick, entertaining feature, four New Yorkers compare their favorite to a challenger’s offering, with some surprising results. The magazine also weighs in on its favorite pizza
is a blog about food and eating written by down-to-earth author Ed Levine. Get Ed’s take on the best Jewish delis around the city, and commentary on those that don’t measure up. Ed also shares some preferred city coffee shops
, conveniently plotted on a map.
is consistently praised by Zagat Survey and is arguably the best pizza in New York; the trick is the coal-fired oven, says founder Patsy Grimaldi. There are three locations: the original under the Brooklyn Bridge, one in Garden City on Long Island, and one in Hoboken, New Jersey. Bring cash, be prepared to wait in line and know that you’ll have to purchase a whole pie—Grimaldi’s doesn’t do slices.
New York Magazine
provides the details on DiFara’s pizza in Midwood, Brooklyn. DiFara’s rivals Grimaldi’s for being the most popular pizza in New York, with each pie handmade—slowly—by owner Domenico DeMarco. Be prepared to wait for your pizza, and treasure the Italian-imported ingredients. For an inside look before you go, visit YouTube
for a selection of short videos taken inside DiFara’s.
is a timeless favorite among New Yorkers, and got its start at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues in Brooklyn in 1950. Visit the original shop or head to Junior’s
, at Grand Central Station or Times Square for a creamy slice.
For restaurant listings and reviews …
grants would-be diners access to menus of Manhattan and Brooklyn establishments. Search for eateries by neighborhood and type of cuisine or use the interactive map to pinpoint a location. There are also alternative search options (“Open 24 Hours,”
for example) and a “Hot Menus” section featuring the most clicked-on restaurants of the past 24 hours (scroll down to find it).
has a search tool that organizes restaurants according to cuisine, such as Greek, ice cream and fusion. Chow’s “Boards” are what set it apart, however, with numerous entries from food fanatics in Manhattan
and the outer boroughs
to help you find a place to eat that’s perfectly suited to your tastes.
covers restaurants in a number of U.S. cities, including New York. This is a great one-stop site for comparing reviews from several different sources, including New York Magazine and The Village Voice. To access reviews and “best” lists, click on a neighborhood or type of food.
is the site of the famous restaurant survey, and has a section covering New York City. Join for $2.08 per month to have access to Zagat
ratings of eateries in all five boroughs, or peruse member reviews on the site for free. Other free online features include “New Restaurants” and “Top Lists” of various categories, such as barbeque and prix fixe lunch.
The New Yorker
compiled its “Tables for Two” restaurant reviews from January of 2006 through the current issue, searchable by author and date or keyword. For additional archived results check off “Tables for Two” in the search tool. Reviews are often humorous, and just long enough to establish a restaurant’s character.
For reservations …
is an online reservation service for hundreds of restaurants in New York. Enter the date and time you wish to eat, neighborhood and/or cuisine, and a list of restaurants fitting your criteria is displayed. You can then make a selection and reservation for free after a completing a quick sign-up.
For eating outside of Manhattan …
The Brooklyn Paper
has an online dining section that helps locals and visitors discover new hot spots and trusted standbys throughout the borough. Search the listings by neighborhood, cuisine or keyword; results include detailed summaries of each restaurant, as well as contact information, average entrée price and the credit cards accepted. Below the search tool, read restaurant reviews and feature articles.
The Porkchop Express
is a fun blog devoted to eating in Brooklyn; scroll down on the right side of the page to link to sections on specific ethnic cuisines.
I Love The Bronx
is the Web site of the Bronx Tourism Council. The site advises where to eat in the borough and offers insider tips like where to dine al fresco in the warmer months. Some eateries are Zagat rated and others are local favorites.
is a blog that covers Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, a legendary Italian food haven. Learn which establishments to visit and link to the official sites of top pasta shops, bakeries and more. The site also has a guide to eating on Staten Island
. Though Staten Island isn't typically considered a gastronome's paradise, you can find great ethnic Sri Lankan cuisine and pizza.
The New York Times
writer Seth Kugel discusses why he moved to Jackson Heights, Queens: for the food! Learn which diners, street carts, taco stands and pizza places make the neighborhood unique, or join Kugel on a video tour of his favorite establishments.
reveals the best places to try ethnic foods in Astoria, Queens. Whether you want to go Greek, Colombian or Thai, you’ll find information here. Listings of Astoria spots
to eat in or grab a quick bite are also included.
For diners on a budget …
New York Magazine
offers its annual list of the best cheap eats in the city, including new cheap eateries and chef’s favorites. Each pick includes contact info, a profile and reviews, and a link to the restaurant’s official site.
The Street Vendor Project
is an advocacy group working to protect the legal rights of street vendors. The group sponsors the annual Vendy Awards
, a “cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs” in New York. Take a look at the winners and finalists of the Vendy Awards to discover new favorite cheap eating options at street carts around New York.
is a favorite for inexpensive burgers, hot dogs and frozen custard. Centrally located in Madison Square Park, the Shack provides menus and a custard calendar online.
For special dietary requirements in New York City …
makes it easy to find vegan and vegetarian options with its “NYC Vegan Restaurant Guide.” Search or browse by cuisine, neighborhood, level of veganism, and special features, such as free Wi-Fi and BYOB. Listings include star ratings and customer reviews, and you can link to restaurant Web sites.
lists kosher restaurants in New York State, and has divided its New York City listings by borough and Manhattan neighborhood. Some restaurants can be linked to from this site, and you’ll find contact and price information for all.
provides listings of Halal restaurants in each of the five boroughs along with links to each site, payment information, and menu descriptions. This site is cluttered but the content is thorough and helpful.
For tourists …
offers a list of New York restaurants led by celebrity chefs. There are more than 100 hot spots on the list, and you’ll find information about price and cuisine at each. However, only some listings include the name of the chef; for others, you’ll have to visit official restaurant Web sites, which have links from this site.
Accent on Dining
is a consulting firm that finds restaurants suiting the needs of groups traveling in unfamiliar cities, sometimes at discounted rates. If you’re planning a trip to see a Broadway show with your friends and family, or your New York–based company is hosting a group of out-of-town visitors, AOD can help you plan where to dine out based on your tastes and budget.
For dining in …
is an online delivery service connecting you to restaurants all over New York. By entering an address, you’ll be presented with listings of nearby eateries with food ratings, prices, estimated delivery time, occasional discount offers and photos of food. The site also makes it easy to reorder your favorite dishes.
is a free delivery service that connects you with groceries, restaurant meals and more. Enter your address (hint: for best results, enter street name/number and zip code only) for a list of participating merchants throughout New York, complete with essential info like minimum order amount, delivery hours and ratings of quality, value and speed.
The Council on the Environment of New York City
promotes regional agriculture by bringing fresh, local produce to Greenmarket farmers markets throughout the city. Greenmarket has managed farmers’ markets in the city since 1976. Look for a chart of the produce available each month, as well as a map of Greenmarket locations.
Not Eating Out in NY
is a blog written by a young woman that's committed to cooking her own meals and not dining out in the city. She profiles a few prominent foodies, reveals her reasons for eating local food and shares tricks for saving money by not eating out.
For food events …
Time Out New York
has a weekly updated section of “Eat outings.”
Options are kept to a minimum and vary in price and subject matter; you may find a literary wine event and a brewery festival listed during the same week.
New York Magazine's
“Grub Street” blog has an archive of “Foodievents.” Entries offer insight into trendy food happenings with photos and embedded links to restaurants. If you want an entertaining read, love entering quirky eating contests or want to know what happened at last night’s hot event, this is a helpful site; however, you won’t find listings of upcoming events.
For food tours …
Famous Fat Dave
can chauffeur you and a few friends in his yellow cab on an eating tour of 13 (or more) neighborhoods. A few of the quirkier options are the The Pickle Tickle Tour, The Boot Of The Bronx Tour and The Midnight Munchies Tour. Famous Fat Dave’s tours are not cheap, but they do include food, drinks and gas.
A Slice of Brooklyn Tours
has a “Pizza Tour” of the borough. Board a bus in Manhattan to embark on a journey to Brooklyn’s best pizzerias, including Grimaldi’s, mentioned in the iconic foods section of this guide.
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