New York, New York! It’s where dreams are made, according to Alicia Keys, and we couldn’t agree more. Especially when we’re dreaming of food! A whopping 8.6 million people live in New York, with Brooklyn alone accounting for 2.5 million – that’s a lot of mouths to feed and that doesn’t even count tourists. From the most mouthwatering sushi to the dirtiest burger, the multicultural and diverse communities of New York offer a range of worldwide cuisines to satisfy the taste buds of 8 million city dwellers. Whether you’re in the hustle and bustle of Times Square or exploring the trendy neighbourhoods of Brooklyn, we’re breaking down the best places to eat in New York by borough.
#1 Where’s good to eat in The Bronx?
The Grange Bar & Eatery
Bringing locally sourced produce from the farm to your finger tips, The Grange Bar & Eatery’s varied menu offers a range of country kitchen favourites alongside a tempting Craft Cocktail and Craft Beer Bar. Whether you’re into fresh salads or looking for a hearty steak, make sure you’ve added a trip to the Grange Bar & Eatery to your itinerary whilst in the Big Apple.
1635 Amsterdam Ave,
City Island Lobster House
For seafood fans, City Island Lobster House is a must-visit destination when you’re in The Bronx. Not only for the unmissable neon lobster sitting atop the restaurant, but also for the seafood feast that awaits inside! On a sunny day there’s also outside seating so you can enjoy the shrimp with a view over the nearby water.
#2 Where’s good to eat in Manhattan?
For feel good, easy, tasty food, make sure a visit to Ruby’s Cafe is on your list. The menu hosts a delightful range of pasta dishes (including gluten free pasta) salad bowls for the health conscious among us, and a sumptuous selection of burgers for when hunger really strikes.
219 Mulberry St A,
Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea, Tao Downtown offers guests a treat for their eyes and their bellies. With exceptional Asian interiors, including a giant reclining Buddha and Quan Yin (complete with 24 hands) not to mention their delicious offering of Asian cuisine, you’ll leave feeling truly satisfied. With it’s buzzing atmosphere and tempting menu, you’ll definitely want to come back here each time you visit the capital.
92 9th Ave,
#3 Where’s good to eat in Brooklyn?
Legendary Joe’s Pizza has made a real name for itself since their launch in 1975. Owned and ran by Joe, who is originally from Naples, you can be sure you’re getting some top notch dough. Boasting a following of celebrity fans including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joe Jonas and Bradley Cooper to name a few, you’re most certainly in good company. Joe’s Pizza is unmistakably one of the best places to eat in the capital for an authentic New York slice.
7 Carmine St,
Eats on Lex
Winner of Best Burger in NYC, Eats on Lex located on the busy streets of Brooklyn is your one stop shop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The American bistro offers a range of dishes, but it’s their mouth-watering burger and oyster offering which makes it one of the best places to eat in New York.
1055 Lexington Ave
#4 Where’s good to eat in Queens?
If you’re into Indian cuisine, Adda should be at the top of your list. With it’s impressive reputation, you’ll need to make sure that you book before you go, as it get’s pretty busy. Not only will your bill be minimal with everything costing under $20 but you’ll be treated to a real variety of traditional Indian dishes. With paneer saag and curried cauliflower on the menu as well as goat brains for the more adventurous.
31-31 Thomson Ave
You only need to look at White Bear’s tagged photo’s on Instagram to get your mouth watering. With an impeccable reputation for their Chinese food, especially their dumplings, people have been known to trek to Queens just for their pork wontons. Doused in roasted chilli oil and topped with pickled vegetables, who could resist? And at only $7 for half a dozen, you try and stop us!
135-02 Roosevelt Ave
#5 Where’s good to eat on Staten Island?
If you’re into fine dining, this Michelin-Rated restaurant is the one for you. The New York Times ranked Bin 5 as one of Staten Islands top places to eat. Awarded a multitude of titles including Best Restaurant, Best Fancy Cocktails and the Readers Choice, you’re in for a real treat when visiting Bin 5. Reasonably priced for the quality of food, your main can cost up to $32 which is around £24.
1233 Bay Street,
Words by Emma Bowkett