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What to Eat in New York City

It's fitting that New York's most popular nickname includes a reference to food. Experts say that the city is jam-packed with delicious places to eat, from the high-end celebrity chef hot spots to cozy eateries. When you're in this cosmopolitan city, you'll have to sample some of its specialties. Most people associate NYC with pizza: New York-style pizza consists of hand-tossed thin crust, a light layer of tomato sauce, plenty of mozzarella cheese and an assortment of toppings. There are dozens of pizzerias dishing out traditional pies across the city, but locals say Joe's Pizza and Grimaldi's Pizzeria are two of the top spots to grab a slice of pizza. Another New York staple? Bagels. The large, soft, doughy bagels can be topped with thick cream cheese (often you can choose from various schmear flavors), lox or your favorite breakfast sandwich accoutrements. Experts say you can't go wrong with a bagel from Ess-a-Bagel, Bagel Bob's or Tompkins Square Bagels.

In addition to its casual eateries, New York City has a vibrant food market (visit Chelsea Market and Gotham West Market) and farmers market scene. And of course, the Big Apple is home to numerous upscale restaurants highlighting cuisine from around the world. The list of must-try restaurants is constantly changing, but those looking to enjoy an exquisite multicourse meal should make reservations (well in advance) at Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernadin or Daniel. If you'd like to explore fine dining restaurants with more reasonable price tags, Butter, Scarpetta and Marc Forgione are a few celebrity chef-helmed eateries that won't completely bust your budget. The wealth of food options in the city is also part of why New York City consistently lands on the U.S. News ranking of the Best Foodie Cities in the USA.

What's more, New York City isn't only home to fantastic restaurants, but also to several stand-out bars and breweries. When the weather warms up, locals and travelers alike love heading to the top rooftop bars around the city to soak up the skyline views.

Find the Best Restaurants in New York City

  • #1
    Diana of Little Chef, Little Kitchen
    #1 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 92 reviewsTripAdvisor (92)
    $ - $$ | Italian, American, Filipino, Mediterranean, Asian
    New York City, NY
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  • #2
    Levain Bakery
    #2 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4506 reviewsTripAdvisor (4506)
    $ |
    167 W 74th St At Amsterdam Avenue, New York City, NY 10023-2216
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  • #3
    Levain Bakery
    #3 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1571 reviewsTripAdvisor (1571)
    $ - $$ | American
    2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 117th Street, New York City, NY 10026-2040
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  • #4
    Piccola Cucina Osteria
    #4 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1968 reviewsTripAdvisor (1968)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean
    196 Spring St Soho, New York City, NY 10012-3621
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  • #5
    Piccola Cucina
    #5 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 685 reviewsTripAdvisor (685)
    $ - $$ | Italian
    184 Prince St Neighborhood: SoHo, New York City, NY 10012-2979
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  • #6
    Club A Steakhouse
    #6 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3463 reviewsTripAdvisor (3463)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    240 E 58th Street, New York City, NY 10022-2001
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  • #7
    SottoCasa Pizzeria
    #7 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 312 reviewsTripAdvisor (312)
    $ - $$ | Pizza
    227 Lenox Ave, New York City, NY 10027-6542
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  • #8
    Pisillo Italian Panini
    #8 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 909 reviewsTripAdvisor (909)
    $ | Italian, Fast Food
    97 Nassau St 97 Nassau Street, New York City, NY 10038-2703
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  • #9
    Boucherie West Village
    #9 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 697 reviewsTripAdvisor (697)
    $ - $$ | French, Steakhouse
    99 7th Ave S, New York City, NY 10014-3415
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  • #10
    Boucherie Union Square
    #10 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 615 reviewsTripAdvisor (615)
    $$ | French, Steakhouse
    225 Park Ave S, New York City, NY 10003-1604
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  • #11
    Petite Boucherie
    #11 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 413 reviewsTripAdvisor (413)
    $ - $$ | French
    14 Christopher St, New York City, NY 10014-3523
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  • #12
    Song E Napule
    #12 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 256 reviewsTripAdvisor (256)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
    146 W Houston St, New York City, NY 10012-2561
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  • #13
    Los Tacos No. 1
    #13 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 185 reviewsTripAdvisor (185)
    $ | Mexican, Latin, Central American, Fast Food
    229 W 43rd St, New York City, NY 10036-3982
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  • #14
    Le Mille Feuille
    #14 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 265 reviewsTripAdvisor (265)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, European, French
    552 Laguardia Pl between 3rd Street & Bleecker, New York City, NY 10012-1459
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  • #15
    Daniel
    #15 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3127 reviewsTripAdvisor (3127)
    $$ | French
    60 East 65th Street, New York City, NY 10065-7056
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  • #16
    Loi Estiatorio
    #16 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 317 reviewsTripAdvisor (317)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood
    132 W 58th St Between 6th & 7th Avenue, New York City, NY 10019-2135
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  • #17
    Olio e Piu
    #17 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1653 reviewsTripAdvisor (1653)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    3 Greenwich Ave, New York City, NY 10014-3543
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  • #18
    Spice Symphony
    #18 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2169 reviewsTripAdvisor (2169)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    150 E 50th St Between Lexington & 3rd Avenue, New York City, NY 10022-9500
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  • #19
    Faicco's Pork Store
    #19 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 329 reviewsTripAdvisor (329)
    $ | Italian
    260 Bleecker St, New York City, NY 10014-4128
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  • #20
    Two Little Red Hens
    #20 of 16,182 Places to Eat in New York City
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 664 reviewsTripAdvisor (664)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1652 2nd Ave South of 86th Street, New York City, NY 10028-3110
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