Competition between bars and restaurants in New York is fierce. With so many new establishments opening daily, everybody’s got to have a gimmick to distinguish their place from the rest. You’ll be amazed at the variety of coffees, hot chocolates, wines or desserts on a single menu. And you’ll wonder how specialty establishments who only sell cupcakes, pudding, raw food, or whiskey even survive. It’s consumer heaven for those who like lots of options. While the legendary New York steakhouses and diners are still popular among locals and tourists alike, getting adventurous with the thousands of ethnic restaurants is where the real fun begins. Waiters should be tipped 15-20%.
A Lower East Side institution, Katz’s has been serving piping hot pastrami sandwiches and kosher pickles since 1888.
Address: 205 East Houston Street
Phone: +1 (212) 254 2246
You haven’t been to New York if you haven’t had a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.
Address: 500 Avenue of the Americas between 12th and 13th streets
Phone: +1 (212) 462-2830
Yum. Steak. And world famous mutton chops.
Address: 72 West 36th street
Phone: +1 (212) 947 3636
Nobu Next Door
Sushi art. It’s difficult to reserve a table at Nobu, but Nobu Next Door has seats on a first come first serve basis.
Address: 105 Hudson Street btw Franklin and Tribeca streets
Phone: +1 (212) 334-4445
There are more than 200 restaurants in New York’s Chinatown. Pick one with a recent Time Out or Zagat rating sticker in the window for quality food.
Underground: J, M, N, Q, R, W, Z, 6 to Canal St
Though much of the area formerly known as Little Italy has been consumed by rapidly expanding Chinatown, the decorative Mulberry St and Mott St still offer a variety of authentic Italian fare.
This tiny row of restaurants on 1st Avenue between 5th and 6th streets has a unique, if not chaotic charm that isn’t found anywhere else in the city. Restaurateurs beg, plead and often shout while courting clientele.
Harlem’s heartiest soul food accompanied by gospel choir on Sundays.
Address: 328 Lenox Ave
Phone: +1 (212) 996-0660
Brunch served with scrumptious homemade muffins and scones.
Address: 40 Central Park South (btw Fifth and Sixth Aves)
Delicious food with an ample Bloody Mary menu.
Address: 54 E 1st St
Phone: +1 (212) 677-6221