Food,  North America,  USA

Ten Top Places to Eat in New York City

New York City is an amazing place for food lovers. I recently posted about four top things to see and do when in New York City, but I kept food mentions to a minimum as I felt New York cuisine deserved a post of its own!

So here you go, from my experience, these are some of the best places to eat in New York City.


Moist and delicious, Lombardi’s is one of the best places to go in the city for pizza. One of New York’s first ever pizzerias, you can’t book here, just walk in and ask for a table – if its busy you can just grab yourself a beer at the bar while you wait.

NYC isn’t cheap when it comes to food prices, so this place gets double thumbs up as the food is cheap as well as filling! Pizza’s come in two sizes small ($14) and large ($18) and then you just ask for the toppings of your choice. Really, really tasty pizzas, I come here every time I visit Manhattan.


Lombardi's pizza
Lombardi’s pizza, NYC.

The Magnolia Bakery

The Magnolia Bakery has stores all over the city, but first started up in Greenwich Village. Tasty cakes slathered in icing, those with a sweet tooth just have to try out something here. There’s always a wide selection on offer, but I’m torn between a red velvet or vanilla cupcake with chocolate icing as my favourite. There’s always a cake of the month too, so why not see what the speciality is when you visit!

Katz’s Delicatessen

For a taste of real New York then head to this deli. World famous for its Jewish dishes and tasty meats, it’s renowned for super huge sandwiches jam-packed with meat (plus a side or large picked vegetables).

It was featured in the TV show Man versus Food and I’d recommend sharing one sandwich between two. Even then you’ll struggle, but it’s so tasty that you’ll not want to leave a scrap!

Oh and this is also the deli featured in that scene from When Harry met Sally – see the food is really good! 😉

Katz's Deli.
Beef brisket sandwich at Katz’s Deli.

The Loeb Boathouse Central Park

As featured in many a shows and films including 27 Dresses, this is an upmarket venue with a beautiful view. The only New York restaurant on a lake, the Boathouse offers a wide selection of classic meals. Although not cheap you pay for the scenery and ambience and I’d recommend coming here if only for a drink in the bar! You can even hire out a boat while you’re there and go for a row on the Central Park lake!


Although it does a wide range of food, most people come to Serendipity for their amazing ice cream sundaes. Expect a long queue, but I hear it’s worth the wait.


Oh My God, this place was amazing. First up, let me tell you this was my most expensive meal in New York City, however it was also my best. If you’re looking for somewhere for a special occasion, then LAVO is definitely worth considering.

Having looked at the prices we decided to skip starters but treat ourselves on a blow out main course. Me and my other half ordered a porterhouse steak for two and had sides of garlic mash potato, sauteed spinach and green beans.

Every single thing that went into my mouth was de…lic…ious! The steak was perfectly cooked (medium rare) and well the whole thing was divine. I needed to be rolled into the cab home as I couldn’t bear to leave anything on my plate, and I’m now telling anyone who will listen that this is the place to go to in NYC if you want steak.

Rice to Riches

If you’re after a quirky snack, then look no further than Rice to Riches, which dedicates itself to serving up every kind of sweet rice pudding you could ever think of.

This place became famous when it featured in the film Hitch, starting Will Smith and Eva Mendes.

Flavours on offer include vanilla, hazelnut and chocolate, tiramisu and rocky road, which you can then cover in a huge selection of toppings – personally I’m drawn towards to the crunchy chocolate brownie crumbs!

Rice to Riches rice pudding.
Rice to Riches rice pudding.


This beautiful French bistro is a great for brunch and is a just a short walk from Greenwich Village’s Bleeker St shopping area. Enter Pastis and you’ll feel like you’re in Paris, and with a great selection of continental dishes including croissants and eggs Benedict, I’d recommend this place if you find yourself in the Meatpacking district.


Not one of the cheapest restaurants in New York, Tao is a spectacular restaurant to visit, if only to soak in the atmosphere. The food doesn’t disappoint either, with an amazing selection of seafood on the Asian bistro’s menu. One day I will try that Wagyu steak!

Afternoon tea

Yes, yes I’m aware this is more about a type of food than specific location, but hey, hear me out.

I became obsessed with the quintessentially English afternoon tea a few years ago and out of this obsession began myGlobal Afternoon Tea Challenge, where I have to stop off for afternoon tea in every destination I visit. So far this has included The Peninsula in Hong Kong,  and Carcosa Seri Negara, in Kuala Lumpur (the Queen stayed there, you know!)

I wanted to find somewhere great to have tea in New York, so went for The Plaza. Although the food was lovely, sadly I was disappointed by the service, especially for the price paid, so I’m not sure I’d recommend that venue.

Afternoon tea at The Plaza.
Afternoon tea at The Plaza.

However there are lots of spectacular places offering afternoon tea, so why not try some of these places out:

So there you have it, my top ten recommendations for places to eat in New York City. I’d love to hear your views. Have you had a different experience at any of these places or do you think something’s missing of my list? Let us know in the comments below!

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

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