September 20, 2023 | Allison Robertson

A Foodie's Guide To NYC: The City's 10 Best Dining Spots


A Foodie's Guide To NYC

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Hey there, food lovers!

New York City is an absolute dream for foodies, offering everything from gourmet seafood to burgers that even the most die-hard carnivores can't tell are vegan.

With cuisine that crosses continents and price ranges, there's something for everyone.

Ready to take your taste buds on a culinary adventure through NYC? Let's dive into our top 10 picks for the best bites in the Big Apple.

1. Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin Restaurant NycLe Bernardin

$$$$$ | French Seafood

Stepping into Le Bernardin feels like entering an oceanic dreamscape.

With an emphasis on seafood, this Michelin-starred restaurant, led by chef Eric Ripert, serves meticulously prepared dishes that are both an art form and a tribute to the sea's bounty.

Try the "Le Bernardin Tasting" menu for a delightful culinary journey - the "Barely Cooked Wild Salmon; Sweet and Sour Hon Shimeji Mushroom; Black Truffle-Potato Emulsion" is an iconic dish that will leave you enchanted.

2. Momofuku Ko

MomofukuMomofuku

$$$$ | New American/Asian Fusion

A culinary masterstroke of chef David Chang, Momofuku Ko provides a sublime fusion of Korean and American cuisines.

The counter-side dining allows you to witness your food being artistically prepared. The restaurant offers a rotating menu with limited vegan options.

If you manage to secure a seat at the counter, their "Fluke - Green Chili, Buttermilk, Poppy Seeds" will make your visit worthwhile. It's a harmonious blend of unique flavors.

3. The Modern  

The ModernThe Modern

$$$ | Contemporary American

Nestled within the walls of the Museum of Modern Art, The Modern is not just a restaurant, it's a sensory experience.

Boasting two Michelin stars and a glass wall overlooking the museum’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, it truly stands out in the bustling New York food scene.

The Modern offers New American cuisine which is beautifully presented and crafted with seasonal and fresh ingredients.

The vegan and vegetarian crowd will appreciate their inventive plant-based options, making it a versatile choice for groups with diverse dietary preferences.

While the whole menu is exceptional, a standout dish is the 'Lobster Steamed in Spinach with Saffron Sauce' – an absolute treat for the taste buds.

4. Eleven Madison Park

Eleven Madison ParkEleven Madison Park

$$$$ | New American/French

Famed for its elegant simplicity, Eleven Madison Park offers diners a taste of contemporary American cuisine in a sophisticated setting.

Chef Daniel Humm emphasizes locally sourced ingredients, with vegan and vegetarian tasting menus available.

The “Roasted Duck with Lavender Honey” is an elegant symphony of flavors that embodies the ethos of the restaurant.

5. Carbone

CarboneCarbone

$$$ | Italian-American

This buzzing Italian-American restaurant in Greenwich Village takes you back to mid-century New York, and it attracts celebrities of all kinds, from Selena Gomez to Tony Bennett to Derek Jeter. 

Carbone's menu features classic dishes like spicy rigatoni and veal parmesan.

Try the “Spicy Rigatoni Vodka”, which has gained a cult-like following due to its balance of heat and creaminess.

The lively atmosphere, coupled with the vintage decor, promises a nostalgic dining experience.

6. Red Rooster Harlem

Red RoosterRed Rooster

$$ | American/Soul Food

At Red Rooster Harlem, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson celebrates the roots of American cuisine with a nod to his Swedish upbringing.

The menu is brimming with hearty and soulful dishes, all served in a space that buzzes with the vibrancy and culture of Harlem.

Their signature “Fried Yardbird”, served with mashed potatoes and gravy, offers a flavorful punch that takes Southern comfort food to the next level.

7. Blue Hill

Blue Hill Blue Hill 

$$$$ | New American

Tucked away in Greenwich Village, Blue Hill showcases the freshest produce from local farms, including their own in upstate New York.

The tasting menu changes daily to reflect seasonal ingredients, with plant-based options available.

Experience their "Farm Egg in a Jar" - a concoction of smoked caviar and cauliflower, a testament to their commitment to fresh, farm-sourced ingredients.

The rustic yet refined ambiance adds to the overall farm-to-table experience.

8. Peter Luger Steak House

Peter Luger Steak HousePeter Luger Steak House

$$$$ | Steakhouse

A carnivore's paradise, Peter Luger has been a fixture in Brooklyn for over a century.

This old-school steakhouse, complete with beer-hall-style tables and waiters in waistcoats, offers a selection of perfectly cooked steaks and side dishes.

Their “USDA Prime Beef Porterhouse” is an absolute must-try for steak lovers. It's a timeless classic that has been perfected over the decades.

9. Superiority Burger

Superiority BurgerNY Eater

$ | Vegetarian

Fast food gets a healthy and vegan twist at Superiority Burger.

Located in the East Village, this trendy spot, led by chef Brooks Headley, offers a compact menu of vegan and vegetarian options.

The "Superiority Burger", a quinoa-based vegan patty, is a flavorful, feel-good alternative to the traditional beef burger.

The fast-paced yet welcoming environment offers a refreshing alternative to traditional burger joints.

10. Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Nom Wah Tea ParlourNom Wah

$ | Chinese

Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, Nom Wah Tea Parlor has been serving delectable dim sum since 1920.

With its vintage decor and broad selection of mouth-watering dumplings, it offers a quintessential New York dining experience steeped in history.

The “Original Egg Roll” is a nostalgic nod to old New York and a delicious testament to why this establishment has endured for over a century.


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