Food. Enough said.
Food is definitely one of the keys to my heart. You can tell a lot about a city by its food scene so the first thing I do when I travel somewhere new is visit different food spots. New York City probably has some of the most diverse and delicious food spots I’ve ever been to. I’m always going somewhere new with friends, or on a date. Even if I went to a new spot every day for a whole year I still wouldn’t be able to visit every single restaurant in Manhattan. There’s just that many.
I’ve already done a post on my top coffee spots in NYC so I won’t be covering that in this post. But I will be constantly updating both posts as I try new places so feel free to check back often.
If you guys have any favorite food spots in the city please let me know, I’d love to go!
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch:
Two Hands: Probably one of the most Instagramable places by bloggers in NYC. This place during the spring and summer is absolutely packed. The avocado toast is a classic, and the granola bowl is also delicious.
Bluestone Lane: one of my favorite spots for breakfast, lunch, or even coffee! The food quality is amazing and everything is made fresh. I take everyone that visits me here and they leave obsessed. And yes, you’ve seen it on my Instagram a bunch of times. You have to go!
by CHLOE: one of my favorite vegan spots in the city… and I’m not even vegan. The taco salad is a classic and it’s very good. Tastes fresh and it’s very filling. The serving sizes are pretty big so you’ll definitely leave full.
Sadelle’s: the french toast. Enough said.
Bagatelle: fine French bistro with delicious food and an amazing brunch. On Saturdays, Bagatelle offers one of the liveliest and busiest brunch parties in the city. The pasta here is also amazing!
Joe’s Pizza: a popular spot for mouth-watering pizza that’s you can often spot celebs at. This place is is great if you quickly want the best greasy pizza slices.
Artichoke Pizza: as you might be able to guess from the name this spot is know for its artichoke pizza. This is probably one of the first pizza spots I visited when I moved to New York. I’ve never been a huge fan of artichokes but this pizza is probably the most delicious thing ever. The perfect mixture of creaminess, crust, and toppings.
Di Fara Pizza: one of the most famous pizza spots in NYC! This spot is located in Brooklyn and not Manhattan but it’s too good to not include in this list.
Motorino Pizza: tasty, balanced flavor. This wood fired pizza has less of a crispy crust, it’s more chewy and soft.
Roberta’s Pizza: probably one of the most popular pizza spots in NYC.
Buddakan: this is probably one of the most sought after spots in NYC. Buddakan offers asian dishes with a Parisienne twist. The decor inside is nothing short of lavish. I love coming here for special occasions or when on a date. Just be aware that this place is very popular so reservations in advance are necessary.
Tao: if you’re looking for a wild night out then you can start with dinner at this well-known Asian-fusion spot then head downstairs to the club. There’s two Tao locations in NYC but I usually only go to the downtown one. That’s where the nightclub is and the restaurant there is also bigger.
Shake Shack: if you know In-N-Out or Chick-fil-A then you probably also know Shake Shack. This burger joint has several locations throughout the city and has the best cheese fries I’ve ever had. The chicken burger is also my favorite on the menu. Shake Shack uses higher quality ingredients than most fast-food burger spots which is why I like it. And they also use buttered potato buns instead of traditional burger buns making their burgers a little different.
Jane: a great restaurant located in SoHo. This spot is great for brunch, lunch, or dinner. The food is delicious and the service is great. Jane is an American restaurant that is known by locals for the weekend brunch and classic avocado toast.
ABC Kitchen: a chic organic restaurant sourcing local ingredients. The inside is all white and has a Hamptons vibe. The chef is Jean-Georges Vongerichten so the food is definitely great and perfectly prepared.
Gramercy Tavern: a pricier, American restaurant located in Flatiron. This place offers fixed-price only dining option as well as an a-la-carte lunch option as well.
Momofuku Noodle Bar: David Chang’s ramen restaurant delivers some of the best ramen in the city! It’s often pretty crowded because of that. The black winter truffle ramen is probably one of the more pricier options on the menu but it’s also one of the best dishes to try.