NYC ESSENTIALS

Some things never change; and some, like these essential New York establishments, never should.
The most iconic spots in New York City you need to try (at least once).

UPSCALE

Eleven Madison Park
 

Eleven Madison Park 

GRAMERCY / FLATIRON

Modern American | Fine-Dining | $$$$

Number 1 Rated Restaurant in the World, Clever, Innovative, Incredible

 

The Grill

MIDTOWN

Steakhouse | Fine-Dining | $$$$

Major Food Group’s over-the-top Mid-Century Chophouse set in a revamped NYC Landmark

 

Le Bernardin 

MIDTOWN WEST

French, Seafood | Fine-Dining | $$$$

Eric Ripert's Michelin-Starred Tasting Menu with an Exceptional Wine Program

 

Momofuku Ko 

EAST VILLAGE

Korean Fusion | Inventive Upsale | $$$$

David Chang's Whimsical Michelin- Starred Tasting Menu with Inventive Beverage Pairings

HIGH END

 
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Babbo

GREENWICH VILLAGE

Italian | Fine-Dining, Exceptional DIshes | $$$$

Carbone

GREENWICH VILLAGE

Italian | Old-School Dishes Redone with Lively Atmosphere  | $$$$

Il Buco

GREENWICH VILLAGE

Italian | Rustic Mediterranean-Italian Farmhouse | $$$

O-Ya

GRAMERCY, NOMAD

Japanese | Innovative Omakase | $$$$

Gramercy Tavern

GRAMERCY / FLATIRON

New American | Upscale Country Tavern | $$$

Del Posto 

MEATPACKING

Italian | Fine-Dining, Gluten Free Options | $$$$

Le Cou Cou

SOHO

French | Fine-Dining in a Beautiful Setting | $$$

Lure Fishbar

SOHO

Seafood, Steakhouse | Something for Everyone in a Sleek SoHo Setting | $$$

The Polo Bar

MIDTOWN EAST

American, Steakhouse | Classic Americana, Uptown Chic | $$$$

Keen's Steakhouse

MIDTOWN WEST

American, Steakhouse | Classic NYC Establishment | $$$$

Peter Luger Steak House

WILLIAMSBURG

Steakhouse | NYC Classic Institution, Cash Only | $$$$

MID-LEVEL

 
The Loyal on Bleecker
The Loyal on Bleecker

Don Angie
Don Angie

4 Charles Prime Rib
4 Charles Prime Rib

The Loyal on Bleecker
The Loyal on Bleecker

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 MANHATTAN

4 Charles Prime Rib

GREENWICH VILLAGE

Modern Steakhouse | Hole | $$$

 

Minetta Tavern

GREENWICH VILLAGE

Steakhouse | Vintage Tavern, Outstanding Burgers & French Bistro Fare | $$$

 

Barbuto

WEST VILLAGE

Italian, American | Vibrant Urban Setting, Outdoor Seating | $$$

 

L'Artusi

WEST VILLAGE

Italian | Hip, Lively, Inventive Pastas | $$$

 

Don Angie

WEST VILLAGE

Italian | Inventive, Hip | $$$

 

The Loyal on Bleecker

WEST VILLAGE

New American | Hip, Lively, Chic, Great Bar | $$$

 

Decoy

WEST VILLAGE

Asian | Underneath RedFarm, Peking Duck Feast | $$$

 

Quality Eats

WEST VILLAGE, UPPER EAST SIDE

New American | Playful, Inventive | $$$

 

Emmy Squared

WEST VILLAGE, EAST VILLAGE

New American |  Detroit-Style Pizza & an Outstanding Burger | $$$

 

Uncle Boons

SOHO

Thai | Eclectic, Michelin Star | $$$

 

Rubirosa

SOHO

Italian | Neighborhood Spot, Reinvented Italian-American Classics & Pizza | $$

 

Estela

SOHO

New American, Tapas | Small Plates with Big Flavor in a Chic Space | $$$

 

Chef's Club

SOHO

Signature dishes with Monthly Guest Chefs from Around the World | $$$

 

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

EAST VILLAGE

Korean Fusion | Inventive Dishes from David Chang | $$$

 

Prune

EAST VILLAGE

New American | Neighborhood BIstro Nailing the Classics | $$

 

Hanoi House

EAST VILLAGE

Vietnamese | Inventive, Quality Ingredients | $$

 

Mission Chinese

LOWER EAST SIDE

Chinese | Fiery, Creative takes on Sichuan Cuisine, Lively | $$$

 

Manhatta

FINANCIAL DISTRICT

New American | Outstanding Views of NYC, Tasting Menu $$$

 

Toro

MEATPACKING

Tapas | Creative Dishes, Lively Atmosphere | $$$

 

Upland

GRAMERCY / FLATIRON

New American | Casual-Chic Brasserie | $$$

 

abc Kitchen

GRAMERCY / FLATIRON

New American | Market-Focused Fare from Chef JGV | $$$

 

abcV

GRAMERCY / FLATIRON

Vegetarian | Hip, Healthy Vegetable-Centric Fare from Chef JGV | $$$

 

Nur

GRAMERCY / FLATIRON

Middle Eastern | Inventive, Flavorful in a Airy Space | $$$

 

 

 

 

Maison Premiere
Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere
Maison Premiere

Lilia
Lilia

Maison Premiere
Maison Premiere

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BROOKLYN

Lilia

WILLIAMSBURG

Italian | Housemade Pastas, Wood-Fired Food | $$

 

Roberta's

BUSHWICK

Italian | Market-Driven Dishes, Pizzas, Patio | $$

 

Prime Meats

WILLIAMSBURG

Italian | Fine-Dining | $$$

 

Maison Premiere

WILLIAMSBURG

Oyster & Cocktail Bar | New Orleans Style | $$

 

Emily

CLINTON HILL

New American | NYC's Best Pies, Burgers & More| $$

 

LaRina

FORT GREENE

Italian | Housemade Pasta's | $$

 

Lucali

CARROLL GARDENS

Italian | Simple, Ingredient Focused Pizza & More | $$

 

Al Di La Trattoria

PARK SLOPE

Italian | Classic, Old-School Charm | $$

 

 

CASUAL

Prince Street Pizza
Prince Street Pizza

Los Tacos
Los Tacos

Katz's
Katz's

Prince Street Pizza
Prince Street Pizza

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Prince Street Pizza

SOHO

Pizza | Square Slice $

Faicco's Italian Specialties

WEST VILLAGE

Italian Deli, Market | Sausage & Mozzarella | $$

Katz's Delicatessen

LOWER EAST SIDE

Classic NY Jewish Deli | Pastrami | $$

Los Tacos No.1 

MEATPACKING

Mexican | Tacos | $

Joe's Pizza

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Pizza | Classic Cheese Slice | $

BREAKFAST & BAGELS

Sadelle's
Sadelle's

Russ & Daughters
Russ & Daughters

Buvette
Buvette

Sadelle's
Sadelle's

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Sadelle's

SOHO

Brunch | Bagel Towers, Smoked Fish $$$

 

Buvette

WEST VILLAGE

French | Toasts, Bakery | $$

 

Russ & Daughters

LOWER EAST SIDE, UPPER EAST SIDE

Classic NY Jewish Bakery | Bagels, Lox | $$

 

Clinton Street Bakery

LOWER EAST SIDE

American | Pancakes | $

 

Absolute Bagels

UPPER WEST SIDE

Bagels | $

 

Tompkins Square Bagels

EAST VILLAGE

Bagels | $

 

Ess-A-Bagel

MIDTOWN EAST

Bagels | $

 

Pick-A-Bagel

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Bagels | $

BAKERIES

City Bakery
City Bakery

Breads Bakery
Breads Bakery

City Bakery
City Bakery

City Bakery
City Bakery

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Arcade Bakery

SOHO

Pizza | Square Slice $

 

Breads Bakery

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Italian Deli, Market | Sausage & Mozzarella | $$

 

City Bakery

UNION SQUARE

Bakery | Pastrami | $$

 

Daily Provisions

NOMAD, FLATIRON

Cafe | Pastries & Sandwiches | $$

 

Dominique Ansel Bakery

SOHO

Cafe | Pastries, Desserts | $$

 

Levain Bakery

UPPER WEST SIDE

Bakery | Cookies & Breads | $

 

Mah-Ze-Dahr

WEST VILLAGE

Bakery | Baked Goods & Soft Serve | $$

 

ICE CREAM

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Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Ice Cream | Dairy & Vegan | $$

Oddfellow's Ice Cream Co.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Ice Cream | Creative | $$

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

Ice Cream | Creative | $$

Ice & Vice

LOWER EAST SIDE

Ice Cream | Inventive | $

Big Gay Ice Cream

EAST & WEST VILLAGE

Ice Cream | Soft Serve Cones | $

THE ESSENTIALS