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 

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

 

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

 

 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 | $$$

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 
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