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Where Should I Eat in New York City?
It is near impossible to answer this question, as if we could choose one restaurant. It all depends on your taste, budget, group and location. There is something delicious to eat on every block of Manhattan.
I’ve done my best to organize these New York Restaurant Guides by neighborhood and highlighted the most “Kid Friendly” choices. At the very bottom of this page are additional New York Restaurant Guides and reservation tips.
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- Jubilee 1st Avenue – (948 1st Ave b/w 52nd & 53rd) – french bistro
- Solera – (216 E 53rd b/w Lex and 3rd) – Tapas, good wine list, reasonably priced.
- Pescatore (957 2nd Ave at 50th) – Italian, seafood. Try to sit outside on the adorable 2nd floor balcony
- Bar Vetro (58th b/w 2nd and 3rd) – great lunch deal and outdoor garden.
- Tao (58th b/w Park and Mad) – Asian hot spot with a 16 ft Buddha, gorgeous decor and lots of fun. You may have seen it on a Sex and the City episode.
- Rosa Mexicano (58th & 1st)- Mexican, fresh guacamole prepared tableside and great Margaritas. A few in the City now, but this is the original.
- PJ Clarke’s (55th and 3rd)- good, old-fashioned burgers, very casual, old NYC institution
- Osteria Serafina (58th b/w Park and Mad)- northern italian, beautiful garden at their Grill location (61st b/w Mad and Park).
– many lifelong NYers vote it the best meal they have ever had
Right in Grand Central Terminal, you have Cipriani – Dolci
, by the same Cipriani’s of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, Grand Central Oyster Bar and The Campbell Apartment, formerly the private office and salon of 1920′s tycoon, John W. Campbell, recently converted into a restaurant.
A few blocks away is El Rio Grande, a large and fun Mexican restaurant with great margaritas and Capital Grille in the Chrysler Building (steak). While the atmosphere around GCT is all business, a bit further away (less than 10 blocks), check out more of my Midtown East Restaurant Recommendations. These are a 10 minute walk from your hotel, but in a more residential neighborhood, so the atmosphere is quainter, restaurants smaller and, occasionally, less expensive. Two great rooftops in the area to grab a cocktail are in the Library Hotel and the Roosevelt Hotel.
- Serendipity (225 E 60th b/w 2nd and 3rd Aves) – Kid Friendly! Best known for their Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Bar Italia – cute little cafe, wine bar about 10 minutes from the Met (SW corner of 77th and 2nd Ave)
- Accademia Di Vino (CLOSED 2012)- great Italian, lovely restaurant right near Bloomingdales. Extensive wine list. (63rd and 3rd Ave)
- Casa Mono (Mario Batali)
- Union Square Cafe
- Gotham Bar and Grill
- Coffee Shop (daytime outdoor ppl watching) – the World Room is especially Kid Friendly!
- BLT Fish
- Basta Pasta (one of the most “hidden” restaurants in the city, not a scene, but the food is amazing and very interesting and delicious. Italian made by sushi chefs.)
- Punch Restaurant
and Wined Up Wine Bar
- Boqueria (tapas)
- Haru Sushi – Gramercy Park
- Mesa Grill
– Southwestern, Bobby Flay
- Gramercy Tavern
- A Voce Madison
- Candela Candela -92 2nd Avenue
- Peanut Butter and Company – Fluffernutter sandwich, Ants on a Log and try “The Elvis”. Kid Friendly!
- Blue Ribbon Sushi
- Blue Ribbon Brasserie (Sullivan b/w Spring and Prince)- excellent, high end comfort food. Must like the menu and definitely make a reservation.
- Tomoe Sushi – long lines, but some of the best and reasonbly priced sushi in NYC (similar to Sushi Nozawa in Los Angeles, RIP)
- Wo Hop – for the 4am crowd
- Puglia’s – Little Italy, great Italian with live singing. Kid Friendly!
- Balthazar (SoHo)
- Spotted Pig (also Batali)
- Extra Virgin – especially for brunch
- Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar
- Snack Taverna (Greek)
- Perry Street – a Jean-Georges restaurant,
- Del Posto (Mario Batali) – UN BELIEVABLE! Worth every penny, very fine dining without stuffiness. Perfect for a special occasion. 10th Ave at 16th St.
- Crispo (14th and 8th Ave). Great Italian food and decor, hidden gem. Definitely try the Spagetti Carbonara, perfectly al dente with the egg on top.
- El Faro – spanish
- Cowgirls Hall of Fame (519 Hudson at 10th St) – Western theme with a general store. Kid Friendly!
- Pastis – French
- STK – NYC – Meatpacking
- TOY (sushi)
- Revel (fish) – cutest outdoor garden with lights
- Ajna Bar (asian) – all of the above are gorgeous and have great food. All, except STK, have an outside place to eat and most take online reservations. I think Revel is the most romantic of the choices.
- Plunge, the rooftop bar at the Gansevoort Hotel
- Standard Hotel – restaurant and outdoor bar
Children are welcome at almost any establishment serving food in NYC. Families are always welcome at any pizza parlor, cafe, delicatessen, diner, chinese or Italian restaurant and most of them have food that appeals to kids.
Some local chains you will see often are Ollie’s Noodles (Asain), Jackson Hole (burgers), Mary Ann’s (Mexican), SaraBeths (American).
Here is a list of unique to New York Restaurants (not those chains!) that really cater to children and families and kids just love!
- Peanut Butter and Company – Fluffernutter sandwich, Ants on a Log and try “The Elvis”
- Puglia’s – Little Italy, great Italian with live singing
- Cowgirls Hall of Fame (519 Hudson at 10th St) – Western theme with a general store and things for kids to do.
- Serendipity (225 E 60th b/w 2nd and 3rd Aves) – best known for their Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Jekyll and Hide – 4 restaurants around the city. Haunted House, spooky, scary and really fun! The Jekyll and Hide Club (58th and 6th Ave) is 4 full floors of full on kid fun!
- Ninja New York (25 Hudson St @ Duane St, Tribeca) – Be whisked underground by elevator, led to the dining area via a secret path lined with “ninjas” ready to scare you, then brought into the castle where each private chamber houses a single table. Fairly pricey for the small portions, but the food is tasty, and the price is for the whole experience.
- (Closed Jan 2012) Mars 2112 (51st and Bway) – food isn’t great, but you can take a space ship ride to get in and the whole place is some kind of cross between Star Wars and Star Trek. The decor is futuristic, waiters are dressed up, tons of video games and things to do for kids. http://www.mars2112.com
- (Closed March 2010) Mangia e Bevi (53rd and 9th Ave)- Italian and singing. Very fun and family friendly. Great decor. Perfect for a Broadway night. “When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pie….” Their website is really annoying, but the food is great!
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- Mickey Mantle- Kid Friendly!
- Bar Boulud
– (64th and Bway)
- Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
- Plaza or Ritz Carlton Bars – for drinks
- Jekyll and Hide – 4 restaurants around the city. Haunted House, spooky, scary and really fun! The Jekyll and Hide Club (58th and 6th Ave) is 4 full floors of full-on kid fun (assuming they don’t get scared easily). Kid Friendly!
- Molyvos, (7th Ave 55th and 56th) – excellent Greek, small plates, near Central Park
- Meskerem – Ethiopian
- Le Bernardin – French
- Del Frisco’s Grille – Steak
- Have a cocktail while sitting outside, people watching at Cognac (55th and Broadway) – same owners as Serafina.
- Open Table – free online restaurant reservations and New York Restaurant Guides. Choose by neighborhood and cuisine, read reviews, interactive map.
- Zagats – the bible of restaurants, long before the internet was invented
- MenuPages – online menus for almost every NY restaurant, check the food and prices before you go, then make your reservation at Open Table.
- ChowHound – a discussion board with all true “foodies,” people really passionate about eating and drinking, especially in NYC.
- Service Tips are not included in checks – please tip your servers at least 15-20% (just double the first number of your check total, or first two if it’s over $100)
- Dress accordingly – to be a real NYC Insider, you must look the part. There are a ton of affordable, nice, comfortable clothes and shoes. Wear them the whole time you’re here so you don’t stand out like a tourist – especially if you are trying to get into a nice restaurant.
- Eat at the Bar – if you’re traveling alone or as a couple, this is one of the best ways to eat. You can get all the inside scoop on the restaurant or neighborhood. I always find the service better from bartenders than waiters (or waitresses), except in very high end restaurants, since they can’t disappear on you. Bars are a highlight of most NYC restaurants and they are there to serve you food as well as drinks.
Thank you for visiting the NYC Insider Guide …welcome to our city and I hope you love it as much as I do!
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