New York City is FULL of food choices. From fine dining to street food to famous restaurants, New York has it all. I think I could visit the city a thousand times and discover a new culinary delight. It makes the big city that much more enticing for any food lover. I love that New York has a dining option for every occasion – special celebrations, late night munchies, night out with friends, first date, family quality time, pre-show bite. The city truly is a wonder. While I’ve only been to New York a handful of times, here are some of my favorite places to eat. Pro Tip: bookmark this page next time you’re wondering where to eat in New York City 🙂
Dos Caminos: stellar Mexican cuisine. Make a reservation at the Times Square location and plan to eat before your Broadway show.
Shake Shack: one time I made my parents wait in line for 2 hours just to get a burger from Shake Shack. It was featured in my all-time favorite movie, Something Borrowed. Now, Shake Shack has worldwide locations and my family makes fun of me for my stubbornness that day. I have no regrets.
Carbone: a top NYC Michelin starred restaurant in Greenwich Village. Make sure to snag a reservation in advance!
Sweetgreen: BYOS (build your own salad)
Just Salad: Another BYOS place, but the location is prime for a quick and healthy bite before seeing a show on Broadway. It’s located right near Times Square.
Essa Bagel: don’t let the line intimidate you, it moves fast! The bagels are basic, but the cream cheese options are extensive. I opted for the Everything cream cheese, but the Oreo flavor looked yummy.
Magnolia Bakery: two words – banana pudding. It’s the best you’ll ever find, actually.
Levain Bakery: home of the infamous Instagrammable chocolate cookie. Luckily, the taste matches the hype.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner: put your judgments aside asap. Aspiring Broadway stars sing the musical hits while you eat (in a fun way, not a creepy way. Youtube it). The food is pretty average, but the experience is extraordinary.
Sarabeths: choose from one of the five New York locations for Sunday brunch! The ambiance of this spot will just warm your heart.
Milk: a dessert shop centered around the concept of cereal milk ice cream. If you’re not familiar with this gem, watch the episode on Chef’s Table and you will immediately book your trip to NYC.
Now that we’ve settled where you should eat, how about what to do in New York City? Check-out our full Insider’s Guide to the city here.