If there is only one certainty in this world, then that certainty is that if one had money in one’s pocket, then one would never starve in New York City. There are more restaurants there per square foot there than anywhere else in the world. You’ve got almost every food you can imagine and even some you can’t, all you need is an empty stomach and some bucks. The thing with New York City restaurants is that there are as many opinions about them, as there are stars in the sky, so trying to make a list of the best restaurants in the City is not going to be very objective. Still, we compiled a list of the 10 best restaurants in New York City, so read on and enjoy.
10. Best Italian Restaurant in New York City
Where else are you going to find a great Italian restaurant if not in Little Italy? Il Piccolo Bufalo is an affordable Trattoria that specializes in Neapolitan cuisine and oven brick pizzas. You won’t eat a more Italian authentic pizza in all of New York. If you’d like to choose something different, though, we suggest you try the spaghetti and meatballs or the stuffed artichoke.
9. Best Mexican Restaurant in New York City
Voted the best hidden Mexican restaurant in New York in 2012, Mercadito is a charming place with great food. This little Mexican cantina is the perfect choice for dinner, when you can enjoy red snapper and amazing marinated steaks. Mercadito looks as if it was taken out of a Mexican movie and we love it for that.
8. Best Indian Restaurant in New York City
Benares is an amazing Indian restaurant that serves refined Indian dishes at fair prices. We suggest you try the rogan josh, the perfect chicken tikka masala, lauki ka kofta (green squash dumplings covered in cumin paneer and a tomato-based makhani sauce). This is their address and phone number: 240 W 56th St (212-397-0707).
7. Best Ethiopian Restaurant in New York City
Injera is simply amazing. Try as you might, you will not be able to find a better Ethiopian restaurant in New York City, all of its food is simply spot on. Try the vegetarian combo, even if you are not a vegetarian, it’s a dish that you will forever remember: it’s got beetroot, potatoes, red lentils and carrots. Trust us, once you go there once, you’ll always come back. The address is: 11 Abingdon Sq, New York, NY 10014, West Village. You should call for reservations at (212) 206-9330.
6. Best Greek Restaurant in New York City
In 2013, Pylos was voted in the top 5 Greek restaurants in New York City, but in our opinion, the Midtown New York place is the best Greek restaurant in the City. Hellenic comfort food will fill your soul will warmth and goodness, as you dig into pastitsio, a terrine of baked pasta and meat sauce. Also, the octopus dish (the htapothi) is best octopus you can have in New York City.
5. Best Spanish Restaurant in New York City
El Quinto Pino is a chill Spanish restaurant that in 2010 got an extreme makeover inside and out. Renowned chef Alexandra Raij completely reinvented the restaurant’s menu, adding wonderful dishes, such as garbanzo beans with spinach and a thick tomato soup with pieces of hard-boiled egg and chorizo, called salmorejo. One last thing, this place is truly a meat lover’s heaven.
4. Best Chinese Restaurant in New York City
Yi Lan Halal will give you the best dumplings in the whole of New York City. We highly suggest you try the sea cucumber and eggs, delicate lamb dumplings (just look at how amazing they look), beef tongue and tail in brown sauce and shredded potatoes with green chilies. The address of the best Chinese restaurant in New York City is: 42-79A Main Street, Flushing, Queens, 718-886-3622
3. Best Seafood Restaurant in New York City
Marea is by far the best seafood restaurant in New York City. The name means tide in Italian and this wonderful restaurant only serves the freshest and most seasonal shellfish and fish. The Chef is absolutely famous for his house-made pasta, so we suggest you try that with frutti di mare. The sommeliers will help you choose from a selection of 750 wines.
2. Best French Restaurant in New York City
Le Bernardin is the most internationally acclaimed seafood restaurant in New York City. It opened in 1972, when it only had fish on its menu. Today, it’s got a plethora of choices, but as with any four-star restaurant, it’s going to be quite pricey. But hey, you should pay top dollars for great French food. Le Bernardin published their first cookbook in 1998 called Four Star Simplicity.
1. Best Vegetarian Restaurant in New York City
Angelica Kitchen is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in New York City. It opened in 1976 and it managed not only to stay open, but to thrive and serve as a model to hundreds of other vegetarian restaurants in New York City. Try the Wee Dragon Bowl Como deal and for just $15 you get a large bowl of rice, tofu, beans, sea vegetables, steamed veggies and your choice of dressing, plus soup and cornbread. They don’t take reservations, so get there early for dinner.
Naturally, it’s all a matter of taste, when it comes to choosing some of the best restaurants in New York City. In your opinion, what is the best restaurant in New York City? Go on, share your thoughts with us.