Top restaurants in New York & Best Places to Eat

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From the gritty food truck on the street corner to the elegant restaurant on top of a towering skyscraper, all over New York you can find food to satisfy even your most particular craving. 

Between exciting flavour combinations, rare ingredients and concept dining, many of the best restaurants in the world can be found in the vibrant Big Apple, so it’s the perfect place to indulge on holiday or celebrate a special occasion.

New York’s best restaurants 

If you’re looking for a fail-safe meal in New York City you won’t have to look far; the city is a magnet for creative restaurateurs who take the dining experience up a notch with their elegant dining rooms, gourmet ingredients and fine wines. A few of the city’s standout eateries include:

Hillstone Restaurant – Expect hearty American classics done right in this midtown eatery. Featuring live jazz nightly and a menu with choices that vary from the sushi to a New York Strip Steak you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy.

Le Bernardin – Earning itself 3 Michelin stars and consistently rated among the top restaurants in the city, this stylish seafood restaurant on West 51st Street has earned its reputation for expertly prepared sea fare that focuses on simple – but intense – flavours.

Shake Shack – If you’re looking for a casual meal on the go that doesn’t sacrifice taste or quality, try Shake Shack. With locations in Madison Square Park, the Theatre District, Battery Park and the Upper East Side you’ll never be far from this local cult favourite. The hamburgers are famous for being fresh and juicy, and their crinkle cut fries are a favourite with all ages. A must-try when you’re looking for an easy meal on the move.

Eataly – This Italian food hall is a bustling restaurant and market all in one. Pop in for a coffee or gelato to go, or head further in and sample some of the freshest Italian dishes on offer in the whole city. This restaurant is delicious meets affordable, and once you’ve filled up on your favourite dishes you can purchase the ingredients to take home and try yourself.

Find a table 

If you’re looking for a restaurant while you’re in New York, there’s plenty of places to look for inspiration; Zagat has published its expertly curated list of the top 100 best restaurants in New York city, with an eclectic mix of formal, causal, gourmet and luxury dining options on the list. Similarly, popular online city listings magazine Time Out has also published its pick of the top 100 restaurants in New York – the two lists are in agreement about some restaurants, but each offer up their own take on the best of the best when it comes to restaurants in the Big Apple.

Tools like Open Table also make it easy to find and book a restaurant online – you can browse the top restaurants, or, if you want to make a booking on short notice, choose from a list of tables available for that evening. This service is available for cities around the world, and if you register with the site you can also start earning points towards free meals each time you use it.

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