One of the greatest things about New York City is the diversity of the people, And there’s no better way to experience New York City’s melting pot than by digging into its food. If you’re a foodie, a guide on some of the best restaurants in NYC is what’s needed. New York City is a gigantic city with a humongous number of restaurants. So, this list of top 10 restaurants in NYC is by all means not complete, but it’s a selection of the best restaurants.
1. Katz’s Delicatessen
Easily one of the most famous New York City restaurants, Katz’s Delicatessen is an institution that has been serving classic sandwiches since 1888.
Although they have a variety of foods on their menu, the single reason you should eat at Katz’s Deli is for their pastrami. The pastrami is sensational, fall-apart tender, with a perfect ratio of fat to meat, and a crust of black pepper and secret spices. It’s everything you could want in pastrami.
2. Spicy Village
Spicy Village is a tiny restaurant located in Chinatown in Manhattan that specializes in home-cooked style dishes from the central Henan province of China, plus some extra dishes that have roots in Xinjiang – the Spicy Big Tray Chicken being one of them.
If you’re a spicy food fanatic, food can hardly get any better than the Spicy Big Tray Chicken.
3. Di Fara Pizza
When you think about food in New York City, pizza is probably one of the first foods you think of; Not eating pizza in NYC would be the same as getting into a car and not going anywhere – you simply do not do that. In any New York City travel or food guide, you’ll find dozens of legendary pizza restaurants like Lombardi’s, which is one of the first pizzerias in America, and Grimaldi’s which is known for their coal brick oven pizza.
But the best pizza in New York City is, hands-down, served by Di Fara Pizza in Brooklyn.
4. The Halal Guys
What could be so good about chicken over rice?
Their food is Middle-Eastern inspired and they serve Halal food as their name pretty clearly suggests.
When it comes to The Halal Guys, it’s ALL about the white and red sauce. That’s where the secret of flavour lies and the explosion of taste is. The swirl of creamy white sauce, and the spicy chilli filled red sauce, drenched over the chicken rice is the only way to eat The Halal Guys.
5. Russ & Daughters
Another New York City heritage staple is Russ & Daughters, a deli with beginnings as a street food pushcart and has been “Appetizing since 1914.”
Russ & Daughters is one of the most famous New York City restaurants for serving all types of salmon, both smoked and salt-cured, with bagels and cream cheese. They also have a pretty extensive selection of other delicious foods like herring, salads, and dried fruits and nuts.
6. Meske Ethiopian Restaurant
Along with more famous New York City restaurants that have become institutions in the city, NYC also provides you with the opportunity to sample cuisines from around the world.
Meske serves excellent Ethiopian food and is one of the restaurants in NYC in this guide that also has many vegetarian options.
7. Shake Shack
From In-N-Out to Five Guys, the United States is hardly immune from burger wars.
When it comes to the best burger chain in the United States, New York’s Shake Shack has been leading a burger revolution and wowing burger fanatics recently. Here’s a pretty complete burger chain taste test comparison on Serious Eats.
The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, and shakes, and I decided to go straight for the Double Shack Burger with a side order of fries.
8. Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine
Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine, located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, serves a mix of Caribbean food, most of which is Trinidadian.
For incredibly delicious curries and friendly service, Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine is one of the restaurants in NYC one shouldn’t give a miss.
9. Xi’an Famous Foods
With multiple locations around New York City, Xi’an Famous Foods specializes in serving flavours from Xi’an, a city located in the northwestern part of China.
Unlike Chinese Cantonese food, Chinese food from Xi’an is heavier on spices, namely cumin, chillies (and plenty of chilli oil), and Sichuan pepper.
The food centre in the bottom of the mall is beautiful, it literally feels like you’ve travelled out of New York and straight to China.
10. Los Tacos No.1
If you’re looking for some of the best tacos New York City has to offer, and possibly equally as good as tacos elsewhere in the United States, Los Tacos No.1 will satisfy your every need.
You can then choose to have your tacos with corn or flour tortillas, and I ordered two of each. The tacos are decorated with cilantro, onions, and guacamole, and you can add your own salsa, extra dried chillies, and lime wedges to squeeze on top.
For taco lovers Los Tacos No.1 is one of must eat places in NYC.