My Favorite New York City Restaurants

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New York City is a place I love visiting. The first time I went to NYC, I felt right at home. I love the sights, the energy of the city and, of course, the food. In a city this large, it’s hard to narrow down which restaurants to try. I hope this will give you a few options to start you on your way.

Family Dining

Ellen’s Stardust Diner
This is an excellent place for a family friendly meal in the city. The diner food will appeal to a wide range of appetites. The singing waitstaff will serve as your entertainment throughout your meal. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tony di Napoli
Tony’s serves southern Neapolitan cuisine in large family-sized portions. Each plate will serve 2-3 people and the idea is to share with your party. Enjoy all the Italian classics at one of their two locations.

Melt Shop
True comfort food, Melt Shop serves up a variety of sandwiches with gooey cheese. You can pick from burger melts, chicken melts, grilled cheese and chicken fingers. The restaurant also has a variety of tater tots. They have a kids menu as well.

The Meatball Shop
The Meatball shop features, you guessed, meatballs! Here you can chose from a variety of meatballs options (like classic, pork, plant based or veggie meatballs) and then mix with the sauce of your choosing (like marinara, pesto, parmesan cream or veggie ragu.) You can enjoy the meatballs with a your choice of sides. They do have other options available, such as several pastas.

While Carmine’s is a chain, it serves some mouth-watering Italian food at it’s 2 New York locations. You can head to Times Square or the Upper West side to enjoy Carmine’s family style dining.

There’s a ton of other family options for those seeking the comforts of home.


Fine Dining

Eleven Madison Park
When you look for an elegant dining experience, then this is when your search should end. It’s overlooks Madison square park and it is globally recognized for it's exceptional fine dining. The 8 to 10 course tasting menu is a perfect companion to any special event you have planned for the night.

Per Se
Synonymous with luxury, Per Se is Chef Thomas Keller’s high-end fixed price restaurant located at Columbus Circle.

Le Bernarden
If you’ve watched any cooking, travel or some reality shows, you may have heard about Le Bernardin. This world famous restaurant is run by one of the most well known chefs, Eric Ripert. Stop here to enjoy a French seafood focused is $160 for a 4 course Prix Fixe dining experience.

Jean George
This New York powerhouse is located along the edge of Central park, offering great views. The French Prix Fix menu, with American and Asian flare, has earned the restaurant two michilen stars.


Dining with a View

Asiate is located on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Hotel, right next to Central Park. The large windows provide amazing views of the park. The menu focuses on high end modern American cuisine, in a 3 course Prix Fixe format or a tasting menu. This is a perfect date night destination.

If you are in Brooklyn, stop by Alma by the waterfront. The restaurant has a second floor open air dining room that offers amazing views of Manhattan (it’s enclosed during the winter.) The restaurant serves upscale Mexican fare such as tacos, fajitas and enchiladas.

The View
If you want a view, this is it! New York’s only rotating restaurant is located next to time square, in Marriott’s Marquis hotel. The restaurant makes a complete revolution every hour, so you sure to get a great view from this 48th floor dining option. The three course Prix Fixe menu focuses on American cuisine, including classics like a New York Sirloin Steak as well as unique, such as Vegetarian Cactus Paillard

Rainbow Room
The rainbow room is a New York icon. It’s located on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center and provides amazing views of the city. The options range from oven roasted flatbread and an upscale burger to a grilled ribeye.

Supernova is located in Hotel Novotel, within Time Square. The walls of windows offer amazing views of the city while you dine on American comfort food. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, where majority of the dinner options are below $30.

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