8 Must-Visit Restaurants in NYC

New York is a foodie’s haven! According to the New York City Department of Health website, there are over 20,000 eating establishments in the city. There is so much choice that it makes deciding where to eat difficult! But, below are some of my favourite places I ate at whilst in New York.

El Centro

Location: 824 9th Avenue

El Centro was the first restaurant I visited on my very first day in NYC, and I visit here every time I’m in the city. One of my friend’s cousins recommended El Centro, and as soon as I took my first bite I understood why. It’s situated on 9th Avenue and the interior is small and quirky which is great for lunch with friends or dinner for 2. The margaritas are great (make sure to get a large!) and the Baja shrimp and the skirt steak tacos are my personal favourite. Being the best Mexican food I’ve ever tasted, it’s easy to see why El Centro made it onto my 6 Foods Not to Miss in the USA list.

El Centro

Room Service

Location: 690 9th Avenue

9th Avenue has so many great restaurants and bars and Room Service is another one of them. This Thai restaurant has a very intimate feeling, which makes it great for romantic dinners or celebratory meals. My favourite thing about room service is it has this great vibe, with delicious food and the prices are extremely reasonable!

Frankie and Johnnie’s

Location: 32 W 37th Street & 320 W 46th Street

Frankie and Johnnie’s was where I celebrated my birthday whilst I was working in New York. Frankie and Johnnie’s is a steakhouse and there are 2 NYC restaurants to choose from, but both on the West Side. If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special event or just indulge yourself, then this steakhouse is perfect! The filet steak is one of the best I’ve had but the prices show this – they are pretty high, which makes it perfect for a special occasion.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Location: 1650 Broadway

A trip to NYC is not complete without a Broadway Show, and a Broadway Show is not complete without dinner in Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Stardust is situated close to the hustle and bustle of Times Square and is a 1950’s themed diner – where all the wait staff SING! The menu is typical diner food but the experience is fantastic and perfect for getting you in the mood before Wicked!

Buddakan

Location: 75 9th Avenue

This is another 9th Avenue restaurant but this time in Chelsea. I was recommended Buddakan by a family member before I arrived in New York but it is also featured in Sex and the City. This trendy restaurant has a very cool vibe and serves the most delicious Asian food. I would recommend going to Buddakan with a group of friends and ordering a bunch of different dishes to share – whilst you sip on a fabulous cocktail! The prices here can be quite high depending on what you order but it’s worth it.

Tao

Locations: 42 E 58th Street & 92 9th Avenue

Tao is another great Asian-Fusion restaurant, which likewise features in Sex and the City and many celebs have also dined here. It has a similar feel to Buddakan – trendy and cool, and the food is outstanding. Tao is perfect for groups and for couples, as it has an intimate feel. Grab a few of the small plates and some of the sushi/sashimi items, a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (or bubbly!) and enjoy a night of fantastic food drink and company!

Katz Diner

Location: 205 E Houston Street

If you’ve seen When Harry Met Sally then I’m sure you have heard of Katz Diner! It’s always busy but it’s pretty big inside so you shouldn’t have too much of a problem getting a table. As well as being famous for featuring in an iconic movie, Katz also serves a delicious and huge pastrami sandwich that you won’t want to miss out on!

Dominick’s

Location: 2335 Arthur Avenue

Dominick’s is a great spot that also made it onto my 6 Foods Not to Miss in the USA list. It is situated in Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, which is known by locals as ‘the real Little Italy’. With its warm and friendly feel it’s easy to see why Dominick’s is a popular choice. The artichoke dip was unbelievable and the chicken parmigiana is a clear winner; definitely some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had.

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