Whether you have just moved to New York, or are on a city break, the plethora of restaurants throughout the Big Apple is overwhelming. With more people than ever heading across on three night minibreaks, this allows 72 hours to satisfy your appetite with the best food that New York has to offer. From soul food to doughnuts, everything is covered in our 10 favourite eateries.
Joe’s Pizza, 7 Carmine Street
Founded in 1975 by Pino ‘Joe’ Pozzuoli, Joe’s Pizza is the place to grab yourself a classic New York slice. Those who visit the restaurant will often see 75-year-old Joe spinning dough to create the thin-crust bold-sauced pizzas that have been enjoyed by real New Yorkers for years.
Balthazar Restaurant, 80 Spring Street
Whether it’s 7.30am or 1am, Balthazar will have their doors open for you. The French restaurant serves traditional bistro fare and it is often championed as New York’s best eatery. If you think you are getting a table for dinner without a reservation, think again!
Katz’s Deli, 205 East Houston Street
Not a lot has changed since Katz’s Deli opened its doors in 1888. It is one of New York’s most visited delicatessens and the Lower East Side is deliciously pungent with the smells of pastrami and rye loaves. One of the most popular choices on the menu is the Reuben Hot Sandwich; mountains of beef and pastrami with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut.
Sylvia’s Restaurant of Harlem, 328 Malcom X Boulevard
Sylvia’s was opened in 1962 by the ‘Queen of Soul Food’ herself, Sylvia Woods. Southern favourites such as fried chicken, grits, meatloaf, macaroni cheese and collard greens grace the sumptuous menu. A ‘true icon of Harlem’, Sylvia’s restaurant is not only one of New York’s most popular restaurants but a social centre of the community and a place to learn about southern African American culture.
Howard Johnson’s, 2143 U.S. 9
Before McDonalds and Burger King, there was Howard Johnson’s. The orange-roofed eatery was the first fast-food restaurant in America and it became a household name throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The menu is diverse, with favourites such as spaghetti and meatballs nestled alongside cheese burgers. Those wanting to pay Howard Johnson’s a visit and sample a slice of history will need to be quick; the country’s remaining restaurant is up for sale.
Applebee’s, 234 West 42nd Street
Chain restaurants are often frowned upon, but Applebee’s is an American staple and the New York bar and grill does not disappoint. The menu is extensive and has Chinese, Southern, British, Italian, and French influences. Many particularly champion the Applebee’s breakfast menu, which is rich with waffles, bacon, and eggs.
Miss Lily’s, 132 West Houston Street
Who knew that you could find a Caribbean oasis is the middle of a cosmopolitan city? Fronted by head chef Adam Schop and Jamaican native Andre Fowles, Miss Lily’s delivers both traditional and creative Jamaican fare. Those not au-fait with West Indian dishes should ask one of the friendly staff who love talking about the dishes on offer.
Excellent Dumpling House, 111 Lafayette Street
It may not look like much but Excellent Dumpling House is said to serve the finest Chinese food in New York. Although dumplings grace the menu, the Shanghainese dishes are also extremely tasty. Cheap, tasty, and filling, there is often a queue out the door at this China Town establishment.
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop, 727 Manhattan Avenue
A no-frills bakery that packs a punch when it comes to sugar. Doughnuts of all shapes, flavours, fillings, and sizes are freshly produced every day at New York staple Peter Pan. The first doughnuts of the day are baked at 2 am, before doors open at 4.30 am when workers clock-off their night shifts and are in search of coffee and sugar. The best seller is the red velvet doughnut, which is sliced in half and filled with cherry amaretto ice-cream in the summer.
Crif Dogs, 113 St Marks Place
With doors open until 2 am weekdays and 4 am at weekends, Crif Dogs is a popular joint for post-bar snacks. Located in New York’s East Village, Crif Dogs has an 80s feel and serves up tasty hotdogs with unique toppings. A popular choice is the Jon-Jon Deragon dog, which is laden with cream cheese, spring onions, and bagel seeds. The Chihuahua is also a favourite, with the hotdog wrapped in bacon and served with avocado and sour cream.