Great restaurants in New York City

New York CIty is arguably the best city in the world. If you are a tourist in NYC there is no end to the list of things you can see and do. However, after all that sightseeing you will probably be hungry. Finding great restaurants in New York City is easy, however, there are so many options that it’s hard to know where to eat. Some restaurants are better than others and some have gained a lot of notoriety for being exceptionally good, or even exceptionally overpriced. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best and most well-known restaurants in the Big Apple.


This innovative restaurant is coined as ‘the world’s first avocado bar’. The restaurant, which apparently goes through 650 pounds of avocado a week, boasts a menu where every dish includes avocado. Some items include; avocado toast, an avocado burger where the buns are avocados, and guacamole (obviously). One of the owners, Alessandro Biggi, said in an interview, “we have customers from the local area and around NYC, and we have tourists coming in every day from abroad that take the train to Sunset Park just to eat at our bar.”

Katz’s Delicatessen

Katz’s Delicatessen is world famous for its corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. It opened its doors in 1888 and is still around to this day. The restaurant is still serving food today and is a landmark in New York City. The deli is a popular tourist destination and has been ranked as the number one deli in New York City. The deli even had a cameo in the famous movie When Harry Met Sally. We’ll have what she’s having.

Per Se

Manhattan is expensive as it is but Per Se is probably one of the most expensive restaurants in the city. The restaurant serves French cuisine and the menu is prix-fixe. A meal for one person costs a whopping $325. But it’s totally worth it. Each meal includes a total of nine courses which contain luxury ingredients such as truffles and foie gras. Item menus include ‘four story hill farm “supreme de poularde”’ and ‘hudson valley moulard duck foie gras’.  It was rated as the second best restaurant in all of New York City.


If a $300 meal isn’t quite in your budget, Carmine’s Italian restaurant might be more up your alley. With two locations, one in the heart of Times Square and one on the Upper West Side, this family style Italian restaurant has massive portions so you will definitely get your money’s worth. The menu features every pasta you could ever dream of, chicken, veal, and seafood. With a great atmosphere and amazing food it makes for an enjoyable dining experience.  

Serendipity 3

While it’s technically a dessert restaurant, we just think that gives it all the more reason to be on this list. The restaurant opened in 1954 and has been serving ice cream and desserts ever since. Both Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy were known to frequent the restaurant. The restaurant is also well-known for serving the world’s most expensive dessert with a heart-stopping price tag of $1000. The restaurant does serve normal food such as salads and hamburgers but the bulk of the menu is dessert. The menu includes “Big Apple” pie and a cinnamon fudge sundae.

Bistro Chat Noir

Another French cuisine restaurant, this cozy treasure is located on the Upper East Side. The atmosphere of the restaurant is amazing as it has a very ‘parisian’ and relaxed vibe. The menu contains the classics such as french onion soup, salad nicoise, and steak tartare. In addition, the service is amazing as all the waiters are extremely professional. If you want an authentic French meal that won’t break the bank, this is the place for you. Bon apetit!


Sarabeth’s is one of the city’s best places for breakfast and brunch. While 4 out of 5 locations also serve dinner, they are best known for their brunch. There are five locations so you can have brunch wherever you are in the city. The menu is full of classic breakfast options including; lemon ricotta pancakes, salmon eggs benedict, goat cheese omelette, pumpkin waffle, and fluffy french toast. Both the atmosphere and the food will leave you very satisfied.