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The Top 10 Dining Destinations In New York City

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Updated: 30 November 2016
Celebrated for its trend-setting thinking, New York City knows a great idea when it meets one. From cult-favorite artisanal pizza joints to creative dessert concoctions, the city’s food scene is cooking up the next big thing. Here are 10 dining destinations in every in-the-know foodie’s arsenal.


Described by The New York Times as ‘the Woodstock of eating,’ Brooklyn food market Smorgasburg is certainly music to any foodie’s ears. Showcasing over one hundred food vendors each week, the market is New York’s premier dining destination for a taste of local and regional cuisine. Uniting all your local favorites under one roof, Smorgasburg delivers the best of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and more — saving you the hassle of those ‘train traffic’ headaches.

Smorgasburg, 90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, NY, USA,


Birds & Bubbles

Nothing says opulence quite like champagne, and pairing the drink with classic down-home dishes, Birds & Bubbles is lending its unique voice to New York’s upscale dining scene. Serving up Southern cuisine with a New York flair, this spot’s menu items include grilled pimento cheese sandwiches with bacon marmalade, green eggs and ham, and, of course, plenty of buttermilk fried chicken.

Birds & Bubbles, 100B Forsyth Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 646 368 9240 


Red Hook Lobster Pound

Extending the lobster roll’s reign long past summer’s end, Red Hook Lobster Pound is New York’s premier destination for seafood-seeking diners. With a menu featuring out-of-the-box items such as lobster cheese fries and a BLT lobster sandwich as well as the classic Maine lobster roll, this seafood spot is always in season.

Red Hook Lobster Pound, 284 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 858 7650 


For authentic Italian cuisine — without the transatlantic flight — look no further than Eataly, a bustling Italian marketplace brought to you by Mario Batali. Part gourmet market and part restaurant emporium, this foodie favorite is a one-stop destination for lunch on the go, from the panini counter to a four-course fine-dining experience to your weekly grocery shopping trip.

Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 229 2560


Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue

Specializing in food for getting your hands dirty, Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue brings the flavors of the South to your own backyard. Smoked brisket, burnt ends, and plenty of beer on tap make this barbecue chain an ideal destination for cheat days, celebrations, and particularly indulgent lunch hours.

Various Locations in New York, NY, USA


Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

While the temperatures in New York have been known to drop way below comfortable levels, Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream manages to make a snack locals crave all year-round. A self-identified ‘New American Ice Cream Parlor,’ Morgenstern’s inventive desserts, ice cream, and sorbets render your favorite childhood snack delightfully unfamiliar. With varieties including Szechuan peppercorn chocolate, Durian banana, and Vietnamese coffee, Morgenstern’s flavors will keep you guessing — and coming back for more.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream, 2 Rivington Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 209 7684

Russ & Daughters

Jewish cuisine is an inseparable aspect of New York culture, and no one does smoked fish and schmear quite like Russ & Daughters. For over a century, this family-owned business has supplied New Yorkers with specialty smoked fish, caviar varieties, fresh-baked bagels, and more. For a classic New York dining experience, grab a bagel with lox from this no-frills deli and eat while you walk.

Russ & Daughters, 179 East Houston Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 475 4880 



For bar bites that pack a punch, visit Huertas, an East Village restaurant serving up Spanish small plates. Duck croquetas, grilled octopus tentacles, and peppered anchovies with quail eggs on toast are just a sampling of the restaurant’s daring menu items. Great for groups — and adventurous appetites — Huertas specializes in complex dishes that pair well with an open mind.

Huertas, 107 First Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 228 4490


New Yorkers know pizza, so trust the block-long lines of hungry locals at Bushwick’s Roberta’s because this pie is worth it. Known for its wood-fired pizzas, made with ingredients from Roberta’s own rooftop farm, as well as its casually chic atmosphere complete with graffitied walls and a backyard garden, this neighborhood hot spot also boasts a can’t-miss menu of house-made charcuterie, pasta, and more. If you’re looking to live like the locals, start by getting in line.

Roberta’s, 261 Moore Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 417 1118


Arcade Bakery

A bakery located inside an office building may not scream ‘foodie hot spot,’ but one bite of Arcade Bakery’s whiskey-pecan babka will have you singing the spot’s praises. Serving unique pastries such as the popular s’mores danish and ricotta tart alongside classic yet remarkable baguettes and chocolate croissants, Arcade brings fun to your routine breakfast ritual of coffee and a danish.

Arcade Bakery, 220 Church Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 227 7895