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Courtesy of The Cellar
Courtesy of The Cellar

The Top 10 Places To Eat In New York City

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Updated: 12 December 2016
Whether a native New Yorker or just visiting for the weekend, the vast selection of restaurants in the city can be overwhelming to choose from at times. Factors such as atmosphere and of course, cuisine are all necessary considerations to make when deciding where to dine. However, if you’re in need of a pre-show pit stop or a culinary salvation from the cold city weather, these options are sure to appeal to all types of palates, moods and social gatherings.

The Cellar

At The Cellar (AKA Beecher’s), guests must either go big or go home — although after tasting their incredible mac and cheese, one may never want to leave. At Beecher’s, you don’t have to either; after enjoying wine with veggies, soups, meats and, of course, cheeses, you can venture into their retail store that sells items from both their stock as well as other American artisan cheeses. If you want a quick lunch break, you can also grab a grilled cheese from the kitchen right upstairs.

Beecher’s Cellar, 900 Broadway, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 466 3340

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Café Hanamizuki

If you’re in need of a haven to be productive while enjoying a light meal, or meeting up with friends for a cheap post work munch, Café Hanamizuki will suffice all needs. Known for its rice balls (especially the Hawaiian with a piece of Spam) soup and various meal deals, the calming atmosphere makes for a great getaway from a cold day in the city.

Café Hanamizuki, 143 West 29th Street New York, NY, USA, +1 212 695 5533

Amy Ruth’s

You will find soul and food at Amy Ruth’s. Before ordering, you’ll have to scan the menu to make sure you don’t miss out on a single one of their options, named after iconic folks such as the Rev. Al Sharpton (fried chicken and waffles) the Jennifer Holliday, (waffles with fried shrimp) and the The Ludacris (fried jumbo chicken wings). The food itself is as iconic as the namesakes, and for those who are skeptical about the whole meat and waffle combination, Amy’s will help you see the light. Needless to say, if you are vegetarian, you may want to skip over this one.

Amy Ruth’s, 113 West 116th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 280 8779

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Kaia Wine Bar

Known for its large wine selection, South African cuisine and intimate ambiance, Kaia is a great place to relax at the end of a stressful week. From the cushy interior to the accompanying dining options, Kaia is great for friends who want to experience new tastes in a comfortable setting. From the noteworthy bread to the selection of cheese and meat platters, guests may shape their experience at Kaia from a pit stop to a lenient, enjoyable night.

Kaia, 1614 3rd Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 722 0490

Bareburger

Perfect for family lunch, date night, or post-work dinner, Bareburger has options for everyone. Whether a meat fanatic or longtime vegan, the burgers, salads, and milkshakes (you must try the banana foster) are all sure to please. If your palate is simple, there’s the classic ‘standard,’ or if you’re looking for adventure, the duck patty Firequacker is another favorite. It is also very easy to customize your own order if the options get too overwhelming — even if it means piling all the ingredients, Bareburger will happily oblige.

Bareburger, 153 8th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 414 2273

Bareburgers | © Jaysin Trevino/Flickr

Freemans

Freemans, tucked within the back of an alley, allows for privacy and obscurity from the clamor of the city — which may explain the predominantly ‘hipster’ atmosphere that guests love. In New York City, it’s easy to feel pressured by all of the variations in cuisine, but with Freemans, you can never go wrong. There are typical but especially delicious options from hot artichoke dip to the Colorado lamb sloppy Joe, as well as a varied brunch menu.

Freemans, 191 Chrystie Street, Ste 2F New York, NY, USA, +1 212 420 0012

Freemans Photography by Daniel Krieger, 2015

Freemans Photography by Daniel Krieger, 2015

Mulino a Vino

While on the pricier side, Mulino a Vino is worth the cost with its expertly portioned classic Italian dishes and selection of wines. The interior has a cozy yet trendy feel that may be experienced with a date or gathering with loved ones for a special meal. The lunch specials, complete with various accompanying beverages, make for a filling and delicious option as well if you want to treat yourself to an exceptional afternoon treat.

Mulino a Vino, 337 West 14th Street, New York, NY USA, +1 855 343 4513

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Blossom

Vegan visitors to New York and carnivore friends will find salvation at Blossom. From animal-friendly variations on classic comfort foods such as the soy bacon cheeseburger to the diet-friendly salads, all tastes can be satisfied at this local spot — and the environment will benefit as well.

Blossom, 507 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 875 2600

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Calle Dao

New York City is known for its risk takers, and there is no exception when it comes to cuisine. Calle Dao brings together Cuban and Korean flavors to create dishes, such as oxtail croquette and shrimp empanadas, that are perfect for those wanting a variety of essence in one sitting. It is a great spot for an intimate date with an adventurous preference in cuisine.

Calle Dao, 38 West 39th Street New York, NY, USA, +1 212 221 9002

Bonjour Crepes and Wine

For anyone in need of a private lunch break or a relaxing date meal, Bonjour provides a classy yet simple vibe that perfectly accompanies their great selection of crepes. The interior is small but spacious enough to not feel too closed in. All tastes and dining desires can be satisfied at Bonjour — savory options such as their chicken, gruyere, pesto and tomato crepe is a light but filling option for dinner with wine, or you may stop by and split a delicious Nutella crepe.

Bonjour Wine and Crepes, 1585 2nd Avenue, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 535 3140