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French Dip at Maison Pickle | Courtesy of Maison Pickle
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The Best Restaurants Around Central Park, New York City

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Updated: 21 June 2017
You’ve visited Alice in Wonderland, conquered Belvedere Castle, and explored the North Woods in New York City’s Central Park. Your next adventure? A well-earned feast at any of these 10 nearby eateries. Bon appétit!

RedFarm

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Don’t dismiss RedFarm as one more Chinese restaurant in New York City. With menu items such as bacon and egg fried rice, Katz’s pastrami egg rolls, and the Instagram-favorite PacMan shrimp dumplings, the restaurant brings a “greenmarket sensibility to modern and inventive Chinese food.” Ready to replace your go-to takeout spot? RedFarm operates locations on both Manhattan’s Upper West Side and the West Village.

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Mon - Sun:
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu:
4:45 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
4:45 pm - 11:45 pm
Sun:
4:45 pm - 10:30 pm

Maison Pickle

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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Inspired by American dining, Maison Pickle serves elevated interpretations of the foods you grew up eating. Dirty fried rice, foie gras and gruyere fondue French dips and spiced apple-topped pork chops may leave even mom and dad’s kitchen creations in the dust. With shareable plates such as butter-smothered pull-apart bread and duck fat waffle fries, Maison Pickle is an ideal destination for family dinners, all grown up.

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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 2:00 am

Indian Accent

Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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One of many Indian restaurants in New York City, Indian Accent stands out for its upscale atmosphere, elegant presentations, and fusion flavors. Featuring items such as sweet pickle ribs, wasabi-cucumber raita, and peanut butter tikki, the prix-fixe menus at Indian Accent achieve the spot’s goal to explore “progressive ideas in Indian cuisine.”

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Sun - Sat:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat:
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Zoma

Restaurant, Ethiopian, $$$
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If you’ve never tried Ethiopian food, Zoma is a perfect place to get adventurous with your appetite. Unlike many Ethiopian restaurants, Zoma caters to carnivores and plant-based eaters alike, serving up garlicky stewed collard greens, ginger-spiced lamb, spicy sirloin pastries, and more. Ethiopian fare, ranging from mild to extra spicy, is served platter-style with injera, a sourdough crepe used to scoop up the dishes, making this cuisine ideal for sharing.
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Mon - Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Candle 79

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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The live zucchini enchiladas, spinach ravioli, and gingered brown rice at Candle 79 could win over even the most committed carnivore. With its warm décor and hearty, 100% vegan fare, Candle 79 is an ideal destination for relaxing and restoring after a day spent in the park.

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Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat:
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Earl’s Beer and Cheese

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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As if Harlem hot spot Earl’s Beer and Cheese could get any better, its recently expanded menu makes this popular late-night spot an all-day destination. Dishing out beer-poached hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with pork belly, kimchi, and potato chips, and plenty of brews to wash it all down, Earl’s makes every day a “cheat day.”
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Sun - Thu:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 2:00 am

Barney Greengrass

Deli, American, $$$
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With its straightforward décor, cash-only policy, and super-sized portions of Jewish deli classics, Barney Greengrass is an icon of Manhattan’s old-school Upper West Side. Since 1908, locals and lox-loving tourists have flocked to this spot to enjoy housemade whitefish salad, Nova Scotia salmon with scrambled eggs and onion, imported sardines sandwiches, and more.
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Parm

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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For your next date night, dinner before heading to the bars, or informal celebration, local Italian-American chain Parm is a no-brainer. The spot’s famous chicken parm sandwiches, zucchini shoestring fries, and garlicky broccoli can make any meal feel like an occasion.

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Sun - Thu:
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

Le Pif

Wine Bar, French, $$$
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When you’re craving a taste of Paris in Manhattan, there’s Le Pif, a romantic wine bar serving classic French dishes. With its candle-lit interior, vast French wine selection, and menu items such as skirt steak with mushrooms, garlic-butter escargot, and beef tartare, Le Pif will transport you far past the park.
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Mon - Fri:
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
4:00 pm - 1:00 am

Beyoglu

Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
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Clocking in at nearly 1,000 Yelp reviews, Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant Beyoglu is a must-visit destination for mezze-loving locals. Come for the octopus and tomato salad and melt-in-your-mouth lamb kebab, and stay for the fan-favorite housemade bread, which comes free with every meal. Offering an extensive selection of cold and hot mezze, Beyoglu is great for groups—or for group-sized appetites.
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Sun - Thu:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm