New York diners are no longer contented by restaurants that feed their stomachs but not their eyes. Serving up Parisian bistro vibes and all the pink you can stomach, these local spots are as good to look at as they are to eat at. Bring your appetite and your phone to the most Instagrammable restaurants in New York.
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
The traditional ichiju-sansai, or Japanese set meals, at Williamsburg’s Okonomi are a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach. Plates of top-quality grilled or roasted fish, creamy tamago, and pickled vegetables get the Marie Kondo treatment here, where these dishes, plus homemade miso soup and seven-grain rice, are arranged neatly on minimalist ceramic plateware.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
If you’re guilty of using the hashtag #moreismore, Pietro Nolita is the place for you. Here, everything from the storefront to the banquette seating to napkins stamped with the slogan “Pink as F**k” (the same tagline printed on Pietro’s popular merch) is pink. The selection of healthy-leaning Italian fare is solid, but really, you’re here for the decor.
Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
At French bistro Buvette, you can practically hear Edith Piaf’s La Vie en Rose playing in the distance. Sinfully creamy steamed eggs come dolloped with goat cheese, raw chopped beef is topped with cornichons, and wine is plentiful at this Francophile favorite, which attracts enthusiastic eaters, Instagram-users, and nary a dieter in sight.
Citizens of Chelsea
Cafe, Restaurant, Australian, $$$
Australian restaurants often make for good Instagram material, and Citizens of Chelsea is no exception. All the colors in the rainbow are represented in vibrant plates of beetroot hummus toast, Nutella and fresh fruit-topped waffles, and, of course, avocado toast. Throw in an aesthetically-pleasing Melbourne-style coffee and some strategic hashtags, and you’ll have a viral meal on your hands, or, table.
While We Were Young
Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
If Pinterest ever opened a restaurant, it would look a lot like the Greenwich Village’s While We Were Young. Powder pink banquette seating and marble tabletops feature in this bright contemporary American restaurant, which is ready for its closeup only after your pink cocktail and fried chicken with kale waffles has reached the table.
Spot Dessert Bar
Restaurant, Dim Sum, Dessert, Asian, $$$
Even if you’ve never visited Spot Dessert Bar, chances are you’re familiar with its Instagram-worthy dishes. Spot’s 2,400+ Yelp reviews rave as much about taste as they do presentation, which may entail a dish of berries and black rose milk tea resembling a potted plant, or a chocolate cake oozing with hot green tea lava.
Restaurant, Grocery Store, Italian, $$$
Refinery29 calls Eataly Flatiron the “Disney for foodies,” and we’re inclined to agree. On-site restaurants focusing on everything from Napoli style pizza to Nutella crepes to Alps style polenta will fill you with excitement usually for reserved for small children.
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Indulge in holiday spirit (and addictive naan) all year round at Panna II, an Instagram-famous restaurant serving up Christmastime vibes. For some reason, this popular Indian restaurant’s decor consists of hundreds of glittering string lights, an aesthetic choice you can ponder between forkfuls of lamb tandoori and posing for photos.
Bakery, Restaurant, American, $$$
For a Jewish spread that will put your local bagel spot to shame, there’s Sadelle’s. The bakery and restaurant is as famous for its hand-rolled bagels layered with house salmon, caviar-capped soft-scrambled eggs, and popular sticky buns as its appearance (think: an Upper West Side Bubbe’s dining room).
Restaurant, American, Seafood, $$$
When a beach vacation is out of reach, a trip to Seamore’s is the next best thing. At this bright seafood shack, plates of crispy pollock and guacamole tacos and blackened fish burgers are worth a “take me back” hashtag. Best of all, Seamore’s uses 100-percent sustainable fish, so you can feel good about dining and documenting.