Dishes at Citizens of Chelsea come in every color in the rainbow | Courtesy of Citizens of Chelsea
These photogenic New York City restaurants are a hit IRL and on your Instagram feed.
New York City is one of the dining capitals of the world and presentation is an integral part of the experience. Serving up Parisian bistro vibes and all the pink you can stomach, these local spots are as good to look at as eat at. Bring your appetite and your phone to the most Instagrammable restaurants in New York.
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The traditional ichiju-sansai, or Japanese prix-fixe (ichiju-sansai translates to ‘one soup, three dishes’), at Williamsburg’s Okonomi are picture perfect. Plates of top-quality grilled or roasted fish, creamy tamago and pickled vegetables get the Marie Kondo treatment here, arranged neatly on minimalist ceramic plates along with miso soup and seven-grain rice.
You’ll be tickled pink upon entering Pietro Nolita where 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, you guessed it, pink. The menu features healthy-leaning Italian fare, with dinner options featuring homemade ravioli, gnocchi and beef-steak dishes.
At chef Jody Williams’ 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.
This minimalist coffee shop on Bleeker Street provides the perfect backdrop for some photos of great Australian food. All the colors in the rainbow are represented in vibrant plates of beetroot hummus toast, Nutella and fresh fruit-topped waffles and avocado toast. Throw in an aesthetically-pleasing Melbourne-style wellness latte (an infusion of organic ginger and tumeric root, lemon grass, cane sugar and lemon) and some strategic hashtags, and you’ll have a viral meal on your hands (and table).
If Pinterest ever opened a restaurant, it would look a lot like 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 close-up only after your pink cocktail and fried chicken with kale waffles has reached the table.
Even if you’ve never visited Spot Dessert Bar, chances are you’re familiar with its Instagram-worthy dishes. Spot’s 2,400-plus 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. Chef Ian Kittichai’s desserts are like pieces of art and well worth the waitlist.
Eataly Flatiron, the vivid Italian marketplace, is home to dazzling displays of hanging meats, piles of cheese, fresh baked goods and ripe produce. On-site restaurants focusing on everything from Napoli-style pizza to Nutella crepes and Alps-style polenta will overwhelm in the best way.
Indulge in the holiday spirit (and addictive naan) all year round at Panna II, an Instagram-famous restaurant serving up Christmas vibes. This popular Indian restaurant’s decor consists of hundreds of glittering string lights, an aesthetic choice you can ponder between forkfuls of lamb tandoori or photo sessions. The vivid atmosphere means you’ll never have to worry about good lighting.
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 Upper-West-Side Bubbe’s dining room).
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.