It’s a city filled with hole-in-the-walls and some of the country’s trendiest restaurants – so we asked travelers which New York City neighborhoods are the “most” delicious.*
Visit Greenwich Village for classic sauces and homemade pasta
Forget whatever reputation Greenwich Village has for sophistication, glamour, culture or nightlife – we’re here for the carbs. Murray’s Cheese is a village-based deli known for its five-cheese-melts that are so good, you’ll order a second before you finish your first.
Pasta Flyer might be a new addition to 6th Avenue, but their food is definitely old-school. Enjoy homemade pasta covered in classic sauces like pesto, alfredo, and ragu. Or check out the Society Cafe, a “market to table” restaurant by award-winning chef Christopher Zabita located in the Walker Hotel.
Lower East Side
Start your foodie adventure at Katz’s Deli
The Lower East Side is home to tiny restaurants with big menus. Start your foodie adventure at Katz’s Deli, a NYC institution and the best place to try a local staple – hand-carved pastrami on rye.
In the mood for something less traditional? Head to El Rey Luncheonette for grain bowls, hummus plates, and kale everything. And on colder days, there’s nothing better than Oda House, a Georgian restaurant serving up khinkali (soup dumplings filled with meat, herbs, and spices), and khachapuri (a bread dish that comes in a variety of styles, including ajaruli filled with melted cheese, butter, and a runny egg). At night, stop by the Ludlow Hotel Ludlow Hotel and check out Dirty French, a bistro combining classic French cooking with Middle Eastern flavors.
The Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Station
It might be one of the busiest neighborhoods in NYC, but Midtown East has plenty of restaurants for a perfect late lunch. Start at the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central and pick up some freshly baked flatbreads and cinnamon rolls to go with your people watching.
A few streets over you’ll find Sake Bar Hagi, known for its tempura-fried pizza, extensive sake list, and takoyaki dumplings. After that, head to The Chambers Hotel to visit Milk Bar, an award-winning bakery that puts a playful spin on classic desserts (think cereal milk ice cream and compost cookies).
The Roxy Bar & Lounge in Tribeca
Tribeca is a favorite for the city’s celebrity residents, but there are delicious options for every budget and appetite. Get in line for a casual brunch at The Butcher’s Daughter, the neighborhood’s go-to vegetarian and juice bar.
Try a new twist on an old favorite at specialty restaurants like the Egg Shop, the Doughnut Project (with its “seasonal” doughnut menu) or the Taiyaki NYC, offering specialty ice cream that’s almost too pretty to eat.
In the evening, go for traditional French cuisine at Frenchette, the laid-back 100-seat restaurant recently opened by NYC food gurus Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson. If you’re looking for some entertainment with dinner, don’t forget to book a table at The Roxy Bar & Lounge.
Upper East Side
When it comes to pizza, this neighborhood has plenty to choose from
Restaurants in the Upper East Side are experiencing a boom in popularity – meaning longer wait times and plenty of new and tempting eateries. Try the lunch menu at the retro Pizza Beach on 3rd Avenue or their more formal sister restaurant, The East Pole Fish Bar on Lexington Avenue.
You’ll also find good eats in the neighborhood’s museums. Try Russ & Daughters, located in The Jewish Museum, or Flora Bar, attached to the Met Breuer on Madison Avenue. Here you’ll find hearty dishes like lamb ribs and steak tartare. Whatever and wherever you eat, don’t forget to finish the day with a cocktail at the Art Deco Bar Pleiades.
** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the top endorsement for each of New York City's neighborhoods. It turns out most of them were endorsed for food, but keep an eye out for the next installment on the best boroughs for exploring the city.