City Guide: Where to eat in New York

City Guide: Where to eat in New York

I have been to New York City twice so far, and I completely fell in love with the buzzing energy and the ever-present hustle in the city. I have written a couple of posts earlier on things to do in New York and an Instagram guide to the city. However, I wanted to compile a dedicated food and drink guide which would help answer the query of where to eat in New York. Keep reading for a ton of restaurants and cafes I would recommend in New York City.

P.S. – Beware that this post is long, so perhaps grab a cup of coffee before reading 🙂

Where to Eat in New York City

Best Spots for Breakfast/Brunch

Jack’s Wife Freida

50 Carmine Street, Between Bleeker and Bedford Street 

Jack’s Wife Freida is probably one of the most Instagram famous cafes in New York City, and for a good reason. The food and interiors look beautiful, but most importantly the food tastes amazing. The rosewater waffles are to die for, and the green shakshuka is my all time favourite. Don’t miss trying the fresh juice of the day – I tried the watermelon juice, which was refreshing.

You definitely need to check this cafe out for breakfast when in New York. I have also written a dedicated blog post reviewing this place earlier on my blog here.

Rating – 10/10

Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe

55 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA

I had discovered Bluestone Lane Collective Cafe while walking around on Greenwich Avenue on my first visit to New York. There were tons of people waiting to be seated and eat food here. So after doing some research, I decided to come back to the cafe the next day for breakfast.

Bluestone Lane cafes are inspired by authentic Australian cafe experience and have five branches in New York itself. The cafes have tons of healthy choices on the menu, along with a few indulgent ones. I have tried the pancakes, the avocado smash and the Moroccan chicken sandwich foodwise on my three visits to this cafe. The food tastes absolutely amazing and best of all, the coffee tastes great here as well. I would definitely recommend this cafe to everyone.

Rating- 10/10

The Butcher’s Daughter

19 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

The Butcher’s Daughter cafe is popular among the New Yorkers especially for its delicious yet healthy breakfast/brunch menu choices. I had gone to The Butcher’s Daughter cafe located on Kenmare street.

The cafe interiors are a mix of industrial and modern elements, which gives it a cool and Instagram-friendly vibe. I had the smashed avocado toast with a coffee, and it goes without saying that it was delicious. Although I had heard a lot of people comment on the rudeness of the staff members there, I faced no such issues. I had a great time enjoying my food and chatting with two Australian women sat next to me who were on their first New York visit from Melbourne and were on the lookout for any recommendations I could give. I would highly rate this cafe.

Rating- 10/10

Cafe Henrie

116 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10003

Cafe Henrie is a pretty little cafe located in Lower Manhattan. The cafe’s interiors are dominated by the millennial pink with bursts of blues and greens. It provides the perfect backdrop to click beautiful food pictures with the pink tables and get a cheeky outfit picture against the cafe’s neon sign.

The food menu is limited but good. I went here with my sister for brunch and we got the acai bowl and the avocado toast to share. I would put this cafe in my recommendations for brunch, but note that it’s a bit pricey for its tiny portion sizes.

Rating – 9/10

P.S – I realised after putting this cafe on this list that it has now been permanently closed. However, I am leaving it in for looking back at its memories 🙁

The Cupping Room Cafe

359 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013

I went for brunch at this cafe with one of my friends who lives in New York. It is one of her favourite weekend brunch hangouts. I had the eggs florentine with spinach and ricotta cheese, with a mimosa. The portion sizes are huge here. The eggs tasted great but there was no way I could finish my plate. I always think it will be more practical to travel with a food buddy in New York to limit the food leftover wastage 🙂

We had sat at the bar in the restaurant and had great service and conversations with the bartender, along with catching up with each other. The cafe was buzzing with New Yorkers and loads of families enjoying brunch at the time we were there.

This cafe was not on my food experience radar in New York. But that is why I really liked it cause recommendations by locals are always better. I would recommend this place if you were on the hunt for a brunch cafe in and around Soho.

Rating – 9/10

Sarabeth’s, Tribeca

339 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

Sarabeth’s is a traditional American restaurant that has 5 locations in New York City. I had visited the Tribeca branch which is popular for its breakfast/brunch menu especially on the weekends. I had gone for the classic American choice of pancakes with coffee.

You know a restaurant is traditional American when its serving size is huge. I could not finish my pancakes but the staff kindly packed it up for me. I would recommend this place for breakfast, but probably order only one main dish between two people as the serving size is very generous.

Rating – 8/10

Best Spots for Lunch

By Chloe, Soho

240 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012

By Chloe is a popular vegan restaurant with a few locations in New York. After walking past it while strolling in Soho, I decided to give this hyped cafe a try.

I ordered a Spicy Thai salad on the recommendation of the staff member that took my order as I was so confused with the number of choices. The salad turned out to be absolutely delicious and filling. The portion sizes are very generous, and I struggled to finish my salad at the end. This vegan-friendly cafe stands up to all the hype around it and more!

Rating – 10/10

Katz’s Delicatessen 

205 East Houston Street (corner of Ludlow St) New York City, 10002

Katz’s Delicatessen is a very popular New York deli located on the Lower East Side that has been open since 1888. They are famous for their pastrami and beef sandwiches that are apparently impossible to finish by one person.

This deli is listed in many must-have food experiences list for New York, so I wanted to try it although I don’t eat red meat. I still wanted to try their famous sandwiches so I went for a chicken salad sandwich with the famous pickles. As suspected, the sandwich was huge and I struggled to finish even half of it.

This place is buzzing with energy and people visiting from different places in the world and New Yorkers alike. I would definitely recommend this deli to everyone. But be warned go on an empty stomach to relish the sandwiches here!

Rating – 10/10

Best Spots for Dinner

Pio Pio, Hell’s Kitchen

604 Tenth Avenue, Manhattan, NY  10036

Pio Pio is a famous Peruvian restaurant in New York with a few branches spread out in Manhattan and beyond. This place was recommended by an office colleague and friend of mine for the “amazing food” in his opinion.

As I visited the restaurant on my solo trip, I sat at the bar to enjoy my meal. On the bartender’s recommendation, I ordered the Tamal Limeno, which is a traditional Peruvian yellow corn tamal stuffed with Juanita’s chicken and served with salsa criolla and a Causa de Atun which is a cold dish made with avocado and tuna, very similar to a tuna tartare.

Both the dishes I ordered were from the Starters menu, as the server indicated that I would not be able to finish any main dish on my own if I was not very hungry. I was very happy with the taste, service and the decision of getting two small dishes rather than any main dish that I would have wasted.

I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you like Peruvian or South-American food or want to try a new cuisine on your visit to New York City.

Rating – 10/10

Los Tacos No.1, Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market – 75 9th Ave. New York, NY 10011

Los Tacos No. 1 is a popular taqueria serving simple Mexican food in a street-style set-up with no seating in the Chelsea Market. I stumbled across this place while hunting for food in the Chelsea Market and seeing a queue in front of this Mexican stand I decided to join the queue as well.

I went for a chicken taco along with an orange soda to try the food first, before ordering more. The chicken taco served with freshly made salsa tasted amazing and it was only a few minutes later that I was standing in the queue again for another taco.

Portion wise two tacos along with a drink were more than enough to satisfy my hunger. It is very reasonably priced for the excellent taste. A definite recommendation from me if you are a Mexican food fan.

Rating – 10/10

Totto Ramen, Midtown West

366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019 

I found out about Totto Ramen place when looking for an Asian restaurant in the Midtown area. The search was initiated by a craving for soup in the cold New York weather.

I went for a classic chicken ramen soup (Chicken Paitan) recommended by the chef himself. This was easy as I was sitting in the bar area, which was right along the open kitchen. This restaurant is very small, but it is always buzzing with people waiting to be seated and enjoy their ramen. If you like Asian food like me, then definitely check this place out as it has a few locations in New York.

Rating – 9/10


I went to this Michelin star Indian restaurant in New York City with my family for dinner. This restaurant is quite popular among New Yorkers and Indians alike, so it was on our list of restaurants to eat at during our visit.

We ordered a spicy chicken curry called Murgh Lababdar to be relished with bread and a Murgh Biryani. The food tasted great, the service was immaculate and the overall experience was amazing. We enjoyed a relaxed evening and were quite full and happy on leaving. A definite recommendation from my end if you are craving Indian food in New York City.

Rating – 10/10

Best Spots for Drink

La Colombe Coffee, Soho

270 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012

La Colombe coffee is probably one of my favourite coffee places in New York. I always end up going here to grab an iced almond milk latte while shopping or strolling in Soho. Although now La Colombe coffee has 8 locations in New York, I still like coming to the Soho branch for a dose of coffee and people-watching.

The coffee tastes great and you can even buy coffee beans here to make a similar cuppa from the comfort of your home. I love this cafe and would definitely recommend to all fellow coffee-lovers.

Rating – 10/10

Roasting Plant Coffee, West Village

75 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY 10014

Roasting Plant Coffee is a small cafe located on the Greenwich Avenue in West Village. The cafe has another location in New York as well. Like any other popular coffee place, the cafe also sells coffee beans and ground coffee to its customers.

This cafe has a wide range of choice for coffees and I went with an almond milk cappuccino with a blend recommended by the staff who took my order. I also had a cheeky pastry with my coffee as a mid-afternoon treat. Both coffee and my pastry were delicious, and this place is a good recommendation for coffee enthusiasts.

Rating – 9/10

Saxon + Parole, Noho

316 Bowery (at Bleecker), New York, NY 10012

Saxon + Parole is a cool and chic American restaurant located in the Noho area of New York. I went there for a quick drink while waiting to meet my friend at a nearby restaurant. This restaurant has an award-winning beverage program and also has its very own brand of whiskey.  So it is definitely checking for whiskey enthusiasts.

I tried a Manhattan on Tap cocktail which was made from Parole whiskey, had some sweet vermouth and bitters. The drink was great, albeit a bit on the pricey side. But I would highly recommend this place for a drink if you find yourself in the Noho area.

Rating – 10/10

Cafe Gitane at The Jane Hotel

I went to the cute bar at The Jane hotel as I was staying there on my first trip to New York. This was a farewell drink as I was waiting for my taxi to take me to the airport back to London. I had a cocktail called the Noilly Prat which was different from everything I have tried so far.  The drink consisted mainly of a sweet Vermouth that was a blend of various herbs and spices, including chamomile, bitter orange peels, nutmeg, coriander and cloves. It sounded like a strange concoction but it was delicious. It was a great way to end my New York trip!

The bar is located in a cafe on the ground floor where you can also have food during the day. The Jane also has an in-house club that is quite popular over the weekend. Thus Cafe Gitane provides a little bit of recluse if you want to get away from the blaring music to enjoy a drink.

Rating – 9/10

This concludes my list of recommendations for food and drink in New York City. This is only after a couple of visits to ‘the city that never sleeps’. What are your favourite places to grab a bite to eat or drink in New York?

Let me know in the comments below and I will add them to my list of places to eat at in the future.

Till then,


Where to eat in New York

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