On a city break to New York, you’ll be thrown into a fast-moving food scene. Street food, international cuisine, sushi bars, bakeries, pancake houses, fast food joints and fine dining establishments fill each neighbourhood.
From the classic pepperoni pizza sold by the slice, to boundary-pushing new restaurants changing the way people eat, the city offers a lot for keen foodies – and you’ll want to try it all.
We’ve put together a short list of five must-visit eateries in the Big Apple to take you from morning coffee to evening nightcap. Where’s your favourite place to eat in New York?
1. Daily Provisions – Breakfast of champions – ££
Rated one of New York’s best-loved neighbourhood cafes, Daily Provisions gets the cool, sleek, all-day dining vibe just right. Located five minutes’ walk from Union Square East, they serve fresh baked goods and breakfast sandwiches, lunchtime salads, sandwiches and Rotisserie chicken, and a small seasonal dinner menu. Doughnut lovers will appreciate the old-fashioned crullers made of soft sweet dough, served in a variety of flavours including maple, cinnamon and glazed.
2. Good Enough to Eat – All American Brunch – ££
Since 1981, Good Enough to Eat has been a staple of the Upper West Side. Serving good old fashioned American food, this all-day diner has a lengthy menu of classic comfort food. Expect four grain pancakes, homemade waffles and French toast, eggs and omelettes your way, plus fresh juices and organic coffee. On a weekend, brunch is served until 5pm so no need to set your alarms.
3. Prince Street Pizza – Grab and go – £
This renowned Soho pizza shop is tiny, but it doesn’t stop the crowds from billowing outside with keen locals wanting a slice of the action. Priding themselves on fresh ingredients, simple flavour combinations and quick service, the menu is a mouth-watering mix of Neapolitan-style pizzas and fluffy original Soho squares featuring their most popular topping – Fra diavolo sauce, spicy pepperoni and fresh oozing mozzarella.
4. Nom Wah Tea Parlor – Cheap eats – £
Take a step back in time to 1920s New York at Nom Wah Tea Parlor. This diner-style eatery in Chinatown has a retro interior complete with faded red leather furnishings, tiled flooring, bar stools and colourful wall art. For most of the 20th century, Nom Wah served as neighborhood staple, offering fresh Chinese pastries, steamed buns, dim sum, and tea. Today, sink your teeth into house special roast pork buns, shrimp dumplings and chicken siu mai.
5. Nix – Vegetarian/vegan friendly – £££
Proud new owners of a Michelin star, this innovative and minimal vegetarian restaurant in Greenwich Village puts an emphasis on making meat free dishes the star of the show. Cooking up seasonal food accompanied by creative cocktails and house-made sodas, Nix is a unique spot for a special dinner, date night or celebration. They have an entire vegan brunch menu featuring delicious hummus bowls and tofu scramble, an enticing dinner menu of burrata salads and eggplant curry, plus an affordable wine list.