I wholeheartedly believe that one could come to New York and spend the entire time eating and walking from one restaurant to the next. You can truly get any kind of food you want here from trendy, new restaurants as well as some of the very best in the world. If you're a foodie and want to explore the NYC food scene, here's your itinerary.
Le Parker Meridien
Located uptown near the bottom of Central Park, this is not only a gorgeous, classic hotel but there are also some really great restaurants onsite. There's Norma's with its all-breakfast menu (heaven), Burger Joint which is an interesting little dive place hidden behind a curtain, a little coffee bar called Knave, and Indian Accent which offers modern, inventive Indian cuisine.
The Greenwich Hotel (Locanda Verde)
Owned by Robert DeNiro, this is a unique and gorgeous hotel in Tribeca. It feels much more exotic than other New York hotels, with a rich color palette and lots of beautiful texture in its decor. At The Greenwich, you'll find DeNiro's restaurant Locanda Verde. It's a gorgeous restaurant that serves beautiful, rustic Italian food like grandmother's ravioli and marsala semifreddo.
The Wythe Hotel (Reynard)
The Wythe is a really cool hotel in Williamsburg that always has a lot going on, from art installations to boutique pop-ups. They also have to great restaurants that draw crowds beyond the hotel's guests. The Ides is the rooftop bar which serves drinks and small plates, then there's the renowned Reynard. The menu is pretty rustic and wholesome, with things like roast chicked and whipped pumpkin, confit potatoes, and wood roasted squash. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner.
A very chic, expensive French restaurant inside the 11 Howard hotel.
Russ & Daughter's Cafe
The iconic spot for Jewish food like potato latkes, pastrami, matzo ball soup, and more.
There are so many good pizza places but, in my opinion, your best options are Roberta's, Joe's, Motorino, and Artichoke (where you have to try the namesake slice).
A ramen noodle brasserie that's the first U.S. outpost of the Japanese chain restaurant.
Eleven Madison Park
One of the city's most iconic, three Michelin starred restaurants. This is definitely a splurge restaurant but a must for any serious foodie.
For a slightly more affordable Michelin-starred restaurant, check out Dovetail on the Upper West Side. They have several fixed menus to choose from, including a vegetarian option.
This is a beautiful Japanese restaurant focusing on shojin cusine, which is Buddhist and therefore vegetarian.
Ice & Vice
This is a fun, experimental ice-cream place that kind of reminds me of Willy Wonka's Three Course Dinner Chewing Gum. There are flavors like Movie Night (buttered popcorn, malted chocolate, raisin caramel), Breakfast Club (brown butter banana, candied bacon waffles), and Burnt Out (toasted black rice, mandarin citrus jam).
The best cookie I've ever had. Get the chocolate chip walnut!
Martha's Country Bakery
This really is heaven for a dessert lover. You can get pretty much any dessert you want from strawberry shortcake and gelato to bread pudding and apple pie.
I like Brooklyn Farmacy for the classic New York diner meal: a grilled cheese or chicken salad sandwich with a chocolate egg cream.
- Spend a day exploring food halls like Eataly, Le District, Union Fare, Chelsea Market. These are a foodie's dream because you're able to sample a bunch of different things in one place.
- Take a cooking class! There are so many fun options in the city at places like the International Culinary Center, Haven's Kitchen, Milk Bar, Bedford Cheese Shop, Eataly, and Ample Hills Creamery. For something unique, I recommend the Milk Bar baking class.
- Have a picnic with provisions from iconic places like Zabar's, Russ & Daughters, and Petrossian.