No blog about New York City would be complete without a list of food and drink establishments. Undoubtedly one of the highlights of visiting NYC is the vast variety of food and drink on offer to suit all tastes and budgets. Whatever you want, they’ve got it!
Here are some of our favourites, some you may know and some you may not:
Waffles and Dinges – Herald Square kiosk
Where has this place been all my life? If you have a sweet tooth like me and love waffles this is your place. A Belgian waffle with whipped cream and maple syrup whilst sitting in Herald Square is bliss. Well at least that’s my favourite but they have plenty of other combinations and well worth the visit.
Doughnut Plant – W 23rd St between 7th & 8th Ave Chelsea) but other locations available
Perfect for a sugar boost after walking the High Line with good coffee and out of this world doughnuts (the clues in the name!).
Now this one we need to work on as our hotel serves a complimentary breakfast so we’ve haven’t been out for breakfast as much.
Brooklyn Diner – 57th Street
After the untimely demise of La Parisienne around the corner we stumbled onto this place. Although we miss La Parisienne it has been a good starting point for an early visit to Central Park with delicious options. Gotta love the French toast!
Shakeshack – Madison Square Park, Flatiron District
This one needs no introduction as it’s legendary amongst burger lovers. Aside from fantastic burgers and hotdogs the setting in the park makes it ideal for lunch on a nice day. Beware of queues but well worth the wait!
Heartland Brewery – Numerous locations but we normally end up at the Empire State Building branch.
A solid choice for lunch or even dinner and whilst it is a chain restaurant we have always enjoyed the food, drink and the service. Never had a bad meal here.
Schnippers – Numerous locations
We walked into here after a long hungry walk up Broadway without a lot of expectation but walked out very satisfied. Often cautious of establishments with large menus we were surprised with how nice the food was and loved the burger.
Mian Kitchen – Bryant Park
This little kiosk amongst the many at Bryant Park is a gem for takeaway noodles. The hand pulled noodles, dry or in soup are tasty and with a little Szechuan, warming on a chilly day. Grab a bowl and sit in the park.
S’Mac – East Village
If you love Mac N Cheese this is your place! More varieties than you can shake a stick at and tasty. Before careful though the pans are hot!
Katz Deli – East Village
Its a famous place and it’s for good reason. A true taste of New York with belly busting portions of succulent meats. Grateful for the half sandwich option!
Stella 34 Trattoria – Macy’s, Herald Square
Overlooking Herald Square and the Empire State Building this Italian restaurant has served us well for a local meal on a few occasions.
El Sombrero – Stanton St, East Village
We were recommended this place by a friend and it did not disappoint. Probably some of the best Mexican food we’ve ever had and the frozen margaritas are tip top.
Paesanos – Mulberry Street, Little Italy
As a lover of Italian food this place was reminiscent of our time in Sorrento in terms of ambience. Italy is on another level but this place makes a good effort to transport you there.
Dallas BBQ – Times Square
Big and wholesome and the only reason we venture to Times Square in our last couple of visits. The BBQ sauce is to die for!
It’s own section of course…
Joe’s Pizza – Greenwich Village
A fair amount of research led us on the pizza trail to Joe’s. Classic embodiment of NYC pizza obviously well used by the locals. Great pizza
Lombardi’s – Spring St, Little Italy
The first pizzeria in the USA and well worth the visit for a sit down pizza following a day exploring the lower neighbourhoods.
In conclusion, we’ve never had a bad pizza in NYC so I suppose the choice is down to preference. A $1 slice can’t be underestimated either.
Campbell Apartments – Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Entrance.
This prohibition era bar is straight out of the The Great Gatsby. The cocktails are works of art themselves and the bar lends itself as an oasis of time travel back to the old days, complete with barmen with fantastic moustaches!
Sixty Five – Rockefeller Centre
Smart and fancy, a worthwhile trip to gaze at the city lights from the Rockefeller centre at night. A cheaper alternative to visiting the Top of the Rock; providing you don’t have too many cocktails of course!
Playwright Irish Pub – West 35th St
Our out and out local pub in NYC with good food and atmosphere and a worthy sports bar showing the Premier League; you can take the Englishman out of England and so on!
Our sincere promise to ourselves next time is to break out of the comfort zone and explore more of the gastronomical gems available in the city.
Please comment if you have any recommendations for our next visit.
All photos taken by me.