Since I live in Italy, I obviously don’t eat in 700 restaurants annually in NYC, nor would such a long list be helpful, but when I am in the city (which is typically 4 times a year), I try lots of new places, curse their hype, then end up returning to my old standbys. Occasionally, I file stories on NYC dining like this one on the city’s best Italian restaurants. Here are some more favorites in a range of categories:
My go-to breakfast spots are Jody Williams’ Buvette and Russ & Daughters Cafe. I also love Jody and Rita Sodi’s Via Carota for lunch or dinner. The NoMad nearby is fun, too, especially for drinks in The Library. Gramercy Tavern is a classic.
I seriously dream about the sliced beef tripe and tendons, duck tongues and ma po tofu at Szechuan Gourmet. Go to there at lunch only and stick to the Szechuan dishes. The pork and chive dumplings at Lam Zhou Hand-pulled Noodles are juicy and insanely cheap and even better if you ignore all the sticky surfaces.
Brooks Headley’s Superiority Burger is in a class by itself and well worth the potential queue.
New York Style pizza is great at L’Industrie and Best Pizza, both in Williamsburg. In case you were wondering, Di Fara is garbage. You won’t find a better version of Rome’s traditional flat breads than Sullivan Street Bakery.
Go drink craft beer at Tørst and Proletariat and imbibe natural wines at Ten Bells and The Four Horsemen. For Italian-style cocktails and atmosphere, I love Cafe Dante. And PUNCH has a sensational guide to drinking in Manhattan that must be in every travelers’ bookmarks.