Living in a vibrant City like ours provides us with a splendid opportunity to indulge in an array of culinary experiences. It is fair to say that we are quite fortunate, given the sheer multitude of dining experiences at our disposal. Across all five boroughs in New York City, an abundance of exceptional restaurants beckon. Yet many of us find ourselves repeatedly gravitating towards familiar favorites. So today, I am sharing 30 Marvelous Restaurants every New Yorker must try at least once.
I have been diligently chronicling my gastronomic adventures since 2010. It is a delightful habit that has allowed me to cherish memories of the restaurants I have frequented, the delectable dishes I have savored, and the lovely experiences I have relished.
While it is true that some of the cherished dining spots I have enjoyed have since faded into history. I am thrilled to share a meticulously curated list of 30 outstanding restaurants that every New Yorker should have the pleasure of experiencing. However, this list is not exclusively reserved for locals. If you happen to be a visitor to New York City, then make sure you experience one or more of these venerable classics or iconic eateries. The city is replete with iconic and classic restaurants that have endured the test of time. Each restaurant possessing an intangible quality that beckons us back for more.
In crafting this list, I meticulously considered various factors, including Yelp reviews, the overall ambiance, and the rich historical narratives that resonate throughout New York City. And, naturally, the quality of service and cuisine on offer. Since this is a long article, we decided to share it in two parts. Read part two here.
Table of Contents
- Lombardi’s Pizza
- Peter Luger
- Minetta Tavern
- Junior’s Restaurant
- Tavern on the Green
- Grand Central Oyster Bar + Restaurant
- Gramercy Tavern
- Keens Steakhouse
- P. J. Clarke’s
- Katz Delicatessen
- Caffe Dante
- Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog
Explore Part One of the 30 Must-Try Restaurants Every New Yorker Should Experience.
Our culinary journey kicked off at none other than Lombardi’s Pizza. It is a choice so iconic it practically defines American pizza history. It was a fitting starting point, as it happened to be the very place where I savored my inaugural slice of New York City pizza more than three decades ago. Gennaro Lombardi, is a pioneer in the pizza world. He unveiled his modest pizza shop in the vibrant neighborhood of Little Italy. And to this day, Lombardi’s remains a top contender for the title of the city’s “best pie.” With a mere mention of Lombardi’s elicits thoughts of some of the most exquisite pizza offerings you will find in New York City.
The pizza at Lombardi’s is nothing short of exceptional, a true embodiment of New York City’s pizza prowess. The secret to Lombardi’s enduring appeal lies in their mastery of the craft. A flawlessly charred crust emerges from their coal oven, adding an irresistible depth of flavor to every slice. Meanwhile, the toppings are meticulously chosen to harmonize with the chewy, flavorful dough, ensuring that each bite is a symphony of tastes.
It is a tradition that harks back to 1905 when Gennaro Lombardi first applied his artisanal baking skills—the skills he honed in Naples to craft pizzas right here in the United States. The result is a truly unforgettable pizza experience.
Lombardi’s is not just an eatery. It is a slice of history. Gennaro Lombardi is credited with pioneering the New York Style pizza, solidifying Lombardi’s as the very first pizzeria in the United States. Nestled in the heart of the Little Italy Lombardi’s continues to enchant patrons with its smoky-crusted coal oven baked pizzas. Each pie is a masterpiece and a timeless combination that keeps both locals and visitors alike returning for more.
32 Spring Street—Nolita
Peter Luger exudes an enchanting, timeless charm that epitomizes the essence of New York City. Its ambiance whisks you away to a bygone era, making it a treasured jewel in the city’s culinary tapestry.
But the star of the show: Peter Luger’s steaks. These are no ordinary steaks. Even today, family members handpick the choicest cuts at wholesale markets, meticulously inspecting short loins. These steaks have achieved legendary status, firmly establishing Peter Luger as an iconic NYC institution since 1887. This cash-only haven has perfected the craft of steak preparation with unwavering dedication.
Peter Luger’s unwavering focus is on flawlessly cooked, dry-aged steaks. The short loins and shells undergo a meticulous aging process in on-site facilities, ensuring precise control over temperature, humidity, and air circulation. Once expertly aged, the short loins are expertly butchered, trimmed, and sent to the kitchen for broiling. This relentless commitment to selection and preparation guarantees that every steak served at Peter Luger’s ranks among the finest in the nation.
For me, Peter Luger holds a special place in my heart. It was the very place where I embarked on my first solo dining adventure. I treated myself to a colossal porterhouse for two [of course I did not eat it all]. The memory of that experience remains etched in my mind. It was a quintessential New York City moment I will cherish forever. In a city bursting with culinary options, Peter Luger stands as a singular and iconic destination that every New Yorker and visitor alike should experience. It is a slice of history, a celebration of the timeless allure of a perfectly cooked steak, and a testament to the enduring magic of New York dining.
178 Broadway—Williamsburg South Side
Nestled in the heart of New York City’s culinary landscape, Minetta Tavern is a hallowed establishment dating back to 1937. Its tables have played host to literary and cultural luminaries. With the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O’Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould. As well as various writers, poets, and pugilists gracing its halls. Yet, Minetta Tavern’s allure extends far beyond its storied history. In a city that thrives on innovation and relentless progress, this iconic eatery has defied complacency. It had adapted with the times to maintain its revered status.
Step inside, and you will find yourself transported to a bygone era. Minetta Tavern exudes old-school New York charm. It radiates a warm ambiance and exceptional service that captures the essence of timeless elegance, cementing Minetta Tavern as a quintessential New York dining experience.
In 2009, a momentous change of ownership saw the visionary behind Balthazar, Keith McNally, take the reins of Minetta Tavern. McNally’s unwavering pursuit of culinary excellence propelled traditional American dishes to unparalleled heights. The result: redefining the dining experience with each visit. Recent years have seen Minetta Tavern’s revival, preserving its historic interior while infusing it with contemporary energy. Partnering with Balthazar chefs Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, the menu now boasts robust bistro fare designed to delight the palate.
The curated menu now feature expertly roasted bones with sea-salt-kissed marrow, the perfectly balanced butter lettuce salad, and a burger that redefines indulgence are just a few highlights. From a flawlessly honeyglazed smoked li duck breast to sumptuous seafood options like the moules frites and Portuguese sardines, Minetta Tavern’s kitchen exudes culinary mastery. At the epicenter of Minetta Tavern’s culinary journey is the legendary Minetta burger, celebrated as one of the city’s culinary gems.
Given its perpetual popularity, securing a reservation at Minetta Tavern is highly recommended, as walk-in availability is limited. Once your reservation is confirmed, locating this culinary treasure is effortless. Venture to the enchanting West Village and follow the
In essence, Minetta Tavern’s kitchen exudes culinary mastery. At the same time, its beckoning neon sign is a bold declaration of culinary excellence. It stands not just as a restaurant but as a living museum of New York’s cultural heritage, a shrine to fine dining, and a beacon of timeless culinary brilliance.
113 MacDougal Street—Greenwich Village
Nearly two decades ago, as a newlywed, our Sundays held a cherished tradition: Dinner at Junior’s Restaurant. While the prospect of a delicious meal drew us in, our true desire was the cheesecake. Back then, carless and budget-conscious, the thought of calling a cab [there were no Uber, et cetera] just for a slice of cheesecake seemed extravagant. And so, a ritual was born.
Within the hallowed walls of Harry Rosen’s 73-year-old Downtown Brooklyn establishment, we discovered a slice of cheesecake that had become synonymous with the very essence of New York-style indulgence. Crafted with the most humble of ingredients Philadelphia cream cheese and a sponge cake base. Each round of cheesecake a labor of love, mixed and baked by hand, a tradition lovingly upheld to this very day.
While Junior’s cheesecake has spread its wings to other Boroughs, States, and worldwide, there is an undeniable allure in savoring the original. Junior’s roots trace back to 1929 in the heart of Brooklyn, where it first welcomed patrons, and it remains an enduring emblem of classic diner cuisine and sumptuous desserts.
The nostalgia of those early visits to Junior’s, the anticipation of that first heavenly bite, and the warmth of shared moments have etched themselves into our memories. It is a testament to the fact that sometimes, a culinary journey is not merely about the food itself. It is about the traditions, the stories, and the magical experiences that unfold when you find yourself in the presence of an institution like Junior’s—timeless, comforting, and forever memorable.
386 Flatbush Extension—Downtown Brooklyn
1626 Broadway at 49th Street—Times Square
1515 Broadway [45th street—Between Broadway + 8th Avenue]—Theater District
Tavern on the Green
Tavern on the Green, originally conceived by the visionary Calvert Vaux, had humble beginnings as a sheepfold in the 1880s. Its primary purpose was to provide shelter for the 700 Southdown sheep that peacefully roamed Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. However, in 1934, the indomitable Robert Moses transformed this rustic structure into a restaurant, as part of his grand park renovation.
Over the subsequent decades, Tavern on the Green witnessed shifts in management but remained a cherished icon. Its magnetic allure included breathtaking park views. Introducing a dance floor, outdoor seating, and an opulent menu lured prominent actors, musicians, and public figures who frequented the restaurant for dining, libations, and celebrations.
After a brief hiatus starting in 2009, the city embarked on an ardent quest to find a new operator to resurrect this iconic establishment in 2013. Eventually, the city selected Jim Caiola and David Salama, seasoned restaurateurs from Philadelphia, to breathe new life into Tavern. Their vision encompassed a warm, inviting atmosphere adorned with décor reminiscent of the original sheepfold, and a seasonal menu that paid homage to the Greater New York culinary scene. In April 2014, the revamped Tavern on the Green welcomed patrons once again.
Tavern on the Green stands as a quintessential choice. For 75 years, its opulent dining room nestled within Central Park captivated the imaginations of New Yorkers and visitors alike.
Tavern on the Green is not just an iconic venue in person. It has also left an indelible mark on the silver screen. Its cinematic appeal and timeless style have made it a sought-after backdrop for numerous films over the years. From classics like “An Unmarried Woman”  to modern gems like “New York, I Love You” (2008), this iconic establishment has added a touch of magic to the world of cinema.
Grand Central Oyster Bar + Restaurant
For over a century, the Oyster Bar has been an indelible part of New York City’s culinary heritage. A story that unfolds against the backdrop of the iconic Grand Central Terminal. This tale begins with the visionary railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt handpicked this very site within his majestic transportation hub to house a dining establishment he christened as the Oyster Bar. In 1913, this celebrated New York institution opened its doors. Strategically positioned at the epicenter of America’s sprawling long-distance passenger train network, ensuring an auspicious start.
However, the winds of change swept through the 1960s, casting a shadow over the once-glorious Grand Central Terminal. The Oyster Bar faced its own challenges as business dwindled amidst the terminal’s fading grandeur. But the resilience of great ideas and superb locations cannot be denied. Under the ingenious stewardship of Jerome Brody, a reimagined Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant emerged.
It retained the hallowed name while metamorphosing into a seafood haven that now stands as the preeminent seafood restaurant. The gorgeous ambiance provides the perfect setting to indulge in a diverse array of oysters.
The Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant has more than a dozen varieties awaiting your discerning palate, making it the ultimate destination for oyster enthusiasts. Oysters hold a special place in New York City’s history—a testament to the city’s enduring allure. It is estimated that nearly half of the world’s oyster population once thrived in the waters of New York Harbor.
With its storied history, impeccable seafood offerings, and an ambiance that exudes timeless elegance, a visit to this iconic New York City establishment is a journey into culinary excellence that promises an unforgettable experience.
89 East 42 Street—Midtown East
For more than twenty years, Gramercy Tavern has illuminated the culinary landscape of New York City. It draws food lovers from near and far to its hallowed doors. This cherished American restaurant is a testament to its unwavering dedication to contemporary American cuisine, heartfelt hospitality, and unparalleled service.
In 1994, the visionary restaurateur Danny Meyer unveiled Gramercy Tavern in a historic landmark building just north of Union Square. Since then, it has not only maintained its sterling reputation. But it has also clinched nine prestigious James Beard Awards, including “Outstanding Restaurant” and “Outstanding Chef in America.”
Guided by the skilled hands of Chef Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern’s menu has gracefully shifted, with the seasons spotlighting the restaurant’s enduring relationships with local farms. This steadfast commitment to sourcing ingredients locally has not only elevated the dining experience. But has also championed sustainability and community support in the culinary realm.
The moment you step into Gramercy Tavern, you will be enveloped by the inviting embrace of its Tavern area. Here, a lively bar, lofty wood-beamed ceilings, and a wood-burning oven wafting delectable scents set the stage. Seasonal floral arrangements add vibrant splashes of color, while the walls adorned with paintings and photographs paying homage to early American aesthetics.
In the Tavern, guests can relish à la carte delights, including duck liver mousse, sea bass, and the tantalizing Tavern Burger paired with duck fat potato chips. Meanwhile, the elegant yet perpetually comfortable back dining room, dressed in white tablecloths, offers a five-course culinary journey for $168. From Elysian Field Lamb to pan-seared halibut and roasted duck. Each dish exemplifies the restaurant’s unwavering dedication to exceptional flavors and culinary craftsmanship.
Gramercy Tavern’s enduring allure is rooted in its unpretentious confidence and time-honored comfort. It has earned a special place in the hearts of diverse diners. From corporate professionals to trendsetting fashionistas and devoted gastronomes. Whether you are savoring à la carte pleasures at the bar or embarking on a five-course tasting adventure, Gramercy Tavern masterfully marries rustic charm with a contemporary twist. A quintessential representation of the classic American tavern’s essence.
As Gramercy Tavern proudly commemorates 27 years of culinary eminence, it remains an essential destination for those seeking exceptional cuisine. Or heartfelt hospitality and a genuine taste of New York City’s dynamic dining scene.
42 East 20th Street—Flatiron
As you step into Keens Steakhouse, you are immediately transported into the heart of one of New York City’s most iconic dining establishments. The ambiance is a symphony of warm embrace of dark wood-paneled walls, fireplaces, Beveled-glass doors, and an awe-inspiring collection of churchwarden pipes [they hold the largest collection in the world]. They all set the stage for a remarkable experience, quintessentially New York.
Founded in 1885, Keens Steakhouse wears its history like a badge of honor. Its interior tells the tales of legendary patrons from eras long past, including luminaries like Babe Ruth, John Barrymore, J.P. Morgan, Albert Einstein, Teddy Roosevelt, and many others.
Keens’ menu is a testament to culinary excellence. It offers delights like the legendary mutton chop, a culinary masterpiece that packs a flavorful punch. And then there is the prime porterhouse, designed for two or three adventurous souls. A steak that stands proudly against any in the city. Or my favorite, the Chateaubriand steak for two with three sauces
However, Keens is more than just a restaurant. It is a living piece of history. Dating back to its inception, it was a vibrant rendezvous for actors in full stage make-up between acts at the neighboring Garrick Theatre. Over the years, it became a hub for producers, playwrights, publishers, and newspapermen, all seeking Keens’s warmth and camaraderie.
Today, Keens is the lone survivor of the Herald Square Theatre District. A beacon of tradition in a world that often rushes to erase its past. In a city that constantly reinvents itself, discovering a cherished landmark that endures is nothing short of comforting. A place where history, culinary excellence, and the spirit of Old New York converge to create a truly timeless experience.
72 West 36 Street—Midtown West
P. J. Clarke’s
Step into P.J. Clarke’s, a New York institution since 1884, where history lives on its walls. Closed for renovations in 2002-2003. The iconic saloon emerged with a refreshed menu while preserving its enduring charm. Frequented by Jackie Kennedy Onassis, this 1884 gem exudes timeless elegance. The staff welcomes guests like old friends.
The vibrant bar up front pulses with life, attracting a post-work crowd. At the same time, the dining room offers an elegant evening. Clarke’s must-try burgers and all of the satisfying salads on the menu, deliver abundant greens for a memorable meal.
Our favorites on P.J. Clarke’s menu are the housemade corned beef hash, huevos rancheros, and the robust “jumbo” Bloody Mary. However, the real stars of the menu remain the burgers.
Dubbed “The Vatican of Saloons” by the New York Times, P.J. Clarke’s stands as one of New York’s iconic old-school bars. Beyond its delightful cocktails and ice-cold beer, this timeless American restaurant takes pride in using the finest market-selected ingredients. The original P.J. Clarke’s, established in 1884, is one of New York City’s oldest saloons.
P.J. Clarke’s is more than just a historic bar. It is a testament to the enduring values of welcoming service, an inviting ambiance, a sense of belonging. And, of course, some of the city’s most exceptional burgers. Whether you are indulging in oysters, savoring a burger masterpiece, or simply enjoying a pair of jumbo lump crab cakes, P.J. Clarke’s guarantees an unforgettable experience steeped in New York City’s rich culinary history.
915 Third Avenue, at 55th Street—Midtown East
44 West 63rd Street—Upper West Side
250 Vesey Street—Battery Park
Italian cuisine thrives on tradition and ritual, and since 1896, the Rao’s family has held these values close to their hearts. They extend a warm invitation for you to partake in the cherished Rao’s family tradition of feasting. A place to share not only food but also a deep sense of togetherness. By following their menu, you will become part of the rituals passed down by Vincent Rao and Anne Pellegrino to a new generation. And with the guidance of your server, you will discover that the most important ingredients in your dining experience are food, friends, and family.
Rao’s New York stands as a true culinary treasure. It is renowned for its authentic Southern Neapolitan Italian cuisine and inviting, family-centric atmosphere. This prestigious eatery was bestowed with a three-star rating by New York Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton, who described the cuisine as “exquisitely simple Italian cooking.”
Having opened its doors in 1896, Rao’s remains celebrated as one of the country’s oldest family-owned and operated restaurants. And maintains its original location. With cherished Pellegrino and Rao traditions as its primary ingredients, Rao’s menu combines generations of authenticity and love with the freshest flavors.
Rao’s locations in New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles have garnered a reputation for satisfying some of the world’s most discerning appetites. In the New York locale, the list of regulars reads like a “Who’s Who” of the city’s cognoscenti, including luminaries like Woody Allen, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, Nicholas Pileggi, and Danny Aiello.
A legion of politicians, sports figures, and matinee idols have vied for a coveted reservation. Dining at Rao’s in New York is a legendary experience, beloved to the extent that securing a seat is a privilege reserved for regulars with “table rights” or the fortunate few invited as guests.
Rao’s invites you to relax, savor delectable dishes, and embrace an experience that transcends the mere act of eating—cheers to preserving Italian tradition and creating timeless memories at Rao’s.
455 East 11th Street—Harlem
In the sprawling landscape of New York City’s culinary scene, one name stands tall and proud, beckoning both locals and tourists alike. Katz’s Delicatessen is, without a doubt, one of the most famous places to eat in New York City. As you embark on your must-try food adventure in New York, make sure to include Katz’s in your itinerary.
Prepare your taste buds for a tantalizing journey featuring corned beef, the classic Reuben, the iconic pastrami sandwich, Potato Latkes, and more. Their iconic corned beef and pastrami undergo a meticulous curing process that prioritizes flavor, eschewing shortcuts like chemicals or excessive additives. It can take 30 days to achieve their superior product, while commercial alternatives opt for a speedy 36-hour pressure injection method.
The long lines of eager patrons outside this timeless establishment are a testament to the enduring popularity of this iconic New York City restaurant. Katz’s is not just a deli. It is a cultural landmark and the setting for the legendary romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally.”
A Bit of History
- Now, let us rewind the clock to the late 19th century when a small deli, Iceland Brothers, graced Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side of New York City.
- In 1903, a pivotal moment occurred with the arrival of Willy Katz, prompting the official name change to “Iceland & Katz.”
- In 1910, Willy’s cousin Benny joined the ranks, solidifying the transformation into Katz’s Delicatessen.
- Their fellow landsman, Harry Tarowsky, entered the partnership in April 1917, marking a significant chapter in Katz’s history.
- The deli even relocated across the street to its present location during the construction of the subway system.
- The vacant lot on Houston Street, pronounced “House-ton” after a Dutch emigrant of the same name, was the temporary home for barrels of meat and pickles. And then the iconic storefront facade was added between 1946 and 1949.
In the early 20th century, the Lower East Side was a melting pot. It welcomed millions of newly immigrated families. This diverse and tightly-knit community, coupled with limited public and private transportation, made Katz’s Delicatessen a focal point for congregating. Fridays held a special tradition as the neighborhood would gather to enjoy franks and beans. It became an enduring Katz’s tradition that has become part of its rich heritage.
Katz’s Delicatessen is not just a place to dine. It is a living testament to New York City’s history and culinary excellence. A visit to Katz’s is not just about food. It is about immersing yourself in the vibrant tapestry of the city’s culture. Where every sandwich tells a story and every bite is a nod to tradition. So, join the ranks of those who have savored the flavors of Katz’s. And experience the magic of an institution that has truly stood the test of time.
205 East Houston Street [corner of Ludlow Street]—Lower East Side
1 Dekalb Avenue [Enter at Flatbush External in City Point Building—Downtown Brooklyn
Dante has been a steadfast beacon in the heart of Greenwich Village since it first opened its doors in 1915. This unassuming gathering place, now a registered New York City landmark, has drawn a diverse tapestry of patrons over the years, offering solace in its unpretentious embrace.
Dante has always been the heart of the community, a haven where you could find not just a cup of espresso but also warm smiles and friendly embraces. Under its latest identity as Dante, a dedicated team of lifelong industry professionals and two passionate Australians, who are old friends, have reinvigorated this iconic establishment. While preserving its rich history and sense of community, they have introduced an elevated selection of modern Italian cuisine, world-class cocktails, and an award-winning bar program. Dante proves that everything old can indeed become new again, breathing fresh life into its timeless legacy.
The transformation was nothing short of remarkable. Dante was resurrected and ascended to global acclaim, earning the world’s best bar title in 2019, just four years after its revival. It continued to grace the prestigious list in 2020 and made our list in March of 2023 as one of New York City’s most romantic dining destinations.
Dante’s menu is carefully curated, offering small bites, brunch, and food a la carte. The drinks truly steal the show. Its popularity is so immense that securing reservations can be a Herculean task, a testament to its status as one of the city’s busiest and most sought-after spots.
One of my closest friends, Viv, loves Dante, and whenever we meet in Manhattan, Dante is our go-to choice for exceptional quality beverages. Whether it is the unforgettable “extra dirty martini” [for me] or the exquisite “our Brooklyn cocktail” [for her], each sip is a journey through impeccable craftsmanship.
A Bit of History
The tale of Dante traces back to 1915 when the original Caffe Dante opened its doors on Macdougal Street in Greenwich Village. At that time, the area was known as the ‘South Village,’ predominantly an Italian neighborhood. The café served as a local hub where Italian immigrants gathered, sipping espresso and conversing about their homeland and politics.
In 1971, Mario Flotta Sr. took the reins of this beloved establishment. Over the next four decades, Dante became a haven for both the local community and celebrities alike. Notable figures like Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld, and Bob Dylan graced its welcoming confines.
In 2015, the Flotta family made the difficult decision to part ways with the café, entrusting its legacy to a small Australian family rooted in New York. While staying true to Caffe Dante’s Italian heritage, the new custodians also embraced global influences, reflecting the diverse tastes of New Yorkers.
Today, Dante proudly boasts two iconic venues in New York City—Dante West Village and Caffe Dante. The two bars, located a short distance apart, have become culinary landmarks. Securing a reservation is highly advisable, especially on a Friday evening during the spring and summer when live jazz performances elevate the atmosphere to sheer perfection.
79-81 Macdougal Street—Greenwich Village
551 Hudson Street [corner of Perry]—West Village
Bamonte’s stands as a revered institution among Italian-American restaurants. It proudly wears the badge of Brooklyn’s oldest family-owned and -operated Italian culinary gem since its establishment in 1900. Steeped in tradition and boasting a legacy of over a century, this family-owned establishment specializes in the art of Neapolitan cooking. And delivers an exquisite experience that envelops diners in an aura of old-world charm.
At Bamonte’s, the focus is on celebrating the time-honored strengths of Italian cuisine, not chasing culinary trends. A place where the very essence of tradition is preserved. And every visit feels like a journey through a culinary time capsule. The ambiance exudes a classic charm that transports you to a bygone era. Picture, spectacular chandeliers casting a warm glow, and waitstaff who are seasoned professionals, steeped in the restaurant’s storied history.
Begin your dining experience with a taste of perfection—Bamonte’s superb clams casino or their Zuppa Di Clams. Both options creates a symphony of flavors that dance on your palate. As you progress through the menu, you will discover a treasure trove of delights. These includes the seafood Fra Diavolo, a tantalizing medley of shrimp, mussels, clams, and tender calamari bathed in a spicy sauce that ignites the senses.
For those with a penchant for heartier fare, Bamonte’s offers a selection of meats expertly grilled to perfection. Experience a burst of flavor and juiciness with each savory bite of the succulent half of chicken or broiled lamb chops, boneless shell steak, and veal chops.
Bamonte’s is more than just a restaurant. A living testament to the enduring allure of Neapolitan cuisine. It embodies culinary heritage. And it is where every meal is a journey into the heart of Italian-American tradition.
32 Withers Street—Williamsburg
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, situated in the vibrant heart of Coney Island, Brooklyn. It stands as one of the most iconic dining destinations in New York City. This beloved fast-food chain has earned its legendary status through its mastery of one thing: hot dogs. The original Nathan’s restaurant, an institution with roots dating back to 1916, proudly resides at the bustling corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in the iconic Coney Island neighborhood.
Founded by Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs has transcended its humble beginnings to become a cherished symbol of Coney Island’s rich culinary heritage. At its core, Nathan’s is all about the quintessential Coney Island hot dog, paired perfectly with a side of fresh crinkle-cut French fries. However, this establishment offers much more than just hot dogs. It is a treasure trove of delectable delights, including pickles, condiments, and an array of culinary creations to satisfy every palate.
Nathan’s is not only celebrated for its mouthwatering hot dogs but also for its annual 4th of July hot dog eating contest. An event that has captured the hearts of food enthusiasts worldwide. Beyond this renowned competition, the restaurant’s menu is a testament to classic American fast-food indulgence. From juicy burgers and creamy milkshakes to perfectly crispy onion rings, every item on the menu transports you to a place of culinary delight.
Visiting Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs will transport you to a world of culinary nostalgia and evoke the carefree spirit of a vacation destination. A place where time stands still, and every bite celebrates tradition and flavor. It is a quintessential New York experience that captures the essence of Coney Island’s enduring charm.
1310 Surf Avenue—Coney Island
Zabar’s, a culinary haven nestled at 2245 Broadway, offers an abundance of delights for anyone seeking a taste of the Upper West Side’s culinary heritage. Within this venerable establishment, you will find an array of temptations. From the delectable babka and tasty strudels to the aromatic allure of freshly ground coffee. Zabar’s is not just a grocery store. It is a gourmet emporium that specializes in the most exquisite offerings, ranging from premium coffee to cheese and deli meats to housewares and kitchen equipment.
The essence of Zabar’s is the scent of freshly baked croissants wafting through the space while the rich, inviting aroma of their coffee envelops you. Here, you can indulge in the sensory pleasure—An adventure, a journey through a culinary wonderland that transcends the ordinary.
Zabar’s is more than just a grocery store. It is a culinary destination where tradition meets innovation, and the finest ingredients and kitchen essentials coexist in perfect harmony. It is where food enthusiasts, coffee lovers, and kitchen connoisseurs converge to savor the unparalleled offerings that have made Zabar’s is an iconic institution on the Upper West Side. Whenever I visit I am like a kid in a candy store—it is truly an experience.
2245 Broadway [at 80th Street]—Upper West Side
Part two of this series—A Guide to New York City Iconic Restaurants
In the bustling culinary landscape of New York City, certain restaurants shine as iconic gems. These dining establishments are not just places to eat but experiences to savor. They all embody the spirit and culture of the city. From Katz’s Delicatessen, a timeless institution renowned for its pastrami and cinematic history, to Gramercy Tavern, a beacon of culinary excellence for over two decades. And the legendary P.J. Clarke’s, a historic saloon cherished for its classic burgers. These are the Restaurants Every New Yorker Must Try. Whether you are a local or a visitor, these culinary treasures promise unforgettable moments steeped in the rich tapestry of New York’s dining scene.