Where New Yorkers Eat - New York Insider Tips for Foodies

You like to eat steak in New York
Steak is popular in New York - where to eat in New York
You like to eat steak in New York

Where to eat in New York

The answer to the question of where New Yorkers eat is not so easy. There are many possibilities. New Yorkers eat street food as well as sandwiches or salads in Delis. You can eat well in steakhouses or fine-dining restaurants. Or is you more after a great meal with a view? Rooftop bars are also places where you can typically try New York food. Or would you like to taste the latest pastry creations in a New York cafe? Take a look at our New York Insider Tips for Foodies. We looked around at travel bloggers who were in New York, and provide their own tips. You are guaranteed to find one or two culinary tips for your own New York travel. We give a restaurant recommendation as well as tips on where to find New York specialties. There are also tips for Breweries in New York.


Steak with potatoes
Steak with potatoes


Restaurant recommendation for steakhouses

Gallagher's Steakhouse

New Yorkers like to eat steaks. You can find them in all regions of Manhattan. The first steakhouse on Broadway was Gallagher's (228 W 52nd St). It was founded by Helen Gallagher, a former Ziegfeld girl, and Jack Solomon in 1927. That was the time of prohibition. Gallagher's reportedly featured the first New York Strip Steak on the menu. Gallagher's is also known for its freezer chamber with glass windows. Behind it, the restaurant guests can see the steaks that "ripen" there for consumption. The Porterhouse steak was a tradition. Many think that this was also served in New York for the first time. When new management removed the menu in 2008, there was a storm of indignation among Gallagher's regular customers. In 2013 the steakhouse changed hands again. He had the restaurant renovated ... and put the Porterhouse Steak back on the menu at the reopening in 2014. Gallagher's is a good restaurant for pre-theater dinners on Broadway.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse

Another well-known steakhouse in Manhattan is Smith & Wollensky (corner of 49th Street & 3rd Avenue). It is already noticeable by the building in which it is located. Its founders Alan Stillman and Ben Benson chose this house for its beautiful facade. There are now Smith & Wollensky Steakhouses in numerous cities across the United States. Many of them have the familiar white and green facade of the original New York steakhouse. When Stillman sold the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, he kept the New York headquarters.

Find more good New York steakhouses Introduces Grub Street (in English).


Fresh oysters with lemon - where to eat in New York
Fresh oysters with lemon


Famous restaurants in New York

There are several restaurants in New York that are world famous. If you want to treat yourself to something special, then these are certainly a good choice. However, the food in these restaurants also has its price.

The Rainbow Room

In the 65. Floor in one of New York's most iconic skyscrapers (30 Rockefeller Center), you can enjoy Sixtyfive cocktails in the Rainbow Room and wonderful views of New York City. Accompanying this, you can order food from the bistro menu that is reasonably priced. A very special experience is the Spring Brunch, which is served on Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. For the hefty price of 162, - US $, you'll have a great selection of raw bar, breakfast items, carving station, dim sum, and a wonderful selection of cakes, pies, and other pastry specialties.

Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant

The price of the day pass is higher in the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant (89 E 42nd St) on the lower floor of New York's main train station, Grand Central Station. It features the fresh lobster, seafood and oyster delicacies that are served there. You can also order seafood, oyster and lobster sandwiches at lower prices at the counter. A meal in the Grand Central Oyster Bar is definitely an experience.

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Trendy restaurants in Manhattan

Nobu New York Downtown

What do Hollywood actor Robert De Niro, sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa, producer Meir Teper and restaurateur Drew Nieporent have in common? Very easily. They like (or create) Japanese cuisine in a class of their own. Nobu made a classic education to become a sushi chef. Through his travels and stays abroad, he expanded his skills. He created a new trend in Japanese cuisine, which he celebrates today in his many restaurants around the world. Nobu New York Downtown (195 Broadway) is the first restaurant to create a global chain of restaurants and hotels with De Niro, Meir Teper and Drew Nieporent. To eat there is not necessarily a cheap treat, but certainly a special experience.

Momofuku Noodle Bar

Do you like noodles and noodle soup? Then you are right with Momofuku. There are two Momofuku noodle bars in New York: one in The Shops at Columbus Circle (10's Columbus Circle), the other - the original - in the East Village (planned: at the Pier 17 Building on South Street Seaport). The specialty in both are Ramen soups with Momofuku noodles made from barley flour. The menu changes daily.

If you want to learn more about the ethnic cuisines in New York, I recommend you this article (in English).

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In New York eat with a view

It is a special pleasure in New Yorkif you can enjoy a great view during the meal. There are a number of restaurants where this is possible. One thing we present here:

The River Café

Probably one of the best known restaurants with a great view of New York is the River Café (Brooklyn, Brooklyn) on Brooklyn. The restaurant is located below the Brooklyn Bridge. His guests look out over the bridge and skyline from New York to the Statue of Liberty while they eat. The fact that The River Café is the proud owner of a Michelin star makes dining at this restaurant a special treat. Reservation is recommended: Tel. 718-522-5200


Ellis Island - perfect for a lunch break
Ellis Island - perfect for a lunch break


Lunch in Manhattan - it has to be done quickly

Since steakhouses and fine-dining restaurants are not among the cheapest ways to live in New York, New Yorkers have instead sought other options. Fast food, street food and baking specialties, which you can quickly consume while walking, have proven to be especially suitable for everyday use. A real New Yorker is in a hurry. As a visitor, you will surely notice how hectic life is in the Big Apple. If you are coming to New York for the first time, it will be difficult to keep up with the New Yorkers. Tourists almost always recognize that they are moving slower in the jumbled streets of the Big Apple than the locals. This fast lifestyle affects the eating habits of the inhabitants - and ultimately the visitor. The food offer has adapted to this lifestyle.

Lunch is often “on the go” for a New Yorker. It has to be quick. The best way to do this is to buy a hot dog, sandwich, wrap, bagel, muffin or cupcake to take away. There are parks or other public places to eat where you can eat your lunch picnic during a short break. If you've got used to the New York lifestyle, your picnic will surely taste better in the High Line Park, on the promenade of the Hudson River or on a park bench in Battery Park or Central Park than in one of the shops where you buy it. Our tip: buy a packed lunch on your tour of Manhattan and take it with you for a break on the way.


Bagel with cream cheese and salmon
Bagel with cream cheese and salmon


What New Yorkers Eat

Have you ever wondered what New York food is typical for? Surely you are not alone. New York is a melting pot of cultures. Everyone who comes here brings their own living habits. And food is one of them. Therefore, you will find many of the New York specialties, which you already know from other countries of the world. You should definitely try these New York specialties once:


Pizza - Italian immigrants brought them early in the 20. Century with. It is typically thin-bottomed and topped with tomato sauce and cheese.


Bagels come from the Jewish (kosher) kitchen. They taste particularly good with cream cheese and salmon or prepared as a sandwich.


Hot dogs are as much a part of New York as the Empire State Building. Every street vendor offers hot dogs with "the Works", whereby you can choose what you want to have on your bun besides sausages and ketchup. They are also probably one of the cheapest foods you can find in New York.

Donuts, muffins and cupcakes

Donuts, muffins, cupcakes and other pastry delights may not be typical of New York. But every New Yorker loves her. You should definitely try it once.

New York Cheesecake

This also applies to the New York Cheesecake. He was allegedly invented in New York. In the meantime, it's so popular that you can not only find it on almost every menu in the Big Apple. And he always tastes good.

You can also find good desserts in the best Icecream Shops of New York.

Pastrami sandwiches

Our favorite food in New York is the pastrami sandwiches. It is a sandwich thick with sliced ​​beef. The meat is processed according to kosher methods and put in a marinade of herbs and spices, smoked and cooked.

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What you need to visit New York


Where to eat cheap in New York

Good New York Delis

Katz's delicacies

Pastrami at its best

New Yorker's favorite sandwich is the pastrami sandwich. Pastrami, is a meat made by smoking, curing and preserving in a delicious spicy breading. Mostly beef breast. Sounds only middle-licker? OK. That's what happened to me when I got the invitation from a New Yorker. Located in New York's Lower East Side Katz's Delicatessen is certainly the place to get to know the best, juiciest and tenderest pastrami sandwich. More than five warm and still dripping slices and a dollop of yellow, coarse Mostrich lie between the slices of white bread. These are served crisp cucumbers.

The ambience seems a bit cold. It's noisy. You feel transported to another time. The staff is more businesslike than overly friendly. Just New York. I see framed photos on the walls. Tons. Well-known faces and celebrities from culture and politics. Oh yes. And then I know the shop from somewhere! Don't have Harry & Sally here the Eat a pastrami sandwich whose scene is remembered by the whole world? Yes. It was here.

You can not miss the Deli, still run by 1888, at E Houston St's corner, Clinton St. Red dominating neon sign already screams from the distance and vies for attention.
If you are traveling without a car, the closest metro station, 2 Avenue Station, is about 300 meters walk from the destination.

Sylwia of Born4Travel contributed this tip. There's nothing better to eat in New York.

New York food prices

How expensive the food in New York is depends on many things. Especially of course the quality of the restaurant that you choose. At the top, the prices are open. However, you can eat very cheaply if you restrict yourself to simple restaurants, bakeries, cafés and cafeterias. There you can already have breakfast for 6 $, if you have a bagel with coffee. A hot breakfast with cereal, fruit, egg, croissant and coffee is available from 10 $.

The same goes for lunch. If you eat in a simple restaurant and choose a burger, sushi or steak, you usually come out with 15 $. In the evening, the prices are usually around the 20 $. An inexpensive alternative is the food trucks that exist in many places in New York. Are you looking for someone near you, then look on this website past. If it should be particularly cheap and the hunger is not too big, then you get a piece of pizza from about 3 $. You can get half a liter of water from a street vendor starting at 1 $.


Nolita Food Tour Little Italy
Nolita Food Tour Little Italy © Jessica Niedergesäß

Discover good food on a New York Food Tour

Nolita Food Tour

An absolute must as a food crazed traveler in New York is to visit Little Italy. There is a problem there however - the restaurants and delicatessen are mostly designed for tourist requirements. But if you go only a few hundred meters outside of this epicenter, you will get to know a completely new food scene.

I have a Food Tour through North of Little Italy (short Nolita) made and got to know the true and authentic New York. The clocks tick differently here - more relaxed and less touristy. That doesn't detract from the delicacies, because they are almost always better than their big sister Little Italy. Most of the legendary movie “The Godfather” was shot here. Incidentally, based on a true story! At that time Nolita was the center of the Italian Mafia and part of Little Italy. It wasn't until the 90s that the neighborhood was re-christened but not changed significantly.

Where to eat in Nolita

A must in Nolita is the pizza in Emporio Ristorante, preferably the white pizza without tomato sauce. Next up, treat yourself to a Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake (named because of the major power outage), which is so famous that it is dubbed the best in the USA by various food critics. If you are still hungry you have to make a detour to the tartinery. They have fresh sourdough bread with different toppings (I tried chicken with pistachio). The crowning glory is the homemade salted caramel gelato from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria!

Jessica writes about culinary surprises, cooking classes and food tours around the world on her blog Yummy Travel. Always with a touch of culture and the focus on slow travel and individual travel.

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Roof Top Bar on Times Square
Roof Top Bar in Times Square © Stefan Sauer & Dr. Isabella Mayer


Enjoy the views from Roof Top Bars

Of course, a nice drink is the perfect way to end an exciting day in a city. And especially in Manhattan, it is worthwhile to visit one of the countless Roof Top Bars. Only which ones? And how to decide?

In a Roof Top Bar Tour you visit three different roof terraces with an international group. So, in addition to the great views of the nightly Manhattan also ideal to share tips with other travelers. Meet in a cafe near Times Square and be greeted by the friendly "tour guides". It is a little bit strange, that the bus is only a few blocks away, but on the one hand the group stays together and on the other hand the girls in the sometimes adventurously high shoes keep their spirits up.

We visited three rooftop bars in the area between Times Square and Empire State Building. Each bar includes a drink and you spend about an hour listening to local lounge music and enjoying the view before heading to the next stop. In the last bar, the guides say goodbye and you can still comfortably end the evening with the other participants or continue to party. The style of the bars went from modern-glazed to "hipster-ig" bronzed, so something for everyone.

Isabella and Stefan report on flyawaywithme.de weekly exciting destinations and give practical tips on how to travel to a country or a city. With experiences from currently 54 countries they write there about topics from the city trip to the elephant safari. Your report, like her Discover New York on foot, you can find here.

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One of the rooftop bars introduces Ulli Jeute:


View from the rooftop bar of the Whyte Hotel
View from the rooftop bar of the Whyte Hotel © Copyright Ulrike Jeute

Manhattan skyline at night

The view of the Manhattan skyline is something very special by day. Anyone who walked once over the Brooklyn Bridge and turned around 90 degrees knows what I'm talking about.
In 2017 I was alone in NYC and Brooklyn for a few days and wanted to enjoy this view. In the middle of the party mile, almost directly on the banks of the East River, behind red brick tiles, the wonderfully stylish ambience of the Whyte Hotel and its rooftop "The Ides Bar" is hidden.
The outdoor area is spacious. Small seating and bar tables provide ample opportunities to make yourself comfortable. For me, the perfect place to have a drink on a balmy summer's night and enjoy a magnificent view of the Manhattan skyline. Every now and then you hear the horn of a Abendcruise ring, which gives the whole thing a pinch of adventure-freedom feeling. For that I was ready to grab something deeper into my pocket.

Ulrike Jeute aka LitteBigvoayager stands for the travel blog for the whole family. In addition to many small and large trips with the family, also times for two or just alone. As in real life - the mix makes it.

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Where New Yorkers Eat - New York Insider Tips for Foodies

4 thoughts too "Where New Yorkers Eat - New York Insider Tips for Foodies"

  1. Very interesting article and useful recommendations, thanks! Special attention deserves wonderful food pictures. Great photos!

  2. Such a wonderful write up, Monika! I love reading about all these places, and if ever I find myself in the NY, I will definitely hold on to this article. Momofuku, having heard so much about it!

    1. Hi Azlin,

      thank you for your kind comment. I am happy you like it. Let me know if you travel to New York. I know the city pretty well, having worked there for years and I am happy to help out with tips.

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