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New Yorkers like to eat steak
You like to eat steak in New York

Where New Yorkers eat

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.

Steak with potatoes
Steak with potatoes

Restaurant recommendation for steakhouses

Gallagher's Steakhouse

Steaks like to eat New Yorkers. 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 the year 1927. That was the time of prohibition. In Gallagher's supposedly the first New York Strip steak was on the menu. Gallagher's also known for its freezing chamber with the glass windows. Behind them, the restaurant guests can see the steaks that "mature" there for consumption. Tradition had the porterhouse steak. Many think that this was also first served in New York. When a new management removed 2008 from the menu, there was a storm of indignation from Gallagher's regular clientele. 2013 changed the steakhouse again its owner. He had the restaurant renovated ... and put the Porterhouse Steak back on the menu for reopening 2014. Gallagher's is a good restaurant for "pre-theater dinners" on Broadway.

Smith & Wollensky Steakhouse

Another famous Manhattan steakhouse is Smith & Wollensky (corner 49th Street & 3rd Avenue). It already falls through the building in which it is located. Its founders Alan Stillman and Ben Benson chose this house for its beautiful façade. Meanwhile, there are Smith & Wollensky Steakhouses in numerous US cities. Many of them have the familiar white-green facade of the original New York steakhouse. When Stillman sold the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, he kept the New York parent company.

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Fresh oysters with lemon
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 daily fare at the Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant (89 E 42nd St) on the lower floor of New York's Central Station, Grand Central Station, is higher in price. On top are the fresh lobster, seafood and oyster delicacies served there. You can order at the bar but also seafood, oyster and lobster sandwiches at cheaper prices. An experience is a meal at the Grand Central Oyster Bar in any case.

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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.

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In New York eat with a view

It is a special pleasure in New York, when 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 fast. The best way to do that is to buy a hot dog, a sandwich, a wrap, a bagel, a muffin or a cupcake to take away. For dining, there are parks or other public places where you can have your lunch picnic during a short break. If you've gotten used to the rhythm of life in New York, your picnic will surely taste better in High Line Park, on the Hudson River waterfront, on a park bench in Battery Park, or in Central Park as one of the stores where you live buy it. Our tip: buy a packed lunch on your tour through Manhattan and take it with you for a break on the way.

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

New York specialties

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 belong to New York like the Empire State Building. Every street vendor offers hot dogs with "the Works", where you can choose what you want to have on your bun, besides sausages and ketchup. They are probably one of the cheapest food you can find in New York.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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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 atmosphere is a bit cold. It's noisy. You feel transported to another time. The staff is more factual than overly friendly. New York. On the walls I see framed photos. Tons. Famous faces and celebrities from culture and politics. Oh yes. And I know the place from somewhere! Do not 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 met the true and authentic New York. Here, the clocks tick differently - more relaxed and less touristy. The treats do not detract, because these are almost always better than the big sister Little Italy. The legendary feature film "The Godfather" was mostly shot here. By the way, based on a true story! Nolita was then the center of the Italian mafia and part of Little Italy. Only in the 90ern the quarter was baptized but not changed great.

Where to eat in Nolita

A must in Nolita is the pizza at the Emporio Ristorante, preferably the white pizza without tomato sauce. Next up, treat yourself to a Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake (named for the big power outage) that is so famously dubbed as the best in the US by a variety of food critics. If you are still hungry then you have to make a detour to the Tartinery. Here are 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 at 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.
I spent a couple of days alone in NYC and Brooklyn on 2017 and wanted to enjoy that view. In the middle of the party mile, almost directly on the banks of the East River, behind red brick bricks, hides the wonderfully stylish ambience of the Whyte Hotel and its rooftop "The Ides Bar".
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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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline and the travel blogger colleagues mentioned in the article
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Responses

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

  2. Azlin Bloor
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    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!

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      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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