A taste of New York

The New York dining scene has never been so diverse or so exciting. From hip hotel restaurants to buzzing Village hotspots

New York, with its endless supply of restaurants and young people with disposable income, is the perfect breeding ground for a new wave of foodies, which is good news for locals and visitors alike who simply love to eat.

Here’s our guide to where to eat for your next trip Stateside.

East Village/Lower East Side

Dirty French
Located in the achingly cool Ludlow Hotel, the lavish all-day bistro menu from talented chefs Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick and Mario Carbone has a definite French influence with a New York twist. This is a great place for Sunday brunch and a spot of people watching. Dirtyfrench.com

You can’t book and there’s often a line outside but the pizza is worth the wait. The wood-fired pies, topped with everything from smoked pancetta and meatballs to bresaola and baby kale are unlike pizza as you probably know it. Motorinopizza.com


Housed in the Noho landmark building with interiors by Roman and Williams, this great looking bistro is home to chef Andre Carmellini and his menu of French brasserie classics such as escargot bourguignon with garlic and parsley. In warm weather tables spill out onto the pavement for open-air breakfast, brunch and lunch. Lafayetteny.com

Pera Soho
The heated garden, with views of the Empire State Building, means you can enjoy outdoor eating in all but the coldest months in this friendly restaurant specializing in eastern Mediterranean food. We loved the char-grilled octopus with red wine vinegar. Pera-soho.com

West Village/Greenwich Village

Blue Hill
Chef Dan Barber, who recently brought his WastED pop-up so successfully to Selfridges in Londonlast year, is supported by the Stone Barns farm upstate that supplies nearly all the restaurant’s produce. This is an eating experience from a team passionate about making the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Bluehillfarm.com 

The Spotted Pig
Kate Hudson and Drew Barrymore are regulars at April Bloomfield’s delightful restaurant where comfort food is the order of the day. Her chargrilled Roquefort burger with rosemary fries is sublime. Only downside is they don’t take reservations so at popular times there’s a wait. Spottedpig.com

Meatpacking District/Chelsea

A bustling bistro that draws a stylish crowd(thinkmodels and media types) who enjoy the fresh Italian-inspired plates in this open garage-style venue. Homemade pasta and the signature wood-fired chicken are firm favourites from the kitchen of chef Jonathan Waxman, voted Best Chef in New York City in 2016. Barbutonyc.com


Contemporary Japanese food at its best from the kitchen of visionary chef Rainer Becker. Standout dishes include the rib eye steak with wafu sauce and garlic chips and the rice hot pot with wild mushrooms and Japanese vegetables. Zumarestaurant.com

Casa Lever
A star-spotters paradise with the likes of Alec Baldwin and Jon Hamm regularly popping in to enjoy the sophisticated Milanese-style risottos, pasta and whole grilled fish. We also rather enjoyed the original Andy Warhol paintings that adorn the walls. Casalever.com

Le Bernardin
Eric Ripert’s super-elegant restaurant has a reputation for serving some of the best food in New York with seafood a speciality at this three star establishment. Every plate a work of art with prices to match but memorable and complimented by a stunning wine list under the watchful eye of sommelier Aldo Sohm. Le-bernadin.com

Upper West Side

The $595 prix fixe menu attracts people who love sushi and also have deep pockets and it’s certainly a memorable experience with chef Masa Takayama taking your taste buds on a multicourse adventure in raw fish. Massanyc.com

We rather liked the meat-less Monday tasting menu with three vegetable based courses. The beet tartare followed by a three cheese ravioli and finishing with warm avocado in seaweed butter was mouthwatering and we promise you won’t miss having meat or fish on your plate one little bit. Dovetailnyc.com


Red Rooster
Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s menu pays homage to his Ethiopian background,Swedish upbringing and Harlem location so you can expect soulful dishes with a Nordic twist. The restaurant soundtrack is fabulous and you can relive favourites on the website. – and now in London too at The Curtain in Shoreditch. Redroosterharlem.com

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