There’s no doubt that NYC is a major food city, with ethnic foods, gourmet grocery stores, trendy eateries, and Michelin starred restaurants in seemingly every nook and cranny. Even the New York Time’s food section is crawling with reviews and tidbits for foodies to latch on to and the city has spawned some of the nation’s craziest food obsessions, from cronuts to exclusive restaurants that only seat 12 people a night. Still, in a town where there is something for everyone, some neighborhoods are better suited for foodies than others.
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The East Village
Currently, the East Village is a hotspot thanks to celebrity chef David Chang’s Momofuku restaurants. But in addition to Momofuku Noodle Bar, Milk, Sam, and Ko, foodies will also find Prune, Motorino, Ippudo, Kanoyama, Caracas Arepas and Perbacco. The neighborhood has always been artistic and since the mid-80s has evolved from gritty to glam and many of the restaurants in the area have followed suit, whether they specialize in pizza, sushi or a taste of South America.
West Village & Greenwich Village
The charming West Village & Greenwich Village neighborhoods are home to cozy gastropubs that have since expanded to throughout the city, like the original Spotted Pig. There are also great steakhouses such as Minetta Tavern and romantic spots that include Little Owl, Joseph Leonard, Recette, and Annisa. While NYC is famous for its pizza, some argue that the best slice can be found at Joe’s Pizza, also in the neighborhood.
For fine dining aficionados, Midtown is practically paradise. Within a few blocks of each other you will find internationally renowned and Michelin-starred Per Se, Jean Georges, Masa, Le Bernardin, and Daniel. If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, then there is also Marea, the Modern, Ma Peche, Insieme, A Voce, Anthos Upstairs and Lillie’s Victorian Bar & Restaurant.
Nolita North-of-Little-Italy and draws a lot of inspiration from it’s a more touristy neighbor. Here you will find Torrisi’s Italian Specialties, Rubirosa, Michael White’s Osteria Morini, Mediterranean Balaboosta and plenty of others including Café Habana, Public and one of the New York Times’ Top 10 Restaurants, Pearl and Ash.
Union Square / Flatiron
If you could only eat in the Union Square/Flatiron area for the rest of your life, you’d still have plenty of options. From the luxurious Eleven Madison Park to the popular Craft to the humble yet hip Shake Shack, there is seemingly every echelon of food and flavor to be tried. Many tried and true and up, and coming restaurants are in this neighborhood, including Aldea, Boqueria, Strip House, Union Square Café, Eataly, Hill Country, and the Breslin and John Dory Oyster Bar.
Tribeca isn’t just a desirable place to live, with gorgeous lofts and cobblestone streets and historic buildings; it’s also a great place to eat. Like the fantastic apartments that fill the historic buildings, there is also plenty of fantastic food including world-renowned Nobu, Locanda Verde, the Austrian Blaue Gans, Corton, The Odeon, Megu and then more laid-back places like Smith & Mills and The Harrison.