No matter which NYC neighborhood you choose to live in, you’ll be within a stone’s throw of myriad dining choices. Though you’ll never go hungry in the Big Apple, when it comes to the city’s topnotch eateries, some neighborhoods offer tastier options than others.
If you regularly dream of Foie gras and filet mignon, consider buying an apartment in or near any of these areas of town. Undoubtedly, you’ll be surrounded by some of New York City’s most highly rated restaurants.
The West Village’s real estate market continues to thrive and for good reason. The area boasts fabulous stores and some of the city’s most talked about restaurants. You’ll notice that a host of celeb chefs picked the neighborhood to set up shop. You’ll stumble upon Dan Barber’s Blue Hill, April Bloomfield’s Spotted Pig, Keith McNally’s Minetta Tavern, and Mario Batali’s Babbo. Tables can be tough to come by, but have no fear; these four restaurants are but a sampling of the diverse dining scene in this part of downtown.
Once a haven for drugs and crime, the East Village has become a destination for great food. Living in this enclave brings dozens of top-notch restaurants within a short jaunt. Sushi aficionados won’t want to miss Jewel Bako’s seasonally influenced menu of both exotic and local fish.
Pylos, an upscale Greek spot, serves standards such as pastitsio, avgolemono soup, and moussaka, as well as more modern dishes like braised pork shank with lemon and herbs, grilled wild sea scallops with white beans and arugula.
Meanwhile, David Chang’s Momofuku Ko offers a tasting menu Wednesday through Sunday and promises an unforgettable dining experience. Don’t go in a rush, however, the multi-course menu takes at least two and a half hours to complete.
With Madison Square Park in the heart of the neighborhood, Flatiron has become one of Manhattan’s most desirable locations to call home. Dining choices like The Nomad (the bar is also a great place for a dose of nightlife,) the incomparable Eleven Madison Park (unbelievably good and overlooks the park), and one of the city’s most iconic mainstays, Gramercy Tavern, have made this neighborhood a true competitor in the foodie race against other top contenders like the West Village. Its proximity to Union Square and some of the city’s best shopping gives reason to consider a home in the Flatiron District.
Midtown Manhattan has long been a hub of the power dining scene, and that still rings true today. Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin garners a 29, the highest dining mark from Zagat, but the service is equally as stellar as the plates. Omakase seekers won’t need to venture downtown, but can travel a bit east to Sushi Yasuda, consistently voted one of the best sushi restaurants in town. Then there’s newcomer, Betony, on 57th Street, Jean-Georges’ namesake dining room across from Central Park, not to mention Michael White’s Marea, for some of the most wonderful seafood you’ll ever eat. To put it mildly, Midtown is saturated with fantastic food.
Brooklyn is no stranger to award-winning cuisine, and Williamsburg, one of the boroughs most attractive enclaves to live in, boasts a list of dynamite choices. Meat-lovers must try Peter Luger. The 1887 establishment offers standard steakhouse fare such as Rib Steak and Lamb Chops, with Caesar Salad on the side. Be sure to go hungry.
With just 18 seats, vegetable-forward Semilla requires planning if you want to dine here, especially on weekends. Reserve up to 30 days ahead; it’s worth clearing your calendar to participate in a tasting at its communal table. Likewise, Delaware & Hudson’s farm-to-table menu is sure to wow, whether you go for brunch or dinner at this 38-seat spot. Speaking of brunch –– funnel cakes, maple syrup, and sage breakfast sausage sound too good to be true.