10 NYC Restaurants Each Foodie Should Visit

New York City is a gathering of multiethnic communities all centralized around one idea: the American Dream. Whether you are in Manhattan for just a few days or are taking an extended vacation with family, here is a list of the most delightful restaurants in the Big Apple. Aside from having stunning menus, the quality of the entire experience is top notch.

1 Estela

Housed in a historic location – the old Knitting Factory music venue on Houston Street – Estela hosts a classic yet casual atmosphere that pairs with the distinctive inspiration of the menu. The restaurant has managed to expertly blend Mediterranean with the fusion of styles found throughout New York City kitchens. An example is the oysters with yuzu kosho mignonette or the ricotta dumplings with mushrooms. The lengthy wine list will please any connoisseur.

2 Oiji

Though relatively new to Manhattan, Oiji has gained popularity with celebrity. The restaurant calls its style “refined authentic Korean.” For those seeking ambiance, you will love the open kitchen, exposed brick oven, and incandescent gleam that warms the interior. Expect the food to be just as warming for the soul and stomach. Though brief, the menu options, such as braised chicken or octopus with kimchi or vegetables tell vivid tales of life in Korea to your taste buds.

3 Gramercy Tavern

Known as one of America’s most favorite restaurants, this location in Manhattan is where you take people to experience the best of American cuisine, gregarious staff, and a bounty of seasonal entrees that are as delicious as they are Instagram-worthy. There are two sides for eating and drinking – the Tavern and the Dining Room. The menu is slightly different for both, but either way, you get an outstanding meal, an array of wine, beer, and spirits to choose from, and to die for cheese and pasty plates.

4 Indian Accent NYC

There is nowhere better for Indian cooking than Indian Accent in NYC…except for their location in New Delhi. Traditional Indian food has been merged with global techniques and flavor profiles to ignite your taste buds and transform the definition of “delicious.” Sure, you will find korma and kebabs, but there is something so delectable about each item that you have to taste the greatness for yourself.

5 Le Bernardin

When you want to make an impression, you go to Le Bernardin. This is the top rated restaurant in NYC right now – and it has not relinquished that spot for several years. The elegance of the surroundings pairs naturally with the Parisian-inspired menu. Minimalist in use of ingredients but gigantic on flavor, you will find all your senses are taken on a voyage to paradise and back. One thing that is certainly not minimalized is the price – the Le Bernardin Tasting course is $180 per person without wine.

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6 Los Tacos No. 1

If No. 5 on the list gave you sticker shock, then perhaps you would go for Mexican stall food instead? Repeatedly called one of the greatest taco shacks in NYC, Los Tacos No. 1 is authentic in preparation down to the tortillas and pico de gallo. Pick up some Nopal (grilled cactus) or Adobada Quesadillas for a price that barely hits $10 per person. Get ready to say “Bienvenidos,” because you definitely do not want to blow this taco stand.

7 Juliana’s Pizza

A celebrated restaurant in NYC that has renowned pizza pies. The house-made thin crust pizzas are often heaped with locally and internationally sourced vegetables, meats, and other tantalizing options. Whether you dine in or take out, you will not regret your order. Be sure to warm up with the homemade pasta fagioli or lentil soups, a classic Margherita pizza, and delicious cannoli. Everything is so good, you may be making a return trip to NYC just for Juliana’s!

8 Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

You may be thinking that a restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental surely serves up Chinese fare. However, Asiate is all about excelling at American fine dining cuisine and making the dishes look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. Every dish is an inventive merging of flavors that dance on your tongue. For instance, the Foie Gras Terrine with coconut, black sesame, and rhubarb. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can grab a taste of innovation whenever you have the chance.

9 Tanoshi Sushi and Sake Bar

Edo-Mae sushi, which is served here at Tanoshi Sushi and Sake Bar, is different from the sushi of today. Though simple by design, the flavor of every piece is just indescribable. The chef knows how to blend delicately seasoned rice with precisely cut pieces of fish and other delicacies. You honestly cannot go wrong here. And for first-time sushi eaters, this is where you go to have the first and best impression.

10 Dovetail

An award-winning restaurant that features contemporary American cuisine that is made with seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients. More than that, the chefs at Dovetail deliver breathtaking presentations for everyone. A variety of menus, including a pre-theater, vegetarian-focused, and Sundae Suppa offer three-course meals with scrumptious samplings. However, Dovetail is not for those seeking to pinch pennies.

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No wonder so many famous chefs head over to NYC at least once in their careers. The city is amazing for both foodies and casual diners. No matter what you are hungry for, even things you have never tried, there is a restaurant that can satisfy your hunger pangs.