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Restaurants in New York

From Afghani to Japanese to Mexican, sample the world's dining-table in one city. Gramercy Park and Flatiron have smart restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, while Greenwich Village offers inexpensive international flavours like Moustache. The urban cool of East Village and Lower East Side are home to New York legends Katz Deli for pastrami and Clinton Street Bakery's brunch pancakes. Choose from countless Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. Most restaurants close around 11pm, and tipping is around 18%.

Gramercy Tavern, New York. Photo by Bill Bettencourt. © Bill Bettencourt
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Blue Hill

Fresh farm goodness

Blue Hill near Washington Square presents fresh produce from the owner's farm upstate. The meat-heavy menu includes Berkshire pork with creamy basmati rice, grass-fed lamb with chickpeas and pesto, all with farm vegetables. The fixed-priced tasting menu is excellent value.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 5.30pm-11pm; Sun 5.30pm-10pm

Address

75, Washington Place, New York City 10011

Telephone

+1 212 539 1776

Transport

West 4th Street subway

Website

Blue Hill Website

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Per Se

For a special occasion

Per Se at Columbus Circle makes an extravagant night out and there are spectacular Central Park views from any of its 15 tables. Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller creates luxurious dishes like oysters and pearls, sauteed foie gras and butter-poached lobster, all served by attentive suit-clad waiters. Smart dress and reservations essential.



Opening Hours

Fri-Sun 11.30am-1.30pm; daily 5.30pm-10pm

Address

4/F, 10 Columbus Circle, New York City 10019

Telephone

+1 212 823 9335

Transport

59th Street-Columbus Circle subway

Website

Per Se Website

Union Square Cafe, New York.  Photo by Bill Bettencourt. © Bill Bettencourt
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Union Square Cafe

Homely hospitality

Union Square Cafe has been a perennial favourite for New Yorkers, a place to enjoy bar drinks or lunch from the American-Italian menu. Try weekly specials like lobster 'shepherd's pie' or red wine-braised veal cheeks with butternut squash accompanied by a bottle from the international wine list. Lunch can be a ricotta gnocchi sitting up at the bar.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-2pm; Sun-Thu 5.30pm-10pm (until 11pm Fri & Sat)

Address

21, East 16th Street, New York City 10003

Telephone

+1 212 243 4020

Transport

Union Square subway

Website

Union Square Cafe Website

Gramercy Tavern, New York. Photo by Bill Bettencourt. © Bill Bettencourt
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Gramercy Tavern

Michelin-starred dining

The multi-award-winning Gramercy Tavern in Gramercy Park is one of New York's finest restaurants. Executive chef Michael Anthony creates dishes like veal cappellacci, and smoked lobster and blackfish with spaghetti squash. Service is superb, and wooden floorboards and white tablecloths are well complemented by tasteful murals. Less formal dining is available in The Tavern.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm; Sun-Thu 5.30pm-10pm (until 11pm Fri & Sat)

Address

42, East 20th Street, New York City 10003

Telephone

+1 212 477 0777

Transport

Union Square-14th Street subway

Website

Gramercy Tavern Website

5

Lupa

Tastes of Rome

An informal and popular trattoria in Greenwich Village, Lupa serves traditional simple dishes from Rome. In typical Italian style, starters include antipasti of truffle scorzonera (vegetables) and Parma ham. Daily specials can range from Lupa rabbit sausage to ricotta gnocchi, but save room for the cheese selection.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

170, Thompson Street, (between Houston and Bleecker streets), New York City 10012

Telephone

+1 212 982 5089

Transport

West 4th Street subway

Website

Lupa Restaurant Website

Pure Food & Wine, New York. Courtesy of Pure Food & Wine
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Pure Food & Wine

Stylish vegetarian

Everything at Pure Food & Wine in Gramercy serves flavoursome and beautifully presented raw vegan food. In a sleek setting, organic and seasonal ingredients create chilli lime tortilla wraps, lapsang-smoked portabella mushrooms and biryani with curried vegetables. Try the five-course tasting menu.



Opening Hours

Daily 5.30pm-11pm

Address

54, Irving Place, New York City 10003

Telephone

+1 212 477 1010

Transport

14th Street-Union Square subway

Website

Pure Food & Wine Website

7

Cafe Asean

Asian spices

Cafe Asean in Greenwich Village has a whole range of Asian tastes, especially from Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Thai. It is an informal, friendly little restaurant with wooden tables, red paper lanterns and tiny garden. Try the curried shrimp or laksa, a huge bowl of spicy coconut soup with seafood and noodles.



Opening Hours

Sun-Thu 12pm-10.30pm; Fri & Sat 12pm-11pm

Address

117, West 10th Street (near Greenwich Avenue), New York City 10011

Telephone

+1 212 633 0348

Transport

14th Street subway

8

Tamarind

Indian delights

Tamarind, in the Flatiron district, creates innovative variations on classic Indian cuisine. In a modern dining room decorated with Indian textiles, diners can enjoy Tandoor-baked specialities like jhinga angarey - king prawns marinated in yoghurt, chillies and coriander. The Raji thali, an assortment of lentils, vegetables, tandoori salad, rice and relishes, is a vegetarian treat.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-11.30pm

Address

41-43, East 22nd Street, Flatiron, New York City 10010

Telephone

+1 212 674 7400

Transport

23rd Street subway

Website

Tamarind Website

Boathouse Central Park, New York. Courtesy of Central Park Boathouse
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Boathouse Central Park

Picturesque lakeside dining

Gondolas and swans drift by the Boathouse Central Park, located beside the park's peaceful lake. Start with tasty Thai crab cakes, followed by hearty Boathouse burger or basil-crusted halibut. The informal Bar and Grill in summer has light barbecued snacks, a good choice for informal alfresco dining. Locals love its smart decor and good service.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-4pm; Sat & Sun 9.30am-4pm; Apr-Nov Mon-Fri 5.30pm-9.30pm; Sat & Sun 6pm-9.30pm

Address

East 72nd Street & Park Drive North, Central Park, New York City 10023

Telephone

+1 212 517 2233

Transport

68th Street subway

Website

Boathouse Central Park Website

10

Sylvia's

Southern delights

With a loyal fan base from around the world, Sylvia's in Harlem serves up her famous barbecue ribs, grilled catfish and fried chicken, all accompanied by black-eyed peas and collard greens. This busy family-run restaurant has been going for generations, and Sylvia herself often oversees the cooking. There's live jazz every Saturday afternoon.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 8am-10.30pm; Sun 11am-8pm

Address

328, Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York City 10027

Telephone

+1 212 996 0660

Transport

125th Street subway

Website

Sylvia's Soul Food Website

11

Grimaldi's

Pizza Italia

Patsy Grimaldi has been making pizza since 1941 (when he was 10) and it shows. Illegal in Manhattan, the massive coal-fired brick ovens that he uses at Grimaldi's near the Brooklyn Bridge produce the extreme heat required to make his distinctive and much sought-after pizzas.



Opening Hours

Sun-Thu 11.30am-11pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am-12am

Address

19, Old Fulton Street, New York City 11201

Telephone

+1 718 858 4300

Transport

High Street subway

Website

Grimaldi's Website

12

Moustache

Middle-Eastern flavours

Tiny Moustache in Greenwich Village has great-value Middle Eastern dishes, with locals packing in for fresh falafel sandwiches and spicy merguez sausages. Starters include smoky aubergine babaganoush with pitta bread followed by ouzo (chicken in filo-pastry) or pitzas (pitta dough with meat or herbs and olive oil). There's a café-like ambience here and it's always friendly, even when it's busy.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12am

Address

90, Bedford Street, (between Barrow and Grove streets), Greenwich Village,, New York City 10014

Telephone

+1 212 229 2220

Transport

Christopher Street subway

Katz's Deli, New York. Photo by Yura Dashevsky. © Yura Dashevsky 2007
13

Katz's Deli

Russian-Jewish diner

A New York institution since 1880, Katz's Deli in Lower East Side is famed for its mammoth-sized pastrami-on-rye and traditional Russian-Jewish recipes. A crowded and brash diner, this is not the place for a serene dinner or impeccable service, rather for its hearty matzo-ball soup, pickles, knishes (potato dumplings) and blintzes (cheese-filled pancakes).



Opening Hours

Mon & Tue 8am-9.45pm; Wed, Thu & Sun 8am-10.45pm; Fri & Sat 8am-2.45am

Address

205, East Houston Street, New York City 10002

Telephone

+1 212 254 2246; toll-free +1-800 4468 364

Transport

2nd Avenue subway

Website

Katz's Deli Website

14

Chennai Garden

Indian vegetarian

One of many Indian buffet restaurants, Chennai Garden in Gramercy Park serves a variety of fresh, vegetarian food. Try typical South Indian dishes like masala dosa, spicy stuffed pancakes, or rich Punjabi dishes like bhindi masala and spicy sauteed okra with a fluffy paratha (bread). The restaurant has a loyal following and is popular with local office workers.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 12pm-10pm

Address

129, East 27th Street, New York City 10016

Telephone

+1 212 689 1999

Transport

28th Street subway

Clinton Street Baking Company, New York. © Clinton Street Baking Company
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Clinton Street Baking Company

Locals' brunch favourite

The queues can be long at Clinton Street Baking Company, one of New York's most popular brunch venues. Located on the Lower East Side, it serves pancakes with wild Maine blueberry, a substantial eggs Benedict or Southern breakfast complete with cheese grits (ground corn). For quieter times, choose weekday early breakfasts or dinner with burgers, fish or fried chicken.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-4pm & Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm; Sat & Sun 9am-4pm

Address

4, Clinton Street, (between East Houston and Stanton), New York City 10002

Telephone

+1 646 602 6263

Transport

2nd Avenue subway

Website

Clinton Street Baking Company Website

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