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Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to New York in 2023 

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 07 March 2023
  • Revised 10 July 2023
Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to New York in 2023 
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 07 March 2023
  • Revised 10 July 2023
Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to New York in 2023 
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 07 March 2023
  • Revised 10 July 2023

New York is always a treat for your senses. From the sights and sounds of attractions like Times Square to the taste of its multicultural cuisine. And when you're taking a bite out of the Big Apple, here's where you can find your slice of paradise...

A Place for Every Appetite 

What makes New York a great foodie destination is its sheer variety of food. The city is a melting pot of global cuisines, from Italian to Japanese and everything in between. It’s no wonder so many of the world’s top chefs have prime restaurant real estate here. Comprised of five boroughs, New York has plenty of places to feed hungry mouths. So, whether you’re after a laid-back sushi lunch, a prime steak dinner, or a classic NYC Bagel on the go, you’ll find it here.  

Best for Pizza 

Di Fara Pizza 

The late Domenico DeMarco‘s spirit lives on in this family-run establishment dating back to 1965. Whether you go for a slice or a full pie, the taste of Italy can be felt in every bite. 

Joe’s Pizza 

Just as popular with tourists as it is with native New Yorkers, Joe’s Pizza serves up a whole lot of goodness, specializing in the classic New York Slice.  

John’s of Bleecker Street 

The simplicity of good ingredients and delightfully crisp coal-fired crust make John’s of Bleecker Street a pizza lover’s dream. Even celebrities like Danny Devito, Conan O’Brien, and Sarah Jessica Parker are fans of this family-owned pizzeria. 

Best for Sushi 

Sushi Yasuda 

If you are in search of the perfect sushi why not aim to be creative? Sushi Yasuda has a variety of ingredients and combinations to suit every taste. From cherrystone clam to bluefin tuna, the choice is entirely yours.  

Blue Ribbon 

Not every Japanese restaurant has an award-winning sake list to accompany the delicious sushi offerings. The menu is composed of fish freshly flown in from the Sea of Japan, as well as the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.  

Best for Sweet Treats 

Magnolia Bakery 

The ultimate go-to for cakes, cookies, and desserts, Magnolia Bakery has been serving New Yorkers their daily dose of sweet treats for more than 25 years. This bakery is also known as a cupcake paradise for the connoisseur of these delicious delicacies.  

Sugar Hill Creamery 

The Sugar Hill Creamery is a unique blend of ingredients and flavours that reflect the cultural melting pot of the city itself. Its roots are in Harlem but its tastes will transport you to the Caribbean with a dash of mid-western sparkle. 

Chocobar Cortes 

If you’re a lover of all things Caribbean you’ll also get a kick out of Chocobar Cortes. A family business that goes back to 1929, with its hallmark being the alluring combination of chocolate and art with all the colours and styles of the Caribbean. An elegant Bronx setting, where you can enjoy a cocktail at the bar before indulging your sweet tooth. 

Best for Bagels 

Ess a Bagel 

If you’re in search of New York’s finest bagels, look no further than Ess a Bagel. Whether you’re taking away or sitting in, you’ll be amazed by the variety of bagels, sandwiches, and salads on offer.  

Bo’s Bagels 

No trip to Harlem is complete without a stop at Bo’s Bagels. Starting as nothing more than a humble stand, it’s now become the place to go for your freshly made daily bagels and baguettes. Pick from bagel varieties such as Pumpernickel Cranberry and Za'atar Blueberry. 

Best for Date Night 

Gage & Tollner 

This restaurant is one of the finest and most highly regarded restaurants in Brooklyn. If you’re looking for a romantic evening, Gage & Tollner’s elegant setting should do the trick. This historic retro-style restaurant serves up the finest in dining, from Roasted Halibut to mouth-watering steaks. And those with really expensive tastes may appreciate a little caviar and oysters also. 

Panorama Room 

Situated on Roosevelt Island is the stunning Panorama Room. This rooftop bar and lounge boasts breathtaking 360-degree views of New York for when you find the time to take your eyes off each other. As well as a host of cocktails and wines, it offers some of the best seafood east of Manhattan.   

Best for Family Night 

Ellen’s Stardust Diner 

The perfect place for a family night out, this multi-level 50s-themed diner ticks all the boxes. Featuring singing waiting staff and an extensive menu of American classics, it will delight all the family, especially those that enjoy a good sing-along. 


Who would have thought there would be a restaurant devoted to the home comfort of macaroni cheese? Well, such an establishment can be found in Manhattan’s East Village. One glance at the menu will take you on a world tour of macaroni cheeses, incorporating ingredients from across the globe. And children especially will enjoy the Build Your Own option. 

Best for Brunch 

Chez Ma Tante 

How about a weekend brunch in Montreal without having to leave New York? Chez Ma Tante specialises in French Canadian-inspired offerings, with an eclectic menu featuring Bayonne Ham, Croque Monsieur, and the classic French Boudin Noir.  


For the best Champagne brunch in town, head to the Tre trattoria. With its rustic ambience and outdoor patio, it’s the perfect setting for a liquid brunch. Whether you’re indulging in sweet pancakes or more traditional Italian choices, your tastebuds are in for a treat here.  

Best for Late Night Cravings 

Remedy Diner 

Nothing says New York like a late-night diner. This 24/7 Art Deco favourite serves up diner classics such as omelettes, eggs benedict, and even cannoli cream waffles. In the City That Never Sleeps, this is the place to be.  

Katz’s Delicatessen 

This delicatessen is the oldest deli in New York, famed for its Jewish delicacies and its appearance in the movie ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ Founded in 1888, it became a focal point for the people of the Lower East Side. It has now become a favourite destination for anyone and everyone who appreciates good food, open 24 hours a day at the weekends.  

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