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New York Food Trail: All the best places to eat in NYC

There are so many restaurants, cafe’s and eateries in New York you could spend all your life there and not taste every cuisine on offer.

Before I went to New York I compiled a list of all the food recommendations I was given by friends and family members who had either travelled to New York on holidays or had lived there for a period of time. I also scoured the internet in search of the best places to eat.  The whole list came to about 125 places. As I was only going to New York for a week there was no way I was going to get to everything. I put my list on Google Maps so at least if I was in a particular area and I was hungry I could visit it.

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My advice is to explore the city for yourself and find the new places in New York to eat. If I had not done this I would not have found some of these amazing restaurants. Here are all the nice restaurants and cafe’s I went to during my week stay in New York

The Dead Rabbit. (Financial District)

This Irish bar is in the middle of the Financial District. It won the best bar in the world 2016 and they also have won awards for their cocktails. They try to do the whole traditional Irish food thing and the food to my surprise was quite nice.

The Meatball Shop. (Hell’s Kitchen)

There are a number of these Meatball Shop restaurants around New York and their food is really tasty. Basically, you pick what type of meatballs you want and can then select a sauce, sides etc. This place served delicious food. I had a really enjoyable meal.

El Centro (Hell’s Kitchen)

I went here on my first night in New York City. This place definitely had more of a local feel. there were lots of tasty Mexican food on the menu including wonderful nachos and tacos. It is in a great location with a few bars nearby. If you really want to go here for dinner my advice is to book in advance or go a bit earlier and have drinks nearby while you wait for a table.


It was my first time having Bao’s and Baohous it did not disappoint. I got this recommendation from the YouTubers The Fung Bros who lived in New York for a while. The food here is gorgeous. We went there for lunch and ordered a range of Baos. Ask for Panda Fries when you are there. It is on their secret menu.

Eataly. (Flatiron)

This place does the best Pizza I have ever had. They have a number of different Italian restaurants in this one building so you can choose what type of food you want. This food brought me back in time to when I was in Italy years ago. They have a few places in New York. I went to their Building in the Flatiron district which had a really nice bar on the top floor.

Hectors Cafe (Meatpacking district)

If you want to experience a real American breakfast diner go to Hectors Cafe in the Meatpacking district where locals and tourists alike come for their breakfast.

Ess-a-Bagel (Upper East Side)

I was determined to try as many bagels as I could in New York and one of the places I went to was Ess-a-Bagel. It is renowned for its bagels and they have an abundance of cream cheese and different toppings. This place is enjoyed by tourists and locals alike so if you plan to go, get there early.

Dimes (Chinatown)

I came across this place by chance after a recommendation from a local. This is probably the most hipster restaurant I have ever been to. Even the bathroom had this weird background music. The food was delicious. There was a really nice bar across the street from it if you want to go there while you are waiting for a table.

Amy’s Bread/the Pantry (Hell’s Kitchen)

Out of all the places I went to for Bagels, this place was my favourite. They have a few locations around New York. They do different types of bread, bagels and beautiful donuts. I went to their store in Hells Kitchen. You can either eat in (again very busy) or you can get food to take away. If you are anywhere near this place for breakfast or lunch this place is a great option.

Godiva (Rockefeller Centre)

This place is just across from Radio City Music Hall and they have really nice ice creams and lots of chocolates to take home as a present (or just keep them all to yourself :-))

The Magnolia Bakery (East Village)

This place sells beautiful cupcakes and is most famous for being featured on Sex and the City. My advice is to go to the original bakery on Bleeker St and sit at the small park across the street and enjoy your delicious purchase.

Food Gallery 32 (Korea Town)

This Food Court is in Korea Town (next door to the empire state building)  has a number of different vendors selling tasty food. My favourite was a stall selling fish cookies and another place selling delicious bubble tea.

Nice Matin (Upper West Side)

I went here for breakfast one morning before going for a walk near central park. They had a great selection for breakfast. The cakes looked delicious but unfortunately, it was too early in the morning for me. I suggest going there for lunch if you are in the neighborhood.

The Boathouse (Central Park)

The famous Boathouse is in the middle of the central park is a great place to stop and take in the beautiful views. I went here on the last day of my vacation. I sat outside the boathouse with a cocktail and just soaked in the views around me. This was a great end to my time in New York and I recommend you make a stop there at some point during your trip to this amazing city.