Great Places to Eat in New York

New York is a haven for foodies, famous for its international cuisine and generous portions, but many visitors to the city find themselves falling into one culinary tourist trap after another. But even in upmarket Manhattan it’s possible to find excellent food, good service, and outstanding value all under one roof if you know where to look – and it’s at these places you’ll find savvy new Yorkers eating. Here’s our pick of five well-established Manhattan restaurants where you won’t have to part with a huge fistful of dollars to enjoy a quality bite to eat.

1. Prune Restaurant (American-influenced)

Lower East Side, 54 East 1st St

Justly famous for its delicious brunch menu, served on Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am to 3.30pm, this cosy eatery offers an eclectic menu including simple but well-executed dishes such as classic Eggs Benedict or Spaghetti a la carbonara, plus house favourites such as the triple decker Monte Cristo sandwich. if it’s the morning after a big night out, take your pick from a whole menu of Bloody Marys.

2. L’express (French)

249 Park Ave. South

If you like your food meat-heavy and served with a beer or a glass of Beaujolais, head to this 24/7 French ‘bouchon’ – a type of restaurant originally found in Lyon, and which serves traditional Lyonnaise cuisine. the menu shows off all the best meat and dairy products from this region, including dishes such as savoury onion tart, duck liver mousse, roasted pork and herb sausage, steak tartare, crispy veal, and artisan cheese plates – or pig’s feet for the more adventurous.

3. ‘inoteca (Italian)

98 Rivington St (Lower East Side)

This Lower East Side wine-and-small-plates bar is a popular haunt amongst those hunting for a bite-sized snack and a decent glass of wine. Serving up great paninis, and with extensive cheese and wine lists, it’s the perfect place for some late night snacking.

4. Toast (American)

2737 Broadway (on the SW corner of 105th Street)

For reasonably-priced American diner food, Toast has a classic belly-busting ‘truckstop’ vibe combined with quality, hand-prepared food such as burgers, wings, chips and guacamole, huge sandwiches, house-cured salmon and pork, and even a few salads.

5. Corner Bistro (American)

331 West 4th Street (West Village)

For a bargain burger and a cold beer, you can’t beat this unpretentious little neighbourhood caf in West Greenwich Village. Locals says it’s remained virtually unchanged since it opened its doors decades ago, and it repeatedly receives rave reviews for its tasty burgers.

And as a final aside, if you want nothing more than to sink your teeth into a classic new York hot dog, head to busy Gray’s Papaya in Greenwich Village (402 Avenue of the Americas), famous for its speedy service and cheap but tasty dogs.

Great Places to Eat in New York


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