It’s no secret that New York City boasts every type of cuisine, so long you know where to find it. The city is a veritable melting pot of ethnicities, which means there’s something to satisfy everyone’s cravings. Whether you’re about to take your first bite out of the Big Apple, or you’re a frequent visitor always in search of unique dining experiences, here’s a brief introduction to NYC’s main food districts.
This may indeed be the best place to sample authentically prepared Peking Duck and Dim Sum on the eastern coast of the U.S. New York City’s Chinatown in Manhattan is a bustling neighborhood home to the largest concentration of Chinese people in the western hemisphere. While there are a number of Chinese restaurants, this is also a good zone if you’re craving some spicy Malaysian food. To avoid the tourist traps and crowds, skip Canal Street and head deeper into Chinatown. The majority of the restaurants here are family and budget-friendly. We recommend Peking Duck House (28 Mott Street) and Prosperity Dumpling (46 Eldridge Street).
Greenwich Village is a foodie’s paradise. Mom and pop shops and charming neighborhood eateries co-mingle with modern gastropubs and fusion restaurants. Perhaps the most famous amond the West Village eateries is The Spotted Pig(314 W. 11thStreet) – an ultra trendy gastropub that married high quality ingredients and casual eats. Some would say its a pain to get a table there and the prices are high, but it consistently turns up on ‘Top Ten’ lists and received praise from foodies across the internet. Other notable (and cheaper) restaurants in the area include Mary’s Fish Camp (64 Charles Street) and Mario Batali’s Babbo Restaurant (110 Waverly Place).
If you’re craving Greek food don’t settle for pre-frozen lamb or tasteless gyros. Head straight for Astoria, a neighborhood in northwest Queens. Astoria has been home to the largest population of Greeks outside of Greece since the 1960s. Since then the area has diversified to incorporate Middle Eastern and Balkan residents. It’s now the best spot in the city for Lebanese, Albanian, Czech, and Serbian food. We recommend Taverna Kyklades(33-07 Ditmars Blvd.) and Agnanti (1906 Ditmars Blvd.)
The Bronx is known for its extraordinary Italian dining, which is why it’s been nicknamed “Little Italy.” The neighborhood’s main street, Arthur Avenue, is home to several delicatessens, bakeries, cafes, and some of the best Italian restaurants in the United States. This is the absolute best neighborhood for authentic Italian sausage, cuts of meat, homemade pastas, and fresh bread. Ann & Tony’s (2407 Arthur Avenue) is a neighborhood favorite, as well as Trattoria Zero Otto Nove (2357 Arthur Street).
It would be a shame to visit New York and not enjoy the splendid evening views of the city lights and bustling streets. For the ultimate dining experience with a view, try The View Restaurant and Lounge at the top of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel (1535 Broadway). It features a breathtaking vantage above Times Square and it ups the ante by being one of the city’s only rotating restaurants. Those interested in grabbing a room at the Marquis won’t have to travel very far for a fabulous dinner. We like that its clise to Times Square, the Rockefelle Center, and Grand Central Terminal. Other great restaurants with a view include 230 Fifth (230 Fifth Avenue) and Riverpark at the Alexandria Center (450 E. 29thStreet).
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