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The Best New York City Neighborhoods for Food

When it comes to food in New York City, there is no shortage of good options. To help you narrow it down just a bit, this month we wanted to take a look at the best New York City neighborhoods for food and some of our favorite restaurants there. It was actually very hard to narrow down this list to just seven neighborhoods since there are so many good places to eat throughout New York City!


Ahoy Nom Wah Dim Sum Tasting

Whether you are looking for dumplings, noodles or dim sum, it is no surprise that Chinatown is easily the go to place for top notch Chinese food in New York City. Some of our favorite restaurants here include Nom Wah Tea Parlor (13 Doyers St), Peking Duck House (28 Mott St # A) and Tasty Dumpling (42 Mulberry St). Also an honorable mention goes to another good and often overlooked neighborhood for Chinese food, Flushing.

Little Italy/ Nolita

Parm Chicken Parm Sandwich

What can be a surprise is that Little Italy and Nolita made it on this list. The dining scene here has undergone a ton of changes the last few years. A number of top notch Italian restaurants have opened for business and they have been creating a lot of buzz here. Some of those restaurants include Aunt Jake’s (151 Mulberry St), Rubirosa Ristorante (235 Mulberry St) and the original location of Parm (248 Mulberry St).


Red Rooster Fried Chicken

Similar to Little Italy and Nolita, Harlem’s dining scene has changed a ton and it has become an exciting destination for foodies. It is actually very interesting to see the mix of old and new in this neighborhood. There are two world famous restaurants of note here, Sylvia’s Restaurant of Harlem (328 Malcolm X Blvd) and Red Rooster (310 Lenox Ave). So if fried chicken and Southern comfort food is what you are craving, you have to make your way up here.


Dicksons Farmstand Meats hot dogs

A lot of our favorite dining options in Chelsea are in Chelsea Market (Lobster Place, Los Tacos No 1 and Dickson’s Farmstand Meats). Outside of Chelsea Market, there is Rouge Tomate (126 W 18th St), The Red Cat (227 10th Ave) and Jun-Men Ramen (249 9th Ave). So the bottom line is if you are visiting Chelsea be sure to come with an empty stomach!

East Village

Luke's Lobster Shrimp Crab and Lobster Roll

East Village is on this list for the diversity of options here. In fact, we often like to travel to this neighborhood without a plan for lunch or dinner. Instead we like to look around and see what interesting restaurants we can find. Some restaurants we highly recommend include Crif Dogs (113 St Marks Pl), Luke’s Lobster (93 E 7th St) and Momofuku Noodle Bar (171 1st Ave).

Flatiron District

Le Coq Rico Chicken

The Flatiron District is renowned for its fine dining and its world class restaurants like Eleven Madison Park (11 Madison Ave), ABC Kitchen (35 E 18th St), Union Square Cafe (101 E 19th St) and Le Coq Rico (30 E 20th St ). But if you look further, there is still Beecher’s Handmade Cheese (900 Broadway), Hill Country Barbecue Market (30 W 26th St) and Burger & Lobster (39 W 19th St). All of these restaurants are worth the trip alone.


Best Pizza

Finally there is no shortage of amazing restaurants across the river, in Williamsburg. If you are looking for the best pizza, well there is Best Pizza (33 Havemeyer St). BBQ? Fette Sau (354 Metropolitan Ave). Oysters? Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Ave). Steak? Peter Luger Steak House (178 Broadway). The list can go on and on.