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The Best Specialty Restaurants in New York City

Are you looking for the best meatballs, lobster or maybe rice pudding? We have done our homework and found that there are specialty restaurants here in NYC focusing on only these amazing dishes! This concept has become a very popular trend. Here are the best specialty restaurants (sometimes known as one dish restaurants or single concept restaurants) in New York City. Without a doubt, they are truly masters of their craft. Come take a tour with us and get a chance to eat at some of these great spots!

The Meatball Shop

84 Stanton St & Other Locations
The Meatball Shop is the reigning king of the meatball world. On their menu, you can choose from a beef, pork, chicken or veggie meatball and you can select a delicious sauce and finally top with either provolone or mozzarella cheese. They are all delicious and be on the lookout for their daily special meatball too!

Tuck Shop

68 E 1st St & Chelsea Market
Tuck Shop makes the best meat pies in the city. They are incredibly tasty and great on the go. If you are visiting them for the first time, we recommend their chicken pot pie or Guinness steak and mushroom pie but you really should try them all!


345 E 12th St & 157 East 33rd St
S’Mac is our go to place for mac and cheese. The Alpine mac and cheese with gruyere and bacon is just amazing. Like Tuck Shop, their mac and cheese is great for takeout and easy to reheat so it is very convenient.

Melt Shop

111 Fulton St & Other Locations
A good grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food. The Melt Shop makes a great grilled cheese and this childhood favorite is kicked up a notch with ingredients like gruyere, Havarti, goat cheese and bacon and mushrooms. It should be high on your must try list.

Rice to Riches

37 Spring St
Maybe you are looking for a little dessert? Rice to Riches serves the gold standard of rice pudding. There are so many flavors to choose from so it keeps every visit exciting.

Burger & Lobster

39 W 19th St
Finally, Burger & Lobster is one of the most exciting restaurant openings this year. There are only three dishes on their menu, a succulent whole lobster which can be steamed or grilled, a lobster roll that is full of flavor or a juicy burger. You really can’t go wrong with any of the three.

Burger & Lobster Grilled Lobster