New York City is known for being culturally diverse which means the food is just as diverse. Anything you want to eat, you can find, probably right down the street too. Although prices can sometimes be on the steep side, most of the time it is well worth it. According to the NYC restaurant inspection website there are 25,908 restaurants across the 5 boroughs. I have probably only eaten at about 50 of these. So there are literally thousands of restaurants out there that I have yet to try so all of my opinions below could change!
Best of the Best
Best Sandwich: Melt Shop, multiple locations around the city, @Melt_Shop
This place takes grilled cheese to a new level. They are a bit on the pricey side, $7-10 just for a sandwich and an additional $3 for a side of delicious loaded tater tots, but this place was well worth it.
Best Burger: Left Bank Burger Bar, Jersey City, @LB_BurgerBar
Okay I know Jersey City isn’t NYC but this is the best burger I have had while living here. I had a lamb burger topped with goat cheese and it was cooked to perfection. This place has so many options and tons of drink choices. Prices were reasonable and the service was great.
Best Greasy Burger: Burger Joint, Midtown, @burgerjointNYC
So this place is kinda hidden, it is a dive shop in a fancy hotel that only has a neon burger as its sign. We waited in a pretty long line to order but it was worth the wait. The burger itself had all the fixings and since by the time you get your food you are starving, I scarfed it down.
Best Bar and Restaurant: Lillie’s Victorian Establishment, Flatiron, @lilliesunionsq
So this place is decorated just like the name would suggest, with a Victorian theme around Lillie Langtry who was a British Actress. The food you could say has an Irish theme but I had the Mac n Cheese which doesn’t so much fit that, but it was absolutely delicious.
Best Bar: Camp, Boerum Hill Brooklyn, @campbrooklyn
I went here on my birthday last year because…INDOOR S’MORES! Yup. S’mores inside. It was so much fun. Paired it with a great beer in a cool atmosphere. They also have an awesome happy hour, 5-7pm everyday $4 tap beers and well drinks.
Best Place with Many Options: Urbanspace Vanderbilt, Midtown, @UrbanspaceNYC
I just kinda stumbled upon this place when my original lunch plans fell through, and boy was I glad I did. It is kind of like smorgasburg combined with a public market. There were so many different food options that I had a really tough time deciding what to get. I ended up with a sandwich called “The Dragon” from Mayhem & Stout. It was crazy good and unique.
Best Brunch: Brooklyn Beet Company, Bay Ridge Brooklyn, @BrooklynBeet
If you like unique, you will want to check this place out. Their Eastern European inspired dishes are hard to decide between and their homemade sauces (beet ketchup anyone?) are so delicious. Prices are reasonable and the farm to table style makes everything taste fresh.