Eating Your Way Around the Big Apple

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If there is one thing that has the potential to turn a good night into a great night is a fantastic meal. Whether theatrical dining or low-key tapas are your thing, you can rest assured that New York has it all. Choosing a restaurant when there is such a vast array of choices can be a daunting task, so we are here to help. First things first we would recommend that you download “Foursquare” app. This is a great platform to find bars, restaurants and everything in between.

In the meantime check out our list of the best NYC dining spots and you can begin making reservations before you travel. Another useful website to note is www.opentable.com. This allows you to make reservations online without having to phone the restaurant.

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Breakfast
Breakfast is a right of passage in New York City. There are some very impressive institutions serving up a mean breakfast but we have narrowed it down to these two choices

1. The Egg Shop
151 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012, USA
If eggs are your thing you can rest assured that this place will cater to your every need. Located in lower east side this is a cool place to kick off your day in New York before exploring one of New York’s coolest areas.

2. Jack’s Wife Freda
224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Not too far from the Egg Shop is another great breakfast option with a menu ranging from grapefruit and yogurt to steak and eggs. This restaurant also has a second location in the West Village on 50 Carmine St.

Bottomless Brunch
Fancy some day drinking for your weekend in New York? You are in luck. Plenty of places offer a bottomless brunch option with unlimited drink for a couple of hours. Usually, this consists of Bellinis or bloody marys. Here are our top choices.

1. Miss Lily’s
132 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Miss Lily’s is a Jamaican restaurant with great music and good vibes. You can avail of the bottomless brunch option for only $30 and choose from Jamaican delicacies or regular brunch choices.

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2. Obica
928 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, USA
If a less typical brunch option tickles your fancy but with the added benefit of bottomless drinks hit up Obica. A well-established Italian eatery located a few minutes from Madison Square Park is an excellent and less well-known option for bottomless brunch.

Diners
Sticking with the brunch theme it would be a shame not to mention these American establishments. The portions are huge, the breakfast is good and the experience is great.

1. Johny’s Luncheonette
124 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
Rated as one of the best diner’s in New York on Foursquare this tiny diner is run by an American family and has a great atmosphere. With an extensive breakfast menu, this place can cater for everyone in the family. You can even get unlimited “cups of joe”.

2. Manhattan Diner
2532 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, USA
This diner has more of a retro vibe to it from Johny’s but it still serves the American classics ranging from greek yoghurt to pork chops and everything in between.

Sandwiches

1. The Melt Shop
Are you a fan of the grilled cheese sandwich? This place is an absolute haven for all kind of toasties. Not to mention the incredible milkshakes they serve. There are a few locations around the city. You can find the addresses in the link above.

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2. Num Pang Sandwich Shop
Num Pang is a Cambodian sandwich shop with six locations in NYC, serving freshly-made, gourmet sandwiches daily. You can get amazing pork, catfish or even tofu sandwiches here. All with amazing Asian flavors. Check out the locations in the link above.

Italian
This is definitely one of the hardest cuisines in New York to narrow down to a few restaurants. Between Little Italy, a million pizza shops and a huge Italian influence in New York there are great Italians on nearly every corner. However here are three that have left a particularly good impression.

1.Il Buco
47 Bond St, New York, NY 10012, USA
Il Buco is an under the radar gathering spot for designers, actors, writers, and food lovers, inspired by great food amongst friends in the rustic European setting, as natural and elegant as the food.

2.Bar Primi
325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, USA
The New York Times has accurately summed up Bar Primi as a great East Village move for a pasta-heavy group dinner. Not to mention the incredible starters and the “frosé” cocktails. If you visit in summer this restaurant has a nice area to dine al fresco.

3.Rubirosa
235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012, USA
It would be a crime not to include Rubirosa here. If you visit one restaurant on this list, let this be it.

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Tapas
Can’t decide what to get to eat? Why not get it all and share. There are some incredible tapas restaurants and bars in New York with varying degrees of formality and prices. Here are our top two choices.

1. La Sirena Tapas Bar
88 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Have you watched MasterChef USA? Do you remember Joe? Well, this tapas restaurant is part-owned by him. Serving fine dining tapas which can be followed up by different types of paella this place is a nice spot to celebrate a special occasion.

2. Barraca
81 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014, USA
This is a more casual tapas experience than La Sirena. It is very authentic Spanish food and the good news is they even offer a bottomless brunch.

Asian
With a huge Asian population in New York you can expect to find an abundance of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, Malaysian and every other type of Asian cuisine you can think of. Here are our top two choices.

1. Han Dynasty
90 3RD AVE, NEW YORK, NY
Very reasonable, good Chinese food. This place offers a tasting menu for groups. Infatuation NYC has the following recommendations from the menu. “The Dan Dan Noodles here are the single best example of that dish that we’ve ever had. The Dumplings in Chili Oil are incredible. The Hot Pot is tongue-numbing Chinese food euphoria.”

2. Great NY Noodletown
28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013, USA
This is an authentic Chinatown joint, it is worth bringing a group to share all of the dishes. Also worth noting this place is open very late if you fancy a good Chinese at the end of your night.

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Steakhouse
No New York City restaurant guide would be complete without mentioning where to get a top notch steak.

1. Peter Luger Steakhouse
178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
This steakhouse has been around since the 1800s and is one of the most recognized names for a good steak in New York. Don’t be expecting the friendliest of service but if you can look past that the steak is exceptional. Peter Luger’s still does not take credit card so remember your cash.

2. Smith and Wollensky
797 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA
Self-proclaimed best steaks in New York, this place has a lot to answer for. But they must be doing something right. Their expensive prices do not deter a hungry crowd, even during lunch hour.

Mexican
With a huge Mexican population in New York, it is not surprising that Mexican cuisine has become widely enjoyed by New York as a whole. If you feel like some tacos or guacamole

1.Tacombi
Born on the balmy beaches of the Yucatan, serving tacos out of a converted VW bus, Tacombi shares authentic Mexican taco culture with the people of New York across four locations including Montauk.

2. Dos Caminos
Asada tacos, Mexico City style quesadillas, fresh guac and killer margaritas are just a taste of what you can get at Dos Caminos Mexican Restaurant. There are several locations around the city so you won’t have to travel too far to find your nearest option.

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If we have left out any great New York restaurants we would love to hear from you, simply email holidays@cassidytravel.ie. In the meantime why not get planning your next trip to New York. We have some great rates on our website.