I've heard that there's so many restaurants in New York that you could eat at a different one every day and still not try each one in a lifetime. Over the years, I've eaten at a few pretty nice places on my trips to New York and thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite places to eat in the big apple!


Citizens of Chelsea
There’s a Citizens Of in both Gramercy Park and Chelsea, but I have only visited their original cafe. Opened in 2016, Citizens of Chelsea wins a lot of points for it’s unassuming interior. They nail their nature x industrial vibe, and I adore the turquoise accents. It has a slight “Am I cool enough to eat here?” atmosphere when you first walk in (I swear everyone there was dressed impeccably!) but the waitstaff are a dream and it quickly transforms into a fresh, new place for you to eat some good grub and enjoy one of their excellent coffees. If you are a savoury brunch fan, try the Pulled Pork Benny or if you have a sweet tooth, give the Chocolate PB&J Waffle a go, the chocolate and peanut butter panna cotta is a fab alternative to chocolate sauce! Photo by @Citizens.Of on Instagram

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Jacks Wife Freda
With locations in Soho, West Village and Chelsea, you know Jacks Wife Freda is going to be pretty cool before you even get there. Be prepared to wait for a table, especially at the weekends, this place is popular and rightly so! From their genuinely lovely staff, to their understated interiors, to the menu inspired by the owners’ Israeli and South African roots, Jacks Wife Freda is the perfect place to enjoy time with friends and a cantaloupe mimosa or two! Their Poached Eggs with Grilled Tomato and Halloumi are delicious but the Madama Freda sandwich is my personal favourite!

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Egg Shop
A restaurant with an egg based menu? Did I die and go to brunch heaven? Possibly! With their bright and airy interiors, this is the perfect brunch spot on a warm summer’s day. It is quite a little location and you may need to queue, but it is totally worth the wait. They are located in Soho but also have a newer establishment in Brooklyn. My personal recommendations would be the El Camino Cruiser or the Steak & Egg Sandwich, with a glass of fresh watermelon juice!

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Located within the fashionable Parker New York (formerly Le Parker Meridien) hotel in Midtown, Norma’s is one of my favourite spots for a real treat breakfast. It’s the type of place I would pick for a birthday brunch or special occasion, and if you’re ever in New York at Christmas time, make sure to visit to see their gorgeous Christmas tree! We’ve always booked in advance for Norma’s, and it is always packed when we have been, but the staff are always so friendly and relaxed. My favourite is the Belgian Waffle with fresh berries and devonshire cream (ask for a side of chocolate sauce too!) but the Scrambled Egg & Bacon Quesadilla is also to die for!


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Katz Delicatessen
Home to that famous When Harry Met Sally scene, but also to the best pastrami sandwiches in the world, you can't miss lunch at Katz Deli when visiting New York. The deli is always busy and bustling with people, but the staff handle the chaos so well. If you find ordering at the counter a little daunting, you can request to be seated at a table and order with your server. The food here is genuinely iconic, it is so so delicious, I’m drooling just thinking about their pastrami! Try either a Katz Pastrami Hot Sandwich or Reuben Hot Sandwich, and get a couple of sides to share too; I love the potato latkes and macaroni salad!

Zucker's Bagels
I can't even imagine how many bagel shops there are in NYC, but my favourite, and arguably the spot for the best bagels in New York, is Zucker's! They have 4 locations across the city, and I’ve been to their Grand Central spot a couple of times. Frequented by both locals and tourists, you will have to wait at peak times, but that just proves how good they are! Try The Flatiron or The Delancey, or have fun creating your own, they have a crazy number of different spread options to choose from!

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Lexington Brass
If you’re after a sit down lunch, in a classy yet casual location, why not try Lexington Brass? Located in Midtown East, this is the perfect little spot to take a breather and catch up with friends. The restaurant has a really cool, relaxed atmosphere, and I love that they don’t overcrowd the restaurant by cramming in as many tables and patrons as they can. The service here is incredible and the staff are so lovely! I love their Coconut Kale Chicken Salad and a Revitalizer Juice, or their Fried Chicken & Waffles if I'm visiting on a weekend!

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Mexican is my favourite cuisine, and I am so happy we discovered Tacombi's on our most recent trip. We visited their Bleecker Street location when we were out exploring Greenwich Village and oh my soul, I could happily eat here every day. The decor is bright and fun, and makes you feel like you are chilling at the beach with the sun shining and a Pina Colada, and not sheltering from New York’s cold wintry air! The service is a little slow, but the food makes up for it. Their rice and beans cannot be missed and make sure to order the Baja Crispy Fish, Acapulco Shrimp and Carnitas tacos. They do excellent cocktails too!


I still haven’t quite decided if I prefer the thin crust New York pizzas or Chicago’s deep dish pies, but I do know that Juliana’s is my favourite pizza that I’ve had in New York. Regularly topping lists for the best pizza in New York, Juliana’s is a little restaurant in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. It opens at 11:30 for lunch or 4pm for dinner, but get there super early or be prepared to wait ages for a table; when we arrived at 3:30, there were a few people already queueing but by the time the doors opened at 4, the queue was around the block! It is totally worth it though, as their pizzas are to die for! In my opinion, you can’t beat a classic margherita with added roast peppers and garlic.

Don Antonio's
Whilst it can be a little crowded and pretty noisy, Don Antonio’s is the perfect spot for a pre-Broadway meal. The service is super quick, the cocktails are excellent and their pizzas are really good! They have a pretty big menu so it can be hard to choose, but I really like their prosciutto and arugula (rocket for UK readers!) pizza bianca!

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Located in the charming, fashionable neighborhood of Nolita, Rubirosa is a must-stop for any pizza lover visiting New York! It is a little restaurant so I’d suggest popping there for lunch rather than dinner to avoid waiting! Try a Rubirose Supreme or their Tie Dye pizza; yes it has vodka in the sauce, but it just works (don’t ask me how!). One little tip: order one pizza between 2 or 3 of you! They are huge!

John’s of Times Square
I’ve visited John’s Pizzeria several times on trips to New York, and I’ve always loved my time there! It is in an old converted church and has the most beautiful stained glass ceiling, which gives the restaurant great character. This is the perfect lunch or dinner spot if you are sightseeing around Midtown and Times Square. Aside from their pies, I also really enjoy their Linguine alle Calamari and their Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, but I’d quite happily always go for their traditional pizza, with hot cherry peppers as an extra topping!

Where is your favourite place to eat in New York? Let me know in the comments! 

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