Our 10 Favourite Restaurants In New York City
Including newcomers and all-time favourites.
New York City offers some of the most exciting dining in the world, yet the options can be a bit overwhelming. The following 10 restaurants are ones we enjoy returning to whenever we are in the city. Our NYC hit-list newcomers and all-time favourites, from below 14th to the Upper East Side, from Harlem to Brooklyn. Let's start in buzzing downtown:
- Via Carota our favourite Italian downtown. Never disappoints despite how 'buzzy' or 'trendy' it may seem. Menu changes seasonally, vibe is always energetic. Reservations sparingly on res, come early or late, and go grab a drink at their sister spot Bar Pisellino, or cocktail bar While We Were Young around the corner while you wait. West Village, 51 Grove St.
- I Sodi is the wife property of Via Carota, it serves perhaps the best Italian food in the village - and therefore, some of the very best Italian food in New York City. The good energy in the quaint and simply-designed room comes from people who are enjoying their dinner - not from hip lighting fixtures or hanging plants or dusty shades of pink. Everyone comes here for the cuisine, no frills. West Village, 105 Christopher St.
- 4 Charles Prime Rib is an intimate supper club tucked away in the West Village. With crystal chandeliers, plush leather seating and paintings lining dark wood walls, this late-night dining den winks at a lost era. West Village, 4 Charles St.
- King Daily changing menu, serving northern Italian and southern French cuisine by former River Café trained-chef, Clare de Boer. Hudson Square, 18 King St.
- Il Cantinori another Italian Downtown gem offering Tuscan cuisine and an evolving menu with specials. Very elegant, perfect for date night or a celebration. Greenwich Village, 32 E 10th St.
- Polo Bar, an Institution, serving classic American and Ralph Lauren’s favourite dishes in a setting that pays homage to the sophisticated equestrian heritage of his world. Have a drink at the upstairs bar first. Midtown, 1 E 55th St.
- Shuko chefs Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau met in 2005 at Masa Columbus Circle the restaurant received numerous accolades including three Michelin stars and a four-star review from the New York Times. Nearly a decade later the Chefs, Nick and Lau, partnered on their first project. Soon after that they announced their focus on their own restaurant, Shuko. Columbus Circle, 47 E 12th St.
- Rao’s New York City’s most exclusive restaurant, it’s the hardest reservation in the city. You need to own a table to get in or lucky enough to be buddies with one of the owners. Family-style Italian with a scent of the Godfather. Harlem, 455 E. 114TH St.
- Lilia brings the best of Italy to Williamsburg where wood-fired seafood, handcrafted pastas, classic Italian cocktails, and warm hospitality come together to create a casual dining experience, from revered Michelin-starred chef and Top Chef guest Missy Robbins. Brooklyn, 567 Union Ave.
- The Four Horsemen part natural wine bar, part restaurant, The Four Horsemen is one of our favourite places to eat and drink in Brooklyn. Brooklyn, 295 Grand St.
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