New York is a culinary destination and the scene changes seemingly by the day. Manhattan alone holds a plethora of ever-changing, mouth-watering restaurants sure to make your head and taste buds spin. But where to begin? What are the most noteworthy, tried-and-true or by-the-minute spots you absolutely have to try out? In a city booming with acclaimed dining options, we've narrowed it down to this curated list so you can tackle NYC's finest this winter.
From buzzing pizza joints and celeb hang outs to healthy cafes and new twists on old favorites, this list will make sure you don’t go hungry during the long, hard NYC winter.
Stop by The Vine for American cuisine with Italian influences and stay for their notable contemporary art collection. Grab a moscow mule after work or meet some friends for a cold pressed juice to protect yourself from those winter germs on the subway. Described as an “environment for working, playing, eating and drinking,” The Vine covers all bases.
Internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Rose of Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris has made his way to NYC to open a restaurant with famed restaurateur Stephen Starr. Expect to experience chef’s personal vision of classic French cuisine in the most charming of settings designed by Roman and Williams.
Looking for famous pizza? Look no further than Rubirosa, an Italian-American, family-run restaurant with fifty-seven year old recipes. Don’t forget their handmade pasta selections! Located in Nolita, Rubirosa is perfect for the entire family.
Marble countertops and black and white checkered floor with gold light fixtures paint the picture of Old Rose. While Old Rose serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, their brunch is especially spectacular with menu items like Olive Oil Cake With Creme Fraiche and Burrata Tomato on Grilled Sourdough. Located in the Jane Hotel, this restaurant has all the New York charm you’ve been looking for.
Broken Coconut believes in eating well, eating fresh and living by the bohemian spirit. This beach inspired oasis caters to the modern eater with vegan and gluten free options, smoothies, salads and poke for when you need to escape to the beach in the snow.
Gluten-free but still crazy for pizza? WILD has you covered with gluten-free and hormone-free pizzas that do not compromise on that delicious Italian taste. With a goal to have the smallest carbon footprint possible, this fresh-quality restaurant is perfect for the healthy minded and socially conscious eater.
This Mediterranean cuisine restaurant is located in a greenhouse-like structure, which means the glass ceilings and tons of indoor foliage with hanging chandeliers make you feel like you're outdoors when you can't be. Their menus change based on the season and all cuisine is farm-to-table. Their Hummus and Roasted garlic appetizer with their Lamb Sausage Pizza are stealing the show, in our opinion.
A glass covered cafe wrapped in greenery? Count us in. Loosie’s Cafe in Brooklyn has more than just a picture perfect store front. With their Matcha Spirulina Donut and Breakfast Pie, you’ll be ringing in brunch the right way. Bright, colorful and modern, it can’t get any more lively than that.
Head to Nolita for the hip cafe, De Maria. Envisioned and executed by a team of women from various industries, De Maria is about healthful comfort food and celebrating trailblazers. This contemporary restaurant’s healthy cuisine extends from their Chia Pudding to their Tiger Bowl made up of coconut grains, house-cured salmon, avocado, hijiki, black sesame and leche de tigre.
Do you live for noodles? Hanoi House is your next culinary destination. Get adventurous with your appetizers and order the Beef Tongue Sandwich or the Spicy Frog Legs. For your main meal, treat yourself to the Hanoi Style Beef Pho. Inside Tip: They’ll bring you share bowls if you want to try other stuff too.
Not only is this fabulous blast from the past a celeb hang, but they serve the jammiest poached eggs for brunch you've likely come across. When you're not on the lookout for your favorite blogger, check out the detailed retro decor reminiscent of a 70's diner. Inside Tip: Reservations are encouraged, this is a place to see and be seen.
If you're looking for an acai bowl or some avocado toast in between your winter eating (hello, winter "coat"), look no further than Two Hands. With two locations, Nolita and Tribeca, this Australian and beach inspired cafe will give you a relaxed haven in the midst of New York’s hustle and bustle.
Led by fearless chef Missy Robbins, Lilia is all about wood-fired seafood, hand-crafted pasta and warm Italian hospitality in a former auto-body shop in Williamsburg. What you're ordering: Sheep's Milk Cheese Filled Agnolotti and Grilled Blowfish Tails.
In the Eventi Hotel, by chef Laurent Tourondel, L’Amico has an American menu with a twist of Italian cuisine. Their twin copper-clad, wood-burning oven cooks up delicious pizzas reminicent of Sunday suppers. What you're ordering: The white mushroom pie with truffle paste, fontina, taleggio and sage.
Next to Union Square Cafe, this neighborhood cafe concept by Danny Meyer easily transitions from day to night, from their breakfast sandwiches to their slow-roasted rotisserie chicken. The blue motif running through their decor makes running in for a cup of coffee a welcoming experience. What you're ordering: The B.E.C. (bacon, egg, cheese), "which isn’t so much a classic egg sandwich as it is a smoky, peppery, pork belly sandwich that just happens to have egg and cheese in it."
This Williamsburg bakery is backed by a Michelin-starred pastry chef, Ryan Butler, and comes fully equipped with a Sticky Date Muffin, Morning Glory Muffin and an Herb and Chili Scone. Other than their gourmet pastries, Butler Bake Shop’s golden tables make for the perfect Instagram flatlay. Need we say more?
Don Angie started as a love story with a husband and wife duo who both came from culinary backgrounds. The couple were both inspired by Italian-American cuisine. Coming from Italian families, Don Angie is the fruit of their history and passion. What you're ordering: Octopus Puttanesca and the Stracchino Gnocchi.
Put on the map by Per Se alums Ann Redding and Matt Danzer, this Uncle Boon’s spinoff continues to bring the most inventive and fresh Thai food to Nolita in a 1970's setting. What you're ordering: green curry snails, wood-fired yellowtail collar, or a savory crab fried rice and a beer slushie.
Welcome to Bar Sardine, the West Village gastropub that is both inviting and exciting. Gabriel Stulman opened Bar Sardine in the former home of Chez Sardine, and as part the restaurant redo, he's ditched the Japanese concept in favor of a classic, all-American bar. Their menu is market and seasonally driven with an oyster bar, classic burger and seafood entrees, to name a few.
The founders of Emily met and fell in love over a slice of pizza. Fast forward a few years later and this couple has opened up two locations of Emily in Brooklyn and the West Village and have expanded the menu far beyond their pizzeria roots (wings and burgers included). Call this the ultimate winter comfort food to-do list. What you're ordering: The Colony Pizza (pepperoni, pickled chili and honey, yes please!) and the Emmy Burger (trust us, order the burger at the pizza place).
What started with a mission to create the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie has now expanded into an Upper West side full service bakery. Everything is baked fresh daily using natural ingredients. As if you couldn’t love Levain Bakery any more, they donate what doesn’t sell each day to the hungry. A true New York gem.
With a quest to cook dumplings just like their mother, The Cheng Sisters invite you for a home-cooked meal at Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings. Fresh family recipes made from scratch, you can get your warming winter dumpling fix at either their East Village or Nolita location. With over eight dumplings to choose from, Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings offers you rich and authentic Taiwanese cuisine. Inside Tip: DON'T forget the secret sauce.
Missing BBQ this winter? Pig Beach has you covered. With a commitment to local purveyors, market fresh produce and local beers and wines, this casually spirited restaurant takes you out of the house and NYC norm. What you're ordering: The burger or anything from the live wood fire menu.
Perfect for birthday parties or client dinners, this all time favorite never lets us down. An environmentally conscience spot inside abc carpet & home in NYC with chef Jean Georges Vongerichten, this is the place to go for fresh tasting, seasonally driven dishes that are always a party in your mouth. What you're ordering: Roasted kabocha squash toast with fresh ricotta.
Barbuto is Jonathan Waxman's West Village restaurant where the ceiling-high glass garage doors will make you feel like you're outside even on the coldest days. What you're ordering: The pollo al forno – described as "f***ing outstanding."
Hand rolled, wood fired bagels? Yes, please. Black Seed Bagel was started by two friends - one from New York and one from Montreal. Combining both of their backgrounds, Black Seed Bagel was born. Each bagel is hand rolled and wood fired, reinventing the quality of a bagel. What you're ordering: Milk and Honey signature bagel with ricotta, apple and honey.
This Italian market does it the old school way; take a number and wait to be called for some delicious pork sausage. If you’re looking to provide an Italian feast to your guests, grab some of their eggplant parmigiana and stuffed shells to go.
Head on over to the West Village to experience this self-proclaimed intimate supper club (extra emphasis on the club, this place can rage). Enjoy strong cocktails, prime rib (but if we're being honest, it's all about the burger) and timeless decor: leather upholstery and vintage light fixtures. Inside Tip: Make sure you make a reservation well ahead of time, this place is not easy to get into but worth the wait.
The National, a midtown-based concept by chef Geoffrey Zakarian inside the Benjamin Hotel, is a great go to for a winter meal with friends or colleagues. The modern bistro is modeled after celebrated grand cafés in Europe, with perfectly fancy-meets-cozy black and white glazed tile flooring.
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