If you love to travel and stay in expensive hotels, you know that what you taste is just as important as what you see. Don’t wind up in some hole-in-the-wall restaurant with a tasteless meal. Here are 5 great places to grab a bite in NYC.
#1 Juni, New York City
Run by Australian-born chef Shaun Hergatt. This restaurant may not be well-known for its décor or its semi-boring location on 31st street in what most would say is a mere hotel lobby, but the food is magnificent. Shaun Hergatt’s food is no doubt comparable to some of the most regarded chefs in New York City. He never fails to satisfy in texture, flavor, temperature, and presentation of his dishes. Fun, creative, and tasteful- you simply can’t go wrong when choosing to dine at Juni.
#2 Ippudo, New York, NY
Located at East Village in Manhattan (also a location on the West Side.) This restaurant is one of Japan’s bet-known ramen chains. The wait for a seat can often take up to two or more hours (longer in the winter months), but the quality of the food is well worth it. Besides, you can plant yourself at the bar a good while to make the wait a little more bearable. Some of the more popular dishes at this establishment are the Shiromaru Hakata Classic (soup noodles topped with pork loin chashu) and the Tonkotsu (pork, sesame kikurage mushrooms, fermented bamboo shoots, red pickled ginger, and scallions.) Although some say the limited-time-only specials are often to go-to dishes.
They say there’s a secret to avoiding the long wait at Ippudo, and that is to go alone. It’s likely the wait will only be about 15 or so minutes when you choose to dine by yourself.
#3 Carbone, N.Y.
If you’re in the mood for some truly great Italian-American cuisine, Carbone is the way to go. The menu is grand, with many flavorful options to choose from. The décor and atmosphere is intriguing for any individual walking into this establishment, with tile floors from “The Godfather” and servers acing as “captains.”
Carbone is one of New York’s best Italian restaurants serving exquisite dishes like the spaghetti puttanesca, the lobster fra diavolo, and the best rigatoni vodka you’ll ever taste. It is a little pricey, but the experience, the atmosphere, and the food are so beyond worth it.
#4 Babbo, New York
Everything about Babbo is amazing. Especially the pasta! Oh, the pasta is unforgettable. Mario Batali is nearly a gift from above for creating such amazing Italian dishes. Not to mention his main goal to keep the establishment and the food as close to Italy as possible, with most of his ingredients imported from Italy itself.
Getting a table at this fine establishment is a little difficult, but it can be done. If you do, arrive hungry and ready to eat because the 7 course pasta menu will leave you in a food coma. There’s a wide array of dishes to choose from at Babbo. Many say the mint love letters with spicy lamb sausage is an absolute must have.
If you’re eating on a budget, grabbing a pie at Denino’s is a great option for you. You can grub on a large pizza for around $15. Denino’s has been impressing people with their pizza in New York since 1937. Most well-known for their deliciously thick crust and backed by its reputation for providing some of the best pizza in Staten Island for nearly 70 years.
One of their more popular dishes is what many call the “Garbage Pie” (a small jeer at the Island’s landfill history) which is piled with sausage, mushrooms, meatballs, onion and pepperoni.